Rita Patel is a social artist with over twenty years of experience in health care and wellness through different entry points, perspectives and industry players. Her work is focused on transformation, and as a conceptual thinker she develops creative solutions and media to inspire change that is grounded in her broad business background. Her contributions aim to “connect the dots” for a symphonic view. Rita’s has for-profit and not-for-profit client service experience, in entrepreneurial, open and collaborative environments. Currently, she is the Director at Michigan Wellness Council focused on bringing leading resources in workplace wellness to employers. She also sits on the boards of Common Ground and Paint Creek Center for the Arts.
Rita holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University with a concentration on Effectiveness and Outcomes Research related to quality of life. During her time at Columbia, she traveled abroad and studied post-apartheid health care transition in South Africa. Rita’s past experience includes time at Deloitte, Ernst & Young and Hospital for Special Surgery. Rita also taught a graduate level course on Psychosocial Aspects of Health at UM-Flint School of Public Health & Health Sciences, focusing on how all parts of life affect well-being. She regularly draws upon her certifications and experience in Conversational Leadership and Creative Problem Solving in her current work.