Connie Pombo’s life changed drastically on March 21, 1996 when she heard the words, “you have cancer.” Facing her own mortality, at the age of 40, was the greatest gift she ever received. Since that time, she has been inspiring audiences throughout the country with her hallmark speech, “Living the Passionate Life,” in which she shares how you can transform your “tragedy, pain and loss into a life of unspeakable joy, purpose and passion.”
With 20 years’ experience in health information management and her expertise as a CLASS Certified Personality Trainer (CPT), Connie shares with healthcare professionals, cancer survivors, and caregivers the importance of understanding the emotional aspects of cancer. As a popular sanguine personality, Connie used humor to get through the painful side effects of treatment and found that “laughter is the best medicine.” Connie balances all her presentations with knowledge, humor, and sparkling anecdotes to make her presentations memorable and informative.
Connie speaks at conferences and seminars, healthcare and oncology groups, fundraising events, college and university campuses, church groups, and writing conferences. She is a presenter for therapeutic writing workshops, including the Weekend of Hope in Stowe, Vermont where she first found her passion for writing and developed Baskets Full of Hope for cancer survivors and their caregivers.
Audiences describe Connie as vibrant, humorous, and authentic. “She is an animated storyteller…moving you from laughter one moment and tears the next.” Her topics are diverse, but all draw the listener to deeper levels of understanding and passion.
Connie is the author of Trading Ashes for Roses: From Pain to Passion (also available in Kindle) and contributing author to 28 books, including Living the Serenity Prayer by Adams Media, Chicken Soup for the Coffee-Lover’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Runner's Soul and upcoming books Chicken Soup: Say Goodbye to Stress! (May 22, 2012) and God Makes Lemonade series.
Connie is the founder and Executive Director of Women’s Mentoring Ministries in Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Spokane Bible College (Moody Northwest) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies. She is a member of the National Cancer Survivors Day Speakers Bureau and is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Speaker’s Association.
When not speaking or writing, Connie enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and their two grown sons Jeremy and Jonathan.