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Gloria Nantulya & Helene Gayle

Gloria Nantulya

Field Hockey | United States


Gloria Nantulya is the Government Senior Communications Specialist for Abt Associates and owner and Head Coach of the Washington Wolves Field Hockey Club in Maryland, a competitive club for athletes in middle school and high school. Born in Nairobi, Kenya to Ugandan parents, Gloria spent her childhood in Kenya before moving to Boston midway through her junior year of high school. Graduating shortly after her 17th birthday, she chose to take a year off when her parents moved to Switzerland, during which Gloria learned to speak French, had her first internship at a global health organization, and played club field hockey and soccer. That internship is what made her decide that global health and development was the field for her. Gloria attended Syracuse University where she was also a Division 1 field hockey player.

During her time on the Syracuse University Field Hockey team, Gloria received several athletic and academic accolades, including NFHCA Division I All-Region Mideast Team honors in 2007, NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad honors during all four seasons, and was a two-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award recipient. She also had a Syracuse University field hockey leadership award named after her. Gloria has also represented Uganda at the Africa Cup for Club Champions numerous times, most recently in 2017. She completed her bachelor’s degree in public relations with minors in French and psychology in 2008 and her master’s degree in international relations in 2010.

Helene Gayle

CEO | The Chicago Community Trust

MENTOR | IWF Washington DC

Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust. Before assuming leadership of the Trust in October 2017, Dr. Gayle was CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative, a nonprofit that brings together varied stakeholders to address complex global social challenges.

From 2006 to 2015, she was president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization. An expert on global development, humanitarian and health issues, Dr. Gayle spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. She also worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues.

Dr. Gayle serves on public company and nonprofit boards including The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, New America and the ONE Campaign. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Public Health Association, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” she has authored numerous articles on global and domestic public health issues, poverty alleviation, gender equality and social justice.

Dr. Gayle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She earned a B.A. in psychology at Barnard College, an M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins University. She has received 13 honorary degrees and holds faculty appointments at the University of Washington and Emory University.

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Gloria Nantulya & Helene Gayle
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