Maria Dorfner is an award-winning American television producer, journalist, host, writer, author, speaker, philanthropist and entrepreneur specializing in health. She was creator, senior producer and co-anchor of Healthcare Consumers, Healthy Living and Lifestyles and Longevity on CNBC and helped launch it 1989. Her stories, series and talk shows have appeared on national broadcasts including NBC, CBS, ABC, CNBC, A&E and in syndication. Originally from Brooklyn, she graduated with Sigma Tau Delta honors from Pace University in NYC and received an advanced writing scholarship at Columbia University from NBC News. Maria is also founding CEO of NewsMD, an award-winning full-service production company specializing in original content and programming since 1993. She volunteers on several organizations to help raise awareness about health issues and helped raise over $20M for community hospitals. Most recently, she was awarded an Outstanding Leadership Abilities award from her alma mater. She received a Media Recognition Award from the American Heart Association for her series Heart Smart airing on CNBC, a Freddie Award for Excellence in Medical Reporting, and a Medical Reporting Scholarship from the American Medical Association. She was a medical and special projects producer for NBC Miami. She is the author of 3 books published in 2014: Healthy Within, PRESSure: Break Into Broadcasting (both available on Lulu Publishing and B&N). A Little of This, A Little of That: Health, Heart & Humor in an Italian-American Kitchen (available on Amazon and B&N). She is the founder of Healthy Within Network (HWN), a 24-hour digital health network. Her blog covers what's hot in health. She is in Marquis Who's Who in American Women. She mentors journalism students and won a Commitment to the Advancement of Women in Media award from Pace University, Women in Corporate America and the National Association of Female Executives, and an Outstanding Achievement Award from the March of Dimes. She will be speaking again at her alma mater in May 2015.