Purpose and Prevention with Maimah Karmo

We got cozy and had a TRUE conversation about preventing a life of burn out and disease, and living aligned with our soul’s purpose.

“I want my daughter to be who she wants to be not who the world tells her she is. I want her to realize she is source energy and from source she can create anything she wants.”    - Maimah Karmo

“I want my daughter to be who she wants to be not who the world tells her she is. I want her to realize she is source energy and from source she can create anything she wants.”

- Maimah Karmo

 This week we are joined by Maimah Karmo who is the Founder of Tigerlily Foundation and a ten year survivor of breast cancer. You can listen to our truecast podcast by streaming below or on our itunes channel (available within 24 hours)

On February 28, 2006, at 4:45 p.m., she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. She had no family history of breast cancer; and was only 32-years old. While undergoing chemotherapy, she made a promise to God that if she survived, she would create an organization that would educate, empower, advocate for and support young women affected by breast cancer. After her second round of treatment, Tigerlily Foundation was born.

Since starting Tigerlily, Maimah has dedicated her life to helping young women around the world. She is a speaker and has appeared in various media outlets, to include O, the Oprah Magazine, Essence, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Redbook Women and Cancer, Cure Magazine and more. She has also been featured on Fox 5, ABC 7, CBS, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America and numerous national radio stations.

She has helped pass two pieces of legislation and in 2009, she spoke on Capitol Hill, alongside Representative Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to introduce the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act. In October 2010, Maimah was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, a committee established by the Affordable Care Act, on which she will work to develop initiatives to increase knowledge of breast health and breast cancer, particularly among women under the age of 40 and those at heightened risk for developing the disease.

In 2015, she received Traditional Home Magazine’s Classic Woman Award.  In 2010, she received the Congressional Black Caucus’ Leadership in Advocacy Award, and the Running Start “Women to Watch Award”.  In 2009, Maimah was awarded a L’Oreal Paris’ Woman of Worth award, among others. Maimah is a member of the Lance Armstrong Foundation Young Adult Alliance and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocates in Science program. She is also a National Breast Cancer Coalition Project LEAD graduate and is an active member of other advocacy organizations. In May 2011, she was awarded as one of Running Start’s “Women to Watch”.

Most dear to Maimah’s heart is being the mother of her beautiful daughter.


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RESPECT: In our Relationships, Parenting and Community

This week we are joined by Margaret Lacson-Ecarma, whose experience you will hear is as diverse as it gets, ranging from producing the nightly news to working with the white house administration and owning her own business. When I met Margaret she was speaking to the Asian Business Collective for Women about RESPECT, in a professional sense. I knew that I wanted her and I to revisit respect and how it really looks in the private parts of our lives, between parent and child, spouse to spouse, and stranger to stranger. One of the aspects of respect is solidarity, and how we should always remember we are all one. In the world today, as people are feeling the pains of others through social media and the news, I am thrilled to give you this unique conversation about the components of respect and how to live a fulfilling peaceful life.

This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower

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