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Short Bio:
Allison Gilbert is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on grief and resilience. The author of numerous books including the groundbreaking, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Aliveher stirring work exposes the secret and essential factor for harnessing loss to drive happiness, spark creativity, and rebound from adversity.

Passed and Present reveals 85 practical and innovative ways to remember and celebrate the family and friends we never want to forget. The book has been featured in People Magazine and Arianna Huffington and Maria Shriver have tweeted about it.

O, the Oprah Magazine named Allison a contributor for her inspiring essay, “The Reflection Effect,” about the power of nostalgia to improve lives and help individuals and families thrive.

Allison Gilbert serves as Executive Family & Memories Editor for Legacy Republic, the fastest growing memory-preservation company in the world.

On Allison Gilbert’s popular grief and resilience blog, she features Q & A’s with some of the most notable names in our culture today including, Arianna Huffington, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Soledad O’Brien, and New York Times bestselling authors Gretchen Rubin and Christina Baker Kline. She also reports on new and creative opportunities for remembering loved ones, further underscoring that honoring these essential connections has the capacity to bring enormous joy.

Allison Gilbert is a sought-after expert on grief, loss, resilience, cancer prevention, and September 11, appearing on Today, CNN, and MSNBC. She’s been interviewed by Megyn Kelly, NPR’s John Hockenberry, and appeared at New York Open Center with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Soledad O’Brien.  She’s frequently quoted in print and online, her perspective featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications.

Allison Gilbert is a popular workshop leader and keynote speaker.  She also partners with funeral homes, religious institutions, hospitals, and hospices to bring jubilant and meaningful celebrations of remembrance, her one-of-a-kind Memory Bash, to communities all over the country. She has partnered with many groups such as New Song Center for Grieving Children in Phoenix, Hospice of the South Shore in Boston, and NorthShore University Hospital and Hospice in Chicago, to name just a few.

Allison Gilbert graduated from Georgetown University and lives outside New York City with her husband and two children.  You can learn more about her here: www.allisongilbert.com.


Long Bio:
Allison Gilbert is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on grief and resilience. The author of numerous books including the groundbreaking, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Aliveher stirring work exposes the secret and essential factor for harnessing loss to drive happiness, spark creativity, and rebound from adversity.

Passed and Present reveals 85 practical and innovative ways to remember and celebrate the family and friends we never want to forget. The book has been featured in People Magazine and Arianna Huffington and Maria Shriver have tweeted about it.

O, the Oprah Magazine named Allison Gilbert a contributor for her inspiring essay, “The Reflection Effect,” about the power of nostalgia to improve lives and help individuals and families thrive.

Allison Gilbert serves as Executive Family & Memories Editor for Legacy Republic, the fastest growing memory-preservation company in the world.

On Allison Gilbert’s popular grief and resilience blog, she features Q & A’s with some of the most notable names in our culture today including, Arianna Huffington, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Soledad O’Brien, and New York Times bestselling authors Gretchen Rubin and Christina Baker Kline. She also reports on new and creative opportunities for remembering loved ones, further underscoring that honoring these essential connections promotes healing and has the capacity to bring enormous joy.

Allison Gilbert is a sought-after expert on grief, loss, resilience, cancer prevention, and September 11, appearing on Today, CNN, and MSNBC. She’s been interviewed by Megyn Kelly, NPR’s John Hockenberry, and appeared at New York Open Center with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Soledad O’Brien.  Allison Gilbert is frequently quoted in print and online, her perspective featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications.

An exciting and empowering workshop leader and keynote speaker, Allison Gilbert helps individuals transform personal and professional setbacks into opportunity. She has spoken to such diverse groups as Google, Time Warner, National Association for Female Executives, National Funeral Directors Association, Association for Death Education and Counseling, International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association, Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc., Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, JCC in Manhattan92Y, Gilda’s Club, and New York Public Library.

Allison Gilbert partners with funeral homes, religious institutions, hospitals, and hospices to bring jubilant and meaningful celebrations of remembrance, her one-of-a-kind Memory Bash, to communities all over the country.  She has partnered with many organizations such as New Song Center for Grieving Children in Phoenix, Hospice of the South Shore in Boston, and NorthShore University Hospital and Hospice in Chicago, to name just a few.

Allison Gilbert’s other books include, Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children and Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents.  She is co-editor of Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11, the definitive historical record of how broadcast journalists covered that tragic day. The landmark book was turned into a documentary by the U.S. State Department and distributed to embassies and consulates around the world.  Allison Gilbert is the only female journalist to be featured in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the emergency triage tag put around her neck is on display and her voice introduced by Robert De Niro on the museum’s official audio tour.

Allison Gilbert is a contributor to CNN.com, HuffPost, The Daily Beast, MariaShriver.com, and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Journal.  She was extremely proud when Option B.org, a resilience and community-building initiative introduced by Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Wharton’s Adam Grant, asked her to be a launch-day contributor.

Her work can also be quite personal and revealing.  After the death of Allison Gilbert’s mother to ovarian cancer and her aunt and grandmother to breast cancer, (and following genetic testing that determined she is BRCA1 positive), she made the life-affirming choice to have two preventative cancer surgeries.  Her pioneering series for HuffPost, “My Journey to Prevent Ovarian cancer,” chronicles her decision to have a prophylactic hysterectomy.  Allison Gilbert writes about undergoing a double mastectomy in The New York Times and talks about the operation and recovery with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts.

Allison Gilbert started her career in TV news, covering most every major news story in the last 20 years — including 9/11, when she was on the job and nearly killed by falling debris.  An Emmy award-winning, multi-platform journalist, she’s been honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Associated Press, and the Society of Professional Journalists.  At CNN, Allison Gilbert connected broadcast and digital audiences by producing high-profile TV segments and writing stories for CNN.com. Before CNN, she was a special projects producer at WABC-TV and an investigative producer at WNBC-TV, both in New York.  She was also part of the original launch teams for New York 1 News and MSNBC.

Allison Gilbert has received three Emmy awards and six Emmy nominations for various hard news reporting.  She’s been awarded first place for consumer investigation by the National Association of Black Journalists, won “Best Multi-Part Investigative Series” by the Society of Professional Journalists, and received “Best Public Service” award by the Associated Press. For Parentless Parents, she’s winner of the 2013 Washington Irving Book Award.

Allison Gilbert is founder of the Parentless Parents organization, an international network of parents who have experienced the loss of their own mothers and fathers.  More than a dozen Parentless Parents support groups are in operation across the United States and Canada and the Parentless Parents Facebook page is a growing and dynamic community offering comfort, guidance, and validation.

Allison Gilbert graduated from Georgetown University and lives outside New York City with her husband and two children.  You can learn more about her here: www.allisongilbert.com.

 

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