Congratulations Anne Devereux-Mills, the winner of our 2020 Connect Award. We will be honoring Anne (and our other winners) at our annual Make Your Mark Awards on Wednesday, January 29 at the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall in Palo Alto.
Anne Devereux-Mills is the Founder and CEO of Parlay House, a global modern "salon" series designed to spark authentic conversations and build meaningful, supportive relationships across a diverse range of women. With over 5,000 members in San Francisco, Oakland, New York City, London, Paris, Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, Amman and Seattle, Parlay House provides space for the conversations that aren’t held in other places. Anne’s story and journey are chronicled in her recently released best-selling book, The Parlay Effect: How Female Connection Can Change the World. Anne is a mentor for SHE-CAN, and organization supporting and grooming the next generation of female world leaders coming from post-genocide countries. An activist on issues related to social justice, she was a key member of the team that helped pass California's Proposition 36, which brought fair sentencing to thousands of non-violent inmates as part of California's Three Strikes reform. Following that victory, she was the Executive Director for the Emmy-nominated documentary film entitled, The Return.
Anne supported Stanford University by serving as the Executive Director of Healthy Body Image Programs, which then grew into the digital mental health company called Lantern. Before taking on these roles in more philanthropic ventures, Anne raised two daughters in the New York area, with a significant career that specialized in the healthcare marketing. Specifically, she was the Chairman and CEO of LLNS and TBWA/WorldHealth (and their worldwide marketing network) after her successful roles as Chief Integration Officer at BBDO and Managing Director of their highly successful healthcare unit. She also served as CEO of Consumer Healthworks, a division of Merkley and Partners, as well as President of Harrison& Star.
She is the former Chairman of the Board of Marchex, a public company in the mobile technology space. Anne recently completed a successful sale of a home healthcare company as a board member for Angelo Gordon, and was a founding board member of of Braven, a non-profit organization which focuses on identifying and empowering our nation’s high-performing yet underserved youth. Anne also helped launch the iHUG Foundation, a not-for-profit school in Uganda supporting some of that nation's most needy children. She continues to participate in many activities that mentor and nurture underserved women.
Anne is a Wellesley College graduate, a 2003 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She has been honored by a range of organizations including SHE-CAN, Advertising Women of New York, The All-Stars Foundation, and Project Kesher.
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In her spare time, Anne can be found doing motivational speaking, working out in a pilates studio, skimming waves on a paddle board, sitting at the kitchen counter making jewelry or traveling the world.