Named one of fifteen Disruptive Women to Watch in 2015, along with the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Maria Shriver and Elizabeth Holmes, Kym shares her journey as a 4-time cancer survivor to help executives, clinicians, patients and families embrace a 21st-century approach to healthcare leadership.
Three decades ago, childhood cancer was a rarity and survivorship was dubious. Peer support was sparse and the Internet was in its infancy. Forced to internally process her cancer experience, Kym extracted life lessons that reached beyond her years and carried her through her subsequent melanoma, breast cancer and basal cell carcinoma diagnoses. And with each new diagnosis, a deeper well of insight emerged that Kym draws on every day.
Cancer survivorship is a multi-faceted, whole person experience that impacts one’s physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and social dynamics of self. Navigating four unique cancer diagnoses during three distinct phases of life and electing three different treatment paths has taught Kym an abundance of life and leadership lessons. The key insights she shares can help improve life at home, work or play and are suited to patients, families, clinical providers and healthcare executives.
She invites all members of her audiences – whatever their current health status – to think like a cancer survivor. In doing so, she illuminates the wisdom that cancer survivorship holds for those of us who have endured, those of us who provided care and those of us who may one day experience overwhelming fear upon hearing, “You have cancer.”
Authentic, smart, inspiring and empowering, Kym has an open and genuine approach to addressing challenging and troubling topics. She is one to search for deeper meaning and impactful ways to navigate cancer, integrate patient feedback, improve patient-centered care and practice wholistic living.
Kym received her Bachelor of Science In Business Administration degree from Bryant University and her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Connecticut. She is also a Certified Wholisitic Nutrition Consultant and Fitness Trainer who fashioned an integrative approach for her personal cancer management and embodies the possibilities of 21st-century healthcare.
Prior to embarking on her career as patient opinion leader, subject matter expert and national speaker, Kym enjoyed success in her role as a consultative sales executive and business development leader for various technology and software development firms.