Empathic Messenger, Radio Talk Show Host, Author

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About Steph Palermo

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Hire Steph, steph@juststeph.com. She is available for:

  • Keynote Speaking
  • Present one of her signature talks at your event
  • Lead a Breakout Session at your conference
  • Present The Ruby Slippers Workshop for your group
  • Lunch & Learns for your organization
  • Personal Consultations

Steph Palermo was born into an American-Sicilian family just outside Boston, Massachusetts. There were no ultrasounds in 1966. Along with the dysfunctions of her family, Steph entered this world with a rare disorder, Poland Syndrome. Fingers were missing from her right hand which was part of a much shorter arm. Another PS trait is the absence of the affected side’s pectoral muscle.

All around, life was going to be a bit more difficult for Steph Palermo. Her home was equally filled with laughter and tears. Steph witnessed abuse, a gambling addiction and violence. The dinner table was a sanctuary. All the family events revolved around eating meals most Americans experienced only in restaurants. At a very young age, Steph began to use food to find the “happy place.”

Meanwhile, outside the home, Steph faced the world. She was unable to play instruments, most sports and was slower at completing ordinary tasks. She was ostracized, mocked and left out. Steph had numerous surgeries to help her gain better use of her right hand. When the physical pain of bone and skin grafts wore off, the emotional effects lingered. She sometimes felt like a side show freak.

Steph, a naturally extroverted people lover, began to hide. She used food to find comfort. By second grade, Steph packed on the pounds. She hid her hand, and now she had a weight problem. This continued through adolescence, and her self-esteem was rock bottom. Fast forward through a rough marriage and birthing four boys, Steph decided to take charge of her body. She hired a nutritionist and started boxing. She dropped one hundred pounds from the birth of her last son. This was the easy part. Steph had to battle her lack of self-confidence and embarrassment of her limb difference, always believing she was ugly and not worthy to be loved.

Boxing and years of therapy helped Steph gain the confidence she needed to start loving herself. It wasn’t until Steph started speaking about living with a limb difference that she realized she wasn’t alone in the journey against her false self. She finally started to laugh at herself, not take herself so seriously. This was the dawn of true joy for Steph.

Today, Steph continues to box, cook, socialize and ask for help when a task is daunting. If anyone understands the rocky road to peace, Steph does. She no longer hides behind food, although she still loves the party. Steph loves unconditionally knowing that the people who walked with her through her struggles are her
cheerleaders. Steph continues the daily journey striving to love wholeheartedly and attain balance and peace.

Bill Pope

Director of Business Development

billpope@juststeph.com

Bill, a seasoned radio veteran and native Atlantan joins Team JS to advance The Just Steph Show to the next level. Bill manages sponsorships, radio show marketing and client relationships. Contact Bill to partner with Just Steph.

Marshall T. Williams

Director of Video Production/SEO Manager

marshalltwilliams@juststeph.com

Marshall is responsible for SEO management as well as overseeing video production. He holds a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University and his background includes videography and hospitality AV. Fun facts: He’s 6’6’’, has an INTJ personality type, and his favorite TV show is It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Megan Carlson

Public Relations Manager & Video Production Assistant

megancarlson@juststeph.com

Megan is responsible for all Just Steph Social Media Outlets, Radio Show Research and Newsletters. She will assist Marshall with all aspects of video production.