Lisa Honig Buksbaum, MBA, MAPP; CEO & Founder, Soaringwords
Lisa Honig Buksbaum is a passionary: a visionary driven by great passion and action. She is an intuitive healer and well-loved inspirational speaker, workshop leader and master teacher who has shared her wisdom with thousands of people throughout the world. Three experiences with death and illness in her family during a ten-month period motivated her to launch Soaringwords, a not-for-profit organization she founded to inspire millions of ill children and their families to “Never give up!” Since 2001, Lisa has shared her SOARING into Strength success strategies with over 500,000 people through Soaringwords. She’s been featured as an expert on ABC News, Fortune Small Business, USA Today, and Delta Sky Magazine.
Lisa has been a keynote speaker, moderator, and panelist at dozens of professional and scientific conferences including the International Positive Psychology Association, European Positive Psychology Conference and International Positive Education Network. Lisa has led workshops at Universities, Medical Schools and Nursing Schools including University of Pennsylvania, UVA School of Medicine & School of Nursing, Tecmilienio University, NYU, and Columbia, She has led professional development workshops at dozens of Fortune 50 companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Facebook, Google, JPMorgan Chase, New York Life, and Verizon. Lisa graduated with honors from The University of Pennsylvania; holds an MBA in Marketing from Columbia University Graduate School of Business; and a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from The University of Pennsylvania. She has a certificate in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a certificate from the American Institute for Mental Imagery. Her first book is a memoir entitled SOARING into Strength. Lisa lives in New York City with her husband, Jacob. Her pride and joy are her two grown sons, Jonathan and Joshua, daughter-in-law Evelyn, and delicious grandbaby Charlotte. She gets her energy from swimming each day and connecting with people in meaningful ways.
Michaela Smith, Community Relations Manager, SOARING into Strength Positive Health Initiative
Community Relations Manager, SOARING into Strength Positive Health Initiative Michaela joined Soaringwords as a fellow after completing her Master’s in Counseling at New York University. Throughout her Master’s Program, Michaela worked with a diverse population of children in the New York City Department of Education as a school counselor. Previously, she attended the University of Virginia and received a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Psychology. During her undergraduate career, Michaela spent her free time working as a research assistant and volunteering at a variety of organizations. Currently, she works closely with leading non-profit organizations in Silicon Valley, Tampa Bay, and Jersey City to deliver the 24 virtual workshops that comprise the Soaringwords’ SOARING into Strength Positive Health Initiative. Michaela is often found pouring over the data from participant surveys to measure how this initiative is enhancing the physical, emotional and mental well-being of participants. She is applying for her doctoral degree. She hopes that her experience with Soaringwords can influence and inform future research on trauma and resilience. In her free time, Michaela enjoys running through Manhattan and exploring new restaurants.
Pamela Nuñez del Prado Chaves, Director of Research
Pamela is the Research Director at Soaringwords. She is also the Founding Director of the “Peruvian Positive Psychology Research Centre” at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She is the Founder of the Peruvian Positive Education Initiative and one of the founding members of Mami Linda, a non-profit organization that promotes mental health and well-being for vulnerable populations groups in Perú. Pamela is a registered clinical psychologist and full member of the Peruvian Psychological Society (Colegio de Psicólogos del Perú- CPP). As a qualified clinical psychologist and researcher, Pamela has worked across government and health, not-for-profit welfare, education and business sectors such as the Peruvian Health Department, the Peruvian Education Department, the National Institute of Mental Health and Peruvian Institute of Children’s Health (Children’s Hospital). Pamela graduated with honors from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú and she holds a Master in Applied Positive Psychology, from the University of Melbourne. Pamela discovered Soaringwords at the European Conference on Positive Psychology when she attended a workshop Lisa Buksbaum was leading. She joined Soaringwords and has led the Global Soaringwords Empirical Research study in Latin America. Since then, the two of them have presented the study findings at several International Scientific conferences together.
