Wharton Health Care Management: Fireside Chat: The Future of Women’s Health, Wed 12/14, 9am PST

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
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Fireside Chat: The Future of Women’s Health

What to Expect in 2023 and Beyond


Wednesday, December 14, 2022

9:00am - 10:00am PST


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The WHCMAA is excited to mark a major milestone…… the 10-year anniversary of the Wharton Healthcare Quarterly. We will be “Celebrating the Past and Embracing the Future” throughout the year. 


Please join us for our last event in our monthly webinar series with Delphine O'Rourke, Esq., Partner, Goodwin Law Firm. The women’s health and wellness industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the health space and is only expected to accelerate in 2023 and beyond. 2022 was a historic year for the women’s health – from unprecedented investment to the US Supreme Court decision in Dobbs to the midterm elections. Tune in as the Managing Editor of the Wharton Healthcare Quarterly, Z. Colette Edwards, MD MBA, engages with women’s health law and policy expert, Delphine O’Rourke, to explore what to expect in 2023 and beyond, the next chapter in the evolution of the women’s health industry in relation to overall personalized care, and the vast white space for investors and innovators.


Featured Speaker



Delphine O'Rourke, Esq.

Partner, Goodwin Law Firm


Recognized as one of the foremost attorneys specializing in women’s health, Delphine O’Rourke is a health law subject matter expert and leader of Goodwin's groundbreaking Women's Health & Wellness Industry practice. Ms. O’Rourke’s experience and expertise has established her as an advocate, thought leader, and global speaker, as well as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School.


As trusted advisor to clients, Ms. O’Rourke partners with senior teams to craft comprehensive legal strategies around the most acute challenges presented by the complex and constantly changing federal and state laws that impact the health sector. From reproductive rights to patient access, to the end of the Public Health Emergency, to payment models for remote patient monitoring, to service line development to enterprise risk management – she is an invaluable advisor for companies transforming the health and wellness industry.


Ms. O’Rourke’s health law practice is integrated with her active transactional practice advising innovative sponsors, portfolio companies, healthcare and life sciences companies, and early-stage founders. Growth companies seek out her counsel as they raise capital, seek to develop relationships with investors, and connect with both the women’s health and global health ecosystems.


Ms. O’Rourke is also an experienced health system leader and in-house counsel. She served as Associate General Counsel of Ascension, one of the largest healthcare systems in the U.S., and now serves as outside general counsel to many of her clients. She is recognized for her business-focused approach, deep understanding of the industry, operational experience, and ability to drive adoption of innovative products, services, and investments.


As the demand for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) guidance has grown dramatically over the past several years, stakeholders – boards, public companies, fund managers - have come to recognize the central role of health, gender equity, and human rights in their ESG principles. As a member of the firm’s ESG and Impact practice, Ms. O’Rourke advises a wide range of companies in developing ESG strategies, principles and standards.


Currently, Ms. O’Rourke serves on the boards of the Columbia Law School Alumni Association, The Forum of Executive Women, MDisrupt, and The Invisible Girl Project. She also serves as Ambassador for the National Health Law Program, Vice Chair of the Women’s Leadership Council of the American Health Law Association, member of CHIEF (a private network focused on connecting and supporting women leaders), healthcare expert for Endeavor (the world’s leading community of high-impact entrepreneurs), and legal expert for Women of Wearables.










Visit our WHQ 10-year Anniversary page to keep up with the latest activities and celebrations!



For assistance with your registration, please contact the Wharton Health Care Club administrator at [email protected].

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