When Lauren Chiarello was just 23 years old, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Over the next couple of years, Lauren would undergo two separate rounds of cancer treatments, ultimately culminating in a stem cell transplant. Now over nine years in remission, Lauren is deeply involved in cancer advocacy at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Doing everything from speaking at nurse orientations to acting as a resource for patients currently undergoing treatment, one thing is clear: Lauren believes that community is everything, and by sharing our stories, we cultivate positive connections.
Jodie Cariss is the founder and Creative Director of Self Space and www.carisscreative.co.uk. She is a Therapist with over 15 years experience in the field and a Tavistock trained executive coach. She has a direct and dynamic approach to her practice and a deeply empathic and approachable manner to the way she works. She is a Sesame trained drama and movement therapist and uses a mixture of tools in her practice.She began her career as a children’s presenter working for many years in the industry.
Anthony J. Piccione is an award-winning playwright, independent theatre producer, screenwriter, critic, essayist, poet and occasional actor based in New York City. Born in Rochester, New York and raised in Connecticut, Piccione’s eclectic canon of one-acts have been produced at NYC venues such as the Hudson Guild Theatre, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Manhattan Repertory Theatre, as well as regional venues such as Playhouse on Park, Hole in the Wall Theatre, the Windsor Art Center, and Windham Theatre Guild. His full-length play A Therapy Session with Myself - a semi-autobiographical drama about dealing with social anxiety, depression, and Asperger's syndrome - received a staged reading at the Dramatists Guild Foundation in October 2017, with its first full production scheduled for January 2019 at the Hudson Guild Theatre.
For artist Amy Grantham, being diagnosed with breast cancer at 31 was life-changing in every sense of the word. It wasn’t just that she underwent two lumpectomy surgeries, lost her long hair, and had to make hard decisions surrounding her fertility. Having cancer also rearranged her priorities, which is why she considers that time in her life so important and transformative.
Margie Strauss is a recognized industry expert in the fields of advertising, branding, public relations and media. Her passion for staffing, built on her 25 years of experience, makes her an integral part of the founding partnership of CitiStaffing. Prior to her career in staffing, Margie worked in the global public relations firm, Burson Marsteller, in the areas of consumer PR, crisis management, and new business development. Margie’s real passion is working closely with candidates to assist them in developing their career path.
Matt is the Managing Director of Blue Sky Partners. He has spent his entire career in the organization management industry, gaining valuable experience as executive director of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce and Progress Texas.
Tiffany Dyba first felt a lump in her left breast while on vacation with her husband in Iceland. Her instincts (and the anxious part of her brain) told her that something might be wrong, even though she was under 40 and felt healthy. When she returned home, she went for a mammogram and ultimately discovered that she had Stage 1 breast cancer.
Danielle believes that her yoga and meditation practice is the sole reason she's overcome her biggest challenges: her mother’s suicide, father’s bankruptcy, and poor body image. Instead of letting her story revolve around trauma and stress, living her yoga has allowed Danielle to rewrite her story to focus on peace, happiness and teaching others to do the same.
Growing up, Carly Alterman loved that she was able to spend a lot of time with her dad, Harvey, who had retired from his dentistry practice due to chronic Lyme disease. Starting in third grade, Carly, along with her mother and brother, acted as a primary caregiver for her dad, whose disease was progressing. Even while Carly was taking on adult responsibilities, she didn’t fully realize how different her life was from her peers until she was older. In this episode, Carly talks about the strong connection she shared with her dad, what it was like to care for him while growing up, and how she handled the sadness of his passing with the support of her friends.
Christina Blacken is a strategist, storyteller, and founder of TheNewQuo.com, a platform, consultancy, and community on a mission to flip the status quo through storytelling. Christina helps people + organizations transform the soul of their ideas into powerful stories that cause change and move people to action.