After receiving a cancer diagnosis in 1996, Daveline Ching was greatly aided on her journey to recovery by the American Cancer Society. For 10 years, she battled thyroid cancer, and developed a rare and almost unknown disease that paralyzed her from the waist down. With help from the American Cancer Society, she was able to receive treatment at the Mayo Clinic, where she was diagnosed with Stiffman’s Syndrome. Now cancer and Stiffman’s free, Ms. Ching dedicates her time and resources to contributing to others in the same way that the American Cancer Society had supported her. As an inspirational speaker and Hero of Hope, Ms. Ching represents the American Cancer Society’s Hawaii and Guam chapters at various conferences, inspiring others
Fausta Britton has distinguished herself as the owner of Fausta Britton LLC since 1990, through which she provides motivational speaking and coaching services to various businesses and organizations. Borne out of her dissatisfaction with her past career in corporate marketing, she is dedicated to helping others live truer to their values. Ms. Britton’s area of expertise lies in management consultation regarding the cultivation of employee empowerment, relationship building and soft skills development. A graduate of the Detroit College of Business in Dearborn, Michigan, Ms. Britton earned a bachelor’s degree in 1991. She has also undertaken coursework at Wayne County Community College in Detroit. Since entering her professional field, Ms. Britton has been the recipient of a Dale Carnegie Recognition Award
A born humanitarian, Dr. Vera A. Matty is currently self-employed, devoting her time and attention to writing a book about creating happier lives, which she plans to publish in the near future. Previously, she worked as an advocacy and communications officer for the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process for two years. Even though her career has been filled with highlights, her most notable achievement was speaking before the United Nations regarding the attacks on September 11, 2001. Additionally, Dr. Matty has studied nine languages throughout her life. Before her tenure with the United Nations, Dr. Matty gained valuable expertise in the field as the assistant to the president of the New York Unemployment
An acclaimed media journalist, announcer, New York correspondent and anchorwoman in the United States and the Republic of Korea, Anna Jihyun You, PhD, has excelled with several media networks, including the Seoul Broadcasting System, the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, the Educational Broadcasting System, SBS CNBC and the CNBC Global Network. Additionally, she served as a spokesperson and press secretary for numerous international sporting events such as the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, the 2015 Gyungbuk Munkyung World Military Games, the 2015 Gwangju Universiade, the Sixth CISM World Games, the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the 2019 Chungju World Martial Arts Masterships. Today, Dr. You channels her vast expertise into her work as a communications expert and media journalist with the YOU Creative
Working across various business lines with key executives, as well as business line leaders, Lorraine Avery recently retired from her positions as senior vice president, strategic director of bank operations, and diversity and inclusion consultant with Associated Banc-Corp in 2017, previously serving in these positions since 1976. During this time, she also served the company as senior vice president and director of contract center operations from 1998 to 2014, in which she was responsible for all aspects of customer service and contact center operations, strategic directions and interface with all business lines. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Avery was on the board of directors of the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals (SOCAP) International, a trade organization that represents the
Particularly interested in French and Italian furniture of the 18th century and Renaissance furniture, Helen Costantino Fioratti was inspired by her mother Ruth, who was the first female fine arts dealer of antiques in the United States. Because of this, she was bought up with antiques all around her. Ms. Fioratti had her first solo show when she was six or seven years old with a clay sculpture exhibit in the lobby of Hunter College Elementary School. Today, she serves as the president of noted art gallery, L’Antiquaire and the Connoisseur, Inc., in New York since 1988. She has also done interior design for the Royal Family of Kuwait, decorating multiple homes for them during the invasion of their country.
When Kathrine Virginia Switzer was 12 years old, her father recommended she run a mile every day to help her make the field hockey team. She found that running gave her strength, stamina and empowerment, so she continued it through high school. Dr. Switzer upped it to three miles a day in college, and eventually, she and one of her field hockey teammates were noticed by the men’s track coach. He asked the pair to join the team, despite the fact that they were women, and this solidified her desire to run competitively. Later on in Dr. Switzer’s collegiate running career, she met Arnie Briggs, a well-known New York marathoner with 15 Boston Marathons under his belt. He was retired