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About Association of Minority Women Professionals

The Association of Minority Women Professionals (AMWP), headquartered in Northern California, is a critical women's empowerment organization founded by Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola in 2016, focusing on supporting, mentoring, motivating and developing women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and orientations to not only to survive, but to thrive in their professional environments. We recognize that true parity and equity for women is still a goal to attain, and also that minority women, those at disadvantage because of their race/ethnicity, national origin, age, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, immigration status, disability, maternal status, socioeconomic status, age or beliefs face additional hurdles in the workplace. Through conferences, seminars, webinars, community events, training workshops, resources, networking events, sister circles, mentoring and inspiration, AMWP is laser-focused on the professional, personal and community development of MWPs, who are true MVPs.
Inspired by the book, Minority Women Professionals are MVPs: Ten Essential Ingredients in the Secret Sauce of the MWPs, published by Dr. Olayiwola in September 2016, the Association of MWPs works to create a safe space for MWPs to embrace and adore themselves, and position each other for unprecedented success.  The Association of MWPs is a program of Inspire Health Solutions, LLC, which works with individuals, organizations and communities to Innovate, Invent and Inspire.

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Meet our team

Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola
MD, MPH, CPE, FAAFP | CEO and Founder,
Association of Minority Women Professionals and Inspire Health Solutions, LLC

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Professor (Dr.) J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP (@DrNwando) is the CEO and founder of Inspire Health Solutions LLC, creator of "MWPs are MVPs," and founder of the Association of Minority Women Professionals. She is a world renowned physician, thinker, leader, author and change agent in healthcare, diversity, motivation, innovation and transformation.  Dr. Olayiwola is also a family physician, the Chief Clinical Transformation Officer for RubiconMD and a Senior Clinical Transformation Consultant for OneCity Health in New York. Prior to this, she served as Director of the Center for Excellence in Primary Care and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of California, San Francisco until February 2017.

Dr. Olayiwola was a Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School from 2004 to 2005. During this fellowship and leadership training, she received her master’s degree in public health with a concentration in health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health, also as a Presidential Scholar. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition/Pre-Medicine at the Ohio State University, Summa Cum Laude and With Distinction, and her medical degree from the Ohio State University/Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She completed her residency training in family medicine at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she was a Chief Resident. In 2013, she was inducted into the American College of Physician Executives after completing the Certified Physician Executive program in 2012.

Dr. Olayiwola was named one of the Top 40 Physicians Under 40 by the National Medical Association and was also named as one of the Top 100 Buckeyes You Should Know by the Ohio State University Alumni Association.  In 2012 she received the Early Career Achievement Award from the Ohio State University College of Medicine, which is presented “to an alumnus who has made significant contributions in the community, scientific or academic achievement before the age of 40”.  Dr. Olayiwola was selected as one of thirty UCSF Young Innovators for their 150th Anniversary in April 2014.  She was named a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund in 2014 and received the Harvard School of Public Health’s Emerging Public Health Professional Award in 2014. In 2016, she received the prestigious Chancellor's Award for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Olayiwola is also an expert and strategic thinker on workplace and workforce diversity, health systems strengthening and practice transformation, cultural competence and inclusion, health/healthcare disparities, and health information technology.  She is widely published in peer reviewed journals and is the author of 3 books, Half Woman, Medicine is Not a Job, and Minority Women Professionals (MWPs) are MVPs.

Amanda Sell

Senior Conference Planner and Strategist
Inspire Health Solutions, LLC

Angie Zhiang

Outreach Coordinator and Youth Liasion
Inspire Health Solutions, LLC

Ayomide Ogunola, BSc

Communications Manager
Inspire Health Solutions, LLC

Dr. Soussan Ayubcha

Senior Consultant
Inspire Health Solutions, LLC

Bria Doster

Website Manager
Inspire Health Solutions, LLC

Kimiko Sakuma

Instructional Design Consultant
Inspire Health Solutions, LLC

Pooja Mittal

Conference Co-host and Strategist
Inspire Health Solutions, LLC

Amanda Sell

Senior Conference Planner and Strategist
Inspire Health Solutions, LLC

Amanda Sell is a senior conference planner and strategist with Inspire Health Solutions, LLC. Currently, Amanda primarily focuses on implementation and planning of the MWPs are MVPs! conference series. In addition to her role with Inspire Health, Amanda is also the education programs coordinator for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. In her role, she coordinates CEPC training programs, the Northern California Faculty Development Fellowship, and annual CME courses.

Prior to joining the Inspire Health and UCSF staff, Amanda worked at the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Academic Career Development, where her focus was on implementing leadership workshops, career development programs, and NIH workshops for health sciences faculty, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students.

She has also served as special events coordinator for Career Development and Placement Assistance at Pitt, developing annual career fairs, networking events, and working directly with employers to promote job opportunities to students. Amanda earned her BS in biology from the University of Pittsburgh and was a founding member of her alma mater’s Young Alumni Council.

Angie Zhiang

Outreach Coordinator and Youth Liasion
Inspire Health Solutions, LLC

Angie received her electrical engineering degree with a focus on medical device design and manufacturing from University of Michigan in 2014. During college, she received a scholarship from Medtronic. Inc for her dedication in applying engineering to medical projects.

As a project team leader,she was heavily involved in a multidisciplinary student organization (M-HEAL) that deliver engineering/business solutions to address global health disparities. She traveled to Dominican Republic with that group for a medical mission trip and public health evaluation for her team.

