Erika Carbray


Erika Carbray
pharmaceutical sales,
representative, Merck


My time at the Aspen Ideas festival was eye-opening and truly amazing. To have had the most brilliant people in the world with innovative ideas, all in one place, is priceless. I feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of it.

The information I've learned will stay with me for the rest of my life, and more importantly, change me going forward. The discussions I had the pleasure of attending were on relevant topics such as: maternal mortality, global health, mental health and psychology, economics, politics, innovative ideas, nature and climate, government, drug addiction, brain development and change, pediatric care, elderly care, and many more. One of my favorite lectures was entitled "The Science of Temperament: Introvert, Extrovert, or Ambivert?” The speaker, Nidhi Berry, dove into the medical reasons why people feel and act the way they do.

Walking around the beautiful campus at the Aspen Institute, there was a general vibe of happiness and a common understanding that we were all there because we care about making a positive impact on society, health, and the world.

Speaking of changing the world, Merck for Mothers is doing just that. The breadth and depth of the lives it improves is immeasurable. At the Aspen Ideas Festival, witnessing so many others learn about maternal mortality, and become passionate about helping to end it, was by far the best part. This growing passion will absolutely help to save lives.