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October 9, 2018

“SO, THE TITLE OF MY TALK is ‘The Angina Monologues.’” With that light-hearted reference to “The Vagina Monologues,” Dr. Kathy Magliato, cardiothoracic surgeon and best-selling author of the memoir “Healing Hearts,” dove into a subject dear to her heart—cardiac health.

Dr. Magliato and Dr. Lisa Genova, neuroscientist and best-selling author of “Still Alice,” the 2007 novel about a woman coping with early-onset Alzheimer’s, were keynote speakers at the first program in Merrill’s #WomenInvested event series. This series, which kicked-off in Scottsdale, Arizona with a focus on health and financial wellness, will be followed by programs around the country addressing other topics of interest to women. “With this series, we’re advocating for more open conversations about money and committed to empowering women to live their best financial lives,” says Kirstin Hill, managing director, Global Wealth & Investment Management, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.


While the first event was focused on wellness and wealth, Magliato and Genova also shared tips on a range of related topics top of mind for many women. Below, they share their thoughts on how to manage stress, juggling career and family, succeeding in male-dominated fields, and the importance of talking about taboo topics—like illness and money—and bringing them out into the open.


Shine a Light on Alzheimer’s

“Two-thirds of the people who have Alzheimer’s are women,” says neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Genova (below). Talking about the disease can help lead to better treatments.

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Don’t Shield Your Kids from Your Work Life

“Engage your children in what you do,” suggests cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato (below). It helps them feel a part of your life as a working mom.

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De-stress—or Else

“Most of us today are under chronic stress,” notes neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Genova (below). Not managing it can lead to memory loss.

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Dwell in the House of Yes

“Less than 3% of all heart surgeons in the U.S. are women,” says cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato (below). To succeed in a male-dominated field, “find people who tell you, ‘Yes, you can do this.’”

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