Be Empowered Webinars

Please join us for a special series of online seminars for people affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

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Film/Book Webinar Series

Join us for panel discussions with a producer and authors from our hereditary cancer community. Hear from others who have faced hereditary cancer decisions and submit questions to our panelists.

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In the Family Film

In the Family Virtual Cast Reunion

In the Family tells the story of filmmaker Joanna Rudnick’s journey through the unpredictable world of predictive genetic testing during the dawn of testing for BRCA mutations. Along the way, she meets several women and families to uncover the reality of how hereditary cancer impacts their lives and communities.

Watch the first-ever gathering with all of the families in the film in one virtual conversation - 12 years after the film premiered on PBS! Hear from our panelists. They include a representative from each family in the movie, as well as Dr. Lee Shulman, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Clinical Genetics at the Feinberg School of Medicine from Northwestern University Leigha Senter-Jamieson, Licensed Genetic Counselor from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Sue Friedman, FORCE’s Executive Director and Founder.

Families in the MovieJoanna Rudnick is an Emmy®-nominated director and producer. She tells her personal story, as well as chronicles the lives of several individuals undergoing the process of genetic testing and coming to terms with learning they have a genetic mutation that greatly increases their risk for breast and ovarian cancer. The documentary screened as part of the successful effort to pass the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA), as well as challenge gene patenting, a case that went to the Supreme Court.

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The Body Papers and The Wig Diaries

Writing About Your Hereditary Cancer Journey

with award-winning memoirists, Mary Ladd and Grace Talusan

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
7:00 PM Eastern Time

Please join us for an evening with two authors, Mary Ladd and Grace Talusan, who chronicle their experiences with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in their books: The Wig Diariesand The Body Papers. Both women use contrasting styles of irreverent humor and informed sincerity to wade through the physical complexities and emotional layers that a diagnosis sends rippling across the lives and relationships of the affected women and families. Mary and Grace will speak to the process of writing their memoirs and share excerpts from their works. All are welcome, including those who have read and not read the books. Please bring your questions about the books and the writing process and learn how stories can change not only us, but also those who hear it.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss

Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss Panel Discussion and Book Review

with award-winning journalist and seasoned TV producer, Ali Rogin

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
7:00 PM Eastern Time

Please join us on National Previvor Day for an evening of powerful storytelling as we dive into the courageous experiences of previvors profiled in Ali Rogin's upcoming book, Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss: 30 Powerful Stories. Ali, a previvor herself, along with a panel of participants from her book, will share their inspiring stories, experiences and advice for tackling hereditary cancer risk, all while never losing sight of careers, families and goals. Panelists include Kara DioGuardi (a Grammy-nominated songwriter, former American Idol judge, record executive and philanthropist) and Mary Powell (who served as CEO of Green Mountain Power from 2008-2020).You will leave this event feeling empowered and inspired. Other high-profile women featured in her book include Edie Falco, Sheryl Crow, Athena Jones and Heidi Heitkamp.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled webinar times, register to receive the follow-up email with a link to the recording.

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