Women in Global Health Seattle

Women in Global Health

Women make up 75 percent of the global health workforce yet fill fewer than 20 percent of the leadership roles. One in 10 awards recognizing accomplishments in public health and medicine honor women. At the top 50 medical schools in the U.S., women make up 24 percent of global health center directors. One quarter of health ministers are women … Women in Global Health Seattle thinks we can do better.

Women in Global Health Seattle 

Women in Global Health Seattle (WGH Seattle) is a new movement of professional women working in global health in the Pacific Northwest. WGH Seattle seeks diverse, gender-balanced leadership in global health. This group believes more inclusive and equitable representation at leadership levels is needed to achieve the sustainable development goals. It’s time to change the status quo.

WGH Seattle convenes professional women, and their male allies, interested in supporting and learning from each other. Subscribe to the mailing list below to learn more about upcoming events.

Highlights from our kick-off event and Q2 gathering

  • 200 women participated in a January 10 kick-off event in Seattle.
    • Pre-event surveys indicated respondents were most interested in networking, mentoring, and professional development.
    • The panel of women leaders in global health who spoke at the inaugural event challenged women to move outside their comfort zones and inspired them to support one another.
  • 300 women participated in the Q2 gathering on April 16 at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
    • Participants used interactive software to share changes they’d like to see in their organizations and suggestions for ensuring the WGH Seattle movement is as inclusive as it is energetic. 
    • Panelists shared their individual paths to global health and the value of being and having mentors along the way.


As women, we need to remember to support each other.

 –Rhea Coler, Senior Vice President, Infectious Disease Research Institute, speaking at the kick-off event for WGH Seattle

We can all lead from wherever we are. We shouldn’t conflate leadership with position.

Ana Mari Cauce, President, University of Washington, speaking at the kick-off event for WGH Seattle

For me, global health is public health without boundaries and borders.

Ahoua Koné, Health Alliance International, speaking at the Q2 gathering of WGH Seattle