The 2nd Global Summit on Mental Health Culture Change Builds on the tremendous success of our first Global Summit on Mental Health Culture Change held in Los Angeles, California in May 2017. Give an Hour – in collaboration with international partners  – brings this exciting gathering to London in October 2018!

The London Summit gathers together key thought leaders, government officials, stakeholders, policy makers and change agents to focus exclusively on removing cultural biases that affect how we think about, talk about and address emotional well-being and mental health.

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2018 Global Summit Agenda, October 11-12

October 11, 2018 (7:45am-5:00pm)

7:45 – 8:30am

  • Registration/breakfast

8:30 – 9:00am

  • Welcome

9:00 – 9:45am

  • Faith Based Leaders and Culture Change:  Our faith-based community plays a key role in shaping our culture and providing support to those who are suffering emotionally. This panel explores the work that is being done with (and within) the faith-based community to address mental health challenges of people around the world.


  • Corporate Engagement: Corporate leaders around the world are stepping up to create emotionally healthier workplaces. Join us as we explore new approaches and innovations in the corporate sector

10:30 – 10:45am (Break)

10:45 – 11:00am

  • Rt Honorable Tobias Ellwood, UK Minister of Defence People and Veterans

11:00 – 11:45am

  • Challenges and Progress in addressing Mental Health Concerns for Those Who Serve: Considerable progress has been made to ensure that our service members and our veterans have the mental health care and support they deserve. This panel explores approaches and innovations in our efforts to serve those who serve.

11:45 – 12:45pm (Lunch)

12:15 – 12:45 Special Workshop: The 90 Second Rule and Mental Health Culture Change with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, Author, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey 

  • Our brain is the most sophisticated structure in the universe and although we all have one, it doesn’t come with an owner’s manual. Our mental health – and the mental health of our global society – is dependent on the health and well-being of our brains. By better understanding how our brain works, we can have much more control over our well-being. Please join Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor as she helps us better understand our brains and provides insight into what we can do to improve our mental health and the mental health of those we love. She will also discuss how to use her “90 Second Rule” as a tool to further the conversation about mental health and emotional well-being in our communities.
  • There is limited space for this special workshop, RSVP to krichardson@giveanhour.org in order to reserve your seat

1:00 – 1:45pm

  • How Policy Drives Culture Change – Sponsored by the Meadows Institute: this is a critical discussion exploring the role that policy plays in changing the culture of mental health – and how the change of our culture drives new policies that ensure care and support for those in need.

1:45 – 2:30pm

  • The Role of Technology in Changing Culture: A change in culture occurs over time but can be fueled by an increase in knowledge and information – which research provides. Similarly, as the culture begins to change around mental health, we are more inclined to prioritize research that leads to improved treatments and care for those who are suffering.

2:30 – 3:00pm (Break)

3:00 – 3:30pm

  • The LGBTQ Community – Progress and Challenge: A conversation with special guest Ari Getty, Philanthropist. Far too many LGBTQ youth struggle with unaddressed mental health challenges and many in the US become homeless. Ari Getty shares her concerns and perspectives about the need for mental health education, outreach and support to this vulnerable population.

3:30 – 4:15pm

  • Fashion Changes Direction: Those within the fashion industry – in front of and behind the camera – are at-risk for developing a range of mental health challenges. New efforts are underway to reach out to and support those who are suffering. This panel explores the challenges and the opportunities within the fashion industry.

4:15 – 5:00

  • Closing

VIP Reception Hosted by True Patriot Love – Time TBD

October 12, 2018 (7:45am-5:00pm)

7:45 – 8:15am

  • Breakfast

8:15 – 8:45am

  • Welcome

8:45 – 9:30am

  • Cultures Within the Broader Culture – Reaching Those in Need: One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to providing mental health care or education to people from different cultures. This discussion explores unique barriers and opportunities as we work to reach all people with information and effective interventions.

