Founder of NED

NED started from an unwanted personal experience: my cancer diagnosis. It wasn’t just my personal life that was interrupted – my work life was, too. Post-treatment, I didn’t know how potential employers would react to my career break spent fighting cancer, or the consequences of mentioning it during an interview.
I became frustrated that I had to hide my cancer experience from potential employers. Unwanted experiences are usually the most difficult to talk about, but defeating cancer is something that shaped me. I wanted to share this with my potential employers without fear of being labeled as a liability.

My experience is relatable to 600,000 other young adult cancer survivors and their families in the U.S. and millions more worldwide. Since I have the privilege of being Not Entirely Dead, I want to advocate for this community. I started NED to help these survivors find agency to move forward with their lives again. No one should have to do it alone.

We currently face unknowns about how prospective employers might react to our career break spent fighting cancer. But a quiet societal change is taking place in how people view career gaps. NED aims to unite all groups of people whose careers are impacted by resume gaps. Together, we will disrupt unconscious bias in the workplace.