Maimah Karmo

Maimah Karmo is the Founder/CEO of the Tigerlily Foundation (Tigerlily) and an eleven-year survivor of breast cancer.   On February 28, 2006, at 4:45 p.m., Maimah was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. She had no family history and was 32-years old.  While undergoing her second round of chemotherapy, she made a promise to God that if she survived, she would create an organization to educate, empower, advocate for and support young women affected by breast cancer.  After her second treatment, Tigerlily Foundation was born.  Tigerlily is a national organization, with hundreds of volunteers nationwide, providing breast health, wellness and transformational programs to young women.

In October 2011, Maimah was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, a committee established by the Affordable Care Act, on which she works to develop initiatives to increase knowledge of breast health and breast cancer, for women under the age of 45 and those at heightened risk for developing the disease.   She is a sought after speaker and media personality, regularly called upon to speak on Capitol Hill and other venues, as a health, leadership, advocacy and empowerment expert. Maimah is an Ambassador for National Women's Health Week and Shea Moisture.  In 2015, Maimah advocated with Members of Congress to help ensure that young women had access to breast screening.  Tigerlily Foundation flew young women to Washington, D.C. to meet with 74 members of Congress.  The visit resulted in doubling the House and Senate support for the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screening (PALS) legislation.  The bill was signed into law within a month, protecting the lives and rights of millions of women.                                                                                 

Maimah has appeared in USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Black Enterprise, Oprah Magazine, Essence Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Redbook, Women and Cancer, Cure Magazine, Traditional Home Magazine and more. She has also been featured on Fox 5, ABC 7, CBS, the Oprah Winfrey Show, OWN, Good Morning America and more. She is a sought after speaker by the media and for Congressional policy events; she is a philanthropist, who supports various charitable causes.  Most dear to her heart is her 15-year old daughter, Noelle, now an advocate in her own right, hosting a national event, called Pajama Glam Party, where she engages girls to become advocates and to have healthy lifestyles.

In 2010, Maimah published her memoir, Fearless: Awakening to my Life's Purpose Through Breast Cancer. In 2013, she also founded Bliss Magazine, a quarterly publication that inspires others to live their sole purpose. She also writes for the Huffington Post blog and is currently working on her second novel and looking forward to being the best she can be in order to help others find their unique purpose.   Maimah hosts The Pure Bliss podcast and hosts the “I Manifest” Conference to inspire people to awaken, transform and live their best lives.  Visit to learn about her life coaching, podcast, products, workshops and more.  Visit www.tigerlilyfoundation to learn about how you can support young women – before, during and after breast cancer; and visit to be inspired by individuals living their best lives! You can find Maimah on Twitter @maimah, on Instagram @maimahkarmo and on Facebook @maimahskarmo