9:30 – 10:15am

  • Research and Culture Change – A Necessary Relationship: Knowledge and information can lead to change – but only if that information can be translated and available to those who will become our change agents. This discussion examines the critical relationship between the research and changing the way we think about, talk about and respond to emotional pain and suffering.

10:15 – 10:45am (Break)

10:45 – 11:15

  • The Over-criminalization of the Mentally Ill: Sadly, our jails and prisons are overflowing with individuals who have unaddressed mental health needs. This conversation examines efforts to address this challenge and care for those in need.

11:15 – 12:00pm

  • Adaptive Sports, Challenge Events and the Opportunity for Post Traumatic Growth: This panel explores the opportunity that adaptive sports programs, challenge events and other non-traditional approaches create for post traumatic growth for those who have experienced trauma and loss.

12:00 – 1:00pm (Lunch)

12:30 – 2:30pm

  • Invitation Only Roundtable Discussion – Military and and Veterans Progress and Challenges

1:15 – 2:00pm

  • Children and Youth – Programs and Potential: Our children and young adults will lead the way in changing the way we think about, talk about and address mental health in the future. Indeed, we are already seeing evidence of dramatic and healthy change. This panel explores some of the exciting and innovative efforts focused on our youth.

2:00 – 2:45pm

  • At Risk Seniors, Isolation and Loneliness: Isolation and loneliness are risk factors that contribute to poor physical and mental health – and yet many senior citizens around the world experience these conditions and suffer as a result. This discussion explores efforts underway to reduce isolation and increase social connectivity for our seniors.

2:45 – 3:15pm (Break)

3:15 – 4:00pm

  • The Use of Television/Film to Change Culture

4:00 – 4:15pm

  • Special Announcement

4:15 – 5:00pm

  • How Our Influencers Change Culture: Our celebrities and icons play a powerful role in shaping and changing culture. This panel features key influencers who are using their platforms to change the way we think about, talk about and address mental health and emotional well-being.

VIP Reception, The Hari Hotel – Time TBD

Exhibit Hall

The Global Summit on Mental Health Culture Change offers a unique opportunity to gather stakeholders from around the world in one place.  Our Global Summit attendees will be surrounded by information about how they can effect culture change in their own communities. Not only do we have an impressive program, but our sponsors and speakers will be sharing their technological efforts, innovative programs and resources at our Exhibit Hall.

Continue to check back as speakers are confirmed and events are added!

Global Summit Venue Location

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD
Webiste: www.architecture.com

Talinda Bennington

Talinda Bennington is the mother of a beautiful blended family of 6. She
is the wife of the late singer, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. In the
summer of 2017, Talinda lost her husband to depression and addiction.
Chester Bennington died by suicide on July 20, 2017. Determined to
prevent others in need from suffering alone, Talinda partnered with Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction and launched 320
Changes Direction – an effort named in honor of Chester Bennington
whose birthday was March 20th. Talinda has become a spokesperson
and champion for this effort and speaks regularly on panels, on social
media and at events – about the need to change our culture so that
those who are suffering emotionally are able to receive the care they

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard trained and published neuroanatomist. In 1996, Dr. Taylor experienced a major hemorrhage in the left half of her brain. Over the course of four hours, she watched her brain completely deteriorate through the eyes of a brain scientist. On the afternoon of the stroke, she could not walk, talk, read, write or recall any of her life. It took eight years for her to completely recover both mentally and physically all of her abilities.

Dr. Taylor’s personal memoir titled My Stroke of Insight spent 17 weeks on the NYTimes Bestseller list in 2008 and it remains the number one book sold in the Amazon marketplace for the last ten years. The book has been printed in over 30 languages throughout the world and Dr. Taylor is working with Oprah to turn it in to a feature film.

Dr. Taylor’s TED talk in 2008 was the first TED talk to go viral through the internet, and she was the premier guest on Oprah’s Soul Series. Dr. Taylor is completely committed to educating the world about the beauty and resiliency of our beautiful brain and she has been a major advocate about mental health for over 30 years. Dr. Taylor has a brother who has been diagnosed with the brain disorder schizophrenia and she uses her not-for-profit Jill Bolte Taylor Brains, Inc, for educational purposes.

