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!!).

To help honor Mary and our other outstanding honorees, please click here.

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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Guest Post from Breast Cancer Survivor Patty Steele

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We are excited to honor CBS Radio Co-Host Patty Steele at our New Jersey Harvest Moon Dinner on Sunday, November 5th. Patty shares her journey through breast cancer…
My run in with breast cancer began in July of 2014. Little did I know that, as one of the biggest challenges in my life, it would also become my greatest opportunity for growth as a person. One of my go to affirmations at the time, as it continues to be, is a quote from Albert Camus . .

“In the depth of winter
I finally learned
That there was within me
An invincible summer.”

When we’re presented with challenges in life, we learn to recognize and access that invincible summer . . .our own strength and the strength of those around us. I found new depth and beauty in my relationships with my family, my friends, my co-workers, and even total strangers. I discovered an enormous group of people dedicated to the cause of defeating breast cancer and to helping the women and men impacted by it, to triumph both physically and psychologically. What a beautiful lesson to learn!  My doctors, nurses, and caregivers at Mt. Sinai’s Dubin Breast Center never failed to maintain an astonishing sense of joy and purpose.

Here I am about 3 years after my surgery and follow up chemo, incredibly well, incredibly happy, and incredibly strong. I am filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for this experience and where it’s taken me . . but most especially for the people who’ve given so much intellectually, financially, and emotionally to make amazing strides against this disease. It’s because of you that moving beyond this can be my experience and the experience of thousands of women and men who are touched by breast cancer. Whether you’re on the hospital battlefields, in the business of raising funds for the fight and out reach, or volunteering to run or work events, you are an angel and you have my undying gratitude.

We hope you can join us as we honor Patty at our New Jersey Harvest Moon Dinner on November 5th. For details and tickets, please click here.

Q&A with Women of Influence Honoree Stephanie Latham of Facebook

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

As a breast cancer survivor, daughter of a survivor and mother to a survivor the T.J. Martell Foundation supports a cause quite literally near to my heart.  I am honored to join the ranks of an inspiring group of women as we continue to drive toward a cure for future generations.

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

Silence your inner critic. Be confident in who you are and what you know you can accomplish and don’t let anyone shake that from you.

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

I am laser focused on my priorities and clear on that with all those around me both personally and professionally. My health and my family top that list always.

Stephanie Latham is Director of U.S. Automotive at Facebook and one of six outstanding honorees for this year’s Women of Influence New York on May 12th. For details and tickets, please click here.

In Loving Memory

tony40thThe T.J. Martell Foundation mourns the loss of our beloved founder and friend, Tony Martell, who passed away Sunday,  November 27th, 2016 at the age of 90. Tony taught us all how to keep fighting for what we believe in and to do what we can to help others in need. He never gave up on his fight to find a cure for cancer and through his passion, energy and perseverance the T.J. Martell Foundation has supported flagship hospitals in the United States and raised over $270 million for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.  Tony’s smile, energy and incredible devotion will be missed beyond words. We will work even harder now to keep his memory and dream alive and one day finding a cure for the diseases that he spent his life fighting. In honor of his son T.J. for whom the foundation is named, we celebrate the life of Tony Martell whose work saved lives,  provided patients with innovative treatments and gave thousands of people hope. We will miss you, Tony.