Spotlight: Exceptional Women- Interview with Alyson Watson, Founder & CEO of Modern Health

Orly speaks with Alyson Watson- founder and CEO of Modern Health, about the importance of mental wellness, self care and focusing on people's strengths to build a large company with a strong team.

In our series “Spotlight: Exceptional Women”, Orly Glick, Partner at Vintage Investment Partners, will interview leading women in unique positions in the tech and VC worlds, who are blazing the path for women executives and entrepreneurs.

In our first episode, Alyson speaks about her background that led her to build and lead a hyper growth company.

Alyson Watson is the founder and CEO of Modern Health, the mental wellness platform that combines the WHO well-being assessment, personalized stress management support, an international network of certified coaches, and licensed therapists available in 35 languages to deliver wellness across a broad range of individual needs. Modern Health empowers employers to lead the charge in acknowledging that mental health is just as important as physical health, destigmatizing coaching and therapy, and increasing accessibility of mental health services for all.

Founded in 2017, Modern Health incorporates evidence-based psychology principles and seamless technology to serve the needs of global companies like Pixar, SoFi, Lyft, Nextdoor, EA, Okta, and Rakuten. Headquartered in San Francisco, Modern Health has raised more than $172 million from Founders Fund, Battery Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Afore Capital, MGV, Frederic Kerrest (co-founder of Okta), and 01 Advisors.

Alyson is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker providing keynotes to CiscoLive! around the impact of Covid-19 on mental health as well as offering up her expertise to broadcast channels such as NBC California Live and KMEL radio. Alyson regularly leads fireside chats with industry experts most recently including Ariel Cohen, CEO of TripActions, Cara Allamano, SVP People at Udemy, and Mamoon Hamid, Partner at Kleiner Perkins and investor in Modern Health. She has been featured in the “Left to Our Own Devices” podcast hosted by Erica Keswin (best-selling author of Bring Your Human to Work: Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That’s Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World), as well as participating in leading panel discussions with the likes of Henry Ward, CEO of Carta, Martha Miller from the SEC and Will Kohler from Lightspeed Venture Partners to discuss how investment markets are changing in a post Covid world.

Prior to starting Modern Health, Alyson held leadership roles including health industry strategy consulting at PwC, healthy behavior change management at Keas (acquired by Welltok), and partner point solution integrations at Collective Health. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Global Environmental Change and Sustainability. Alyson has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 and Fortune’s 40 Under 40 lists.

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