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12th Annual Women on the Move Luncheon


September 13, 2017

In Person

Tappan Hill Mansion
81 Highland Avenue
Tarrytown, NY 10591
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Novartis MS Hope Award Honoree Elizabeth Giardina

Elizabeth (Liz) Giardina, diagnosed with MS in 1994, is a member of the New York City – Southern New York Chapter Board of Trustees. She is a passionate fundraiser and has been active with the chapter since 2004 when she formed The 109 Bombers team for Walk MS and Bike MS and joined the Manhattan Society. In 2005, she co-chaired the Ultimate Summer Time Party and in 2007 became the Manhattan Society’s Board Liaison, a member of the Reader Advisory Panel for Momentum magazine and was named a Chapter Ambassador, where she serves as a representative of the chapter and assists with the success of select special events and member programs.

Liz is Vice President at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and currently works with National and Regional Management on project planning, change management, communications, training and field liaison activities within the Field Services Organization. Liz holds a B.S. in Business Management and Administration from Manhattan College.  She resides in Larchmont, NY with her boyfriend Billy and part-time with his two children, CJ and Timothy.

Acorda Therapeutics Mission Spotlight Award Recipient Ronda Giangreco

Ronda Giangreco, journalist, author and motivational speaker, was diagnosed with MS in 2008. Seven years ago Ronda returned from her latest adventure at a cooking school in Italy and was ready for her next undertaking. Shortly afterwards she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was faced with re-evaluating her life. The diagnosis was particularly poignant as her mother-in-law had died from complications due to MS.  An avowed “foodie,” Ronda turned to her passion to help her overcome the new challenges she would have to face living with a chronic disease. Her book, “The Gathering Table:  Defying MS with a Year of Pasta, Wine, & Friends”, shares one woman’s journey of fortifying her spirit through the healing power of cooking, community and camaraderie.


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