Resiliency is something we all want and hope to instill in our children. Breast cancer survivor Kelley Tuthill shares her story of surviving breast cancer as a young mother. She also draws on inspirational lessons learned from covering tragedy and healing during her award- winning twenty-year career as a television news reporter.
Kelley Tuthill is an Emmy Award winning former TV journalist, author and breast cancer survivor/advocate. She is a frequent speaker at businesses and non-profit organizations where she shares her personal story of resilience as well as the inspirational stories of those she covered as a news reporter. She is an engaging emcee, speaker, moderator and host for charity and business events.
Tuthill serves as the vice president of Marketing and Communications at Regis College in Weston, Mass. She came to Regis after serving 18 years as a reporter and anchor at WCVB- TV, the ABC affiliate in Boston. She covered many stories of local and national significance including the Boston Marathon bombing. She led the station’s Emmy Award-winning coverage of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death penalty trial, which also won three National Headliner Awards. She scored a national exclusive when a law enforcement source gave her the first photo of fugitive mobster James “Whitey” Bulger after his 2011 arrest. Tuthill led the team that won the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association’s “Best Use of Digital Media” award for multi-platform coverage of the Bulger trial in 2014. Tuthill also reported on the historic 2004 Red Sox World Series Championship run and the Patriots first Super Bowl victory.
A breast cancer survivor, Tuthill poignantly shared her journey with WCVB viewers and on- line users. Her breast cancer blog received more than a million page views. Her series resulted in multiple national Gracie Awards and a regional Emmy. Tuthill was interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America and CNN. She is the co-author of the book You Can Do This! Surviving Breast Cancer Without Losing Your Sanity or Your Style.
Tuthill received the 2017 Jimmy Award, which honors celebrities who have committed themselves to the mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. She has been recognized as a “Hero Among Us” by the Boston Celtics, a “40 Under 40” by the Boston Business Journal and featured in the book Boston: Inspirational Women for her work on behalf of local and national breast cancer organizations. Tuthill serves on the advisory board of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Tuthill is also a member of the Arts and Letters Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame, her alma mater. Tuthill lives outside of Boston with her husband Brendan and their three daughters.
“Kelley Tuthill is a go-to emcee and patient representative for many of our events and communications at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Her extraordinary speaking and overall presentation skills combined with a personal warmth, charisma, and compassion allow her to engage audiences of all types and communicate about even the most sensitive of issues most effectively.”
-Dr. Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, Founder and Director, Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer
“When I need a speaker who can get to the heart of the topic and hold an audience in the palm of her hand, I turn to Kelley Tuthill. Her command of the stage is masterful and she has a unique ability to deliver a powerful message, straight from her heart.”
-Bryan Rafanelli, founder, Rafanelli Events
“Kelley has moderated our annual women’s networking panel discussion. She approaches the discussion with a reporter’s curiosity and a solid command of the conversation. She is funny, engaging and inspiring.”
-Kathy Horgan, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Citizenship Officer, State Street Corporation
"Kelley Tuthill has spoken at a variety of Thayer Academy gatherings to groups as diverse as students, parents, and alumni. On each occasion, she displayed a remarkable gift for connecting with audiences in ways that were relevant, informative and entertaining."
-Ted Koskores, Headmaster, Thayer Academy
“For the past nine years Kelley Tuthill has been our engaging and inspirational emcee at Music Heals the Soul which supports the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She has an amazing ability to connect with a large audience. Her style is sincere, straightforward and honest with the right touch of humor and levity. The fact that she has been a patient herself adds insight, credibility and a unique empathy that makes her audience want to hear more of her story. Kelley always presents herself as a strong and effective advocate for the highest quality of patient care. Each year we know we can count on Kelley to liven our program and strike just the right note. I enthusiastically recommend her.”
-Joyce Zakim, Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
“Kelley Tuthill has been an incredible champion for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. An esteemed patient advocate, Kelley has been a powerful voice at numerous BCRF events hosting thousands of guests, and lending her talent as an emcee and panel moderator. Whether she’s sharing her own story, helping someone tell theirs, or effectively bringing research news to a lay audience, Kelley is an invaluable partner.’
-Lucretia Gilbert, Chief Development Officer, Breast Cancer Research Foundation
‘What I especially enjoy is her storytelling. She connects with the audience by sharing interesting personal experiences. A powerful public speaker, Kelley engages people with her humor, passion, warmth and ease. Audiences immediately feel a connection when she speaks."
-Pauline Alighieri, Executive Director, The Friends of Mel Foundation