Be the Boss Over Cancer

Monica Fawzy Bryant, Esq.

Monica Bryant is a cancer rights attorney, speaker, and author dedicated to improving access to and availability of quality information on healthcare-related issues. Monica is the chief operating officer for Triage Cancer, a national nonprofit organization that provides education and resources on cancer survivorship issues.

Previously, as Midwest regional director for a national cancer rights organization, Monica forged relationships with cancer organizations, hospitals, law firms, other community partners and members of underserved communities. Prior to relocating to Chicago, she served as legislative counsel for U.S. Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez and as law clerk for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

During her time in Congress, Monica focused on health, justice, civil rights and women’s issues. She was also heavily involved in the nomination hearings for United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.

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 Marshall School of Law, in Chicago, teaching a class on cancer rights. She is currently an ACT Lead for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network–Great Lakes Division, and Vice Chair for the American Bar Association’s Breast Cancer Initiatives Executive Committee.

Monica received a Bachelor of Arts degree in law & society — with an emphasis in criminal justice — and psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara, and a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School. She is a member of both the California and Illinois State Bars.

Rebecca V. Nellis, MPP

Rebecca Nellis is the chief mission officer for Cancer and Careers. Since 2004 she 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, leading hospitals and community events — more than 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, Women’s Health, AOL Finance, NPR, and on NBC New York.

Prior to this position, Rebecca served as Vice President of Programs and Strategy at Cancer and Careers. Under her leadership, the organization launched its National and Regional Conferences on Work & Cancer, accredited Educational Series for Healthcare Professionals, and library of Spanish-language resources. As an active member of the cancer community, she is currently on the steering committees for Workplace Transitions for People Touched by Cancer and Breast Cancer: A Story Half Told — Supporting Workplace Conversations, and has served on committees for the Livestrong Young Adult Alliance (now Critical Mass) and Stupid Cancer.

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