Autoimmune Disease in the Workplace


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Back to Work Roadmap – Employees with Autoimmune Disease and Immune-Compromised

I’m going to share the roadmap for going back to work specific to employees with Autoimmune Disease and the immune compromised. Both EMPLOYERS and EMPLOYEES will benefit from these best practices to consider as we make the transition to our “new normal” in the workplace.

Autoimmune Disease in the Workplace:

Responsibilities and Disability Awareness for Employers

Employers will gain an understanding of misunderstood Autoimmune Diseases and how they can legally and positively support the employees in their organization.

This course will benefit HR Professionals, Managers, and Consultants.

An Employee’s Guide to Managing Autoimmune Disease in the Workplace

Employees who have an Autoimmune Disease will gain an understanding of how this disease is misunderstood, and how they can be legally and positively supported in their organization.

This will benefit any full-time employee with Autoimmune Disease.

Pink Fortitude | Fortitude.Academy is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. 

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Autoimmune Disease in the Workplace


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Holly Bertone, PMP, CNHP

Holly Bertone, PMP, CNHP, is the #1 bestselling author of the book Thriving in the Workplace with Autoimmune Disease: Know Your Rights, Resolve Conflict, and Reduce Stress, the first book ever to educate others on autoimmune disease as a legal disability in the U.S. workplace. She is a highly sought-after speaker and wellness expert and the leading authority on Autoimmune Disease in the workplace.

Holly spent the first 10 years of her career in Human Resources, primarily as a recruiter. After working for the prestigious consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, she was invited into federal government service as the Chief of Staff for one of our nation’s top national security offices. From there, she spent 15 years in Project Management.

Holly Bertone is currently the President and CEO of Pink Fortitude, LLC, and founder of Fortitude.Academy and the health and wellness website As a breast cancer and Hashimoto’s survivor, she turned these two significant health challenges into a passion to help transform lives for women with chronic illness.

Holly is a Project Management Professional (PMP), holds a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University, and is a Certified Natural Health Professional.

In her free time, she loves to garden, and hit flea markets and yard sales. Holly is married to a retired Green Beret, is a stepmother, and lives in Alexandria, VA.

Thriving in the Workplace with Autoimmune Disease

The #1 Amazon bestseller, Thriving in the Workplace with Autoimmune Disease is the first book ever to educate individuals specifically with autoimmune disease on their legal and disability rights in the workplace. The book was born out of author Holly Bertone’s personal and painful experience and lack of resources available specifically for individuals with autoimmune diseases. She walks you through the basics of navigating FMLA, EEO, reasonable accommodations, working with your boss, and then provides much needed resources to help you find that critical balance between taking care of your health and managing your symptoms at work.

Having an autoimmune condition or any other kind of invisible illness can be isolating. You may look and act totally fine on the outside, but you feel like your insides are slowly killing you and all you ever want to do is crawl under the covers and go to sleep.

It’s difficult enough for your family and spouse to understand what you are going through. It’s especially difficult in the workplace when your employer can’t “see” your condition and doesn’t understand why you are asking for flexibility or accommodations. You feel like no one understands. You feel like you have no voice.

This book is not going to tell you to give up and become a victim. The mission of this book is to empower you with knowledge so that you can rise above your illness and challenges and thrive both at home and in the workplace.

Work With Pink Fortitude

Work With Holly Bertone

Holly Bertone of Pink Fortitude is available for corporate training, speaking engagements, interviews, writing and quotes related to autoimmune disease in the workplace. She is located in Alexandria, VA and is available to speak to business and government organizations, associations, and industry events.

Holly has worked with the following clients:


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Raving Fans Are Saying…

Holly’s story of overcoming autoimmune disease is inspiring. Her resources will support your recovery even if you work in an intense work environment, where it seems that no one understands your struggle.


If you’re a professional and think you may have autoimmune or you know you have autoimmune, this is for you. Holly provides all of the resources you need because she lived through it. She helps you step by step and provides that missing link that you’re looking for while suffering from fatigue and other issues associated with autoimmune. 


This is such an under-discussed aspect of having chronic dysfunction. Great information for anybody trying to navigate the workplace with a very misunderstood condition that can be very difficult to deal with!


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