Carolee Lee
Founder & CEO
Access Circles and WHAM

AccessCircles was founded in 2007 by Carolee Lee, the former CEO and founder of Carolee Designs, one of the world’s leading accessories brands. After the sale of her business in 2005, Carolee focused her passion and energy on women’s health and life planning with a vision to create AccessCircles, a global by-invitation network for women providing connectivity, knowledge, and access to thought leaders, resources, and experiences that transform our lives.

AccessCircles is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of women through the discovery, research, dissemination, and integration of sex and gender-based differences and the application of this knowledge to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes for women so that they may lead healthy, long ,and productive lives.

In July 2018, WHAM! was launched by Carolee Lee as an initiative of AccessCircles (a 501(c)(3)) to focus on increasing awareness of women’s health issues, investing in women’s health research, and implementing strategies that will improve the inequities and bias in research while accelerating scientific discovery in women’s health. The Connors Center at Brigham / Harvard is WHAM!’s lead scientific partner.

Carolee has served on the board of the Women’s World Bank and the Museum of Arts and Design in NY. She is a past chair of the Committee of 200, the organization of preeminent businesswomen and also served as the chair of its Foundation Board. She currently serves as a director on the board of DSW, Inc., a leading shoe retailer; The Women’s Leadership Board at The John F. Kennedy School of Government and as a founding board member of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, where she has served since 1986.

Carolee has been recognized with numerous awards and recognitions for her professional and philanthropic achievements.