Q&A With Tracey Jordan, Women Of Influence Honoree

Tracey Jordan Social MediaWe will celebrate our 7th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 10th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. This exciting event 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. Every year, we love to chat with our honorees in the weeks leading up to our Women Of Influence event about their advice for other women and their connection to health, wellness and cancer.

Today we are proud to feature a Q&A with Tracey Jordan, who will be honored on May 10th at The Plaza. 

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

Being chosen as a Woman of Influence by the T.J. Martell Foundation is one of the highest honors I’ve ever received in my 35 years in the music industry. It’s a living testament to those who have taught, mentored, taken a chance and believed in me!

I have to mention Lee Solters & Sheldon Roskin, Berry Gordy, Clive Davis, Jheryl Busby, Ross Zapin and Scott Greenstein. And of course, the women, Katie Valk, Melanie Rogers, Iris Keitel, Martha Crowninshield and of course Mom!

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

Never give up on yourself or your dreams.  Fight for what you believe in and, although it’s hard, try not to let them see you cry!  We’re creatures of emotion and sometimes it gets the better of us, but it’s looked at as a sign of weakness…that’s a hard one for me!  Stay close to the people who support you and try not to be affected by the negative ones.  Stay the course of your dreams and don’t let anyone take them from you.  Eventually dreams do come true!

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

Being diligent about yearly check-ups as a responsibility on everybody’s part I can think of!  I try to watch what I eat, but that doesn’t always work…I will walk around the office and up and down the stairs to talk to someone in the office rather than call them on the phone or email them.

 

 

Q&A With Sandra Lee, Women of Influence Honoree and Cancer Survivor

Sandra Lee Social MediaWe will celebrate our 7th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 10th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. This exciting event 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. Every year, we love to chat with our honorees in the weeks leading up to our Women Of Influence event about their advice for other women and their connection to health, wellness and cancer.

Today we are proud to feature a Q&A with Sandra Lee, who will be honored on May 10th at The Plaza. 

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

I am just thrilled to be in the room and I am humbled by this honor. I believe we should all do our best to help one another, to share as much information as possible, and do both whatever and whenever is possible.

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

I would say live your life being brave in every area and unintimidated- be kind yet firm and stand strong with your head held up no matter what.

Cement yourself in yourself.

Educate yourself and travel – everywhere and as often as possible. Do not listen to people who judge you – be comfortable in who you are, in the skin you were given and when you look in the mirror.

Allow yourself to dream big – as big as you can. Imagine what the best life is in this world, visualize it, and then allow yourself to have it. Go get it. Beware not to let others steal your dreams and therefore steal the possibility of your future.

Be smart, thoughtful and conscientious when the forks in the road arise—-follow each road in your mind’s eye and then make your decisions based on which road take to the best end.

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

Schedule and Keep my doctors appointments.

Make as many heathy food choices as possible. No smoking, sleep, water, laughter, friends, family, work, play————wine.

4) If you are comfortable, please share one way in which your life has been affected by cancer.

I make every minute matter.

Q&A With Rosanna Scotto, Women of Influence Honoree

 Rosanna Scotto Social MediaWe will celebrate our 7th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 10th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. This exciting event 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. Every year, we love to chat with our honorees in the weeks leading up to our Women Of Influence event about their advice for other women and their connection to health, wellness and cancer.

Today we are proud to feature a Q&A with Rosanna Scotto, who will be honored on May 10th at The Plaza. 

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

I am so excited to be honored by this wonderful group and alongside such amazing women. I had the opportunity to meet Tony Martell a few years ago and his passion and commitment to making a difference in the fight against cancer have inspired me to do my part.

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

Don’t be afraid to fail. After navigating the television news world for over 30 years, I realize that my mistakes and disappointments helped shape my career. You need to fail in order to succeed.

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

I have never worked harder at health and wellness than I do now. I push myself to exercise several times a week and I practice meditation daily. It is difficult to shut off the work commitments, emails and social media that can overwhelm my day, but I have realized that taking 20 minutes to meditate makes me calmer and more focused.

  • If you are comfortable, please share one way in which your life has been affected by cancer.

I’ve had my own health scare. I’ve lost family to cancer.

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We mourn the loss of President George H.W. Bush

“The T.J. Martell Foundation mourns the loss of President George H.W. Bush. ​President Bush and his wife, First Lady Barbara Bush, supported the T.J. Martell Foundation and were honored at our 2004 New York Honors Gala, helping to raise much needed funding for cancer research. We extend our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the entire Bush family and the world.” – Laura Heatherly, CEO

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)

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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