"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

- Oscar Wilde




Lydia Slaby is an advocate and writer focused on empowering people and communities faced with daunting change. She is an active board member to multiple non-profits: Critical Mass: the Young Adult Cancer Alliance, a LIVESTRONG spin-off focused on young adult cancer advocacy; Strides for Peace, an organization dedicated to reducing gun violence in Chicago; and I AM THAT GIRL, where she flexes her mentorship muscles to help young women around the world take ownership of their own beliefs around their bodies, image, and self-worth.

A survivor of multiple health challenges, she is dedicated to helping people recognize, accept, and thrive inside transformation and transition.  Her clear-eyed acceptance of the reality of her own situation, combined with a sarcastic yet gracious sense of humor, grants others the ability to access the upheaval that she felt and feels every day.

Lydia was an associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, focused on corporate bankruptcy and restructuring. Previously, Lydia served Governor Patrick in Massachusetts as Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration and Finance where she oversaw the state response and management of failing cities and towns. Lydia has studied design at Harvard, covered most of the world in her travels — including living in New Zealand for a year — holds a BA with honors in Urban Studies and Business Economics from Brown University, and is a graduate of Northwestern University's JD-MBA program. Her blog can be found at

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