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Oct 26, 2018

Monthly Mission: Creating a speaker biography

By Tony Hart, Champion Specialist, @TonyHart87

Helpful Tips written on a sticky note

Having an interesting biography can be useful for those who speak at support groups or conferences. It also can supplement your social media profile. Mayo Clinic Champions have access to tips for creating a biography that walk through elements to include, how to make it stand out, and a template to get you started.

Your Monthly Mission is to read through these tips and start putting together a stand-out bio that reflects who you are. For inspiration, view examples of Champion biographies below.

Linda Wortman
Lung Cancer Activist
Linda is an avid bicyclist, cross-country skier, hiker and runner. Linda, who has never smoked, was shockingly diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008. Since then, Linda became inspired to run a 5K race in 50 states and a 10K race in every continent. Linda was also asked by Mayo Clinic and Conrad Anker to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro's 19,341’ peak. Passionate about ending the stigma associated with lung cancer, Linda dedicates much of her time to raising awareness about the disease and started the Wortman Lung Cancer Foundation and Running Lungs events to raise critical funds for lung cancer health and research.

Tony Hart
Proud Preemie Father
Severe trauma can happen to new parents. Tony Hart is a father of a premature born girl who came eight weeks early; weighed 2 pounds, 7 oz.; and was hospitalized for 42 days. Shell-shocked from the experience, Tony is passionate about helping other parents with preemies get through the trauma of the happiest day being indefinitely linked to the hardest weeks of their lives. Tony is an expert in skin-to-skin (“kangaroo”) care, spending endless hours at the hospital and fostering hope with his wife as they embrace a new normal.

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