The EveryGirl's Guide To Life
Most people know Maria Menounos as a glamorous presence on E! or being only 22 years old and the youngest person to host Entertainment Tonight or as one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful" or even being 4-0, wrestling for the WWE. But Maria's journey to become the dynamo she is came with a lot of hard work and dedication. Raised by working-class immigrant parents, she didn't speak English until the third grade. She worked as a janitor, struggled with her weight, and still kept focused on her dream of being a journalist. Practicing the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen (continuous improvement), two decades later Maria is still growing, re-inventing and blossoming career and life wise. After constantly being asked how she succeeded so far so young, Maria wrote her bestselling book The EveryGirl's Guide to Life.
For young women starting out to older women looking to re-invent and continue to grow or even working parents who want tips on how to raise their children, Maria's candid and down-to-earth presentations share secrets on how she was able to have success at such a young age and how she did so on little means as the first generation daughter of poor, non English speaking parents. Maria shares how to live a healthier and happier life and the best means to view and approach success. From her systems to organize life, manage time, and ascend the ladder of success, to her personal experiences with issues we all face (she lost forty pounds and kept it off and was diagnosed with a brain tumor) Maria's stories of her personal and professional triumphs (and failures) are totally relatable. A self-proclaimed "EveryGirl," Maria is proof that you can reimagine, reinvent, and redefine success by remaining true to yourself and humble in the process.
Be Your Own Health Advocate
Months apart, both Menounos and her Mom were diagnosed with brain tumors. Maria's tumor was benign but required surgery. Her mother was given 6 months to live. She made it nearly five years after, passing in early 2021, and Maria has been privately donating her time to coaching 100's families affected by cancer. Menounos opens up to audiences about her and her mom's journey to empower listeners on a variety of issues with regards to health. Maria covers the importance of being your own health advocate, how to take control of health crises and the best means to approach and treat ailments of all kinds. Maria shares the out of the box means in which she approached both her and her mother's tumors while covering some of the psychological factors that led to their diagnosis. Maria offers pragmatic, frank advice to help prevent and treat ailments of all kinds. Maria especially focuses on how those who have less time and less means, (and with much responsibility) can most effectively manage their health care. Menounos is passionate about helping others navigate their journey with cancer, brain tumors, and other health crises, as well as speaking on education and prevention.
Treating Brain Tumors and Cancer
Maria's mother was given 6 months to live with a stage 4 brain cancer diagnosis. Maria could not and would not accept that. This put Maria on a journey to learn more about the disease and the best means in which to fight it, which gave Maria nearly another five years with her mom after her diagnosis. In that time, Maria's mom drove across the country and attended Maria's wedding in Greece amongst other wonderful life experiences. In that time, Maria has also had hundreds of families affected by cancer reach out to her for guidance. With pragmatic tips for people of all means to apply, Maria coaches patients and listeners on how to prevent and deal with the disease in the most up to date manner. Maria especially focuses on families affected and the best means in which families can work together to combat. It's hard to find someone who isn't affected by cancer and while there is no cure, Maria offers hope and incredible tips and guidance.
How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace...and in Life
Studies have shown that when it comes to employees, women are more detail oriented and often more loyal to respective companies than their male counterparts. In short, women in the workplace are well worth investing in. Maria Menounos, like most if not all working women, wants to have the most fulfillment in career and in life. And like most women, she wants to be a great employee or employer, a great daughter, a great partner and one day a great mother. She and others want all those things without compromising health or integrity. Maria shares with listeners how to balance all of the above. Maria talks about how and when she balanced it in her life successfully. Likewise, Maria shares how and when she failed, making herself physically sick and getting a benign brain tumor. Training under the likes of Tony Robbins and a variety of other wellness gurus, Maria offers all the life hacks and coping mechanisms she employs in her daily routines (or the tools in her toolbox as she puts it. For companies advocating for their female personnel and even to have their male counterparts conjure deeper empathy and understanding, Maria's journey and coaching session is a valuable tool for any 21st century company.
