Honoring Shawn & Serena Levy ELYSE BILA OUEDRAOGO AWARD and Beena Patel Minhaj, DrPH, MPH
& Hasan Minhaj

6:30PM PDT Cocktails
7:30PM PDT Dinner and Program
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Join us for an evening of celebration and laughter to pay tribute to the humanitarian contributions of our amazing honorees and Jhpiego’s transformative work improving the health and well-being of women and their families around the world.




Shawn Levy is one of the most prolific filmmakers of the past two decades. His projects have consistently garnered massive worldwide success, including the multi-Oscar-nominated Arrival, which he produced, and the award-winning Netflix series “Stranger Things,” on which Levy serves as both Executive Producer and frequent director.

More About Shawn

Levy’s latest directorial effort, The Adam Project, debuted on Netflix on March 11, 2022 and is already the #4 most watched film on Netflix of all time. The film marks Levy’s latest collaboration with Ryan Reynolds, and also features Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Garner, and Catherine Keener. Reynolds’ and Levy’s first collaboration, Free Guy, which Levy directed and produced, was released theatrically by Disney on August 13, 2021 and was the top grossing domestic non-sequel, non-franchise, original IP film of the 2020/2021 box office season.

As a director, Levy’s films include all three installments of the blockbuster Night at the Museum franchise, which he also produced. The “Museum” films feature a legendary cast of stars such as Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Hank Azaria, Amy Adams, Christopher Guest, Jonah Hill, Rebel Wilson, Dick Van Dyke, and Mickey Rooney. Levy’s other directorial hits include Date Night starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell, Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman, and This Is Where I Leave You, a feature adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s best-selling novel which showcased an all-star cast including Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver and Rose Byrne.

Levy’s production company 21 Laps Entertainment produces content in multiple genres and collaborates with some of the most distinguished filmmakers in the industry. The company is currently in production on the series “All the Light We Cannot See” which Levy is directing. Other upcoming projects at Netflix include the upcoming fourth season of “Stranger Things,” the second season of “Unsolved Mysteries,” and the second season of “Shadow and Bone.” Additionally, Rosaline for Hulu is in post-production and Crater and an animated version of Night at the Museum are both launching this year on Disney+. A sequel to Free Guy and Deadpool 3 are also in the works, with Levy directing both.

Serena Levy

Serena Levy attended Barnard College in Manhattan and then Antioch University, where she completed her graduate degree. Serena has practiced as an early childhood development specialist—working with young children, individually and within families, both privately and at Cedars Sinai Medical Center Early Childhood Center.

More About Serena

In addition, Serena has served as an individual, couples and family counselor both privately and at Southern California Counseling Center. Serena serves on the Board of Trustees for A Sense of Home, a non-profit in Los Angeles that provides furnished first homes for former foster youth.


Beena Patel Minhaj, DrPH, MPH

Beena Patel Minhaj, DrPH, MPH, joined the Vituity Cares Foundation team after serving as a Senior Transformation Consultant at Vituity for seven years. In this role, she worked to improve the quality and delivery of care through innovative, evidence-based and patient-centered innovations. As Executive Director, Minhaj has leveraged these solutions to create a multi-tired, interdisciplinary approach to addressing the social determinants of health and the impacts they have on marginalized communities.

More About Beena

She is a graduate of the Health Policy and Management Doctor of Public Health program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Minhaj’s dissertation on the implementation of the West Los Angeles patient-centered medical home for homeless veterans has been recognized nationally and replicated as a best practice across the country. As a public health researcher, she has led and conducted several quantitative and qualitative evaluation projects including for the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development’s evaluation of the public health taskforce in California.

Originally from California, Minhaj now resides in New York with her husband and two children. She is an active community volunteer and enjoys hosting children’s literary and STEM exposure programs.

Learn more about her role with Vituity Cares Foundation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bhD-bwQUjo

Hasan Minhaj

Hasan Minhaj is a two-time Peabody Award-Winning comedian best known for his breakout special Homecoming King (Netflix) and his critically acclaimed, political satire show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Netflix), which won a Peabody, an Emmy and a Television Academy Honor. His second one-hour comedy special, The King’s Jester, premiered on Netflix on October 4, 2022.

More About Hasan

Minhaj was a senior correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) and headlined the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. He is the co-founder and chief executive officer of 186K Films, which will produce its first feature, For The Culture, with Amazon Studios. Minhaj will star in the film and is co-writing the script with Prashanth Venkataramanujam .