Dr. Taylor is an enormous advocate for ‘whole brain living’ and is a leading voice throughout the world about the ability of the brain to recover from trauma.

Sam Dick

Sam Dick is the Director of Campaigns, Policy and research at the Campaign to End Loneliness. The Campaign believe that people of all ages need connections that matter. There are nine million lonely people in the UK and four million of them are older people. We’ve been experts in the field of loneliness and connection since 2011. We share research, evidence and knowledge with thousands of other organisations to drive positive change in older people’s lives. Prior to working at the Campaign Sam worked for a decade at Stonewall, campaigning for LGB equality including equal marriage, and at Dignity in Dying/Compassion in Dying, campaigning for the rights of terminally ill and dying people.

Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood

Tobias was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East in May 2005, and has been re-elected on subsequent occasions, most recently in June 2017. Following this election, Tobias was appointed as the Minister for Defence People and Veterans at the Ministry of Defence, having served as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since July 2014. His responsibilities at the Ministry of Defence include Service and Civilian personnel policy, Cadets, Veterans, Service families, Defence Infrastructure, Mental health and the Armed Forces Covenant.
Before being elected as the Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East in the 2005, Tobias was in the Royal Green Jackets from 1991 to 1996, and served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Kuwait, Germany, Gibraltar and Bosnia. He left the Army at the rank of Captain and is a current Army Reservist. Tobias was a senior business development manager with the London Stock Exchange for two years, and then with Allen and Overy in a senior role.
Tobias was educated overseas in Bonn and Vienna when his parents were overseas as members of the United Nations. He attended Loughborough University and also completed the senior executive course in National and International Studies at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Tobias is married to Hannah Ellwood and they have two young sons. He is a patron of a number of local charities in Bournemouth, is a keen sportsman, private pilot, active Army Reservist and an Eagle Scout.

Tobias has written on a range of topics including the following publications:
• Improving Efficiency, Interoperability and Resilience of our Blue Light Services (December 2013)
• Leveraging UK Carrier Capability (September 2013)
• Upgrading UK influence in the European Union – a strategy to improve upstream of EU legislation (November 2012)
• Time to Change the clocks – Arguing the case for moving our clocks forward (November 2010)
• Post Conflict Reconstruction – Bridging the gap between Military and Civilian Affairs on the Modern Battlefield (November 2009)

Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD

Policymaker, clinical/community psychologist, and health care innovator, Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D., is the CEO of the American Psychological Association. He previously served for 12 years as Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Service. The transformation of the Philadelphia service system has dramatically improved health care outcomes and saved millions of dollars that the city has reinvested in other community-based services. Prior to this time, Dr. Evans developed a multi-disciplinary private practice in New Haven, Connecticut, where he also served in leadership positions in clinical administration and state government.
Dr. Evans has held faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and the Yale University School of Medicine.

Bronwen Evans

Ms. Bronwen Evans is a Founding Director and CEO of the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL), which has helped change the lives of more than 25,000 military families across Canada since 2009. Under her leadership since 2012, TPL has spearheaded Expeditions to the Himalayas, North Pole, Antarctica and across Canada, partnering prominent business leaders with wounded veterans. She also led the successful bid to secure Prince Harry’s Invictus Games for Toronto in 2017.

Previous to her role with TPL, Ms. Evans was the Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Affairs, and Chief Privacy Officer at Medcan, the largest executive health clinic in North America. Prior to joining Medcan, Ms. Evans successfully ran her own communications and public affairs consulting firm with clients from the energy, health care, legal, and government sectors.

Prior to her time in business Ms. Evans was the Chief of Staff to the Ontario Minister of Finance, Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, and an advisor to the Minister of Community and Social Services, and the Minister of Health.

Ms. Evans currently serves on the Board of Governors at Kingsway College School.

