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Parlay Life Stories
December 9, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The next Parlay House event is a special Life Stories gathering where a few of our members will share their powerful experiences with us. Wanting to keep things intimate during the holiday season, we will feature:
In January, 2013, Jennifer Glass was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, just four months after getting married. With candor and humor she makes a frightening subject accessible and provides insights that are informative and entertaining in her column, “At the Top of My Lungs,” published on The Huffington Post. Jennifer’s video, A Photo a Day: One Year with Cancer, has gone viral with more than 328,000 views. Her story has been featured in media including People, Today, ABC News, NBC News, KQED Public Radio, The Daily Mail (UK) and The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). Jennifer writes and speaks about ways to “Fear Less” in times of adversity.
She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and grew up working the fields alongside her family outside of Watsonville and in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Her mother instilled a spirit of service and education as a path to liberation. She received a full scholarship to Vassar College and has a Masters in Social Work from UC Berkeley. She is the Executive Director of Alternatives in Action (AIA), an innovative non-profit serving 1,300 low-income youth in Oakland’s most challenging neighborhoods. AIA develops youth leaders who are empowered to change their lives and the lives of others through community projects. Youth receive intensive supports in academic assistance, counseling, career readiness and much more while making their schools and neighborhoods healthier places to grow.
After a lifetime of nearly perfect health, Leslie Ziegler was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 27. Her experience as a patient inspired her to quit her career in advertising and help transform the healthcare system as part of the founding team at startup accelerator Rock Health. Five years and many experiments later, she is in remission, has helped launch over 70 health startups, and is now introducing edible insects to the western diet as the co-founder of Bitty Foods. Leslie speaks internationally on health, design and technology, most recently at Web Summit, SXSW, Chicago Ideas Week, WIRED and AIGA, and has been featured in Fast Company, NPR, Time, GQ, Entrepreneur, Inc and The New York Times.
*Refunds aren’t offered but you can donate your spot to another wonderful member.*