I was born in a small country off the west coast of Africa called Cape Verde. Growing up, I was raised to speak Cape Verdean Creole and Portuguese. But at 7 years old, my family and I immigrated to the United States. At the time, I didn't really understand what that even meant. All I knew was that when I arrived the culture, way of life, and language were all absolutely foreign to me in every way. Eventually, I learned English and even Spanish. But learning the languages weren't nearly as hard as accepting myself for who I am as an immigrant.
I've spent years now encouraging people to have difficult conversations, to talk about the things that are bothering them and yet, remain unspoken. I've read the research showing that couples who argue effectively, instead of staying quiet and avoiding conflict are ten times more likely to have a happy relationship.
I have often heard the saying, "You were probably too young to remember this, but . . ." I can honestly say that I can recall quite a bit from my childhood even though I can't seem to recall what I had for breakfast yesterday. I remember a lot, including some things that I wish were fuzzy.
Why Join Swaay?
For the last 30+ years, I have focused on bringing together political parties, corporate competitors and disparate nations to foster quality leadership, diplomacy and results that better society, creating sustainable partnerships and profitable business models. Has it been easy? By no means. Rewarding? Immensely.
Marriage can be a tightrope act: when everything is in balance, it is bliss and you feel safe, but once things get shaky, you are unsure about next steps. Add outside forces into the equation like kids, work, finances or a personal crisis and now there's a strong chance that you'll need extra support to keep you from falling.
TV Guide magazine declared it "The Worst TV Show Ever." Simultaneously, it was the top-rated daytime talk show in the United States. "Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry!" flowed out of the television set and into over 3 million homes every day. Briefly, this included mine.
When you first hear that I have a life-size cut-out of myself, I know what you are thinking.
Is this woman nuts? Who does that? Is she full of herself?
Yes, these are normal questions, but once you understand why I have it and what I use it for, you may find yourself ordering one too!
I started taking gymnastics at the age of 47. My then 21-year-old daughter had been begging me for six months to take a class with her — Mom! It's awesome… you jump up and down and do flips and handstands! Doesn't that sound fun? It sounded as un-fun to me as it gets, I thought, gymnastics is not something a person my age does. Besides, flipping upside down--why in the world would I want to do that?
Amy Domangue is CEO and Co-Founder of Jessie, a Techstars and Cedars-Sinai backed digital health company. Amy is an expert in healthcare marketing and innovation, having worked for various organizations, including Fleishman Hillard, Bayer Pharmaceuticlas, and the New Orleans BioInnovation Center.
Since 2010, Amy has worked with various healthtech startups and helped raise over $30 million in capital. In 2018, Amy launched Jessie with her Co-Founder, Kerranna Williamson. Today, Jessie has grown into one of the largest networks of online health services, improving the way people access, experience, and manage their care.
Amy holds an MBA from Tulane University and an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from Louisiana State University.
Storyteller | Survivor | Social Impact
Nubia DuVall Wilson is a published author, journalist and advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse. As a storyteller, her mission is to liberate survivors of sexual abuse by curating content that supports their wellbeing and gives them a voice and a community to embrace the reality of living and loving after assault. In May 2018, she published her second book, The Survivors Club, a supernatural novella inspired by her journey to heal as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, which is the inspiration behind a new TV pilot currently being pitched. Nubia is also the founder of Cielo Consulting, a boutique public relations and marketing agency based in South Orange, NJ. Nubia graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a degree in English and a minor in Religion. Learn more at nubiaduvall.com and follow her on Instagram and Facebook @EncounterswithNubia.