About Lauren Manning

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Lauren Manning is a former Managing Director and Partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, where she ran the Global Market Data division. Her battle to survive catastrophic burns suffered in the September 11th attacks has been extensively chronicled in the media around the world, including featured appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The NBC Today Show, and CNN, the front page of The New York Times, Readers Digest, and a cover-featured excerpt in Vogue Magazine. Her recovery was the cornerstone of her husband Greg Manning’s New York Times bestseller, Love, Greg & Lauren, and of her own New York Times bestselling memoir, Unmeasured Strength, published this year. People throughout the world who must confront injury, illness, or tragedy have looked to Lauren as a role model, and to her inspiring story as a source of strength.

Lauren was chosen as one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year for 2002 and was selected as one of 15 Extraordinary Women of 2003 by Biography Magazine. She has been an honoree of the Women’s Bond Club and received a national award from the American Occupational Therapy Association. She was chosen to carry the Olympic flame as part of the New York leg of the Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay. She was honored at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. by the Anti-Defamation League, and in 2004 was a recipient of the Norman Vincent Peale Award from the Blanton Peale Institute. Her story was the subject of an Emmy Award-nominated and Gracie Allen Award-winning segment on NBC’s Today Show, and she has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN’s Larry King Live. She was chosen by CNN as one of the most intriguing newsmakers of the past 25 years.

Lauren is active in various charities including; Serving on The President’s Council at Sanctuary for Families, iPads For Soldiers and College Bound Initiative. Lauren is a conference keynote and commencement speaker and she makes regular appearances on behalf of companies and organizations. A portion of the proceeds from Unmeasured Strength and her husband’s bestseller, Love Greg and Lauren go to support these wonderful organizations.

“Lauren Manning has been very much front and center in my mind because of the book that she has just published… Although she was badly burned, through fierce willpower and character, she fought her way back and reclaimed her life… Lauren writes that we may all, in fact, we all will be touched by adversity as we go on our life’s journey, but we can refuse to be trapped by it. And that is what emerged so powerfully on September 11th and all the days that followed – compassion, courage, and character as strong as one can imagine and even stronger than the steel that [was] in the towers.”

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Remarks, John Jay School of Criminal Justice, New York, September 9, 2011

“Your essence defines what it means to be survivor.”

Oprah Winfrey

“Your message of hard work and faith would resonate in the day to day difficulties that we all face … Lauren, your grace and courage are an inspiration.”

Marla Lerner Tanenbaum Principal Owner, Washington Nationals, Chairperson, Washington Nationals Dream Foundation

“A Woman Of The Year knows that you don’t have to be a president or a princess to make a difference in this world. Take it from September 11 survivor, Lauren Manning, a winner in 2002, whom I found myself thinking of often this fall as marked that solemn anniversary…Back then, with burns over 80% of her body, she taught us that the daily decision to keep going can in and of itself be heroic. As she said, ‘every day, you have a choice. Make it count.'”

Cindi Leive Editor-in-Chief, Glamour Magazine
Glamour’s Women Of The Year 2011, Carnegie Hall, November 7, 2011