St. Jude Mom Boss Summit gathers “mom bosses” of all backgrounds to connect, support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The summit consisted of inspirational speakers and panelists including Pamela Silva, Riche Holmes Grant, Leticia Barr, Farzana Nayani, Zaiba Hasan, Dr. Uzma Jafri, Marlena Stell, Susan Comfort, Laura Johnson, Jeannette Kaplun, Alanah Odoms and the cancer survivor of St. Jude, Tayde CruzDodds. Earlier in the day, the event kicked off with a lively conversation on Instagram between Refinery29 Global Editor-in-Chief Simone Oliver and Emily Callahan, chief marketing and experience officer for ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness-raising organization for St. Female Leader, the women who own them. and what it means to be a mother boss.

“As a mother boss, it’s important to let yourself chase your dreams, and that’s such a reflection of the hope our patient families share for the future of their children,” said Emily Callahan, ALSAC’s Chief Marketing and Experience Officer. “No one chooses when cancer happens to them, and life comes quickly to you. A mother boss is a woman who intervenes and leads when the opportunity arises.”

Leading up to Mother’s Day, the event celebrated mothers and supporters of St. Jude helping to give St. Jude families the precious gift of time – time to focus on getting together and time this spring to create fond memories around special holidays . Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food – because all a family has to worry about is helping their child survive.

St. Jude Mom Boss merchandise is still available, including shirts for the whole family, tote bags and a cup. This spring, shoppers can support St. Jude in purchasing the perfect Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts through the St. Jude Gift Shop or a participating retail partner. Supporters can also help celebrate moms and dads by sending a virtual card to a St. Jude family for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day that will appear on screens in the hospital. To learn more about St. Jude and how to get involved, visit

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and fights childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: to find cures. Saving Children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated exclusively to children. Treatments invented in St. Jude have helped the overall childhood cancer survival rate to rise from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude will not stop until no child dies of cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child rescued in St. Jude means doctors and scientists around the world can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food – because all a family has to worry about is helping their child survive. Visit St. Jude Inspire to discover powerful St. Jude stories of hope, strength, love, and kindness. Join the St. Jude Mission by visiting, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, and subscribing to the YouTube channel.

SOURCE ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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