Ms. Evans received a BA with Honours from McGill University and an MA in Philosophy from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Ken Falke

Mr. Falke is a 21-year combat veteran of the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community and retired Master Chief Petty Officer. Ken is highly respected around the world as an innovative and forward thinking thought leader on the subjects of wounded warrior care, military and veteran transition, counter terrorism, military training, and innovative technology development.

Ken’s is the chairman and founder of Boulder Crest, and organization focused on the teachings of post traumatic growth, and the EOD Warrior Foundation. Ken is a bestselling author of Struggle Well, Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma.

Ken is a serial entrepreneur. His first company, A-T Solutions, is a recognized international expert and valuable global asset in combating the war on terrorism. A-T Solutions was named four consecutive years to the Annual Inc. 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. Also recognized in Entrepreneur Magazines’ Hot 500 List, the Washington Technology “Fast 50”, Smart CEO’s “Future 50”, and the winner of the very prestigious Greater Washington Area Government Contractor Award in the category of companies $75M-$100M.
Ken holds a Masters of Policy Management from Georgetown University and is a Member, Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.

Keita Franklin, Ph.D.

Dr. Keita Franklin, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the National Director of Suicide Prevention for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Dr. Franklin serves as the principal advisor to VA leadership for all matters pertaining to suicide prevention. She leads a team of experts engaged in research, program evaluation, innovation, program development, data and surveillance, and partnerships. Before joining VA, Dr. Franklin served as the Director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office where she was responsible for policy and oversight of the U.S. Department of Defense suicide prevention programs.

She is a licensed social worker with a specialization in children and families, and has a PhD in social work with specialized training and certifications from the Center for Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis. Dr. Franklin received a leadership award from Virginia Commonwealth University for leading efforts to help train and advise the social work profession on working with military families.

Sue Freeth

Sue joined Combat Stress in 2016 as the first female Chief Executive in the charity’s 99-year history. Since her arrival the charity has increased its profile and contributes actively to veterans’ mental health and particularly military trauma healthcare. Sue has set out a new strategic direction in the face of growing demand for military trauma treatment and a changing NHS landscape.

Sue joined Combat Stress following a decade as Director of Welfare and latterly Director of Operations at The Royal British Legion (TRBL). At TRBL she commissioned the first UK veterans population mapping studies, and initiated and led the early stages of the Armed Forces Covenant campaign and a string of other successful parliamentary policy campaigns. During her 10-year tenure she transformed TRBL’s service footprint across UK opened its 16 high street Pop In Centres and tripled its services. Prior to joining TRBL she held a series of leadership roles at Scope, the UK cerebral palsy charity including a year’s secondment to DH on a community care task force preparing local councils for implementing the 2001 Health & Community Care Act.

Sue has served on MoD and NHSE committees and was a Cobseo Non-Executive Director representing Combat Stress. She is currently serving on a steering group board of a veterans sector emerging leaders programme hosted by Clore Social and Forces in Mind Trust. She also serves as a consortia member on the Veterans’ Gateway Strategy Board. Sue is a former lay member on NHS England Armed Forces Clinical Reference Group, partner member of MoD Defence Recovery Partnership Board, Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League Welfare Committee, World Veterans Association Medical Advisory Committee and trustee on several veterans’ charities.

Sue holds a BA Hons from Exeter University and an MBA from Aston Business School and is EQM qualified.

Louis Gagnon

Louis Gagnon is the CEO of BrainResource, the largest standardized neuroscientific database in the world that powers Total Brain, a digital brain monitoring and training platform. He is Advisor to TPG Capital, a top-tier US private equity firm who named him CEO of Ride, a portfolio company that he restructured. As a corporate executive, Louis held chief product officer and chief marketing officer roles at Audible/Amazon, Yodle and Monster Worldwide. As an entrepreneur, Louis created and led 5 business and social enterprises on four continents, many of which were in the field of reproductive health. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Laval University and a Masters of Science in Marketing from HEC-Montreal. His work has been featured in management books and magazines including The Economist.

