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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

Please note: Schedules are now locked from being changed. If you would like to make changes to your schedule, please come see us at the registration desk. See you in Vancouver!
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Carmen Harris

Chief of Social Impact and Strategic Partnerships
Washington, DC
Carmen is chief of GirlTrek's Social Impact and Strategic Partnerships team where she monitors the social, psychosocial, and behavioral impact of GirlTrek's program on African-American women and communities. Carmen is also charged with identifying and engaging national and international partners to increase the collective impact of like-minded organizations who seek to improve the lives of African-American women, their families and their communities.

Prior to joining GirlTrek, Carmen served over 10 years in the federal government as an Epidemiologist and Health Scientist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Division of Diabetes Translation, and Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. While at the CDC, Carmen was responsible for assessing the number of adults who meet federal physical activity guidelines and developing innovative strategies and approaches to reduce obesity, prevent diabetes and heart disease, and increase physical activity rates among U.S. adults and youth. Most recently, Carmen served as Manager of Innovation and Partnerships for the non-profit, research arm of America’s Essential Hospitals where she was responsible for cultivating private and public partnerships to improve population health outcomes of America's most vulnerable populations.

Carmen is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. She received her Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and her Masters of Public Health in Physical Activity and Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.