The April 6-8 Summit is jam packed with extraordinary speakers. We are excited for survivors and caregivers to spend quality time with one another connecting and learning how to thrive, fight and heal.
Each speaker in our book is an expert and worthy of special recognition. If you are wondering about who is presenting and leading this summit, please take the time to read the bio’s.
Mike Shereck is an executive coach, thought leader, and cultural transformational consultant committed to helping business leaders and entrepreneurs develop thriving and sustainable businesses and organizations. He helps people not only create thriving businesses, his impact is also felt in their increased satisfaction and fulfillment not only in their business but in all things around them.
In the early 90’s he was on the forefront of introducing woman and minorities to areas of business that were unavailable to them before. He did so not because it was the politically correct thing to do, he did so because the woman and minorities he hired happened to be the best person for the job.
As he continued on in business and his career in a variety of leadership positions, Mike could not avoid the ongoing impact of poor and absent leadership. Mike does not see the world as it is and ask “why,” he sees the world as it can be, the possibility of it, and inquires, “how can we get there?” From that perspective Mike made the non-linear choice to become trained as a professional coach.
Mike is based in Naperville, Illinois. When he is not transforming the planet he can be found tending to his garden or riding the back roads of Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin and Eastern Iowa, on his Harley.
Connor O’Leary was a 19-year-old professional cyclist when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He has since made it a priority to use his experience to advocate for the disease.
After cancer, Connor raced around the world twice on the CBS television show “The Amazing Race”, and won season 24 – All Stars edition with his father. He has since shared his story and experiences around the world with numerous organizations, corporations, schools and hospitals.
After graduating from the University of Utah with a BS in Strategic Communications, Connor joined the Testicular Cancer Foundation as Chief Mission Officer in the fall of 2015. As Chief Mission Officer of TCF, Connor uses his passion and first hand experience to ensure males and their families have the resources and community that didn’t exist during his own battle.
Jonny Imerman is a young adult cancer survivor who strives to make sure no one fights cancer without the support of someone who has already triumphed over the disease. After being diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 26, Jonny decided to found Imerman Angels, a non-profit organization, which carefully matches a person touched by cancer (a cancer fighter or survivor) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel).
Imerman Angels now has more than 4,000 cancer survivors and more than 1,500 caregivers in its network, and has been featured by dozens of news organizations including The Wall Street Journal, Harpo Radio’s “Oprah and Friends” with Dr. Oz, Men’s Health, NBC5 Chicago, CBS2 Chicago, ABC7 Chicago, ESPN Radio Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Detroit Free Press, LIVESTRONG Quarterly, and Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.
Jonny received a 2012 CNN Hero Award; 2012 Lincoln Park Young Professionals ‘Chicago Best of The Best’ Award; 2011 Twilight Foundation Detroit’s Civic Leadership Award; 2011 Chicago Social Magazine’s ‘Who is Chicago’ Award; 2010 Jefferson Award for Public Service; 2010 University of Michigan Humanitarian Service Award; 2009 Ulman Cancer Fund For Young Adults ‘Hope Award’; and 2007 Daily Candy ‘Sweetest Thing’ Award. Jonny has been invited to speak at cancer centers such as MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Mayo Clinic, Dana-Farber, City of Hope, Northwestern, Rush, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Jonny grew up in Bloomfield Hills, MI and lives in Chicago.
Joy Piccolo O’Connell
Joy Piccolo O’Connell is the wife of the late legendary Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo. She is one of the founding members of the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. Brian’s courage, determination and integrity inspired the making of the always timely motion picture “Brian’s Song”.
The Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund was launched in 1970 by grassroots efforts of family, friends and NFL teammates. To date the nonprofit has raised more than $8 million for cancer research. Brian who died at the age of 26 from a rare form of cancer, embryonal cell carcinoma played 4 seasons with the Bears. The cancer that killed Brian, once virtually incurable, now has a cure rate of better than 50 percent. Testicular cancer, which is related to the disease that took his life, now has a 95 percent cure rate.
Sandra Manley-Eichler, LCSW
Sandra Manley-Eichler, LCSW serves as the Radiation Oncology Social Worker at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She holds her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and a Master’s of Science in Social Work from Columbia University with a Minor in Law. During her time at Columbia, she received training for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and worked with clients who suffered from personality disorders. Sandra started working with cancer survivors in 2012, first working as a Program Manager at Wellness Place, a community-based support center. Then, she worked as an Oncology Social Worker at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is a speaker for Patient Power and won the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Medical Professional Award in 2018. She lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband and two cats.