Michelle King Robson, EmpowHER Media
Company: EmpowHER Media, Scottsdale, AZ
Company Description: EmpowHER Media is the 5th largest health and wellness resource and community for women on the Web. Millions of women visit EmpowHER Media every year looking to advocate for their own health, the health of others, or connect with each other on health and wellness topics that matter to them.
Nomination Category: Management Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Chairman of the Year
Nomination Title: Michelle King Robson, Founder, Chairperson and CEO
Tell the story about what this nominee achieved since January 1 2010 (up to 500 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms. Be sure to mention obstacles overcome, innovations or discoveries made, and outcomes:
Lauded as a nationally-recognized women’s health advocate, Michelle King Robson is the Founder, Chairperson and CEO of EmpowHER, one of the fastest-growing and largest health media companies dedicated exclusively to women's health and wellness. She started the company following her own personal struggle with a debilitating health issue that left her feeling hopeless, alone and on the verge of taking her own life. In EmpowHER, Michelle has built a company that provides women with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information available on women's health, as well as a forum for women to connect and share stories of struggle and hope.
Launched in November of 2008, the company's website, EmpowHER.com, is already a Top 5 women's health and wellness content and community site. In 2010, EmpowHER.com attracted nearly 10 million unique visitors. Through a video syndication partnership, EmpowHER’s video content garnered an additional 7 million unique views on AOL Health and other premiere health and wellness sites. Michelle King Robson and EmpowHER have been featured in the Huffington Post, Minyanville, More Magazine, NBC, ABC, and CNN, among others. Interviews featuring Michelle and EmpowHER have generated nearly 2 billion media impressions, and reached nearly 40 million U.S. households through more than 160 television stations throughout the U.S.
Michelle has testified before the FDA, and has led the second largest write-in campaign in FDA history for drugs and treatments for women's health. She is an active philanthropist and community volunteer whose work on various women’s and children’s causes as well as the arts has earned her numerous awards and citations, including the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation’s Founder’s Award; the WNBA Phoenix Mercury’s Inspiring Business Women Award, which she received at a ceremony that also honored tennis icon Billie Jean King; the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s Health Communications Award, which she received with fellow award-winner actress Sally Field; and the Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation’s Discover Award, an honor she received among esteemed recipients including Dr. Richard Carmona, former Surgeon General of the United States. Michelle was also honored with the Best Supporting Role in a Community Award from the Arthritis Foundation. Michelle was Chairman of the governor-appointed Arizona Character Education Blue Ribbon Task Force. She was also appointed to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Women’s and Children’s Health. She has served as the Co-Chairman of St. Joseph’s Hospital/Barrow’s Medical Center’s $31 million Pushing Boundaries Capital Campaign, and was the Vice Chairman for the Tibet Fund Symposium, which raised over $1 million. She is also a member of the Mayo Clinic Arizona Leadership Council and serves on the Board of Directors for Biltmore Bank of Arizona.
Michelle has also been a 2010 Stevie Finalist in the following categories:
Chairman of the Year – American Business Awards Best Entrepreneur – Service Businesses (Up to 100 Employees) – Women in Business Awards
Because of her work, Michelle King Robson carries 'real woman' street credibility with her whether she's advocating for a patient in the hospital, leading a discussion in a corporate boardroom, speaking to thousands at a conference, or addressing heads of state on matters of women's health and wellness. She's walked more than a mile in the shoes of the women for whom she advocates.
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A nationally-recognized women’s health advocate, Michelle King Robson is the Founder, Chairperson and CEO of EmpowHER, a health media company for women. She started the company following her own personal struggle with a debilitating health issue. A tireless voice for women and the visionary behind EmpowHER, Michelle travels the world talking to women's groups, health care organizations, political leaders, regulatory bodies and the media about women's health and wellness issues, and about the importance of women advocating for themselves and their loved ones. Her goal is to drive innovation and change in health care for women around the world.