Past Events

A Conversation with Authors ||| Suleika Jaouad and Elizabeth Lesser

A Conversation with Authors
Suleika Jaouad and Elizabeth Lesser

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

12:30 PM

Join Co-Chairs Peggy Bitler, Aimee Eberle, and Claudia Overstrom for a virtual conversation led by bestselling author Elizabeth Lesser about Suleika Jaouad’s first book, the instant New York Times bestselling memoir, Between Two Kingdoms.

We will also hear from President & CEO Christina Merrill about the BMCF’s vital programs and the support they have been providing patients and their families for over 29 years. During this vibrant, uplifting, and compelling hour-long virtual conversation, Suleika and Elizabeth will each draw on their personal experiences in telling their powerful stories.

Proceeds will support cancer and transplant patients and their families who are facing heightened challenges during these unprecedented times. With your generosity, BMCF can continue to Be a Lifeline™.

For more information, please call 212-838-3029 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

#BMCF    #BeALifeline 


Headshot Suleika4Suleika Jaouad is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling memoir, Between Two Kingdoms. She wrote the Emmy Award-winning New York Times column “Life, Interrupted” and her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Vogue, and NPR, among others. A highly sought-after speaker, her mainstage TED Talk was one of the ten most popular of 2019 and has nearly four million views. She is also the creator of The Isolation Journals, a community creativity project founded during the Covid-19 pandemic to help others convert isolation into artistic solitude; over 100,000 people from around the world have joined.

Headshot Lesser4Elizabeth Lesser is the author of several best-selling books and she is the cofounder of Omega Institute, recognized internationally for its workshops and conferences in wellness, spirituality, creativity, and social change. She has given two popular TED talks, and is one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a collection of a hundred leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity. In her conversation with Suleika, Elizabeth will draw from her books, Marrow: Love, Loss, and What Matters Most, where she maps the journey of being her sister’s bone marrow donor and Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, where she explores how all of us, no matter what we are going through, can mine for gold in the depth of difficult times. Her newest book is Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes. She looks forward to celebrating her friend Suleika Jaouad’s gorgeous piece of storytelling!

Gift of Life Benefactors

  • Peggy Bitler
  • Meg Braff
  • Aimee Eberle
  • Elizabeth Epley
  • Margaret & Bob Fishman
  • Charlotte Moss
  • Claudia Overstrom
  • Betsy Pitts

Lifeline Benefactors

  • Lisa Tarnopol Deslauriers
  • Beth Keough
  • Jackie Powers
  • AnaPaula & Mark Watson
  • Lisa Bjornson Wolf


  • Marilyn A. Albanese
  • Americana Manhasset
  • Anne Byers
  • Hélène Comfort
  • Patricia Farman-Farmaian
  • Alexandra Gifford
  • Julie Hillman & David Israel
  • Hollye Jacobs
  • Victoria Greenleaf Kempner
  • Karen Klopp
  • Sarah Kurita
  • Ros L’Esperance
  • Marcia Mishaan
  • Marie Napoli
  • Irene & Peter J. Pappas Jr
  • Linda Robinson
  • Alexia Hamm Ryan
  • Alicia Zarou Scanlon
  • Kathryn Tyree


  • Susie Anderson
  • Muffie Potter Aston
  • Serena Bowman
  • Paula Cushman
  • Trish D’Anna
  • Vasilianna Fakiris
  • Catherine Fortin
  • Nicky Grant
  • Lucy Anda Hardison
  • Paula & John Hornbostel
  • Sheila Hultgren & Gregory Giangrande
  • Ritchey B. Howe
  • Lorrie Huschle
  • Landon Jones
  • Julie Karen
  • Cynthia Ketchum
  • Martha Linhares
  • Susan Moore
  • Fabiana Ramirez
  • Dr. Xiomara Rocha-Cadman
  • Kristen Swenson
  • Lindsey Thames
  • Deborah van Eck
List as of May 10, 2021