Designing silver linings
I am a healthcare executive and cancer survivor turned inspirational speaker championing health, resilience, and a positive mindset. My mission is to help improve the state of healthcare by sharing my experiences as a patient and caregiver, and inspiring others to live a healthy, thankful, and fulfilling life.
I have shared my experiences through speaking engagements for global organizations, conferences, businesses, universities, and non-profits, as well as podcast interviews, films, TV, radio, and print.
My blog, "New Job. New Baby. New Cancer.", has been read across ~80 countries.
A Unique Voice for Healthcare
As a young cancer survivor, caregiver, and former management consultant and genomics healthcare executive, I uniquely represent the patient voice while also speaking the language of business stakeholders. I've spoken at events for the World Economic Forum, Stanford Health Care, the National Business Group on Health, the BRCA Foundation, HLTH, the American Cancer Society, and other healthcare-related companies, conferences, and podcasts on topics ranging across genomics and precision medicine, women's health, cancer, patient advocacy, transparent access to quality care, and more.
A Champion of Resilience
After meaningful health and career curveballs, I've learned about the power of mindset and how to build resilience. I've presented my personal learnings, academic research, and actionable insights on these topics for employers, including as the Mental Health Month Finale Speaker for Bain & Company, for universities including Harvard and MIT, as well as non-profits, podcasts, Instagram Lives, etc.
A Believer of Ikigai
Across a 15+ year career, I've navigated transitions from management consulting to start-ups, from advisor to operating executive, from consumer tech to healthcare, from full-time to part-time, through motherhood and personal health issues, all while re-defining my own professional identity to pursue my "ikigai" or "reason for being." I've spoken about how to navigate your career and pursue an authentic life for employers, professional leadership groups, podcasts, etc.
MAKING AN IMPACT
I can’t thank you enough! Your presentation was so endearing and just what our employees needed to hear. Your courage in sharing your story and all your challenges is heartwarming! I think many felt truly connected to you and grateful to know they aren’t alone as well as how to navigate through such trying times. You are a gift to us all.
STEPHANIE R. DOWNS
University Human Resources
Iowa State University
GET IN TOUCH
Is your company, conference, or organization seeking a motivational speaker, keynote speaker, health speaker, patient speaker, or other guest speaker on educational or inspirational topics? Contact me to discuss - we can design a speaking engagement that fits your needs.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.
Last family picture before I began treatment in 2014