Dr. Corinna Lathan
Dr. Corinna Lathan is the Founder and CEO of AnthroTronix
Dr. Corinna Lathan is a technology entrepreneur who has developed robots for kids with disabilities, virtual reality technology for the space station, and wearable sensors for training surgeons and soldiers. She is a global thought leader in the relationship between technology and human performance and believes in a future of benevolent cyborgs!
Dr. Lathan is the Founder and CEO of AnthroTronix, Inc., a biomedical engineering company focused on brain health. She developed one of the first FDA-cleared digital health platforms winning a prestigious Gold Edison Award. She was named a Woman to Watch by Disruptive Women in Health Care and a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She also Chaired the Forum’s Councils on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and on Human Enhancement.
Dr. Lathan has been featured in Forbes, Time, and the New Yorker magazines and her work has led to such distinctions as MIT Technology Review Magazine’s “Top 100 World Innovators,” and one of Fast Company Magazines “Most Creative People in Business.” Dr. Lathan received her B.A. in Biopsychology and Mathematics from Swarthmore College, and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from M.I.T.
What brought you to Davos 2019?
I’ve been coming to Davos on and off since 2005. My relationship with the Forum has grown and changed over the years as I have been active in the Young Global Leader and Global Future Council communities. This was going to be an “off” year until I saw momentum in the community for gender equality, disability rights, and LGBT+ inclusion. The level of commitment to turning conversation to action was unprecedented and I wasn’t going to miss it!
Defining leadership moment at Davos:
The World Economic Forum showed leadership as an institution by adopting the UN Standards of Conduct to tackle LGBTI discrimination in the workplace by 2020. In Davos, the Forum hosted a press conference the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality, launched by seven strategic partners of the Forum, which made it on to the 2019 - “top ways Davos made an impact on the world.”
As an example of personal leadership this year, in addition to my traditional speaking role as a thought leader on technology, I had the honor of opening the “This Way Forward” luncheon on the multinational business imperative for supporting LGBTQ rights and combating the rise of discrimination worldwide. The luncheon was sponsored by GLAAD, a global LGBT advocacy organization, and the Ariadne Getty Foundation. In addition, I organized a roundtable strategy session on LGBTI acceptance with representatives from the Forum’s LGBTI Partnership, GLAAD, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and members of the Young Global Leader and Global Shaper communities from around the world.
Personal motivation to advocate for women and girls:
As a woman in engineering, I’ve been an advocate and actively involved in STEM educational outreach programs that empower women and minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for over 25 years. I founded Keys to Empowering Youth (est. 1992) for junior high school girls, advised and coached for the FIRST and VEX robotics program, and am on the Boards of the KID Museum Makerspace and Engineering World Health.
In addition, as a mother of two LGBT children, my personal motivation for advocating for women and girls is clear - The future of our world depends on fostering inclusion of all people regardless of gender identity, sexual preference, race, geography, and socioeconomic status.
Where can people learn more about you and your key projects?
LinkedIn is generally up to date with links to current projects:linkedin.com/in/clathan
I’ve written on several topics around technology and culture for the World Economic Forum.https://www.weforum.org/agenda/authors/corinna-lathan/
I speak at conferences on entrepreneurship, brain health. Some links can be found here: http://www.outspokenagency.com/cori-lathan
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