SK Conversations: Back to Care

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM US Eastern
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM US Central
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM US Mountain
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM US Pacific
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM UTC

Snag yourself a (free!) front-row seat for the latest on the most important topics facing parents right now — from what the Covid-19 landscape looks like this fall to maintaining your self-care regimen (yes mama, your mental health is more important now than ever before!).

We’re going Back to Care with candid conversations from parents on the front lines — both inside and outside the home. Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. EST for a virtual event that celebrates the caregiver in all of us.

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About This Event

Fireside Chat

Yaya DaCosta, Actor & Doula

Moderator: Erika Janes, Deputy Editor, SheKnows

Self Care + Parenting

It may sound like the last thing you have time for, but you need to take care of yourself in order to take care of your family.

Moderator: Brandi Jeter Riley, founder of Mama Knows It All

Panelists: Ana Flores, founder & CEO of #WeAllGrow Latina and Diane Dillon, psychologist and author

Navigating Covid-19: The Second Wave

We’ll answer your top questions about the future of COVID-19 — from vaccine talk to how families are coping. 

Moderator: Amelia Edelman, Senior Parenting Editor at SheKnows

Panelists: Dr. Shimi Kang, child and youth psychiatrist, author of The Dolphin Way and The Self-Motivated Kid, Charnaie Gordon, Founder of Here Wee Read and 50 States 50 Books and Edwin Kuffner M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

Spotlight Talk: 100 Years of Care

Speakers: Margaret Gurowitz, Chief Historian at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and Monica Rowe, AVP Communications & Brand Marketing, CARE 

Embracing Your Inner Dr. Mom

Finally! Some clarity on when to call the pediatrician vs. head to an urgent care vs. kiss the boo-boo with a BAND-AID® Brand adhesive bandage at home.

Moderator: Katie Speller, Health & Sex Editor at SheKnows

Panelists: Cara Natterson, physician, author and founder of OOMLA and Jenny Du-Soriano, research & development manager at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

Keynote Interview

Keynote: Candice King, actress & co-host of the Directionally Challenged podcast

Moderator: Eugenia Richman, Editor in Chief at SheKnows


For 100 years, the BAND-AID® Brand has been trusted by caregivers around the globe to help “Make It Better Together,” which is true now more than ever.

This event is created by SheKnows and presented by BAND-AID® Brand.

About the Speakers

Candice King

Candice King is best known to audiences from The CW’s smash hit, The Vampire Diaries (as well as the successful spinoff, The Originals) as the multi-layered and very complicated, “Caroline Forbes.” You can see her next in the role as Kimberly, in the follow up to the hit film After, After We Collided. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her family and can be heard on her weekly podcast Directionally Challenged, that she co-hosts with Vampire Diaries Alum Kayla Ewell.

Yaya DaCosta

Yaya DaCosta stars as April Sexton, a smart, bold and intuitive ER nurse with the ability to adeptly tackle the most harried of circumstances in the hospital, in NBC’s drama “Chicago Med.” Season 6 of “Chicago Med” is set to premiere November 2020, and the series has been picked up through Season 9 by NBC.


New York born and bred, DaCosta has showcased her dynamic talent as an actress with powerful performances across film, television and stage. Recently, DaCosta starred in the jazz biopic “Bolden,” opposite Nelsan Ellis, Ian McShane and Gary Carr. In 2015, DaCosta played the title role in Lifetime’s Angela Bassett-directed Whitney Houston biopic, “Whitney.”


Additional film credits include Lee Daniel’s critically acclaimed film “The Butler,” with Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo; Oren Mover man’s acclaimed film “The Messenger,” with Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster; Lisa Cholodenko’s Oscar-nominated “The Kids Are All Right” opposite Mark Ruffalo; Joseph Kosinski’s “Tron Legacy;” and Shane Black’s “The Nice Guys,” opposite Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer and Russell Crowe.    


DaCosta has also appeared in “In Time,” “Big Words,” “Mother of George” and John Sayles’ “Honeydripper,” co-starring Danny Glover and Charles S. Dutton. She reunited with Dutton in the telefilm “Racing for Time,” which he also directed. DaCosta began her professional acting career in Liz Friedlander’s “Take the Lead,” opposite Antonio Banderas, for which she received a Teen Choice Award nomination. 


