On January 25, H.O.W. Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper (561-406-2109) will highlight the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women at its annual Time is of the Essence Luncheon at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Now in its fifteenth year, the event will feature former Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Sherry Lansing as its guest speaker. In a casual conversation, editor and author Pamela Fiori (right) will talk with Lansing about her experiences as well as the Sherry Lansing Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes cancer research among other initiatives. Both Lansing and Fiori have faced diversity in their careers—the former as the first woman to head a major film studio and the latter as the first female editor of Town & Country magazine—and have also dedicated a portion of their lives to cancer philanthropy. Ahead of the event, Fiori opened up to PBI about work, life, and health.
- H.O.W.’s Time is of the Essence Luncheon will take place on January 25. Tickets start at $350. For more information, visit ovariancancerpbc.org.
PBI: What advice would you give to young women who want to follow in your career footsteps?
Fiori: Work your you-know-what off. If you are looking for a career, don’t treat it as a nine-to-five job; do more than what is expected of you. Learn when to speak up and when to listen—especially when to listen. Be open-minded and positive. And for heaven’s sake, don’t behave, dress, or think like a man.
What traits do women need to excel in their careers?
Talent, first and foremost. Drive, energy, convictions, and a strong sense of ethics and fair play.
What would you tell women who want to take control of their health?
Be your own best advocate. Always get a second opinion. Take care of yourself: Eat sensibly, drink moderately, be active (both physically and intellectually), but don’t be overly self-involved so that you neglect others.
What words of encouragement would you share with someone recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer?
Have courage. Lean on others who reach out to you. Use every resource open to you. Live every day to the fullest, if you can. Spend time with those you love and who love you.