Maimah Karmo always knew that that she wanted to be a servant leader in some way; and do something more meaningful than "just make money to acquire things." As CEO of Tigerlily Foundation, she has made a stunning impact on the lives of young women with breast cancer. "After my diagnosis with breast cancer, I found my passion and my 'eyes were opened.' Taking the leap into entrepreneurial non-profit leadership was inevitable. It wasn't a choice really - I was giving 'birth' to another child - almost literally. Creating Tigerlily and nurturing her was like having a baby. We were filling a niche gap and helping so many women. We are excited to celebrate our 10th anniversary this year!"
Tigerlily Foundation is one of the only organizations in the nation providing assistance to young women (15-45) before, during and after breast cancer. More than 18,000 young women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, and approximately ten percent die of the disease. Even though they get breast cancer less often than older women, younger women tend to have more aggressive breast cancers, so education about the risk factors and early detection is key.
"When I saw how many lives were being touched, I was propelled more and more; and I'm driven by my passion. I will accept nothing less than success; and I love seeing how our work is transforming the breast cancer landscape. I love what I do, so it's not work"
Describe yourself in three words:
Full of faith, fearlessness and love!
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Building my organization, Tigerlily Foundation, which impacts so many young breast cancer survivors; and working to pass two critical pieces of breast health legislation.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
To have more fun... seriously! :-)
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I love all my jobs! Right now, in addition to Tigerlily Foundation, I'm a single mom, an author, a blogger, I'm building a magazine and have a busy social and philanthropic schedule. I am good!
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I schedule in time for me that is non-negotiable. It's on my calendar - like an appointment. I call those my Maimah days, where I don't book any appointments. I also make sure I practice my morning rituals daily - of exercise, meditation, prayer and reading. In addition, I treat myself often, and let "me" know how much I appreciate who I am and who I'm becoming. I make time for friends and I also love spending QT with my daughter.
What websites do you visit every day?
Tony Robbins', Neale Donald Walsh, Gabrielle Bernstein, Oprah, Marie Forleo
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
Favorite restaurant in Tyson's - Eddie V's. Favorite drink - apple martini, favorite person - my daughter, Noelle. I also have so many wonderful friends I love spending time with!
What is your goal for retirement?
I will be a travelling, soul-purpose seeking gypsy, who makes creates joy, makes friends, writes and brings people together.
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Ask yourself whether this is your passion. Have a vision, create a "foundation" for your business first, study your business and know every aspect of it, and know that it's a long term commitment. Make sure to have other business owners who are part of your tribe, who can mentor, support, uplift you and help you pick up the pieces after hard times - mentally and through offering resources. Lastly, make sure you find ways to nurture yourself on a regular basis.
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