Be the Boss Over Cancer

Monica Bryant, Esq.

Monica Fawzy Bryant is a cancer rights attorney, speaker, and author. Ms. Bryant acts as the Chief Operating Officer for Triage Cancer, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and resources on cancer survivorship issues.

Previously, Ms. Bryant was Midwest Regional Director for the Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) where she successfully established and maintained a satellite office in Chicago, the first of its kind for the CLRC. In this role, she forged relationships with cancer organizations, hospitals, law firms, other community partners, and members of underserved communities. Prior to relocating to Chicago, Ms. Bryant served as Legislative Counsel for U.S. Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez and Law Clerk for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. During her time in Congress, Ms. Bryant focused on health, justice, civil rights, and women’s issues. She was also heavily involved in the nomination hearings for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.

Throughout her career, Ms. Bryant has provided numerous educational seminars, written articles and blogs, and appeared on community television and radio shows discussing healthcare related legal issues.

Additionally, Ms. Bryant is an Adjunct Law Professor at John Marshal School of Law in Chicago, teaching a class on Cancer Rights. Ms. Bryant also volunteers for the Advocacy committees of the American Cancer Society Illinois Division and the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force.

Rebecca V. Nellis, VP of Programs and Strategy, Cancer and Careers 

Since 2004, Rebecca has been developing initiatives to meet the needs of people who are working through cancer treatment and those who support them. Rebecca oversees the organization’s program portfolio and long-term strategy for growth in its services. She speaks regularly at national cancer conferences, community events and to press as an expert on the issues of balancing a diagnosis and employment. Among the initiatives that Rebecca has launched are the National Conference on Work & Cancer, the Cancer and Careers Online Coaching Center, the accredited Educational Series for Healthcare Professionals and Cancer and Careers’ Spanish language resources. In addition, Rebecca is currently serving on an advisory committee for “Work Ability in Young Adult Cancer Survivors (WAYS): A Mixed-Methods Study” being conducted at Wake Forest University. Rebecca has also served on committees for the Livestrong Young Adult Alliance and I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation (aka Stupid Cancer).

Rebecca’s nonprofit experience spans 15 years and includes working with organizations such as the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, The Jewish Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Collective Hole Productions and the International Center of New York. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University. To complete her graduate degree Rebecca wrote a thesis entitled “Implications of Cancer Survivorship on Financial Assets, Work Productivity and Employment Circumstances.”