  • Drs. Howie & Susan Mandel and Drs. Hadar & Cory Waldman


  • Disney Studios Content
  • Wyck Godfrey & Dr. Mary Kerr
  • Eden Hammond


  • David & Sandy Ellison
  • Murthy Law Firm / MurthyNAYAK Foundation
  • Netflix
  • Michelle Ores & Charles Schorin
  • Ted Sarandos & Ambassador Nicole Avant
  • Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw


  • Amazon Studios
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Ellen & Tom Hoberman
  • Gilliane Isabelle
  • Omelet & Don Kurz
  • Jonathan Tropper & Stephanie Abram


  • Skip Brittenham, Heather Thomas & Ziffren Brittenham LLP
  • Cindy & Robert Broder
  • Ellen Bronfman Hauptman & Andrew Hauptman
  • Oliver & Basil Chidi Funk
  • Charlie Day & Mary Elizabeth Ellis
  • Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole LLP
  • Dr. Renee Levi & Alan Levi
  • Little Stranger
  • Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams
  • Hasan & Beena Minhaj
  • Cara & Erik Moreno
  • Annica & James Newton Howard
  • Pac Post
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Sherri Pudloski & James Noser
  • Pam Schutz & John Mann
  • Megan & Peter Rice
  • Iris & Michael Smith
  • Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole LLP
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Spotify
  • Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor
  • Trailer Park Group
  • WME


  • Steve & Lucy Asbell
  • Pippa Cohen
  • Jim & Jennifer Esposito
  • Lisa Feintech, MD
  • Manda Ghaferi
  • Ramya & Giancarlo Giangola
  • Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs & Fox, L.L.P.
  • Hugh Jackman & Deborra-Lee Furness
  • JSF Financial LLC
  • Simon Kinberg & Cleo Wade
  • Lovesome Blossoms
  • Katherine & Joseph Mele
  • Heidi & Erik Murkoff
  • Zak Penn & Michele Weiss
  • Quiet Cocoon Productions & Evangeline Lilly
  • Anne & Robert Simonds
  • Rita Tuzon & Richard Stone
  • Untitled Entertainment
  • Elyse & David Walker
  • Kaily & Adam Westbrook
  • J. Yang & Family Foundation


We are so proud to offer our guests the opportunity to win these once-in-a-lifetime experiences:

  • Attend the premiere of the final season of Stranger Things
  • Attend the global film premiere of Deadpool 3
  • Beauty must-haves curated by Molly Sims
  • Experience Nashville’s Music City Grand Prix with business class airfare and luxury accommodations.



  • Alan Bergman
  • Skip Brittenham & Heather Thomas
  • Hugh Jackman & Deborra-Lee Furness
  • Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds
  • Drs. Howie and Susan Mandel
  • Brian & Tracy Robbins
  • Tom Rothman & Jessica Harper
  • Ted Sarandos & Ambassador Nicole Avant
  • Molly Sims & Scott Stuber
  • Patrick & Pia Whitesell


  • Steve & Lucy Asbell
  • Charmaine & Sean Bailey
  • Jason Bateman & Amanda Anka
  • Michele Brennan & Kent Alterman
  • Basil Chidi Funk
  • Matt & Ross Duffer
  • David & Sandy Ellison
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Manda Ghaferi
  • Ramya and Giancarlo Giangola
  • Ann & Jim Gianopulos
  • Wyck Godfrey & Dr. Mary Kerr
  • Kira Goldberg & Aaron Zimmerman
  • Jeff & Amy Gorin
  • Ari Greenberg & Andrea Lee
  • David Harbour & Lily Allen
  • Ellen & Tom Hoberman
  • Simon Kinberg & Cleo Wade
  • Wendy Kirk
  • Dr. Murray Lappe
  • Greg Lauren & Elizabeth Berkley Lauren
  • Alyson and Ori Marmur
  • Jennifer Meyer
  • Cara & Erik Moreno
  • Heidi & Erik Murkoff
  • Winona Ryder & Scott Mackinlay Hahn
  • Anne & Robert Simonds
  • Noelle Toland & Don Kurz
  • Paige Goldberg Tolmach & Matt Tolmach
  • Drs. Hadar & Cory Waldman
  • Elyse & David Walker
  • Rachel Zoe & Rodger Berman

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