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Jessica

Jessica

Health Activist, Writer, TEDx Speaker (www.jessicagimeno.com)

Des Plaines, IL

Expertise

I write and speak about mental illness, chronic pain, and women's health issues. I launched my website, Fashionably ill ®, in 2012 and am a contributor to The Huffington Post and Ask a Bipolar. I frequently speak at conferences, universities, and other events - my 2015 TEDx Talk, "How to Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed," recently surpassed 250,000 views. I have a book on the same subject as my TEDx Talk coming out. I used to work in mental health nonprofit. In my free time, I give makeovers to women with illnesses including cancer, MS, lupus, among others. My skills include: writing copy for campaigns (awareness or policy campaigns), story telling, and public speaking. NBC News did an extensive profile on my advocacy work. I live well with bipolar 2, myasthenia gravis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, asthma, and psoriasis. I graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Communications & a Second Major in Political Science.

AVAILABILITY: less than 10 hours/week

Industry Experience
Healthcare - Advocacy
Areas Of Expertise
Strategy
Health Perspective
Patient Advocate
Health Conditions
Asthma Autoimmune Diseases Bipolar Disorder Chronic Illness Pain (Chronic Pain, Joint Pain, Back Pain) Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Psoriasis
Owner and Author at Fashionably ill ®
June 2012 – Present

Website, Fashionably ill ®, is about surviving pain--mental and physical--with style and humor.


Freelance Writer & HuffPost Live panelist at The Huffington Post
September 2014 – Present

Write for Huffington Post about mental health including policy issues, chronic illness, and disability. Frequent panelist on HuffPost Live--have spoken on numerous mental health, chronic illness, women's health, and pop culture segments. Pop culture segments include interviews with celebrities like Dionne Warwick, Joey McIntyre, Manny Pacquiao, and Ben Feldman, among others.


PAC Member at Rutgers University
June 2014 – Present

Rutgers University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School are developing a manual to help young adults with severe mental illness find meaningful employment. Our project is called HYPE, Helping Youth on the Path to Employment.


Program Manager & Host of Flipswitch (Podcast & Blog) at Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
March 2011 – May 2013

As Benevon Team Leader, I raised $40,000 in donations in three months.
As Host of Flipswitch, ratings for podcast increased by 397%. I also won Second Prize in National Council of Community Behavioral Healthcare's 2012 Awards of Excellence. Podcast featured interviews with people with mental illness who overcame great odds.


Assistant Debate Coach at Rolling Meadows High School
August 2013 – Present

Coach debate every week. Judge monthly debate tournaments.


Bachelors, Communications; Second Major in Political Science (graduated cum laude)
Northwestern University
September 2003 – June 2006
Evanston, IL, United States



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