How I Moved My Career Forward Despite a Chronic Illness

Chat & Learn
Mon, Mar 15, 1:00 PM (EDT)

About this event


Being diagnosed with a chronic illness can be an incredibly isolating experience. When I was diagnosed with my chronic illness, I wondered how I would ever cope. I honestly had no idea how it was going to affect my life. Would I be able to keep up with my career? It was hard to admit that I was not the person I used to be. I learned that managing my illness doesn’t automatically equate to managing the outward consequences of it. As the co-founder of a startup, I've created routines that are freeing me from the guilt and overwhelm of work/life balance.

In this chat, I want you to learn:

  • How to create a toolkit for your support system
  • How to stay productive even when you're feeling sick
  • How to come up with a reasonable work plan for yourself and your employer
  • How to manage your health without compromising your work performance


  • Marie Roker-Jones

    Marie Roker-Jones



    Marie Roker-Jones is the co-Ceo of Essteem. Essteem organizes Equalithons (hackathons for equality), first-of-its-kind, virtual DEI events that connect tech companies that uphold diversity and inclusion commitments to underrepresented tech talent who want to work for those companies. She is a social impact startup founder with over ten years of experience in leading gender and racial diversity ...

    Read More

  • Organizers

  • Megan Alexander

    Megan Alexander

    PowerToFly, Inc.

    Virtual Event Host & Moderator

  • Paloma Bianchetti

    Paloma Bianchetti


    Community Marketing Associate

  • maryella marie

    maryella marie

    PowerToFly & The Positive Force Team

    Virtual Event Moderator