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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