Announcing our newest morning keynote of the Annual Academic M.O.M. Conference, Kimberly Seals Allers on Saturday, May 7th at 9:30AM.
Kimberly is an award-winning journalist, author and a nationally recognized media commentator, speaker, consultant and advocate for infant health. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, Kimberly is widely considered a leading voice in the counterculture movement in infant feeding. Last year, her online commentaries on the social, structural and racial complexities of maternal and child health issues received over 10 million page views. Kimberly’s fifth book, The Big Let Down—How Medicine, Big Business and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding will be published by St. Martin’s Press this summer.
Kimberly is currently the director of The First Food Friendly Community Initiative (3FCI), a W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded pilot project in Detroit and Philadelphia to create a national accreditation process for breastfeeding-friendly communities while addressing local social stressors and economic strengthening for families. In 2011, Kimberly was named an IATP Food and Community Fellow focused on reframing breastfeeding disparities as a food systems issue, where she pioneered the concept of “first food deserts”—communities that severely lack accessible resources to support mothers who choose to breastfeed. As a communication specialist, she works with non-profits, hospitals and public health organizations to develop impactful messaging strategies for communities of color.
Kimberly has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Anderson Cooper, the Tom Joyner Morning Show and in various international and national media outlets. Kimberly is a graduate of New York University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A divorced mother of two, she lives in Long Island, NY with her children. Learn more at http://www.KimberlySealsAllers.com.
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