Carolyn Rodehau

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Carolyn Rodehau - 2017 Nominee
Position: Program Manager for Advoacy & Private Sector Engagement
Organization: Meridian Group International, Inc.
Current Location: Washington DC, United States, North America
MSc. in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Expected June 2018
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD
Postgraduate Certificate in Global Health
May 2013

School of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
B.A. in Law and Society
Minor in International Business & Administration
May 2010
Presidential Scholarship Recipient
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Awarding Organization:
    Johnson and Johnson - Sponsor Save the Children
    Date Awarded:
    August 1, 2016
  • Award:
    Awarding Organization:
    American Unviersity
    Date Awarded:
    May 1, 2006
Carolyn is a major voice advocating for corporations to expand access to family planning through factories in their global supply chains. She's developed advocacy strategies and strong messages for corporate policies and practices at the workplace. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I work at the nexus of development projects and the private sector, to improve the outcomes for each. As part of a small team, I am calling for big change in the way that companies ensure access to quality family planning and reproductive health services.

We are living in a time where 69 of the top 100 economic entities are corporations rather than countries. The private sector’s potential for social impact is significant – particularly within their own operations. The suppliers & vendors of these large corporations employ millions of women of reproductive age, which is often overlooked.

Much of my work on the USAID-funded Evidence Project involves elevating these issues in policy dialogues and building the evidence-base that is critical to increasing visibility & priority.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Early in my career, I worked with an organization called ZERO TO THREE, which really opened my eyes to how important it is to ensure that every child brought into this world is planned and wanted. Following that, in my work at Save the Children, I saw first-hand how improving access to family planning saves lives by preventing both maternal and newborn deaths. That’s really powerful.

Ultimately for me, family planning is essential for women's empowerment, which drives my advocacy efforts.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

Over this past year, I provided TA to Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) in the development of the “Gender Equality in Codes of Conduct Guidance,” clarifying why & how a gender dimension - including access to FP - should be reflected in corporate codes. This tool supports advocacy efforts with BSR’s 300+ multinational members and 6 of the largest corporate standard-setting organizations and has the potential to significantly advance the reproductive rights of women globally.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

If selected, I would use the platform to increase the visibility of the role the private sector can play in advancing the FP2020 goal of enabling 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020. I would love to use the grant funding to support an advocacy fellow for my team. Serving as an incubator for young advocates gives our organization the opportunity to build the capacity of students who are passionate about family planning and expose them to this new way of thinking.

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