Mary-Elizabeth “Mimi” Harmon is a scientist turned storyteller on a mission to help people live better-feeling lives, particularly around their careers.

A graduate of MIT and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Mimi embraced her childhood love of telling tales (truthful ones) to recover from a health crisis triggered by a stifling career. Her first book, Awakening Giant: An Over-Thinker Finds a Better-Feeling Life, is a story about trusting intuition for creating wellbeing in one’s worklife and life at large.

After leaving the laboratory as an HIV researcher, Mimi did a stint as a staff scientist at Greenpeace before joining the federal ranks as a fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and later as an analyst for the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. In the latter role, she evaluated programs and wrote data-driven stories (i.e., reports) for Congress, including a compelling account of healthcare fraud that prompted regulatory changes and several indictments.

With Capitol Hill in her peripheral vision, Mimi has now set her sights on using her storytelling talents to strengthen and promote U.S.-based small businesses, and to create public service campaigns.

Mimi’s second book, Striding Giant: A Recovering Over-Thinker Finds Her Foothold, is coming in 2018.