Opening Keynote - Nancy Frates
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
9:00 - 10:00 am
The Mom Who Started the Ice Bucket Challenge!
On March 13, 2011 Nancy’s 27 year old son Peter was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Their world changed in a moment. They were told that there is no treatment or cure and the prognosis was 2-5 years. Since that day, Nancy has immersed herself in the ALS community. Through her education and work experience, she knew that the best way to become knowledgeable and currently informed on the disease was to get to know the players and the institutions that were on the forefront on this disease. In the past 3 years Nancy has traveled and networked to the offices of CEO’s, Senators, Congressmen, Top Doctors and governmental authorities. She has testified in Washington DC to an FDA panel and has initiated and executed petitions regarding important issues affecting the ALS communities. Nancy has developed strong relationships with executives at both the local and national levels of ALS organizations involved in research, patient support, advocacy and fundraising. Prior to this, Nancy had a successful business career in Real Estate. At Keller Williams Realty, Nancy was a Top Agent, Productivity Coach, Team Leader of h e r market, and eventually became an Assistant Team Leader/Trainer for Keller Williams in 4 locations. In 2014, she received honorable mention by Boston Magazine for being the "Bostonian of the Year"; In 2015 She was voted "Communicator of the Year" by PR Week, and was also named to the Fortune Magazine Top 50 Leaders list of 2015. (She was #19!).
Speaker: Nancy Frates (click on the name to see bio)