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A Woman's Journey National Chairs
Kelly Geer Ripken
Kelly has spent the past three decades participating in nationally recognized public service and philanthropy with a focus on health care and lifestyle, and she has served in leadership roles at various charities, schools and businesses. She has also appeared in countless public service announcements with Maryland’s governor and other dignitaries.
In January 2016, Kelly was named national co-chair of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s annual women’s health program, A Woman’s Journey. This award-winning event draws thousands of female consumers from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Florida who come to learn about medical discoveries from pioneers in their respective fields.
Kelly’s interest in promoting health is longstanding. In partnership with The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1997, she and endocrinologist Paul Ladenson, M.D., founded the Kelly G. Ripken Program for thyroid awareness and education. The program provides 2,500 free thyroid screenings each year.
In December 2015, Kelly was elected a member of the board of trustees of the National Theatre in Washington. In this role, she helps shape the future of American theater by creating innovative entertainment experiences, and she promotes the nation’s capital as a vibrant cultural destination. In 2017, Kelly was named co-chair of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s Annual Great Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show in Washington.
Her healthy and active lifestyle was featured in a series of “Living Healthy” segments on WBAL-TV in Baltimore.
Through her public service endeavors, Kelly was the keynote speaker at the Central Intelligence Agency for the kickoff of the capital campaign. She has also spoken in the nation’s capital on issues advocating for health insurance coverage for annual mandatory thyroid blood testing and she has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including Good Morning America and Prime Time Live with Chris Wallace. Kelly has been featured in print publications including Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, People, Sports Illustrated and Baltimore magazine.
Over 30 years, Kelly has created and managed public and private events including a Baseball Hall of Fame celebration. She has also collaborated with the renowned Baltimore School for the Arts for more than 20 years, hosting thousands of underprivileged children for the school’s The Nutcracker ballet. She is a co-founder of the Baltimore Reads Ripken Learning Center, established in 1988 to promote adult literacy — the center has become a national model for adult learning and job placement.
Watch a video of Kelly talking about why she got involved with A Woman's Journey.