Carrie Shaw works at the intersection of health education and virtual reality storytelling. She is the CEO and founder Embodied Labs, an immersive education and wellness platform for professional and family caregivers and the elders they serve.
After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Public Health, Carrie spent 2 years working as a Health Education Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic where she fell in love with the way visual communication tools have the unique potential to cross cultural, language, and education barriers. Following that time, Carrie worked concurrently as her mother’s primary caregiver, a medical visualization research assistant and a teaching assistant for undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology. Her mother’s diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease opened Carrie’s eyes to the needs of caregivers and the aging services workforce, leading her to complete a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Visualization and eventually found her company. Embodied Labs’ work has been featured by the AARP, United Healthcare, Forbes, JAMA, and The History Channel and in July 2018, Embodied Labs won Grand Prize and a $250K award from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s XR in Education Prize Challenge.