2017 Honorees

Cynthia Carey Grant

Cynthia Carey-Grant assumed the Executive Director position at Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease (WORLD) on June 1, 2009. She returns to the arena of women’s health advocacy after working for several years in the philanthropic sector. Cynthia brings over 25 years of women’s health leadership and advocacy experience to her new role. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Carey-Grant served in leadership roles in several prominent women’s health organizations. Among these were Planned Parenthood Federation of America as Western Regional Field Manager in the Public Policy Division where she [...]

Brandee Evans

Brandee Evans is an actress, professional dancer and choreographer from Memphis, TN.  A former National Champion dancer for the University of Memphis, Evans went on to dance three seasons for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies team.  Under the direction of Magic Johnson, Brandee directed and choreographed the WNBA LA Sparks Spakids dancers for the 2015 and championship winning 2016 season.

Dr. Valencia Walker

Dr. Valencia Walker is an Associate Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA.  She is practicing neonatologist with research interests focused on addressing health disparities and the optimizing maternal-child health for local and international communities.  As the Medical Director of UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center Newborn Nursery, Dr. Walker works as the physician champion for several projects designed to improve outcomes for the mother-infant dyad.

Samantha Granberry

With an operating budget of a billion dollars and over 300,000 people in free care and treatment both here in the United States and 34 countries worldwide.  The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the largest not-for-profit AIDS service organization in the world.  Samantha Granberry is currently the Senior Manager of the foundation's national sales and marketing team. With a degree in Radio-Television-Film arts from California State University Northridge, and an extensive background in media sales and marketing, this Pasadena California native has focused her professional and personal endeavors on projects that [...]

Eva Marcille

Growing up in Southern California, Eva Marcille’s family dubbed her “Eva the Diva” early on, because of her self-assured attitude and her eye for fashion. The young Eva was always the center of attention, and always managed to steal the spotlight from whomever it may have been on. As a child Eva had lofty ambitions for her ability to sway opinion—that of a Supreme Court Justice. An outstanding student with dreams of going to Law School, Eva had been in her junior year of college when she was selected to be [...]