With a career spanning two decades at renowned tech companies, including a stint at Meta, CJ has a wealth of experience in navigating the fast-paced world of technology. However, it was a personal tragedy—the loss of his wife to cancer—that redirected his path and ignited a passion for supporting those on their journey through grief.

Let CJ inspire and encourage your audience with his powerful narrative of resilience, empathy, and authentic storytelling.

He has long used storytelling as a catalyst for positive change, whether by sharing his journey through his tech career with college students or his path to entrepreneurship through grief and mental health struggles.

CJ believes stories are the most powerful and influential assets we have as humans, and he uses them to change the way we approach grief, mental health, and the human experience.

He navigates the delicate terrain of grief with authenticity and compassion, and his ability to connect with audiences on a personal level creates an environment where individuals feel seen, heard, and understood.

Some of our favorite topics include:

  • His experience walking alongside his wife as she battled her cancer and became a widow, learning how to raise his three children alone while dealing with grief.
  • How to build emotional resilience when you want to give up; learning to live in the pain of grief and mental health battles.
  • Building a legacy from the pain of grief; letting creativity fuel your healing.

“CJ’s interview for my personal development group of business owners and leaders was inspirational and heartfelt. His story of his personal journey through grief and pain helped my community see how the personal inner work is a cornerstone in our ability to take risks and action toward our biggest goals and endeavors in life. This is exactly the message that participants needed to hear, and CJ delivered it in a real, relatable, and personal way. Thank you, CJ!” - Stacey Steinmiller

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Past Speaking and Interviews

Creator Zone Interview

CJ discusses his creative process and the events in his life that led him to the path of entrepreneurship.

Interview with Stacey Steinmiller:

CJ discusses how creativity has played a part in his grief and mental health.

News Interview for The Day After

Cousins start podcast focused around grief called “The Day After” | WUHF
Cousins, Ashley and CJ Infantino are the creators and hosts of a podcast dedicated to sharing stories centered around navigating through grief called “The Day A

Interview coverage for CJ and Ashley (co-founder of The Day After) discussing the creation of The Day After.

News Coverage for the Death of Ariana

Penfield family honors mother’s breast cancer fight | WHAM
Penfield, N. Y. - Three days ago, Ariana Infantino lost her battle with breast cancer, but even in death, husband CJ said the way she lived her life is impacting many. “The only way I can describe her life, is it burned red hot and died quickly,” said Infantino. Ariana’s battle with breast cancer began in 2015 when she was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic disease. Together the high school sweethearts had three children, including 12-year-old Grace. “I always loved doing art,” said Grace.

CJ and his daughter on her response to Ariana's (wife and mother) passing.