It only seems appropriate that we announce our featured speaker for the upcoming July Hospitality Breakfast Dr. Natalie Stavas, on National Running Day.
Dr. Stavas is an avid runner and physician who witnessed the tragedies at the 2013 Boston Marathon. She was approaching the finish line of her 5th Boston Marahon when explosions shook the city. Instinctively running towards the chaos that ravaged the renowned athletic event, she raced to save as many lives as possible, administering CPR, applying tourniquets and triaging the wounded.
Recognized for her bravery, her actions resulted in her emerging as a national hero, honored by President Barack Obama and named “2013 Bostonian of the Year” by The Boston Globe.
Fervently committed to making a difference, Dr. Stavas works as a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital, specializing in work with teenage mothers, improving the health of vulnerable children and decreasing youth violence. Her significant contributions to medicine and community earned her the 2012 Change Maker award from The Boston Foundation.
Dr. Stavas continues to adopt new methods for contributing toward her cause, now serving as a weekly medical contributor for Boston’s FOX 25 and a mentor for the non-profit, Sole Train. She also travels regularly to Haiti to provide medical care to children and help strengthen the fragile medical infrastructure, and her work as a medical pioneer was featured in a documentary that premiered at the 2014 South by Southwest film festival.
With a distinctive “Running Towards Chaos” philosophy, Dr. Stavas uses medical expertise and personal experiences—from her upbringing on a Nebraska farm to the Boston terrorist attacks—to provide fascinating and constructive insight on the importance of altruism and strategies for conquering fear, finding meaning in a chaotic world and ultimately running towards chaos.