We had the good fortune of connecting with Adonica Shaw and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adonica, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Wingwomen was born out of a need to support women who wanted to be active participants in their own health. During the pandemic, I witnessed women from around the world actively participating in conversations around mental health, wellness, and their own health history more publically. I wanted to ensure that even have the pandemic ended that there was a safe place online for these conversations not only to continue but for women to meet other women, healthcare professionals, and physicians that would support their commitment to their personal health.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Wingwomen is an online platform that provides access to peer support and health advice. Whether in our private forums, or our marketplace, Wingwomen can not only connect with each other but also find a patient advocate, independent healthcare provider. Our self-advocacy-led model empowers our Wingwomen to seek support and care based on their values. We believe women should be active participants in their care, and it is our mission to provide access to the resources they need to manage their health, their way.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have a lot of favorite spots, but my absolute favorite places to be are at Newport Beach or on a hiking trail. I went to college at UC Irvine in Orange County and the beach was always the perfect place to clear my mind and work out. I still trek down there every weekend at around 6 in the morning to run.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate this to my daughter. She’s 12. She doesn’t know it yet, but she’s very fortunate to grow up in a time when women can be powerful allies in their own health. I hope one day that she understands the power she has to self-advocate and support women who want to do the same.
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