Nicole Gardner

Nicole Gardner is a vice president in IBM’s Global Business Services (GBS) and leader of the Public Service Eminence Academy, a thought leadership senior executive initiative. She currently serves as a senior leader in the Federal Healthcare market, having served as the team leader for 2 years and the Global Industry Leader for Social Services, Social Security and Government Healthcare for 5 years. Ms. Gardner works with senior leaders from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs, the Defense Health Agency and military health system, and the Social Security Administration. She has spent the past 2 years focused on a collaborative effort with the U.S. Department of Veterans affairs to bring technology to the mental health and suicide prevention arenas. Ms. Gardner was recognized by FedHealth IT magazine in 2017 and 2018 as a Federal Health IT100, an honor which recognizes individuals for driving change and advancement in the Federal Health IT market. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for c-suite relationships, strategy, thought leadership, solution and business development for government organizations across the world.

Ms. Gardner is a member of the class of 2012 of the IBM Industry Academy and is a recognized thought leader in Government, with more than 30 years of experience. She is a member of the American Public Human Services Association and a former Board member of the National Center on Family Homelessness, a not-for-profit dedicated to eliminating family homelessness in the US. She has been recognized as an EDI Global Pioneer – 1993 (EDI Forum-The Journal of Electronic Data Interchange) in the field of Electronic Data Interchange for her work in the United Nations Economic Commission of Europe for 14 years, rising to the vice chairmanship of the Working Party on Trade Facilitation and as a founding member of the UN/EDIFACT global community. She is a guest lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs University of Texas, Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and American University’s Kogod School of Business, serving there on the Dean’s executive advisory council on IT for 20 years, and as its chair for 4 years. She is a frequent speaker and has published numerous books and articles on healthcare and social services, e-business, change management, aging and organizational best practices, most recently in Modern Healthcare, “Using open innovation and cognitive computing to solve healthcare’s vexing problems” (December 2015); as a co-author of IBM points of view published by the IBM Institute for Business Value: “Shifting Gears: Changing methods and mindsets to address long term unemployment” (June 2015) and “Sustainable Employment: Youth, Economic Vitality and why government needs a new approach” (May 2014).

Ariadne Getty

Ariadne Getty is a lifelong philanthropist dedicated to serving disenfranchised populations. She is the president and executive director of the Ariadne Getty Foundation (AGF), which since 2004 has partnered with non-profit organizations worldwide to improve the lives of individuals and communities through large-scale investments and social activism.

Ariadne’s philanthropy is guided by the belief that large, targeted donations that empower organizations are the most efficient and effective use of the foundation’s resources to bring about change. At the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, she announced a $15 million lead gift to support the work of GLAAD’s Media Institute to reverse the erosion of LGBTQ rights and inspire activism. Over a three-year period, the funds will be used to train as many as 10,000 volunteers who will advocate for social justice, not just in the U.S. but around the world.

In addition to financial contributions, Ariadne donates her time and energy to causes she supports. A member of GLAAD’s board of directors, in early 2018 she joined GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis on a tour to inspire donors and increase giving. Ariadne is also an inaugural board member of the Better World Fund, an education and advocacy nonprofit that backs United Nations initiatives, and a supporter of the UN Foundation. Working alongside fellow board members Ted Turner, Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus and Queen Rania of Jordan, she addresses global issues such as climate change, gender inequality, women’s health and the plight of refugees. In this role Ariadne has advanced the adoption of solar paneled suitcases which improves the quality of care for laboring mothers and has directly decreased infant mortality rates. She has collaborated with stakeholders in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to improve living conditions in refugee camps.

