LaToya Williams, MBA
LaToya Williams is the national Strategic Director of Health Equity Community-Initiatives at the American Cancer Society, working to improve access to care, promote cancer health equity and reduce cancer screening disparities in underserved communities. A fifteen-year survivor, Williams was misdiagnosed at age 29 and accurately diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at age 30. After losing several family members to various types of cancer and through her survivorship, she found passion in addressing cancer disparities and working to eliminate cancer as a major health problem, by helping diverse communities prevent late-stage cancer diagnosis and reduce high mortality rates through advocacy and education in cancer risk reduction. An experienced speaker who been featured in local and national media, Williams was highlighted as a local cancer survivor making a difference during the nationwide Stand-Up-To Cancer telecast, as well as on the BET News Special: “I Survive.” In addition, she addressed the United Nations during the Non-Governmental Organization Briefing on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases; has facilitated multiple American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfasts, contributed to an article “Getting Sick While Black” in O Magazine and was a featured survivor in SELF magazine and in a national Lady Foot Locker campaign. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Williams enjoys playing tennis, creating lifestyle content for YouTube, watching the Food Network and cooking. A graduate of Grambling State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she went on to earn an MBA from the University of Phoenix and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.