Keynote Speaker Meryl Comer

Meryl Comer

Reporter, Producer, and Philanthropist

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Meryl Comer is President and CEO of Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative, which promotes early diagnosis, virtual innovation challenges, m-health technologies and national public service campaigns like Geoffrey Beene’s Rock Stars of ScienceTM.

A co-founder of Women Against Alzheimer’s, she is the recipient of the 2014 Wertheim Global Medical Leadership Award, 2007 Proxmire Award and 2005 Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award. Ms. Comer has provided testimony before Congress on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association and served on the 2008 Alzheimer’s Study Group, charged with presenting a National Strategic Plan to Congress in March 2009. In 2012, she led the formation of the 21st Century BrainTrust® (21CBT), a non-profit partnership to advance mobile health technologies and brain health.

Her recent New York Times bestseller, Slow Dancing with a Stranger, is an unflinching account of her husband’s battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease that serves as a much- needed wake-up call to better understand and address a progressive and deadly affliction. Deeply personal and illuminating, it offers insight and guidance for navigating Alzheimer’s challenges and is an urgent call to action for intensive research and a warning that we must prepare for the future, instead of being controlled by a disease and a healthcare system unable to fight it.

An Emmy-award winning reporter, veteran TV producer and business talk show host, Meryl Comer was one of the first women in the early 1980’s to host a nationally syndicated TV debate show to specialize in business news as it relates to public policy.

For eighteen years, Comer moderated the nationally syndicated debate program, It’s Your Business. She also co-anchored Nation’s Business Today for six years on ESPN, the Ten O’Clock News for Metromedia, Two’s Company for WMAR/CBS Affiliate, and the Good Day Show on WCVB-TV in Boston.

Concurrent with her broadcast responsibilities, Ms. Comer served as Senior Vice President for the National Chamber Foundation (1997-1999) and for 11 years prior (1987-1997) as Vice President for Communications Development at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to joining the broadcast division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce full-time in 1983, Comer was VP of Broadcast for the Washington public relations firm, Gray and Company, now Hill & Knowlton. In 1981, she worked as Network Press Liaison for the Reagan-Bush Inaugural Committee. In the late 60s, Comer wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper after graduation from her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.


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