Beyond her philanthropic work, Ariadne is the CEO of her son’s international fashion line, August Getty Atelier and her daughter’s company, Strike Oil, both of which are headquartered in Los Angeles. She is also an accomplished photographer. Ariadne was born in Italy and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Nats Getty

A designer, model, artist and activist, Natalia “Nats” Getty’s creativity and energy drive her to seek out meaningful ways to give back to the community. Her fashion brand and artistic initiative, Strike Oil, is a lifestyle brand and charitable partner to organizations that fight for LGBTQ rights. She is also an ambassador for her mother’s charitable organization, the Ariadne Getty Foundation.

Nats’ creative endeavors are both a means of artistic expression and a vehicle for social change and her Strike Oil banner serves as her digital media canvas. She also designs apparel such as custom, one-of-a-kind leather jackets. Strike Oil collaborated with Los Angeles street artist Mr. Brainwash to create a mural honoring the victims of the Pulse nightclub tragedy in Orlando, Florida, with proceeds donated to the Pulse Foundation.

In partnership with her fiancée, actress and internet star Gigi Gorgeous, Nats collaborates with GLAAD to support the LGBTQ community in its journey toward justice and equality. The pair have also modeled in her brother August’s renowned fashion line. Nats contributes generously to LGBTQ causes, including the Los Angeles LGBT Center and GLAAD.
Nats was born in Los Angeles, where she grew up loving to climb trees, surf and skateboard. After attending boarding school in England, she returned to Los Angeles, where she currently resides.

Rob Gordon

Robert “Rob” L. Gordon III is the Chief Global Officer of Connected Living, a technology and services company that creates private, secure connections for families, communities and employees. Rob is the former President of Be the Change, Inc., and previously an executive at a high tech smart glasses software company. In 2010 Rob was appointed the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy; responsible for the Defense Department’s worldwide community and family programs and initiatives affecting over four million military service members and families. For his service he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

Rob was the Chief People and Program Officer at City Year. Prior to that, he completed a 26-year career in the U.S. Army, retiring as a full Colonel. From 1992 – 1993 Rob served as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and in the Office of National Service, The White House.

Rob earned his BS from West Point and an MPA from Princeton University. His awards and honors include Princeton University’s Edward Bullard Distinguished Alumnus Award; the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara; and the 2017 Franklin Award by the National Conference on Citizenship.

General Volodymyr Havrylov

After serving 37 years in the Ukrainian military, MG Volodymyr Havrylov retired in June 2018. MG Havrylov participated in peacekeeping operation in the Balkans in 1998 and had frequent tours to the area of conflict with Russia in Eastern Ukraine in 2015-2016.  His last position was the Defense Attaché of Ukraine in the United States.

Supported by the Allied Forces Foundation charity Volodymyr Havrylov, has initiated annual participation of the Ukrainian team of the wounded, injured and ill (WII) military and veterans in the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, D.C. Now he is actively involved in various projects related to mental rehabilitation and social adaptation of wounded Ukrainian warriors. Most of the projects are carried out under the auspice of the recently formed National Council for Sports Rehabilitation (NCSR). It is a Ukrainian non-profit organization which brought together various sport groups and associations of veterans of the war with Russia.  Recently the NCSR initiated the annual 10K race for WII veterans ‘The Veterans Dozen’ within the Kyiv City Marathon on October 7th 2018 in Kyiv, Ukraine. This event is designed particularly for amputees and persons who suffer from PTSD.

Volodymyr Havrylov speaks four languages: Ukrainian, Russian, English and Romanian.  He is married and has two children.  Hobbies: history, long distance running.

Sarah Hoit

Sarah Hoit is a career social entrepreneur focused on companies that impact larger social issues. She co-founded Connected Living in 2007 to provide families and communities a private social network to bridge the “digital divide” for the millions of seniors who have been left out of the conversation. Connected Living provides a “high tech and high touch” way for families to privately connect, access goods and services and enhance quality of life.

Sarah was previously Founder and CEO of Explore, Inc., an education company that operated programs that met the academic and social needs of every student through the integration of experiential learning, homework, physical education, and community services.