After making the decision to go into medicine being a non-traditional pre-medical student, she moved to UC Berkeley soon after graduation and recently finished the pre-health program. She is currently applying to medical school while teaching MCAT at The Princeton Review and working at a neuroscience/neurology lab at UCSF mission bay campus.

Ayomide Ogunola, BSc

Management and Communications Intern
Inspire Health Solutions, LLC

Ayomide (Ayo) served as the Management and Communications Intern for Inspire Health Solutions, LLC and the Association of Minority Women Professionals until February 2017, when she was promoted to Communications Manager. She is directly responsible for communication efforts, external engagement, and client management. She received her degree in Accounting from Bowen University in 2013.

She served as the treasurer for the Health and Safety Community Development Service, which addresses the welfare and health state of communities in Nigeria, and the bursar for a public secondary school school during her National Youth Service Corps.

She is a self-motivated individual, an excellent communicator and a target driven individual who is committed to bringing out the best in people.

Dr. Soussan Ayubcha

Senior Consultant
Inspire Health Solutions, LLC

She completed her internship and residency in Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut. After completion of her residency program, Dr. Ayubcha practiced as a primary care physician at the Community Health Center Inc, in Stamford CT and was involved in the Super User committee (EMR focused committee), Medical Quality Improvement Committee and Reach out and Read committee while serving as a physician preceptor to medical students from New York Medical College.

Dr. Soussan Ayubcha is a Senior Consultant for Inspire Health Solutions, LLC, and has a wealth of expertise in international health systems, particularly in developing countries. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences at New York University and received a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration at Saint Josephs College of Maine. She went on to complete her Medical Degree at the Kigezi International School Of Medicine.  After graduation, Dr. Ayubcha served as an intern at the Hong Kong Women’s Foundation and a fellow research associate at Hong Kong University’s Queen Mary Hospital- Department of Hepatology.

Dr. Ayubcha is currently a volunteer physician with Physicians for Human Rights providing medical evaluations for torture victims seeking asylum in the United States. Her current role is physician team leader  at the Union Health Center in NY, NY  while serving on the Quality Management/Risk Management Board and she is a preceptor for New York University Medical School students. Dr Ayubcha is currently an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Medical Association.

Bria Doster

Website Manager
Inspire Health Solutions, LLC

Gabriella (Bria) Doster is the website manager for minoritywomenprofessionals.org.

She is currently a student at the University of California, Irvine working toward a B.A. in Film and Media Studies.

Kimiko Sakuma

Instructional Design Consultant
Inspire Health Solutions, LLC

Kimiko Sakuma is an Instructional Design Consultant with Inspire Health, LLC. Currently, Kimiko focuses on the development of the learning experience, content strategy, worksheets and coaches speakers and breakout facilitators for the MWPs are MWPs conference series. In addition to her work with Inspire Health, she is also the founder of Training Route 3.com, a consultancy that designs engaging and interactive learning experiences and materials.

Kimiko has applied her skills in corporate, private, start up and nonprofit sectors throughout her career. Her innovative consulting approach focuses on designing onsite and online content engagement strategies and Learner Centered curriculum models for companies such as Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Office Depot, Amgen, University of San Francisco among others which directly enhances knowledge retention, efficiency, process and employee productivity.

Kimiko is passionate about working with organizations and programs that promote diversity and inclusion, women in business and increasing job opportunities for under represented populations. She earned her M.A.Ed in Instructional Design from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in World Arts & Cultures from the University of California Los Angeles.

Pooja Mittal

Conference Co-host and Strategist
Inspire Health Solutions, LLC

Dr. Mittal is a Family Physician who works at HealthNet as a Medical Director. At HealthNet she works on appeals and grievances and also works on population health issues affecting women and children.

She was the first D.O. who was accepted to the prestigious Family Medicine Residency at Ventura County Medical Center, a UCLA affiliate program. After graduating from residency, she worked at Boston University as an adjunct faculty member practicing full scope family medicine.  Her practice was at East Boston Neighborhood Medical Center where she was also an Assistant Medical Director. In the Boston University Department of Family Medicine, she had the opportunity to pursue a leadership fellowship track where she worked specifically on improving care for pregnant women. She then moved to the University of California, San Francisco Department of Family and Community Medicine, where she was an Associate Professor and had a diverse set of responsibilities. She had a full scope clinical practice including obstetrics and inpatient medicine. At UCSF, Dr. Mittal was the Director of Maternal Child Health for the Family and Community Medicine residency training program. She also served as an Assistant Medical Director of Family Centered Care, where she worked to improve the care of women and children in the clinic.  She had additional responsibility as the Director of Quality for the Department of Family and Community Medicine. While at UCSF, Dr. Mittal completed a Faculty Development Fellowship as well as partially completing a Coro Fellowship (which was interrupted by the premature birth of her third baby!).

Dr. Mittal is also works at the National Clinicians Consultation Center at UCSF, a national HIV/AIDS warmline. Here, she is recognized as a national expert on Perinatal HIV care.

In addition to her clinical work, she has published in the areas of well-child care, group visits, preconception care, and perinatal HIV. She is a Board Member of the San Francisco Immunization Coalition and a member of the Pediatric Advisory Council of San Francisco. Her career passions include maternal child health and caring for the underserved. She is a mother to three young girls and hopes to inspire them to achieve their dreams regardless of any obstacles they may face.

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