She has had guest-starring roles on a variety of TV series, including the final season of “Ugly Betty.” She also had a recurring role on the daytime drama “All My Children,” as well as appearances on “House,” “Body of Proof,” “Army Wives,” “Mercy,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Eve.” 


DaCosta’s theater work has included the passionate portrayal of Olivia in the Sonnet Repertory Theater’s production of “Twelfth Night,” and a co-starring role with Leslie Uggams in the Signature Theater Co.’s revival production of Leslie Lee’s “The First Breeze of Summer,” directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. For her performance, she was honored with a Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Award for Excellence in Black Theatre. 


In addition to acting, DaCosta has participated in speaking engagements at colleges on subjects ranging from environmentalism to women’s issues. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and Africana studies from Brown University. 

Carmen Rita Wong

Carmen Rita Wong is a writer, speaker and as CEO of Malecon Productions, an investor and advisor to women-owned businesses and productions. A former national television host, magazine advice columnist, and faculty professor at NYU, Carmen was also a contributor to NBC, MSNBC, CNN, CBS and ABC and has written for The New York Times and “O”. She serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and The Moth, hosts a podcast, has published two novels and is currently workingon her fifth book, a memoir. 

Charnaie Gordon

Charnaie Gordon is a computer programmer by day, blogger and influencer by night, and a wife and mother of two 24/7. She is also a diversity and inclusion expert. Charnaie’s passion for diversity and inclusion is driven by a desire for everyone to have his or her own voice, whether it be through books, television, or other media. She believes it’s important that people of all races, and all ethnicities, are able to see themselves represented and included.


In addition to her blog and social media, Charnaie is founder of her children’s literacy organization 50 States 50 Books where they collect and donate diverse children’s books to deserving kids in each of the 50 U.S. states. Look for Charnaie's first children’s picture book slated for publication in 2021 with Sleeping Bear Press.

Dr. Shimi Kang

Shimi K. Kang, MD is an award-winning, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, researcher, media expert, bestselling author, and keynote speaker. She is passionate about providing science-based tools that optimize the power of the human brain. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and the author of the #1 bestseller The Dolphin Parent and The Tech Solution. She is the founder of Dolphin Kids: Future-Ready Leaders, CEO of Spark Mindset App, and host of the YouTube show; “Mental Wealth with Dr. Shimi Kang”. Dr. Kang has received numerous honors including YWCA Woman of Distinction awards. Dr. Kang is most proud of receiving the Diamond Jubilee Medal for her years of outstanding community service and of being the mother of three awesome but exhausting children.

Cara Natterson

Cara Natterson, is a pediatrician, consultant, and New York Times bestselling author of puberty and parenting books including The Care and Keeping of You series with more than 6 million copies in print. She graduated from Harvard, John Hopkins Medical School, and UCSF, cared for thousands of children at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica, CA, and eventually founded Worry Proof Consulting. Cara is in the midst of launching OOMLA, a puberty lifestyle company. OOMLA was inspired by the intersection of her life writing and working in pediatrics and her discovery of a giant hole in the market when her own kids hit puberty.

Brandi Riley

Brandi Riley is a Digital Influencer, Entrepreneur Coach, and Influencer Activist. She is the founder of Courage to Earn, a community of women who help each other make, earn, and do more. Over the years, Brandi has become an expert at helping women (particularly moms!) find their voice and recognize their value. Brandi’s message is simple, figure out the things that are holding you back then do what you have to do in order to overcome obstacles. You can reach your dreams—on your own terms. Brandi is the 2019 Iris Award Winner for Livestream of the Year, and 2018 Iris Award winner for Entrepreneur of the Year. Follow her on social at @BrandiJeter, or on and

Ana Flores

Ana Flores is the founder and CEO of #WeAllGrow Latina, the first and largest network of Latina digital influencers with a mission to elevate the voices and stories of Latinas through the power of community. The company’s annual #WeAllGrowSummit was named by as one of “19 Conferences Every Creative Should Attend in 2018” and again on the 2019 list.


Born in Houston, Texas, raised in El Salvador and a graduate of the University of Florida, Ana is now settled in Los Angeles, whereshe lives with her daughter and their dog, Ginger.

