The 2018 Crisis Communications Conference
October 16 - 18, 2018
Chicago, IL
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Manya Chylinski

Alley 424 Communications
Writer and Principal

Manya Chylinski is a writer, marketing consultant, and speaker. She is also a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. She advocates for those who are psychologically impacted by crime and addresses such topics as communicating in a crisis, overcoming obstacles, and the importance of recognizing the psychological impacts of tragedy.


Manya’s life was violently altered, along with the lives of hundreds of others, while a spectator at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the afternoon of April 13, 2013. However, her injuries could not be treated by first responders. As she returned to her daily life, she struggled with symptoms she didn’t understand, like fear, anxiety, and visions of explosive events in her mind. It took recognizing that she was not merely a witness but also a victim for her to get the help she needed.


How do you help the invisible victims of crime and mass violence like the Boston Marathon bombing? As a speaker and a writer, Manya’s mission is to spread the word about how some survivors appear unharmed but actually experience very real mental health injuries. She has spoken to public health officials, emergency preparedness personnel, first responders, and communicators. She uses her experience to help people understand the importance of recognizing mental health injuries, how we communicate about difficult subjects, and how to move past adversity to build a new life.


She has spoken at the National Homeland Security conference, Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals Annual Conference, Conference on Domestic Terrorism and Mass Casualty Incidents, the  International Crisis and Risk Communication (ICRC) Conference and many more.


Twitter: https://twitter.com/ManyaChylinski