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Impact Makers

100 EpisodesProduced by Jennifer McClureWebsite

The Impact Makers Podcast with Jennifer McClure is a weekly podcast for people who are interested in making a positive difference in the world not only through their work, but also through how they choose to live their lives.


078: Discovering Strength and Courage in the Face of Job Loss and a Cancer Diagnosis with Nicole Roberts

Imagine receiving a breast cancer diagnosis just nine days after losing your job - this was the reality for our guest, Nicole Roberts, an HR executive who faced these challenges in December 2022. In this truly inspiring episode, Nicole shares her journey of conquering cancer and navigating the financial difficulties that came with it. Not only did she manage her family's living expenses and medical care, but she also started her own HR consulting and coaching business, People Solutions Group.

We explore the misdiagnosis of Nicole's breast cancer and discuss the importance of self-advocacy and self-care. Nicole's story highlights the significance of having a treatment plan and the unwavering support of loved ones. Our friend Laurie Ruettimann, host of the Punk Rock HR podcast, joins us to dive deeper into Nicole's experience and how to better support those who may face health or personal challenges in the future.

As Impact Makers, let's unite in showing Nicole our support on her journey in every possible way. Connect with Nicole through the links in the show notes and consider contributing to the GoFundMe campaign set up to assist her and her family during this time. Don't miss this powerful episode, as it is essential listening for leaders and anyone in the workplace who may face similar challenges.

Show Highlights:

  • Preparing for the future of work 
  • Job interviews with breast cancer 
  • Chemotherapy and treatment plan discussion 
  • Talking to family about cancer 
  • Financial strain of cancer treatment
  • Breast cancer support organizations

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Supporting Resources:

GoFundMe: Support Nicole Roberts & Her Fight Against Cancer -

Nicole Roberts - She/Her/Hers

People Solutions Group,

Links for support for breast cancer:

Pink Ribbon Good:

Breast Wishes Foundation:

Susan G. Komen:

I Have Wings:

Phil's Friends:

National Breast Cancer Foundation: 

Facebook Private Support Group ""Breast Cancer Support - I Got This!:

Connect with Jennifer:

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Episode Credits

If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at Let them know I sent you.


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