Samantha Harris; Emmy-Winning TV host, Breast Cancer Survivor, Certified Health Coach and Best Selling Author of 'Your Healthiest HEALTHy'
“If knowledge is power, then Samantha Harris is Wonder Woman.” - Rita Wilson, Actress & Producer
In a candid conversation with LeadHERship Global, a podcast for — and about — unstoppable women stepping into courage and self-love, Samantha reaffirms “if you’re not giving yourself the care that you need, you will not have the health and wellness to achieve all you can be.”
Best known as the co-host of Dancing with the Stars and Entertainment Tonight, Emmy-winner Samantha Harris is also an author, certified health coach and trainer, cancer survivor and thriver, healthy living advocate and unstoppable optimist. Her stage II invasive breast cancer diagnosis and double mastectomy at age 40 inspired a quest for answers about how we can all improve our overall health, prevent chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and autoimmune disease, and understand their underlying causes. She is the author of Your Healthiest Healthy: 8 Easy Ways to Take Control, Help Prevent and Fight Cancer, and Live a Longer, Cleaner, Happier Life, a best-selling book that became a brand for popular webinars and retreats. Your Healthiest Healthy translates comprehensive, research-backed knowledge into an easy-to-follow road map for maximizing health, energy and happiness for life—helping people take small steps that will result in big changes. As a highly motivational and inspirational speaker, Samantha shares her personal journey from cancer diagnosis to healthiest health with genuine warmth and unflappable positivity. She creatively blends almost encyclopedic knowledge with insights from doctors and scientists, empowering advice, practical tips and healthy recipes—acting as both cheerleader and guide on a journey toward Your Healthiest Healthy.
Samantha co-hosted Dancing with the Stars for eight seasons, garnering two Emmy nominations. She also served for many years as correspondent and weekend anchor on Entertainment Tonight, where she earned two more Emmy nominations and a win. Samantha’s first primetime show that she hosted was FOX’s The Next Joe Millionaire. After DWTS, she hosted NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes. She has also hosted dozens of other national network and syndicated programs, including Gordon Ramsay’s Culinary Genius (FOX stations), The Insider, E! News, and Extra, and appeared as a guest host on Access Hollywood Live, The View, Daily Blast Live, Hollywood Today Live, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and Good Morning America (guest correspondent), among others. She co-hosted the official live red carpet show for the 80th Academy Awards and for the Critics’ Choice Awards as well as made her Broadway debut in 2009 starring as Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago.
Samantha recently announced her newest initiative, YOUR HEALTHIEST HEALTHY: COMMUNITY, which is a subscription-based membership that will be filled with content on a weekly basis to help transform anyone to become their most vibrant, healthy self. This will include live workouts with Samantha as well as live coaching on a variety of health topics. Samantha wants to start 2021 off with helping people understand the importance of self-care.
With the success of Your Healthiest Healthy, Samantha has become the go-to guru for living a healthy and clean life. She has appeared in multiple media outlets such as Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS’s The Doctors evangelizing healthy living. She has also appeared on the cover of numerous health and fitness magazines, including Shape, First for Women, Fit Parent, Muscle & Fitness, HERS (a record four times), Pilates Style, Wellness, and Women’s Running. She has also appeared in the pages of many more, including People, USA Today magazine, SELF, Closer Weekly, InTouch, Star and US Weekly. Dedicated to advancing breast cancer research, Samantha was named Survivor of the Year by Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Los Angeles 2017 and led its 2018 Parade of Promise. She also serves as National Ambassador for Susan G. Komen, the American Cancer Society, and serves on the Entertainment Council for Feeding America. She volunteers at the SOVA Food Pantry, a Jewish Family service which provides life-improving services that help the people of Los Angeles live with dignity and exercise self-determination. Samantha also teamed up with AstraZeneca‘s Cancer Community (C2) Awards during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The C2 Awards honor those on the frontlines of cancer care, research and advocacy and rewards the winners in each category with a generous grant.
Along with her husband, Michael, Samantha founded the online community Gotta Make Lemonade (gottamakelemonade.com) to inspire positivity in the face of adversity. The name of the organization stems from Michael’s hopeful reminder when they were going through her breast cancer diagnosis: “Babe, when life gives you lemons, you gotta make lemonade!” Samantha is the proud mother of two daughters and an honors graduate from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
With an uplifting, vibrant personality, Samantha consistently wins hearts, minds, and rave reviews. Living and championing her passion for health fitness and overall well-being every day, she shows how to achieve your healthiest healthy, overcome adversity, and find balance as professional women. Being the best advocate for your own health is a primary message Samantha shares with her audience. Partnering with Ancestry for its new AncestryHealth self-directed AncestyDNA at-home genetic testing kit offered her social media followers the perfect way to take control of their health journey. Facing challenges with humor, strength, perseverance and passion, Samantha empowers audiences to take control of their health and live their best and healthiest lives.
Heather Abbott; Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor & Amputee
On April 15, 2013, what is referred to as Marathon Monday in Boston, Heather Abbott of Newport, RI set out on an annual tradition with six friends. They would attend the Red Sox game, followed by a walk over to the finish line to watch the runners. Abbott would never have dreamed this day would change her life forever.
Abbott was struck by shrapnel from the second of the two bombs, severely injuring her left foot. Strangers Matt Chatham, former New England Patriots lineman, and his wife, Erin, carried her to safety.
After three surgeries in four days, Abbott was faced with an agonizing decision – should she try and save her left foot or amputate her leg below the knee. With the help of other amputees, and the support from thousands around the country, Abbott made the difficult decision, at the age of 38, to live her life as an amputee.
Her recovery, as it is for many, was a journey through pain, anger, optimism, challenge and resilience. A significant part of her recovery was her support network – the friends, family and strangers who sent her well-wishes, the fellow amputees who helped her transition and the custom prostheses that allowed her to live her life as before.
Through insurance and donations, Abbott was given four different prosthetic legs. Just months after the bombing, she was living independently and resuming the activities she loves, including stand up paddle boarding, running and wearing high heels.
Abbott has remained a model of strength and resilience and is determined to help other victims of limb loss. She is a certified Peer Counselor for the American Amputee Coalition and is helping other amputees adjust to their “new normal,” as others helped her.
By starting the Heather Abbott Foundation, she has another chance to continue to pay it forward for all amputees. Heather Abbott has recently been awarded the following: the 2014 Orthopedic Association’s Spirit of an Active Lifestyle Award, an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Framingham State University in 2015, the Stonehill College President’s Excellence Award in 2015 and the 2015 Providence Business News Woman to Watch.
Colette Campbell; Chief Talent Acquisition and Diversity Officer at Bremer Bank
Colette Campbell is the Senior Vice President of Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion for Bremer Bank. Prior to joining Bremer, Colette served as faculty in the disciplines of Business, Human Resources and Human Development. Over a decade ago, she started a consulting firm that provided coaching, training, and consulting services for many years. She has become known for her dynamic ability to help others create powerful shifts in their own thinking and behavior. Others find her to be enthusiastic, thought-provoking, and innovative in her unique approach to creating significant breakthroughs. She is an expert at finding the strengths within the differences between people and leveraging them to achieve remarkable outcomes.
Colette holds degrees in religious studies and counseling, as well as management and leadership and human development. She was raised in Canada by Jamaican-born parents and has lived and/or taught on almost every continent in the world, providing her with a rich world perspective. In 2015, her family moved to Guatemala for a year and if you are a fan of HGTV, she was on an episode of House Hunters International. She lives in Saint Paul with her husband, three kids, and pet bird.