Lessons in Leadership featuring Martine Rothblatt

December 7, 2017

Leadership Greater Washington is honored to welcome Martine Rothblatt, lawyer, author, and entrepreneur., for an intimate conversation on leadership topics with Richard Bynum (’13) of PNC Bank – our gracious host and sponsor for the Lessons in Leadership Series.

This Lessons in Leadership session will take place on Thursday, December 7 from 8:00-10:00 AM at PNC Place – 800 17th Street NW, 12th Floor, in downtown D.C. Guests are welcome to accompany LGW members to this event, but all must be registered. 


Event Details
Lessons in Leadership:
Martine Rothblatt
Thursday, December 7 | 8:00-10:00 AM
PNC Place
800 17th Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20006

More about Martine 


Martine Aliana Rothblatt is an American lawyer, author, and entrepreneur. She is currently the CEO of Silver Spring based, United Therapeutics Corp, a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative products to address the unmet medical needs of patients with chronic and life-threatening conditions.

Rothblatt graduated from University of California with a combined law and MBA degree in 1981, then began work in Washington, D.C., in the field of communications satellite law, on such sciences projects like the Human Genome Project. Rothblatt has also represented the television broadcasting industry before the Federal Communications Commission in the areas of direct broadcast satellites and spread spectrum communication. She has provided regulatory law expertise for NASA, the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Radio Frequencies and the Geostar System.

In 1986, she became CEO of Geostar Corporation, under William E. Simon as Chairman. She left Geostar in 1990 to create both WorldSpace and Sirius Satellite Radio. She left Sirius in 1992 and WorldSpace in 1997 to become the full-time Chairwoman and CEO of United Therapeutics. Rothblatt is responsible for launching several communications satellite companies, including the first private international spacecom project (PanAmSat, 1984), the first global satellite radio network (WorldSpace, 1990), and the first non-geostationary satellite-to-car broadcasting system (Sirius Satellite Radio, 1990. 

As an attorney-entrepreneur, Rothblatt was also responsible for leading the efforts to obtain worldwide approval, via new international treaties, of satellite orbit/spectrum allocations for space-based navigation services and for direct-to-person satellite radio transmissions. She also led the International Bar Association's biopolitical project to develop a draft Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights for the United Nations.

Rothblatt is a well-known voice for medical and pharmaceutical innovation. In 1994, Rothblatt created the PPH Cure Foundation and later by founding a United Therapeutics in1996. She has a Ph.D. in medical ethics at the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.  
In 2013, Rothblatt was listed the highest-paid female CEO in America. On May 11, 2010 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Ben Gurion University of the Negev in recognition of her accomplishments in satellite communications and biotechnology.  In April 2008, Rothblatt was elected a Member of the American Philosophical Society. She also served as a member of the Space Studies Institute (SSI) Board of Trustees. In 2017, Forbes listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds.

Rothblatt is also a published author. She recently released, “Virtually Human,” a manifesto on the rights of yet-to-be-created cyber-humans. She founded a religion, the Terasem Movement, which puts together her cultural Judaism, Zen-like yoga and a deep belief in technology.


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