Emily Korns, MBA, RDN brings nearly 20 years of health care marketing and communications experience to OPEN MINDS. Having started her career as a Program Manager for the Allegheny County Health Department where she developed and delivered behavior change and education programs designed to prevent chronic disease in vulnerable populations throughout greater Pittsburgh, PA, Ms. Korns brings a similar focus on population health, wellness, and nutrition expertise to OPEN MINDS.
Most recently, Ms. Korns was the Director of Communications and Marketing for Conemaugh Health System in Johnstown, PA, part of Duke Lifepoint Healthcare, where she led marketing communications for the health system’s four hospitals, outpatient clinics, and 40+ physician practices. Ms. Korns managed, executed, and measured the ROI of the department’s $1.4 million budget and served on the executive leadership team. During her tenure with the health system, Ms. Korns directed external media relations, internal communications strategies, and executed digital and social media, advertising, and sponsorship campaigns focused on consumer access. Ms. Korns implemented service line launches, regional expansion projects, and organization change initiatives that led to revenue and EBITDA growth exceeding budget targets.
Prior to her time with Conemaugh Health System, Ms. Korns served as the Global Corporate Affairs Learning & Development Director for Mars Inc. in McLean, VA where she led learning and development initiatives for a 550-person global team. In this capacity, Ms. Korns identified opportunities to build employees’ skills and capabilities through data analysis and designed custom training solutions using virtual platforms to deliver content to a globally dispersed workforce. Ms. Korns also served as the Team Business and Effectiveness Manager for the Global Corporate Affairs Leadership Team, driving alignment around global strategic initiatives, and managing an operational budget of $34 million. Ms. Korns organized high impact, worldwide meetings designed to align diverse teams around global strategy.
In her role as Mars North America Health & Nutrition Communications Manager, Ms. Korns managed public relations and nutrition stakeholder engagement for Mars North America, including CocoaVia®, Seeds of Change®, World of Grains®, Uncle Ben’s®, Marathon® and Dove® chocolate brands. She collaborated internally and externally on nutrition transparency and responsible marketing initiatives and sat on national food policy committees.
Ms. Korns also served as the Associate Director of Communications for Nestlé Nutrition North America (Gerber Products Company). In this role, Ms. Korns managed public relations, social media, and issues management for the Gerber® brand. Ms. Korns worked on new product launches and line extensions and served on the global team responsible for the first social media policy at Nestlé. Additionally, she was responsible for stakeholder engagement related to the Nestlé Feeding Infants and Toddlers (FITS) study.
Ms. Korns received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Business Administration from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, and earned a Certificate of Graduate Studies from the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy – Tufts University. Ms. Korns is also the owner and founder of Uptown Works, LLC, a coworking center located in rural Somerset, PA.