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Featured Speaker

Laura Crandon

Laura Crandon is a strategist and innovator. A former healthcare and technology executive for over 25 years, Laura founded Touch4Life, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the breast health IQ of BIPOC and underserved communities and eliminate breast cancer outcomes


Out of her own journey with metastatic breast cancer, Laura turned pain into purpose. She recognized the lack of health equity in breast cancer detection, treatment and survivorship that existsfor Black and Brown women in the United States. Laura counsels, teaches, and inspires women whohave been diagnosed with breast cancer and works with physicians and nurses to provide culturally relevant educational materials. She advocates for health equity and inclusion in clinical research, biomarkers and genetic testing, and patient empowerment.

She has been an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and served as a board member on Duke University’s Healthcare Alumni Advisory Board, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, and Pearl Foundation.

The daughter of two path-breaking civil rights sojourners, Laura earned and a BS in Computer Science from University of Maryland College Park and an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business. She holds certifications as a National Breast Cancer Foundation Ambassador, American Cancer Society Health Equity Ambassador Link, Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Financial Officer.

Laura is the author of a U.S. Patent and a two-time award-winner of the UnitedHealth Group Innovation award. In 2023, Maryland Governor Wes Moore appointed Laura to serve on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board. Her superpowers are networking and connecting people with resources. The ultimate competitor, she enjoys playing Monopoly, leading marriage ministry with her husband, adventurous travel and spending time with her three adult children.

Laura Crandon
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