Fall 2018 Speaker
Dr. Samar Rashid, scripps HEALTH
Samar Rashid is a family medicine physician and health coach whose passion for medicine coincides with her love for nutrition and wellness, translating into an earnest desire to find the health before the disease. Whether she’s trying out a new recipe, powering through a challenging workout, or immersing herself in self-reflection at a yoga retreat, she wholeheartedly believes in the benefits of holistic living.
After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in Psychology and Global Health, Samar moved to New York City to work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. While working at Sloan, she realized how important nutrition and healthy life choices are to the healing process. She became certified as a health coach and moved back to Texas for medical school at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Training in osteopathic medicine was the perfect setting to nurture her interests in integrative nutrition, culinary medicine, and mind-body healing.
May 2018 Speaker
Dawn Barry, LUNA DNA
Dawn Barry is the president and co-founder of Luna DNA, the first and only genomic and medical research database owned by its community of data donors. As President, Dawn communicates and implements the company’s vision, mission, and overall direction.
Dawn is an esteemed thought leader and veteran of the genomics industry. Prior to Luna DNA, Dawn served as the vice president of Applied Genomics at Illumina, Inc. Dawn integrated market development strategies with product and business model innovation to accelerate the application of genomics in medicine and personal
healthcare. Dawn joined Illumina in 2005 as their first market development specialist and held leadership roles in business units, sales, and marketing for the company.
Prior to Illumina, Dawn spent seven years at Genaissance Pharmaceuticals, one of the first genomics startups focused on individualized medicine and DNA-based diagnostic testing, with the primary responsibility of promoting clinical genetics testing services for pharmaceutical clinical trials.
Dawn was named San Diego Business Journal’s 2017 Business Woman of the Year and was a speaker at TEDxSanDiego 2016. She holds a BS in biology from the University of Vermont and a MBA from the University of Connecticut School of Business.