Naseem Rochette is a seasoned sales leader, working mother, occasional wedding officiant, and passionate speaker on trauma, transformation, and the value of celebrating both victories and struggles. She has more than twenty years of experience across early-stage start-ups as well as established companies, including Google, Microsoft, and Ernst & Young, a master’s in journalism from Columbia University and an MBA from Rutgers University, AND her very own menagerie, including three children, four cats, two dogs, and one husband!
Throughout Naseem’s life, career, and academic adventures, she has taken pride in her ability to help people solve problems, ideate possibilities, and foster trust and collaboration among diverse teams. However, it wasn’t until her near-death moment that she found her real courage and most impactful gift: the strength to appreciate—and share—the imperfections and insights that inspire transformation in all of us.
On May 21, 2018, in a pedestrian crosswalk on a quiet tree-lined street, Naseem is hit and then run over three times. Onlookers yell for the driver to stop as she hears her fate in her husband’s screams. Is he watching the mother of his children die?
Miraculously, she survives, yet she is no longer the person she worked so hard to be. Her “cracks”—the changes to her body and mind—initially feel impossible to accept. In learning to embrace this new, unrecognizable self, Naseem decides to celebrate the day she almost lost her life as the day she discovered her true strength—her Unbreakable Day.
In this unique memoir, equal parts heart wrenching and inspiring, Naseem lays bare the reality of personal trauma—and how we each have the power to reimagine our lives and find beauty in both being broken and unbreakable.
It was not an easy journey, or a magical discovery one day, yet she feels truly fortunate to have survived, evolved and maybe even thrived because of this crazy life experience. The things she has learned have - hopefully - made her a better person, mother, friend, colleague - and so she has spent the last few years trying to capture some of those insights in the hopes that they might help others appreciate their own beautiful cracks and the strength in their unique journeys.