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, 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.”