Q&A: Women of Influence Honoree Dr. Mindy Greenstein

We will celebrate our 6th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 11th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. Hosted by Mary Calvi, Anchor, CBS 2 News This Morning and CBS 2 News At Noon, the Women of Influence Awards presented by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP honors extraordinary women who have pushed the boundaries by achieving outstanding goals in business, work, family, home, and health while inspiring women around the globe to live their dreams.

Mindy WOI SlideIn anticipation of this exciting event, we are honored to interview each of our honorees. Today’s interview is with Mindy Greenstein, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Psycho-Oncologist and Author. 

What does it mean to you to be chosen as a Woman of Influence and receive the Dr. Jimmie Holland Pioneer Award by the T.J. Martell Foundation?

Jimmie was a farmer’s daughter from Nevada, Texas, who created a new medical field, and helped lead the way for patient-centered care in all medical specialties. Receiving these awards mean so much to me on so many levels, as a psycho-oncologist, as Jimmie’s colleague and friend, and as a cancer survivor myself.  Such was Jimmie’s vibrancy that I still feel her presence in the world. The Dr. Jimmie Holland Pioneer Award will help keep it there while honoring the people who continue the work she started.

What piece of advice would you give to young women today to inspire them to follow their dreams?

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. To paraphrase the author Margaret Atwood, “Good judgment comes from experience. But experience comes from bad judgment.” Or, as Samuel Beckett said, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

What steps do you take to make health and wellness a priority in your life?

I walk everywhere, and use any excuse to amble through the park. Nature, the trees, the sounds of birdsong are all rejuvenating. I try to behave mindfully, and to make sure to breathe deeply. And I look for reasons to laugh. Laughter helps bring down stress levels and can even increase pain tolerance, even more so when you’re laughing with others.

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Monday Motivation from Women of Influence Honoree Rachael Ray

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We will celebrate our 6th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon this Friday, May 11th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. Hosted by Mary Calvi, Anchor, CBS 2 News This Morning and CBS 2 News At Noon, the Women of Influence Awards presented by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP honors extraordinary women who have pushed the boundaries by achieving outstanding goals in business, work, family, home, and health while inspiring women around the globe to live their dreams.

In anticipation of this exciting event, we asked each honoree to write a special message for the beautiful keepsake event journal. Rachael Ray‘s message below is today’s Monday Motivation!

“Work harder than everybody else, don’t complain about it. Be grateful for work. It’s a privilege not a right. Take your job seriously, don’t take yourself too seriously.”

We still have a few tickets left for Friday’s event, which will benefit breast and ovarian cancer research. To help honor Rachael and our other outstanding honorees, please click here.

Q&A: Women of Influence Honoree Elizabeth Matthews

We will celebrate our 6th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 11th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. Hosted by Mary Calvi, Anchor, CBS 2 News This Morning and CBS 2 News At Noon, the Women of Influence Awards presented by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP honors extraordinary women who have pushed the boundaries by achieving outstanding goals in business, work, family, home, and health while inspiring women around the globe to live their dreams.

Elizabeth WOI SlideIn anticipation of this exciting event, we are honored to interview each of our honorees. Today’s interview is with Elizabeth Matthews, CEO of ASCAP.

What piece of advice would you give to young women today to inspire them to follow their dreams?

No matter what job you have, always nurture your intellectual curiosity, focus on building long lasting relationships with others and ensure that you have grit and self-determination within.  Most job challenges will exceed your current skills or knowledge base so it’s important to know that you can never stop studying, never stop working hard and never give up.  The most successful people I know work incredibly hard at what they do and put in the extra time to continually improve.  It is the competition with yourself not others that is the most important element.

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Q&A: Women of Influence Honoree Mary Pierson

We will celebrate our 6th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 11th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. Hosted by Mary Calvi, Anchor, CBS 2 News This Morning and CBS 2 News At Noon, the Women of Influence Awards presented by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP honors extraordinary women who have pushed the boundaries by achieving outstanding goals in business, work, family, home, and health while inspiring women around the globe to live their dreams.

Mary WOI SlideIn anticipation of this exciting event, we are honored to interview each of our honorees. Today’s interview is with Mary Pierson, Senior Vice President of Design, J.Crew.

What does it mean to you to be chosen as a Woman of Influence by the T.J. Martell Foundation?

Incredibly honored and humbled.  I hope I can send a message to women of all ages out there to be persistent and relentless in achieving your goals.

What piece of advice would you give to young women today to inspire them to follow their dreams?

Work hard, stay humble, stand firm for what you believe in, listen, lead change.

What steps do you take to make health and wellness a priority in your life?

Try to eat well/clean–use fresh natural ingredients in my food, get enough sleep and have an active life style—get out in nature and regular exercise (which is the hardest thing to fit into a busy schedule!!).

