Cancer Made Me a Leader: Women in Business Video Series

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Annie LaVerdure-Weller had a tough but rewarding life before cancer. Her focus was on her loving husband, her cat, and her Leadership Lab business, in which she coached members of underserved communities to help them get job ready.

But after cancer, her focus shifted to introspection and survival. In this third episode of CircleAround’s Women in Business video series (visit here to read more about the series and here to see the first episode), we see her look at photos of herself, like one capturing the first time she went outside without a wig on.

“People kept commenting on my makeup and my wigs,” she recalls, “and I noticed that there were not a lot of resources. That’s why I launched Anne Josette. It’s about being who you are.”

We watch as coach Thresette Briggs helps her identify the gaps she needs to be closing, so that she can keep her first two businesses going, but help grow the new one, a “website for people living the lifestyle of cancer.”

LaVerdure-Weller admits that she battles confidence issues at times. “You have that impostor syndrome that makes you doubt,” the coach counsels. “You have got to be you and be the best version of you. A leader is someone who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.”

Now buoyed by newfound confidence, LaVerdure-Weller notes that “Cancer made me into a leader.”

Follow Annie LaVerdure-Weller along her journey in the four-episode series.

Episode 1: Unstoppable Annie: Women in Business Video Series
Episode 2: Fighting Cancer with Glamour: Women in Business Video Series
Episode 3: Cancer Made Me a Leader: Women in Business Video Series
Episode 4: She Left the Beatles, and She’s Going Solo: Women in Business Video Series

Also, watch the story of another CircleAround CEO, Lorena Camargo, who went from part-time teenage receptionist to CEO!

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Faye Williams

Faye Williams is a cat lover based in New Jersey who enjoys traveling and spending time in nature whenever possible.  See Full Bio

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