CEO of A.S.P.E.N. Named 40 Under 40 Honoree
Jun 09, 2015, 03:40 ET
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Out of hundreds of nominees, Debra BenAvram, the CEO of the American Society for Parenteral and for Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.), has been named one of Washington Business Journal's 40 Under 40 honorees. The 40 Under 40 program recognizes the D.C. metropolitan area's top business leaders under 40 years of age who have exhibited outstanding performance for their organizations.
At just 31 years old, Debra BenAvram took the reins of A.S.P.E.N., a 6,200-member association that raises awareness about patient malnutrition: "Associations are leveraging young leaders to test new strategies and to grow the field. I am honored to be impacting such an important organization through my passion for well-crafted organizational culture and nimble business practices."
An industry leader, BenAvram seeks to be a model for change and innovation. She designed an organizational culture to break silos and empower staff. Under her leadership, the association annual revenue increased from $3 million to $5 million and it achieved $2.3 million in year-end surpluses.
As CEO, BenAvram led A.S.P.E.N. to establish Malnutrition Awareness Week (recently accepted onto the National Health Observances Calendar) and to collaborate with the FDA on critical therapeutic drug shortages. BenAvram is a board member for the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice, which advocates for intimate partner violence survivors.
Washington Business Journal will honor their 40 Under 40 recipients at a reception on June 11th.
A.S.P.E.N. is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism. Founded in 1976, A.S.P.E.N. is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. A.S.P.E.N. is a community of dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students, and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition support clinical practice, research, and education.
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