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Sharon D'Agostino
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Sharon was appointed Vice President, Corporate Citizenship at Johnson & Johnson in April, 2012. She works with senior leaders to drive the company’s Citizenship & Sustainability strategy and to ensure implementation across a broad range of corporate responsibility initiatives. Since 2006 Sharon has also led the J&J Corporate Contributions Group in guiding the company’s strategic giving priorities. With a mission of making life-changing, long-term differences in human health, they build community-based partnerships around the world. Their initiatives focus on three areas: saving and improving the lives of women and children; preventing disease in vulnerable sssspopulations; and strengthening the healthcare workforce. The team was instrumental in developing the Johnson & Johnson five-year commitment to the United Nations Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child Campaign. They are committed to playing a leading role in addressing critical health issues facing women and children around the world, including elimination of new HIV infections in children, addressing birth asphyxia, preventing and treating intestinal worms in children, providing health information to new and expectant mothers, training skilled birth attendants, and helping women overcome obstetric fistula. Under Sharon’s leadership, Johnson & Johnson has established new partnerships and strengthened existing ones to address these and other important health issues. Sharon is one of two Private Sector representatives on the Board of The World Health Organization’s Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. Her personal passion is to help ensure that the voices of girls, women and children everywhere are heard and their stories are told. As a global health advocate, Sharon is a prolific blogger about issues that impact the survival, health and empowerment of girls and women. She can be found on Twitter: @SharonDAgostino. Additional information about Sharon can be found at:

Entries by Sharon D'Agostino

Why The Fight For Maternal and Child Health Is A Race Against Time

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM

When we entered the delivery room of a small hospital in rural Malawi, our eyes went immediately to the two newborns lying side by side. They had been placed on a small warming table, a simple device found in some health centers where no incubators are available. My two colleagues...

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How My Great Grandmother Influenced Thousands Of Lives

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 10:31 AM

When my dad was a kid, he would have the same conversation over and over again. He would be walking in his hometown and someone his age or considerably older would approach him and say, "Your grandmother delivered me." He would patiently listen as people shared the stories about the...

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The Three Common Needs Of Every Woman (No Matter Where She's From)

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 11:00 PM

I have a deep admiration for Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, not only because of her impressive work as President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, but also because of her tireless commitment to girls and women around the world. Global Fund for Women (GFW) defends and expands...

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The Power Of A Text Message

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 9:38 AM

My heart warmed when the four women entered the meeting room where I had been waiting. I stood up to greet them and their babies, eager to hear their stories. The young mothers sat in the chairs across from us and soon the babies were all up on the table,...

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