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:

Kate Sweeney, Executive Director
Rebecca V. Nellis, MPP, Chief Mission Officer
Becky Nelson, Director of Development
Christine Q. Brennan, Associate Director, Programs
Rachel Becker, LMSW, Senior Manager, Programs
Lindsay Mitcher, Development Manager
Sarah Goodell, Manager of Programs
Kelsey Fenton, Associate Manager, 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 of them told their colleagues at work. Others did not. But all continued to work during or following treatment and experienced 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. More than 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 nonprofit 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.

Want to tell someone you know about Cancer and Careers? Click here to download and print or email this one-sheet.

CEW Foundation/Cancer and Careers Board of Governors


Heidi Manheimer


Carlotta Jacobson, CEW Inc.


Sabine Feldmann, The Guardian North America 

Board Members

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