Emily Avila


From Silicon Valley to São Paulo, Emily has guided leaders and their organizations through some serious challenges. Whether it was preparing researchers for FDA hearings or advising CEOs before investor conferences, she has acted as a trusted advisor to executives at some of the world’s largest organizations.

Formerly a television reporter, she eventually became Director of Communications for Stanford University Medical Center before launching her own consulting and executive leadership coaching practice. Throughout her career, she has focused her efforts on the transformational power of narratives to engage, influence and motivate.

She is an author, a former columnist, and a pioneer in online public relations. Her superpower is the ability to connect the dots — taking a heap of complicated information and helping clients craft a cohesive story.

Health care background

Much of our focus has been on health and medicine — from life science start-ups to global health organizations. We see health and well-being as a complex system and one of the greatest global challenges.  We work with companies and organizations addressing this challenge from a variety of perspectives.

  • global health
  • health technology
  • biotech and pharmaceuticals
  • public health
  • patient advocacy
  • planetary health
  • lifestyle and wellness
  • health education
Other industry sectors
  • Travel, tourism, hospitality
  • Venture capital firms
  • Telecommunications
  • Financial services
  • Law firms
  • Technology