Greta Rozensweig, Community Relations Manager
In 2000, Greta joined Soaringwords as an intern, working 20 hours per week, during her senior year of college. In 2002, upon her graduation, Greta became the first full-time employee. She coordinates corporate community outreach programs, which includes companies such as Accenture, BNYMellon, Cisco, Deloitte, Eli Lilly, Facebook, Google, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, New York Life Insurance, SONY, Verizon, and Viacom. She also manages nationwide educational outreach initiatives working closely with School superintendents and Principals and Child Life professionals at 196 hospitals. Greta managed Soaringwords + Zumba initiative coordinating with Child Life professionals in hospitals and hundreds of Zumba instructors who led classes for hospitalized children. She lives in Arkansas with Alex and her two adorable daughters. She enjoys cooking, hiking and is a voracious reader.
Michaela Greenlee, Soaringwords Fellow in Psychology
Michaela is a first-year student at New York University with an intended major in Psychology with a double minor in Public Health and Data Science. Prior to NYU, she founded a Make-A-Wish Club at her high school that successfully raised nearly $5,000 for the critically-ill children associated with the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Chapter. She also has experience initiating summer programs, such as a science program in the local library, that provide academic resources for children in low-income communities. She is passionate about Soaringwords’ mission and is eager to make long-lasting differences in the lives of children, families, and adults Soaringwords serves.
Laraib Humayun, Soaringwords Fellow in Public Health
Laraib received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health from Hofstra University in 2017. During this time, Laraib discovered her passion for improving psychosocial outcomes amongst families in community health settings and advocating for social justice within healthcare systems. She has worked in multiple roles at non-profit organizations, promoting quality improvement in service delivery and coordinated systems of care. From 2017-2019, Laraib worked as the Health Liaison for Docs for Tots, implementing a two-year initiative to bring maternal depression screening to several Federally Qualified Health Centers on Long Island, NY. Since 2018, Laraib has been pursuing her Master of Clinical Social Work and Master of Global Public Health at New York University. In May 2020, Laraib completed the NYU Zelda Foster Studies in Palliative & End-of-Life Care Fellowship while working as an oncology social work intern during her MSW clinical training.
Eily Jones, Soaringwords Fellow in Production
Eily is a senior at Pace University studying Digital Cinema & Filmmaking and Spanish. Eily has created and collaborated on several short films ranging from the classroom to professional work. Her filmmaker debut was selected and played at several film festivals both nationally and internationally. She has previously worked as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. She plans on getting her Master of Arts in Film Studies next year.
Kaili Le, Soaringwords Fellow in Education & Child Development
Kaili is a senior at New York University majoring in Early Childhood/Special Education and minoring in both Communicative Sciences & Disorders and Child & Adolescent Mental Health Studies. During her time at college, she has taught several early elementary school classrooms in New York and London. Kaili has also worked as a library intern, running an infant/toddler story time program to promote emergent literacy practices. As an NYU Peer Mentor, she plans events and co-instructs introductory seminar courses for incoming students. In her free time, Kaili also loves dancing, art, traveling, and trying new food spots!
Julian Memmo, Soaringwords Fellow in Production
Julian is a second-year student at New York University studying Media, Culture, and Communication. He has a passion for developing unique and high-impact projects, both through his writing and video producing. He creates pieces for NYU’s Communications Club website covering a wide range of topics, including film, politics, and sports. He currently works as an Admissions Ambassador for NYU, where he assists with university recruitment and administrative responsibilities.
Narise Ramlal, Soaringwords Fellow in Psychology
Narise is a senior at Hofstra University majoring in Psychology and minoring in English. During her time at Hofstra, she has been a research assistant, contributing to research projects ranging from how psychosocial factors affect the risk of developing mood and anxiety disorders during and after pregnancy, to the influence of cognition and emotional schemas on attentional bias, to how psychological terminology influences the way people decide to pursue therapy. As a Soaringwords Fellow, she is a member of the grants cohort and assists in the integration of psychological theory into the SOARING into Strength workshops. At the start of 2020, Narise made valuable contributions as Soaringwords transitioned from delivering in-person programs, shifting all its initiatives to a virtual platform. She plans on going into research focusing on disparities in mental health care and the development and promotion of culturally-sensitive psychotherapies.