Helping Moms & Babies Flourish

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Meet two outstanding women who are changing the conversation around the motherhood journey. Melissa Bowley and Elisabeth Howard of the Flourish Collective will share their vision, their startup experience, and their plans for a pioneering partnership with Women & Infants Hospital in 2022.


Michelle Wu, Wu Consulting, RI Bio Board Member
Michelle brings 20 years of experience in the medical device and life sciences industries with roles in executive leadership, product and process development, manufacturing, and quality. She has a history of successful medical device product development, strategic planning and execution, building teams, process evolution, and managing organizational change.  As a consultant, she now helps start-ups and mid-size companies bring their medical technology innovations to life.


Melissa Bowley, Founder & CEO, Flourish Collective
A biomedical engineer by trade, Melissa spent her career working on creating products to better women’s health and wellness at top medical device companies. Now the mom of two is on a mission to improve maternity care, build awareness and increase access to local community resources for new and expecting moms.  

Elisabeth Howard, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer, Flourish Collective and Director of Nurse Midwifery Division of Women & Infants Hospital
Liz brings a personal emphasis on community inclusion and diversity in health education. She has been giving community outreach lectures and led research in the area since 1984. Her career has given her extraordinary exposure to a range of patient and provider demographics at organizations around the country.



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