This year, we enlisted Joanna Breitstein, Denielle Sachs and Jenny Sia to select the 2017 Brand New Brand! finalist. They generously donated their time, coming into the IOP office and offering their expert backgrounds to determine our finalist.
How Brand New Brand! Works
Brand New Brand! judging happens in two rounds. First, IOP experts and our partners make an initial selection of semi-finalists. We ensure the semi-finalists meet all of the criteria for a successful partnership and agree to basic terms (i.e., be able to participate in the workshop, attend presentation sessions and be able to support the ongoing implementation of the new brand). Then, we engage the help of our independent judges, who select the finalist of Brand New Brand!
Our 2017 Brand New Brand! Judges
Joanna Breitstein joined the TB Alliance in 2009. As Senior Director, Communications, she is responsible for charting and implementing the organization’s communications strategy and also serves as the primary contact for press inquiries.
Before joining the TB Alliance, Ms. Breitstein was the Executive Editor of Pharmaceutical Executive, a healthcare magazine focused on educating the executive leadership of the pharmaceutical industry. She worked for the publication for nearly a decade in roles of increasing responsibility, reporting on all aspects of drug development and commercialization. While at the magazine, Joanna pioneered an annual editorial series focused on neglected disease drug development, which garnered a Neal Award for excellence in business journalism in 2009. She also received a Neal Award for her cover story focusing on the convergence of diagnostics and pharmaceuticals and a Grand Neal Award in 2001 for a cover story on patient advocacy in oncology. In 2004, Ms. Breitstein won a writing fellowship from the Kaiser Family Foundation to report on the AIDS crisis in Africa.
Joanna is an active volunteer and serves as the President of The International HUG Foundation, a 501c3 organization whose mission is to help orphans and other needy children in Uganda. She graduated cum laude from Penn State University in 1995.
Denielle leads The Tembo Group, a social impact consultancy that advises a range of organizations, including companies, family offices, and nonprofits that are looking to build, enhance or launch a major social impact effort. She founded the company after seven years as the Director of Social Impact for McKinsey & Company, where she architected and led the firm’s first ever, global corporate citizenship strategy.
She also built, launched and incubated McKinsey’s corporate foundation and it’s first program, which is committed to addressing global youth employment.
At Tembo, Denielle has built teams dedicated solely to leading good intentions to great ideas – moving initiatives from concept through to execution, launch and impact.
Over the last two decades, she has built organizations, boards and coalitions from the ground up, designed culture and thought leadership strategies that ignite movements, and led special projects for Fortune 500 businesses.
Denielle also serves as the part-time Executive Director of Blue Sphere Foundation, a nonprofit focused on safeguarding the planet’s oceans.
Jenny Sia is Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility and leads global health grant making and impact investing for Pfizer Inc and the Pfizer Foundation, key elements of Pfizer’s strategy to improve access to medicines and healthcare. Through this she is responsible for the Pfizer Foundation’s impact investing strategy to support health delivery and social innovation, as well as programs to advance Women and Children’s Health and Non-Communicable Disease treatment in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Jenny has been a member of Pfizer’s corporate responsibility team since 2003 and has worked in several areas including public reporting, stakeholder engagement and investor outreach, and policy development. She spent a year in Beijing developing a Corporate Responsibility strategy for Pfizer China.
Jenny received a Masters in Public Policy with a specialization in international economic policy at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. She earned a BS from Tulane University.