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Q&A: Women of Influence Honoree Dana Miller

We will celebrate our 6th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 11th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. Hosted by Mary Calvi, Anchor, CBS 2 News This Morning and CBS 2 News At Noon, the Women of Influence Awards presented by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP honors extraordinary women who have pushed the boundaries by achieving outstanding goals in business, work, family, home, and health while inspiring women around the globe to live their dreams.

WOI DanaIn anticipation of this exciting event, we are honored to interview each of our honorees. Today’s interview is with Dana Miller, Chief Marketing Officer of The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.

What does it mean to you to be chosen as a Woman of Influence by the T.J. Martell Foundation?

It means the world to me to be chosen as a Woman of Influence by the T.J. Martell Foundation.   The organization has personal resonance for me because I sought help from Tony Martell back in 1999 when my brother was battling cancer. Tony was so very kind, supportive, and responsive, so to be honored by the T.J. Martell Foundation almost 2 decades later has a great deal of significance for me.

What piece of advice would you give to young women today to inspire them to follow their dreams?

The piece of advice that I would give to young women today to inspire them to follow their dreams is: YOU CAN DO IT!! I would tell young women to believe in themselves, in their strength and their power. I love the quote from Winnie the Pooh: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

What steps do you take to make health and wellness a priority in your life?

Having a hectic work and travel schedule makes it difficult to carve out time for self-care but I cannot stress enough the importance. I feed my mind, body, and spirit regularly via appointments with my therapist, my acupuncturist, and my trainer. It’s like the flight attendants tell you, put your oxygen mask on first, and then you can assist others.

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A lady of grace, style and candor

NEW YORK - MAY 27:  Former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara talk with Singer Stevie Wonder as they pose for photographers before the start of the 29th Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Awards Gala at the New York Hilton May 27, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – MAY 27: Former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara talk with Singer Stevie Wonder as they pose for photographers before the start of the 29th Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Awards Gala at the New York Hilton May 27, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

“The T.J. Martell Foundation mourns the loss of First Lady Barbara Bush. ​Mrs. Bush was a lady of grace, style and candor. She and her husband, President George Bush, supported the T.J. Martell Foundation and appeared at our 2004 New York Honor’s Gala helping to raise much needed funding for cancer research. All of us at the Foundation have admired her for her resilience, her powerful presence and of course, her leadership among women. We stand with the nation in acknowledging how much we will miss her.” – Laura Heatherly, CEO, The T.J. Martell Foundation.

Ali McManus: An Inspirational Singer and Songwriter

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Ali McManus performing for the crowd at Family Day.

One of our performers for this year’s 17th Annual New York Family Day was Ali McManus, a gifted singer and songwriter who shares her journey this way on her website:

“When you hear Ali McManus’s dynamic vocals, you’d be surprised to know her lung capacity is only 30%. Born 3 months premature and weighing 2lbs 7oz at birth, she was given a 50/50 chance to live. Now 20 years old, the Detroit born singer/songwriter has beaten the odds. A rare bone disorder has left Ali in a wheelchair since the age of 7.

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Ali with In Real Life at Family Day.

Legendary producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper) produced Ali’s debut album, due for release this fall. “I see her as an artist first. Her pure, authentic voice and magnetic personality light up the room,” he says. “She’s a natural — a true artist with old soul sensibility and a powerful message to share with the world.”

Ali has endured 10 surgeries, halo tractions, steel rods to fuse and straighten her spine, a full body cast, scoliosis, and osteoporosis that leaves her vulnerable to fractures and high-risk surgeries. “I don’t see myself as a person in a wheelchair, though,” Ali says. “I see myself as a regular person who just happens to sit down all day.”

Having spent much of her young life in hospitals, McManus credits music with saving her life. “One song means three minutes of no pain,” she says. “And I can say things with song that I can’t speak in words alone.”

Ali backstage with Jojo Siwa at Family Day.

Ali backstage with Jojo Siwa at Family Day.

McManus writes intimate original songs that reflect her life, aiming to connect with others through her lyrics and inspire them with her story.”

We know Ali inspired so many people at this year’s Family Day, and we were honored to have her join us. We wish her all the best with her music career and hope she stays involved with our foundation. Thank you, Ali!

 

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The Inspirational Story of Cancer Patient Ben Jumper

BenHe supported cancer research for years — and now, Music Row leader Ben Jumper is fighting the disease himself.

“Your whole life changes the minute the word cancer is said.”

Surgeons removed half his kidney, and doctors, after five years of clean scans, started to use the word survivor.

Jumper started giving talks to raise awareness about cancer research, and to offer them hope.

The fundraisers he organized for T.J. Martell Foundation became much more personal.

And then, five months ago, the devastating lung cancer diagnosis – and 33 radiation treatments and 11 rounds of chemotherapy.

“I really in the last year can say how blessed I’ve been because I’m truly living my dream. I know it’s a cliché, but I get to say it and mean it. I have my days of depression through all this. But I love every moment I get to spend with the family,” says longtime T.J. Martell Foundation board member Ben Jumper.

Click here to read the full article in The Tennessean.