August 10th, 2009
Brittany Hume, Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson
Working in the field of HIV/AIDS, I consider myself spoiled by the caliber of people that I encounter on a day-to-day basis. Passion and gritty determination are prerequisite characteristics for choosing a career in global public health, and the organizations with which Johnson & Johnson partners on its Corporate Contributions work are peppered with unsung heroes chasing ambitious dreams and overcoming inconceivable day-to-day challenges to improve the health of millions.
Robin Smalley is one such person. As one of the co-founders of mothers2mothers, Robin helped launch an organization that tackles one of the most tragic—and preventable—public health issues in Africa today: the transmission of HIV/AIDS from a mother to her baby.
As they say, though, some leaders are born, and others are made. Robin would place herself in the latter category.
At first introduction, Robin is a bright, warm person whose sunny disposition reflects her California roots. She spent the first half of her career in television, serving as a writer, producer, and director for iconic shows like “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and rubbing elbows with actors and celebrities. Despite her success earned by years of hard work, Robin began to question her happiness and fulfillment.