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Leadership Story: Amanda Skinner ’08, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

The Donaldson Fellow and EMBA alumna discusses her career in women’s reproductive healthcare and the profession’s current challenges.

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Amanda Skinner ’08 realized what she wanted to do with her life on April 5, 1992. A college senior, Skinner traveled from Texas to Washington, D.C., for the March for Women’s Lives. There, a speech by Faye Wattleton, then the head of Planned Parenthood, inspired Skinner’s decision to spend her career focused on women’s health. Three decades later, the former nurse midwife is the CEO and president of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, facing a radically changed abortion landscape and an uncertain future in the wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision in June.

Skinner is one of the 2021-22 Donaldson Fellows, who were recognized as embodying the school’s mission to educate leaders for business and society in their personal lives and professional accomplishments.