Elissa Ashwood

Talk Description

Controlling the Uncontrollable

When the unthinkable happens, how you take control makes all the difference.  
Elissa Ashwood will share the story of how she started the 33 Dresses project during her cancer treatment and started a national movement to ‘break out the good stuff’. She will share her strategy for cutting through the ‘what now’ alternatives of an overwhelming situation, to find control, confidence, and comfort, and come out triumphant on the other side.

About Elissa

Cancer survivor in training, and wearer of 33 dresses to get through treatment. Elissa used strategy to make cancer a more fun and community experience because that’s what she knew best.  Get inspired about living life no matter what.


33 dresses (a special project of my company Truly Accomplished)



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