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How I Moved My Career Forward Despite a Chronic Illness


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How I Moved My Career Forward Despite a Chronic Illness

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Working in corporate America is a challenge for anyone. You’re expected to perform at a high level, work long hours, and do it all with a smile on your face. But what happens when you’re also living with a chronic illness?

Marie Roker Jones

Bridget Finkeldey

Marie Roker-Jones is the co-founder of Essteem, a turnkey solution that helps companies turn their sustainability commitments into real actions, measurable results, and positive social impact. She is a social impact leader, military spouse, and change agent with over ten years of experience in leading gender and racial diversity strategies. As the founder of Raising Great Men, she built a movement for parents, empowering them with resources to raise culturally aware and socially conscious children. She was the senior editor for The Good Men Project, a diverse, multi-faceted media company and an idea-based social platform for cultural conversation about manhood. Marie also has workforce and career development experience creating workforce re-entry programs for underrepresented communities through coalition building, employment readiness, networking opportunities, and community outreach. Marie was the lead for The Charter for Compassion's Compassionate NYC and through her project, #CompassionConvos facilitated cross-sectoral dialogue to examine implicit biases and their impact on our perception of criminality, economic disparities, educational underachievement, health disparities, and other factors that bring about social stratification and separation.

Meg Alexander

Bridget Finkeldey

Meg Alexander joined the PowerToFly community as a job-seeker in 2014, eventually landing her first remote role working for PowerToFly's Delivery Team. Her professional experience includes roles as a Talent Advocate, Head of Purchasing for a window factory, audiobook publishing, & more than 5 years as a paralegal. She has a bachelor's degree in Art History from Indiana University (mint condition, never been used!), where she also earned a varsity letter for Women's Rowing. She loves DIY projects and will never say no to french fries. She lives in Toledo, OH with her husband Aaron, an engineering technician, and their dogs, Radar & Cake.

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