My guest Maimah Karmo, she is so inspiring to me and so many others around the world. Maimah’s story began in Liberia, West Africa, where she was born. After surviving two wars in her native country of Liberia, during a third coup d’état, she fled to the United States at 15 years old, after her father put her on a plane, alone, to avoid persecution due to the war. She worked her way through college and created her version of the American Dream. Maimah was raising a beautiful 3-year old when she was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. She had no family history and was 32-years old. While in treatment, Maimah made a promise to God that if she survived, she would create an organization to educate, empower, advocate for and support young women affected by breast cancer.
After her second treatment, Tigerlily Foundation was born. Using cancer as a catalyst, Maimah left her full-time, high-salaried job with a global organization to follow her soul’s purpose. She has been instrumental in helping to pass critical pieces of breast health legislation in Congress. She has become a media spokesperson for women’s health, empowerment, advocacy, and change.
In 2012, Maimah published Fearless: Awakening to My Life’s Purpose Through Breast Cancer. In 2015, she launched Bliss Magazine, a quarterly digital publication to inspire people to live their bliss. She is a Huffington Post blogger and is a media commentator. Maimah will let nothing stand in the way of living her bliss, and helping others to live theirs too!
Watch Maimah on Oprah: https://youtu.be/Lw3t8iUEgYU
Maimah has appeared in USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Black Enterprise, Oprah Magazine, Essence Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Redbook, Women and Cancer, Cure Magazine, Traditional Home Magazine and more. She has also been featured on Fox, ABC, CBS, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC and more. She is a highly sought-after speaker for Congressional policy and advocacy events. She is a media personality, regularly called upon to speak as health, leadership, advocacy and empowerment expert. She is also a philanthropist who supports various charitable causes, a mentor to many and a life coach. Maimah believes, “Service is the rent we pay for living.” Charity is not just something we do; it’s a way of life. It is incumbent upon each human being to find their “thing” and live, love and give it all they’ve got.
In 2009, Maimah was awarded the L’Oreal Paris’ Woman of Worth award. In 2010, she received the Congressional Black Caucus Leadership in Advocacy Award and the Running Start “Women to Watch Award.” Maimah has also given a TEDx Talk. In April 2015, Maimah served on the accomplished Women panel for the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Maimah is an Ambassador for National Women’s Health Week.