Jenny Du-Soriano

Jenny  Du-Soriano  is  currently  Johnson  &  Johnson’s  Global Research  &  Development Leader  for  new product innovation for consumer products and medical devices including Class 1 Devices, Class 2 Devices and Combination Products. She has been a part of multiple launches with new products spanning across the Asia Pacific region and the U.S. region. During her time working with Johnson & Johnson she has been able to secure 2 patents with her medical team. 


As the lead, Jenny has been responsible in defining new innovation strategy with the Wound Care Business Franchise team and collaborating with lead market organizations in shaping the future of the product launch pipeline  for  Wound  Care  Franchise,  in  line  with  business  strategy  and  consumer  unmet  needs. She  has been  able  to  manage  the  team  of  scientists  that  leads  the  new  product  development  and  life  cycle management of advanced wound care products in partnership with supplier. 


Jenny Du-Soriano graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering with Honors, from De La Salle University, Manila Philippines. Holds two certificates in Marketing and Finance from New York University.   

Diane Dillon

Dr. Diane Dillon is a practicing psychologist who works with adolescents and families to set goals and celebrate strengths while learning strategies to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma.


Diane was the founding director of the child study team at the School at Columbia University, a faculty member in the Health and Behavior Studies department, and a supervising psychologist for children and families from diverse backgrounds. A published author, Diane co-wrote Mommy Mantras: Affirmations and Insights to Keep You from Losing your Mind(Broadway Books) and has contributed to several  social-emotional learning curricula including MindUp!(Scholastic), and EQ2: Emotion Coaching(Lionheart).


Diane graduated with Honors from Hamilton College (BA), and received advanced training at Columbia University (MA), the University of Massachusetts (PhD), the Ellis Institute (Post-doctoral Fellowship).  She is certified in EMDR. Currently she is on the counseling team at the Hotchkiss School and Canyon Ranch where she works with individuals and families on a broad range of issues. Her approach is evidence-based, collaborative, and rooted in unconditional positive regard and hope. Diane lives with her family in the Berkshire where she enjoys hiking, biking, and meditation.  

Monica Rowe

Monica Rowe currently serves as AVP of Brand Marketing & Communications for CARE USA, an international humanitarian organization, leading the fight against poverty & social injustice, while focused on improving the lives of women & girls. She is responsible for helping to shape the overall direction and growth of CARE globally. Prior to CARE, Monica was Chief Marketing Officer for the One Love Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching young people relationship health education.


Monica has over twenty years of marketing and communications experience leading some of the world’s top global consumer product brands such as Eileen Fisher, Sephora, Bath & Body Works, Jergens, and the Wella Corporation.She has also led strategic communications for other global non-profits including the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Social Accountability International (SAI).Monica has helped shape the culture of every teamand company where she has worked by inspiring change, establishing excellent productivity, and tapping into every available resource to get the job done.


She holds a B.A. in Communications from Seton Hall University and resides in New Jersey with her daughter, Simone. 

Edwin Kuffner M.D.

Ed is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.  He leads a team of medical and safety professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists, scientists)whose sole focus, independent of business or financial objectives, is on patient/consumer safety.  He is a member of the J&J Office of Consumer Medical Safety and a member of the Consumer R&D Leadership team. 


Within J&J Ed works closely with R&D and other groups to embed safety into the entire product lifecycle,  from new product development to monitoring and enhancing the safety of marketed medicines, cosmetics and devices globally. He is a consistent champion of using data and research to advance our collective understanding of safety issues, shape legislation and foster teamwork, trust, and shared accountability to improve public health.  He enjoys working with external stakeholders(e.g. health care professionals, professional and consumer organizations, regulators, public health agencies) to better understand and tackle complex issues such as preventing medication errors, decreasing the number and impact of accidental unsupervised ingestions and preventing overdose and misuse confidential. For J&J internal use only. 


Dr. Kuffner received his B.A degree in German Language and Literature from the State University of New York and his M.D. from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn.  He trained in Emergency Medicine at New York University and Bellevue Hospital Center where he was a Chief Resident.  He completed a medical toxicology fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, Colorado. He is board certified in both emergency medicine and medical toxicology. 


