Board Update: Meet our Four Newest Members!
This September, we proudly welcomed four exceptional individuals to our Board of Directors, each bringing a unique perspective and valuable expertise to WOMEN’S WAY. We are so grateful for their commitment and dedication to advancing gender and racial equity in the Greater Philadelphia region. Read on below to get to know more about these change-makers.
Tamara Cobb | St. Christopher’s Pediatric Associates
Tamara is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, mother of three children, Community Health Worker, and graduate of the WOMEN’S WAY Change the Narrative Fellowship Program 2022.
With over 20 years of dedicated experience, she is a passionate advocate for positive change and community empowerment. Tamara specializes in transforming lives through impactful conversations and connections, weaving threads of compassion into society’s fabric. Finding joy in guiding those in need and building bridges of hope, she believes in the power of a single gesture to spark transformation.
Tamara is eager to bring her expertise to collaborate with the WOMEN’S WAY Board, aligning her commitment to empathy and kindness. She strongly believes that, together, we can create a world where compassion flourishes and our community thrives.
Nan Hutchinson | Advisor, Board Director, and Adjunct Professor at Temple
Nan has over 33 years of experience in the Healthcare and Life Sciences industry, with a strong focus on commercialization and business operations.
Nan has served in multiple senior roles with pharmaceutical companies including as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for URL Pharma, Inc. a privately held pharmaceutical company that was ultimately acquired by Takeda Pharmaceuticals. In her role as Senior Vice President of Marketing at Bristol Myers Squibb, she had general management responsibility for multi-asset portfolios in excess of $2 billion and responsibility for global product launches. Additionally, she held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, sales, product development, and global marketing during her 15-year tenure at Johnson & Johnson.
Nan has served as a Board Director of a publicly traded company, Cynapsus, (2014-2016) where she served as a member of the Governance and Compensation Committee. During this time the company completed several milestones such as a re-IPO listing on the NASDAQ, and moving their product through Phase II clinical trials. Cynapsus was subsequently sold to Sunovian for over $600 million, at one of the highest multiples ever for a company of its size.
Nan currently serves as Lead Advisor in Life Sciences and Health Technology to Springboard, an organization that fosters and develops woman-led companies. She was an Advisor to Curatio (2019-2021) a health technology firm aiming to link patients and improve health outcomes. She has consulted with multiple biotech and pharmaceutical companies to accelerate innovation, raise capital, and scale commercial operations. Additionally, she has worked at Temple University, Fox School of Business, since 2020 as an Adjunct Instructor and Program Executive.
Since 2014, Nan has been on the leadership team for Executive Core, a premier global coaching and talent development firm. She works in Fortune 500 firms as a strong thought partner, coach, and objective sounding board for senior leaders and teams.
Nan has served on several not-for-profit boards such as Planned Parenthood of Mercer County, American Repertory Ballet, and Canadian Diabetes Association. In addition, she was a member of the Advisory Board to Acadia University Business School and provided oversight to the strategic plan including design of a sustainable curriculum, facilities modernization, student recruitment, alumni affairs, and repositioning the school brand identity.
A native of Nova Scotia, Canada, Nan has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Mount Allison University and an MBA from Boston University.
Maithili Pradhan | Google
Maithili Pradhan is an experienced and passionate diversity, equity, and inclusion advocate and practitioner who has spent over a decade building experience and expertise leading DEI in the corporate, tech, and legal industries. Her work is grounded in the principles of justice and equity that have anchored her since her early days as a human rights lawyer and is guided by practical, real-world experience with organizations interested in doing the right thing (which also happens to be the smart thing).
Maithili leads community inclusion strategy and initiatives as part of Google’s DEI team, and has previously launched the administrative professionals-focused DEI initiative at Ballard Spahr LLP and led workforce diversity and external DEI engagement initiatives on the Comcast NBCUniversal D&I team. Before that, Maithili worked at Seneca Women, a boutique consulting firm working at the intersection of gender justice and corporate social responsibility, and led by Former U.S. Ambassador for Women Melanne Verveer. Maithili started her career as a human rights lawyer at the Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School, where she led research and advocacy projects focused on the rights of women and girls, and taught human rights law clinics.
Maithili received her B.A. from New York University and holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School with a joint degree, Master II – Droit et Globalisation Economique, from Sciences Po and the University of Paris I: Pantheon-Sorbonne. She is also a ceramic artist and writer, and a mentor with Heights Philadelphia.
Britainy Stephens | Benchmark Real Estate Partners
Britainy is a driven leader and community advocate. She is the Director of Operations for Benchmark Real Estate Partners, an MBE commercial development company that focuses on creating employment and affordable housing opportunities in underserved and underrepresented communities.
Stephens’ graduated with a BA in Afro-American Studies from Smith College and received her MSW in Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Post graduation, she spent almost 6 years working for Jefferson Hospital, with 4 of those years at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center performing compassionate social advocacy services for underserved cancer populations.
Britainy’s journey into real estate started in 2018 after attending city-wide real estate investor workshops. In 2020 she began working with residential investors and developers in the city as a real estate agent. It was always important that her work in real estate also incorporated a way to help others. She began looking at the social and environmental impacts of real estate development and received her LEED AP designation. As a private developer she believes in employing tools and practices that will ensure the health, safety, and economic opportunities of the communities she works in.
Britainy also volunteers her time through board service. She sits on the advisory boards of Compass Working Capital, Progress Trust Inc, and The Urban Developers Association.
In her free time, she enjoys playing golf, tennis, and spending time with her boston terrier.