Featured Speaker

Dr. Scharmaine Lawson – 2021 Luncheon Speaker

Dr. Scharmaine Lawson is a nationally recognized, award-winning nurse practitioner, business owner, speaker, author and mother.

Dr. Lawson has been featured on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, the Harry Connick Jr. Show, ABC News, and Modern Hero for her significant contributions to her hometown of New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Early on, Scharmaine knew she was a survivor. Having never met her father who passed away while incarcerated, she was raised by her 80-year-old grandmother. Determined to get out of the projects where she and her grandmother lived, she spent much of her high school and college years passionate about her studies, laying the foundation for a better life for the both of them. After she graduated from college and passed her nursing boards on her first attempt, she said, “I realized I possessed great strength and power, and a force was brewing in me that would serve me well during my life.”

That strength and power has continued to help her triumph through many of life’s challenges including domestic violence, homelessness, miscarriage, cancer, the death of her husband and raising two children as a single mom. Her resiliency to keep achieving, innovating and creating is why she is among the top 1% of the nursing profession and a highly sought after keynote speaker.

Dr. Lawson is currently busy turning her groundbreaking Nola The Nurse® book series into animated cartoons. Lawson was motivated to create this series after she was unable to find children’s stories for her young daughter that featured minorities in health care jobs and other STEM-related fields.

Watch this episode of Modern Hero to learn more about Dr. Scharmaine Lawson and her work.