Be the Boss Over Cancer

Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events. Through a comprehensive website, free publications, career coaching, and a series of educational seminars for employees with cancer and their healthcare providers and coworkers, Cancer and Careers strives to eliminate fear and uncertainty for working people with cancer. informs more than 250,000 visitors per year, providing essential tools and information for employees with cancer.

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CEW Foundation/Cancer and Careers Staff Listing:

Kate Sweeney, Executive Director
Rebecca V. Nellis, MPP, Chief Mission Officer
Becky Nelson, Director of Development
Christine Q. Brennan, Associate Director, Programs
Rachel Becker, MSW, Senior Manager, Programs
Lindsay Mitcher, Development Manager
Sarah Goodell, Manager of Programs
Kelsey Fenton, Associate Manager of Programs
Madeline Meislin, Program Coordinator

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In 2001, The Cosmetic Executive Women Board of Directors' came upon a startling realization: Five out of some 40 board members had been diagnosed with cancer. Some told their colleagues at work. Others did not. But all continued to work during or following treatment and came upon similar dilemmas.

How do I tell my boss? What will my coworkers think? How do I balance work and treatment? What can I expect from my employer? What are my legal rights? What do other people do?

The truth is, work doesn't stop once you've been diagnosed with cancer. Over 80% of cancer survivors return to work after treatment. And once diagnosed, work becomes even more important.

Cancer and Careers is a program of the CEW Foundation, the charitable arm of Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc., a New York-based non-profit trade organization of 5,000+ executives in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance and related industries. CEW Inc. and Foundation currently work together on providing charitable services and fundraising events.

What kind of impact has Cancer and Careers had since being founded in 2001?  Check it out here

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CEW Foundation/Cancer and Careers Board of Governors


Heidi Manheimer, Shiseido Cosmetics America 


Carlotta Jacobson, CEW Inc.


Sabine Feldmann

Board Members

Leslie Blodgett, Bare Escentuals
Cristina Carlino, philosophy
Agnes Chapski, Allure
Lily Garfield, Cos Bar
Laura Geller, Laura Geller Beauty, LLC
Francine Gingras, Think Communications
Minda Gralnek, PepsiCo
Susan Heaney, The Sustainability Consortium
Jean Hoehn-Zimmerman, JHZ Creative Management, Inc.
Sonia Kashuk, Sonia Kashuk Beauty
Kimberly Kelleher, Wired
Kathy O'Brien, Unilever, NA
Rebecca Sanhueza
Nancy Schidt, Macy's, Inc.
Jadzia Tirsch, Shiseido Cosmetics America
Conny Wittke, Beauty Ideas Group (nügg Beauty)