As a journalist, Emmy Award-winner Maria Menounos holds the distinct honor of having conducted the only interview with the entire Obama family - an interview touted by ABC News as the top defining moments leading to Obama’s victory. Maria’s achievements have thus far set numerous industry milestones. Her groundbreaking conversational style of reporting led her, at the age of 22, to become the youngest person ever to host Entertainment Tonight. She would go on to do the same for TODAY Show and Nightly News. Maria is the first person in the history of Hollywood to report for network news and star in a wide-release feature film. Maria is also a part time WWE professional wrestler and personality, with a record of 4-0.
Maria competed on Dancing with the Stars, advancing to the semi finals with broken ribs and feet, topping the finalists in scoring. While competing on DTWS, despite her injuries, Maria wrestled at Wrestlemania. Her historic match helped usher in the current female empowerment movement within WWE. As a proud part-time WWE pro wrestler, Maria has a close relationship to WWE VP, Stephanie McMahon, hosting the annual Hall of Fame ceremonies for the company.
Maria is also the two-time New York Times bestselling author of The Every Girl's Guide To… book series. She was also the longest running international spokesperson and face of Pantene hair care products.
As an actress on the big screen, she has appeared in Tropic Thunder, Kickin it Old Skool', and The Fantastic Four. Small-screen acting endeavors include guest roles on CBS’ Without a Trace, NBC’s Scrubs, and HBO’s Entourage, as well as a recurring role on the CW’s One Tree Hill.
Currently, Maria hosts SiriusXM Stars popular daily morning show, Conversations with Maria, and is the Host and Producer of NCM's First Look, the cinema pre show seen daily on 70% of America's movie screens, making Maria the most viewed face in all of movies! In 2017, she co-hosted Fox New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey, where her live wedding to partner Keven Undergaro delivered Fox its best ratings in its 25 year history.
Maria also created the ABC special, Dance Battle America, with Julianne Hough. Her production company has several other projects in production. Along with her partner, Keven Undergaro, she launched Maria's Greek Kitchen, a food stand at Boston's historic Fenway Park.
In the digital space, Maria, along with partner, Keven Undergaro, co-founded AfterBuzz TV, one of the largest digital broadcast networks worldwide, producing over 400 TV ‘after-shows’ for favorite TV shows and 100-200 hours of original programming per week. The AfterBuzz TV Network is comprised of over 200 hosts, features daily celebrity guests, and is seen and heard in over 150 countries. In addition, along with Undergaro, she co-founded the Popcorn Talk Network, one of the leading digital broadcast platforms for movie and pop culture discussion. Per Maria, the collective networks carry a mission to aid, mentor, and nurture the careers of aspiring hosts and journalists. To that point, AfterBuzz has helped launch the careers of former AfterBuzz TV hosts, Beth Behrs (Two Broke Girls), Eboni K. Williams (Fox News), Kat Bailess (Hit the Floor), Jackie Miranne (VH-1, HSN), Stephanie Bauer (Access Hollywood), Suri Serano (ESPN), Deidre Behar (Entertainment Tonight), AJ Gibson (Hollywood Today), Derrial Christon (BET), Chloe West (Moviefone), Cathy Kelley (WWE), Christy St. Cloud (WWE), Daria Berenato aka Sonia Deville (WWE), Roxy Striar (Screen Junkies), Alex Wehrley (E! News), and Jessica Carrol (The Bachelor), to name a few.
Maria's mom was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer and, ironically, Maria herself was diagnosed with a non-cancerous brain tumor. Both mother and daughter had them removed surgically. Maria's was the size of a golf ball. The experience has led to Maria being heavily immersed in helping others with cancer, brain tumors, and other health crises.
Along with being a champion of talent and helping women and human beings in general, Maria is particularly passionate about animals and is avid in pet rescue. A girl who did not speak English until the first grade and one who worked as a janitor cleaning Boston nightclubs throughout her adolescence, Maria is proof that you can come from humble beginnings and succeed. Most importantly, she is proof that you can remain true to yourself and humble and still care deeply for others.