The American Heart Association announced the new chair for the 16th Annual Westchester Go Red For Women Luncheon set for Friday, May 31st at the Hilton Westchester. Judy Melillo, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, will lead the Go Red campaign efforts to help raise awareness and funds to fight the number one killer of women: heart disease.
Judy Melillo will lead fundraising and community outreach for the Go Red For Women Luncheon and year-round campaign, including National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1st. The Go Red Luncheon event includes a health and wellness exposition, local health experts, and a PURSEonality auction featuring stylish handbags, wallets and more. Event information is online at http://westchestergored.heart.org.
The American Heart Association states that more than 80% of coronary events in women may be prevented with simple lifestyle changes, but prevention is hindered by the fact that many women do not realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women—more than all cancers combined. For 15 years, the Go Red For Women movement has worked to close this knowledge gap and provide women with tools, resources and inspiration to build a healthier life. Women can access free resources at www.goredforwomen.org.
Judy Melillo joined Valhalla-based Fujifilm in 2005 and has served as General Counsel since 2013. Judy has been instrumental in building a corporate governance structure that can address the challenges of a dynamic and expanding global corporation. Her teams generally manage the legal, compliance and environmental, health and safety affairs of the corporation and its 21 North American and Latin American subsidiaries.
She earned her B.A. in political science from Boston College, and graduated as valedictorian of her class from Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Prior to joining Fujifilm, she was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York City. Judy, her husband Mike and their two sons are longtime residents of Westchester County.
“For this campaign, my goal is to help women learn the importance of taking care of ourselves,” said Judy. “In 2017, an article in WorldBank.org written by Patricio V Marquez and co-authored by Melanie Walker was titled Healthy Women are the cornerstone of healthy societies. And it’s true. The only way we, as mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, friends and co-workers, can continue to take care of others is by prioritizing our own health and wellbeing. Our lives depend upon it, and our families, friends and co-workers depend upon us.”
Judy Melillo will lead the Go Red For Women Executive Leadership Committee whose members include Maureen Adams, Director Clinical Operations, Internal Medicine, WESTMED Medical Group; Kaitlin Triano, Director Commercialization, New Payment Flows, Mastercard; Grace Ferri, VP of Marketing & Development, United Hebrew; Terri Ferri, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; and Dawn French, VP of Marketing & Development, White Plains Hospital.
Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by CVS Health. Greenwich Hospital is the Signature Sponsor. Check. Change. Control. Local sponsor is White Plains Hospital and media sponsors include 100.7 WHUD, Examiner News and Westchester Magazine.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.