Michelle Sie Whitten
President & CEO, Co-Founder, Global Down Syndrome Foundation
Michelle Sie Whitten President Michelle Sie Whitten is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global). Global is dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education, and Advocacy. Its primary focus is to support the first academic home in the United States committed to research and medical care for people with Down syndrome made up of key affiliates – the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome and the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center, both at the Anschutz Medical Campus, and the Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Global publishes the award-winning quarterly magazine – Down Syndrome WorldTM and is a leading national lobbying and advocacy organization for people with Down syndrome. Specifically, Global is the lead voice in requiring a comparable, fair share of federal government support for research, improved medical care, and improved educational standards for people with Down syndrome. Global organizes the award-winning Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show – the single largest annual fundraiser for Down syndrome, and administers the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award each year. Programs established by Whitten, and organized and funded by Global include the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dance Class, Ed McCaffrey Dare to Play Football and Cheer Camps, Global Down Syndrome Educational Series, the Dare to Play Soccer Camp, Dare to Play Tennis Camp, and more.