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We are thrilled to share that Dr. Helene Gayle, Chief Executive Officer of McKinsey Social Initiative, will deliver this year’s Fielding School of Public Health commencement address.
Dr. Gayle has dedicated her professional life to public health service. From her tenure at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to her work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and later as CEO of CARE, Dr. Gayle has long been recognized as a leader in global health, working to address and prevent extreme poverty as well as the spread of disease. During her nine years as president and CEO of CARE, Dr. Gayle oversaw efforts of nearly 10,000 employees in more than 90 countries, including the United States, who worked to alleviate poverty, respond to global conflicts and natural disasters, empower women and girls, provide opportunities for economic development and advocate for change.
Dr. Gayle’s nearly two-decade-long tenure at the CDC was laden with milestones including the significant expansion of community-based efforts to curtail the spread of HIV/AIDS, particularly in underserved communities, and her appointment as the first director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Tuberculosis Prevention. She later served as director of the HIV, TB and Reproductive Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Since joining McKinsey Social Initiative (MSI) as CEO in 2015, Dr. Gayle and the MSI team are working globally to close the youth unemployment gap by providing career pathways through a program called Generation. By 2020, the program aims to have connected “1 million young people with jobs in India, Kenya, Mexico, Spain, and the United States.” Dr. Gayle’s accomplishments and accolades are numerous. In 2010, former President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Gayle to serve as chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and in 2012 she received the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award. Dr. Gayle has been recognized as a top thought leader by Forbes and Newsweek, and Foreign Policy Magazine named Dr. Gayle to its list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” Dr. Gayle also served for two decades in the U.S. Public Health Service and retired with the rank of Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General.
UCLA Fielding School of Public Commencement ceremony will begin at 5:30pm on Friday, June 16, 2017 and will be livestreamed HERE--please join us!