Be the Boss Over Cancer

Monica Bryant, Esq.

Monica Fawzy Bryant is a cancer rights attorney, speaker, and author dedicated to improving access to and availability of quality information on insurance, employment and other cancer survivorship issues. Monica is the Chief Operating Officer for Triage Cancer, a national nonprofit organization connecting people to cancer survivorship information through a national Speakers Bureau, educational events, and online tools.

Throughout her career, Monica has provided hundreds of educational seminars, written articles and blogs, and appeared on community television and radio shows discussing healthcare-related legal issues. Additionally, Monica is an Adjunct Law Professor at John Marshal School of Law in Chicago, teaching a class on Cancer Rights. Previously, Monica worked as Midwest Regional Director for the Cancer Legal Resource Center, Legislative Counsel for U.S. Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez and Law Clerk for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. During her time in Congress, she focused on health, justice, civil rights and women’s issues. She continues to engage in legislative advocacy as a congressional lead for the American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network Great Lakes Division.

Julie Jansen

Julie Jansen—speaker, trainer, coach and author—has helped thousands of professionals find success and satisfaction at work as well as find work that is gratifying. Whether to a CEO, manager, entrepreneur, career changer, or job seeker, Julie offers her practical, no-nonsense approach to mastering business and career challenges, helping them to achieve a more fulfilling and rewarding work life. She has written two books: I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work and You Want Me to Work With Who? Eleven Keys to a Stress-Free, Satisfying and Successful Work Life…No Matter Who You Work With. Julie is often quoted in business publications and has appeared on the Today Show, ABC World News Now, MSNBC, NPR, and CNN Financial News. Her website is:

Joanna Morales, Esq.

Joanna Fawzy Morales, Esq. is a cancer rights attorney and CEO of Triage Cancer, a national nonprofit organization connecting people to cancer survivorship information through a national Speakers Bureau, educational events and online tools. She also serves as Principal of North Star Alliances, a business and nonprofit consulting and service firm.

She has served the cancer community for more than twenty years, including at Triage Cancer; as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School, teaching a course in Cancer Rights Law; and at the John Wayne Cancer Institute’s Psychosocial Care Program.

Joanna has presented hundreds of seminars on employment, insurance, and health care issues throughout the country. Joanna has been published in a variety of publications and serves on numerous health community committees and boards, including as Chair-elect of the American Cancer Society California Division Board of Directors. She was also recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal in 2010 as one of the Top 20 Attorneys in California Under the Age of 40.

Rebecca V. Nellis, MPP

Rebecca V. Nellis is the Chief Mission Officer for Cancer and Careers. Since 2004 Rebecca has helped evolve the organization from early concept to national prominence. Rebecca now oversees all mission-driven initiatives, including the long-term strategy and growth of Cancer and Careers’ many programs and services. As an expert on cancer workplace issues, she travels the country speaking at national cancer conferences and community events--nearly 100 presentations to-date about the intersection of life, work and cancer. Rebecca also serves as spokesperson to the press, with recent interviews published in The ASCO Post, Everyday Health, NY Daily News, AOL Finance, NPR, and on NBC New York.

Prior to this position, Rebecca served as Vice President of Programs and Strategy. Under her leadership, Cancer and Careers launched the National and Regional Conferences on Work & Cancer, the accredited Educational Series for Healthcare Professionals, and the program’s library of Spanish language resources. As an active member of the cancer community, she is currently on the grant advisory committee for “Work Ability in Young Adult Cancer Survivors (WAYS): A Mixed-Methods Study,” at Wake Forest University, and has served on committees for the Livestrong Young Adult Alliance (now Critical Mass) and Stupid Cancer.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University. Her graduate thesis was entitled, “Implications of Cancer Survivorship on Financial Assets, Work Productivity and Employment Circumstances.”

Kate Sweeney

Kate Sweeney is the Executive Director of the CEW Foundation and the co-founder of the Cancer and Careers program. She began with a vision—to eliminate fear and uncertainty for working people with cancer. Now 13 years strong, Cancer and Careers is the recognized authority on work-related support for cancer patients and survivors. The pioneer program boldly leads the discussion on where life, cancer and work intersect.

Under Kate’s leadership, Cancer and Careers serves over 300,000 people online, in print and in person each year. Program highlights include launching a first of its kind interactive career coaching center for survivors to get personalized advice from professional coaches; bringing direct services to remote and underserved communities in the U.S.; partnering with Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) to offer company-wide support within the workplace; and collaborating with QVC to present “Beauty with Benefits,” a two-hour beauty-product fundraising telecast that has raised over $2M to date in support of Cancer and Careers’ free programs and services. In addition to running the $2.5M CEW Foundation, Kate continues to serve as an expert on the issues surrounding cancer in the workplace. Kate currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and twin sons.