Prior joining J&J, Ed spent 10 years working in Colorado as an emergency physician and medical toxicologist.  While in Colorado he held academic teaching positions at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Denver Health Medical Center, was the Assistant Director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center and was a Medical Director of an emergency department. He has extensive experience working in both the public and private sectors. 


Dr. Kuffner has authored numerous publications, including many involving acetaminophen.  


Ed lives with his wife, Heather, and three children –Kalle(17), Margaret(15), and John(11) in Pennsylvania. The Kuffner family enjoys sports (soccer, hockey, baseball, swimming) outdoor activities(skiing, hiking, camping, going to the beach) and travel. 

Margaret Gurowitz

Margaret Gurowitz is Chief Historian, Johnson & Johnson.Margaret is responsible for bringing to life the heritage of Johnson & Johnson for employees and the public, and for curating exhibits in Johnson & Johnson Our Story at The Power House, the company’s museum, located on the Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters campus in New Brunswick, N.J. and online at


As company historian, Margaret researches and tells stories that illustrate Johnson & Johnson’s heritage of innovation and caring from the past to the present. She also manages and maintains the museum’s archives and partners with outside organizations and museums. Her responsibilities include building engagement with internal and external audiences through researching, telling and curating stories anchored in the company’s heritage, partnering with stakeholders across the company to engage audiences through these stories, and building partnerships with external stakeholders–including public and private museums, historians and educators. 


Margaret is the creator and author of the Kilmer House blog(,the company’s history blog, which launched in 2006,and you can find her on Twitter at @JNJHistory.


Margaret earned a history from Douglass College and an history from Rutgers University. 

Eugenia Richman

Eugenia Miranda Richman is Editor in Chief of, SHE Media’s flagship lifestyle site and premier destination for moms. Prior to joining SHE in February 2020, she served as the Digital Director of Penske Media sister site In her 15+ years in journalism, Eugenia has served a female audience at Café Media and in leadership roles, as well as at legacy brands Vogue and InStyle. She’s also written for Marie Claire, Glamour, Billboard and many more publications and won an award for Best Political Reporting from the National Association of Hispanic Publications. Eugenia earned a BA in journalism and a BA in Latin American history from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MAfromthe City University of New York. She resides in Manhattan with her husband Eric and 18-month-old daughter Delfina.

Erika Janes

Erika Janes is the Deputy Editor of SheKnows, and a writer, editor, and content strategist with deep experience covering all things parenting. Prior to joining SheKnows, Erika served as the managing editor of Scholastic Parents Online and the executive editor of Her writing has appeared on SheKnows, The Bump, What To Expect, Real Simple, Parents, and Women’s Running, among other online publications. Erika earned her degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, where she was a member of the Women’s Swimming and Diving team. She's also the mom of two boys who give her plenty of inspiration for her work.

Amelia Edelman

Amelia Edelman is the senior editor of parenting at SheKnows and the creator of SheKnows' #MomVoyageseries of travel guides for globetrotting families. She writes about single mom life, travel, home, design, wellness, work, politics, and sometimes 'My So-Called Life.' Prior to SheKnows, Amelia spent three years as an editor at Refinery29. Her work has also been published by SELF, Parents, MTV, and others. Amelia is a graduate of Vassar College (BA), New York University (MA), and has studied at St. Andrews University in Scotland, the Center for Book Arts, and the Unterberg Poetry Center. She is a poet with the NPR podcast Versify and was a writer-in-residence fellow at Rivendell Writer's Colony for 2017-2018. When she's not schlepping her 4-year-old son around the world, Amelia lives in Nashville with said son and a very bitchy cat. Follow her on Instagramat@ameliaedelmanand Twitter at@apedelman.

Katie Speller

Katie Speller is the Health & Sex Editor at SheKnows. Her work covering health, wellness, reproductive rights, social issues, politics, technology, sex, relationships and culture have appeared in MTV News, Women’s Health, Bitch, The Daily Dot, WNYC, Public Radio International (PRI), Bustle, and more. She's passionate about telling stories that help families make the best decisions for their minds and bodies, demystifying and debunking complicated or confusing issues in the health space and helping ensure the next generation inherits a safer, happier and healthier world. She's also a tarot reader, an enthusiastic dog parent and is working on a book about anxiety and depression for teens.