Advisory Council

Marcia Brandwynne, MA, LMFT
Marriage and Family Therapist
Brandwynne Psychotherapy
Los Angeles, CA

Education: San Francisco State University : 1982
Antioch University Santa Barbara: 2014

A Role Model for Women and Others

In 1972, at the beginning of the women’s movement, Marcia Brandwynne became the first female television journalist to anchor a major prime time newscast in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As such, she took seriously, her singularly public role to mentor and educate young women to enter the field of journalism. Her on air presence and reporting abilities were noticed by CBS and in 1978 and she joined with Connie Chung as the first female team to anchor a major news program.

As a distinguished news, talk and producing professional, she appeared as a correspondent on Dateline NBC, co-anchored the prestigious radio program All Things Considered on NPR.

Living in Los Angeles, she worked in the entertainment industry as well, heading up Carol Burnett’s production company for ten years. In 2002, Brandwynne went back behind the scenes to help run a major news department in Los Angeles. She produced award winning news programs, and was able to hire and develop the talents of young people, a perfect place for her mentoring interests especially for women and minorities.

Ms. Brandwynne – 75, having recovered from two bouts of cancer, has become a new role model for healthy aging. In 2012 she returned to school earning her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, working pro bono in a low fee clinic for four years to become a Licensed Psychotherapist. Recently she opened her private practice in Los Angeles where she offers a generous sliding scale for those who want therapy but cannot afford the service.

Back in the 70’s, when females were fighting for equality, Marcia became a role model for women in the workplace. Now in 2018, she is taking on the mantle of role model once again, for late life encore careers and vital living. “Curiosity is the fuel you need to grow old with a healthy outlook. I intend to keep on doing what I love, hoping others will benefit from my experience”.

As her career burgeoned, Brandwynne won a number of Emmys and reporting awards for investigative journalism and reporting on social conditions.

Orlando Padilla
President & CEO
Padilla NetWorks, LLC
New Mexico

Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico State University, 1976

A Crucial Corporate Voice
Orlando T. Padilla is President, CEO and Founder of Padilla NetWorks, LLC established in 2010. Padilla NetWorks provides global public policy, strategic planning and management expertise on domestic and international business topics to Fortune 500 clients and new business ventures. Key experiences include international perspective at the highest management levels; general management; corporate responsibility achieving optimum reputation/image; seasoned Latino leadership initiatives. Currently serves as Senior Advisor to Board members and officers representing a portfolio potential of 70 Fortune 500/1000 companies in 15 industries.

Prior to retirement from a 34-year global career at General Motors, Mr. Padilla’s last assignment was Global Senior Director, Public Policy, Corporate & Government Relations with expanded responsibilities for the General Motors Public Policy Center at General Motors headquarters in Detroit. Padilla led a variety of senior management assignments with increasing responsibilities during his long career at GM, experienced in global multi-functional, multi-sector and general management roles in achieving business turnarounds, growth, innovation, and cultural change.

“As a fellow cancer survivor, Orlando also brings that voice of experience and compassion to the table. He has been a friend, colleague and supporter for many years – in particular – for the National Latino Cancer Summit. He nominated me to the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS). The experience gave birth to the idea of creating a national agency to amplify and leverage Latino voices around important cancer issues, “said TLCI Founder, Ysabel Duron.

Among his Body of Work
He is a founding member of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility Corporate Executive Forum, currently serving on the Board of Directors of 18 non-profit organizations

Padilla has received distinguished awards and recognition from numerous entities in business, health care, education and the media for career, leadership and civic accomplishments. Named by Hispanic Business Magazine – one of the most influential Hispanics; Listed on the Corporate Elite – Top 100 Hispanic Executives. Named a Distinguished Alumni by New Mexico State University.

Dr. Vivian Pinn
NIH Director Emeritus
Office of Research on Women’s Health (1991-2011) Washington, D.C.

Education: Wellesley College, BA, zoology, 1963; University of Virginia School of Medicine, MD, 1967.

A Woman of Firsts

1991 Dr. Vivian Pinn was the first full-time director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health

1982 Dr. Vivian Pinn was the first African American woman to chair an academic pathology department in the United States at Howard University School of Medicine

1967 Dr. Vivian Pinn was the only African American and the only woman in her class to graduate from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

In 2017 a building at the center of the UVA Health System hospital complex, which houses the medical school, was renamed PInn Hall in honor of this medical pioneer.
L.D. Britt, chairman of the Health System’s board, said “Her work at NIH on minority and women’s health has set the bar.” But it wasn’t an easy path said Dr. Pinn. “I do remember that it was the university that gave me the ability to be a physician, and therefore provided the foundation on which I built my career in medicine.” She also recalled sitting in the back of the classroom on the first day of medical school and realizing she was the only black person and the only woman in the class. “I was so discouraged,” Pinn said. “I was thinking when we broke for coffee that I should just go ahead and go home and call it a day.”

Importantly she did not give up but forged a path for women of color as a role model and advisor in biomedical careers. . For women everywhere, her leadership at the NIH led to research on how a wide variety of health issues affect women in special ways. This included studies of what particular diseases women get and the ways treatment and diagnosis may differ between women and men.

“Dr. Pinn first funded my former agency’s fledgling efforts to launch the National Latino Cancer Summit during her tenure at NIH. I am now pleased to call her a dear friend and colleague as she helps guide the Latino Cancer Institute said TLCI founder, Ysabel Duron.

Selected Awards
Howard University College of Medicine, Women in Medicine, Woman of the Year Award, 1989; University of Virginia, Distinguished Alumna Award, 1992; Wellesley College, Alumni Achievement Award, 1993; Black Woman Hall of Fame Foundation, Chicago, Bethune Tubman Truth Award, 1990.

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