Prior to founding Explore, Sarah served as the Director of Business Planning in the White House Office of National Service, and then Deputy Director of “AmeriCorps” where she was a senior official in the Corporation for National Service that has enabled over 1 million youth to serve their country.

Sarah holds a BA with Honors from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS), where she was awarded a public service fellowship. She is a guest lecturer at HBS and Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business on social entrepreneurism and is a member of the Dementia Friendly America Board.

Andrea Inserra

Andrea Inserra, a Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President, is recognized for her expertise in program and system management, organizational re-engineering and transformation for US Federal and commercial clients. She leads the Firm’s Global Defense Group Operations and Crosscut Market Strategy. As the Global Defense Operations Officer, she is responsible for identifying and executing strategic initiatives to drive business growth and maximizing financial performance.

She has provided leadership to the Firm’s military and civilian health business where she focused on healthcare transformation. Andrea has led the Firm’s clinical services offering, including behavior health supporting programs to enhance the well-being and psychological health for service members, veterans, and military families.  Andrea has served as a Partner Sponsor for the Firms efforts to embrace emotional wellness as fundamental component of the Firm’s overall wellness program.

Andrea chairs the Firm’s veteran’s agenda to provide ongoing support to veterans and military families – both inside and outside our Firm – by providing best-in-class benefits, partnering with nonprofit organizations, and engaging in community volunteerism.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS), the Catholic University of America School of Engineering Board of Advisors, and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation National Advisory Board for Caring For Military Families. She holds an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

Poppy Jamie

Poppy Jamie is an entrepreneur, TEDx speaker and entertainment presenter.

At 19 years of age, while still studying at the London School of Economics, Poppy had become the youngest entertainment presenter at the UK’s largest news organisation, ITN. By 23, she had moved to the USA to work for MTV International, ITV2, Extra and went on to launch the first ever talk show on Snapchat’s discover platform, Pillow talk with Poppy, to an audience of over 100 million. At 25 Poppy founded her first start-up, an accessories brand “Pop and Suki” with best friend and model/actress Suki Waterhouse. At 26 founded Happy Not Perfect (HNP) a mental wellbeing start-up application and corresponding product line which is due to launch in 2018.

Both start-ups have strong brand missions, Pop and Suki was set up to celebrate friendship and women working together and HNP looks at mindfulness in a new way. It’s dedicated to helping users feel happier, calmer and less anxious. Inspired by her mother, a neurotherapist, and based on the science behind happiness, HNP focuses on making it easy for us to look after our brains in the same way we do our bodies.
In 2017, Forbes names Poppy one of their 30 under 30 and she was appointed as the youngest member of the Resnic Neuropychiatric Hospital Advisory Board at the UCLA to help consult on the wellbeing of students.

Most recently Poppy took part in the first ever ‘mental health’ talk at Cambridge University, was invited to speak at the UCLA WOW summit on brain health alongside names like Goldie Hawn and Lisa Kudrow, and delivered a TEDxHollywood talk entitled “Addicted To Likes” where she explored the phycological impact technology has had on our lives and how we can minimise the damage going forward.

Andy Keller, Ph.D.

Dr. Andy Keller is president and chief executive officer of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, a data-driven Texas nonprofit that provides high-quality, nonpartisan policy and program research, development, and advice to state and community leaders with a single goal in mind: to improve mental health care in communities throughout Texas and beyond. He is a psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health policy and a recognized leader in health and human services integration, health financing, and best practice implementation. Andy’s work has centered on helping health systems implement evidence-based and innovative care as well as helping local and state governments develop the regulatory and financial framework to support them. Before coming to the Institute, Andy was a founding partner of a national behavioral health systems consulting firm. Prior to that, he worked in Colorado at the health plan level with a leading Medicaid HMO and at the provider level with the Mental Health Center of Denver. He has developed and led a wide range of mental health programs, including community clinics for children and adults as well as assertive community treatment and school-based, early childhood, and cross-cultural programming.

Neha Kirpal

An entrepreneur working at the intersection of the creative industries and the social sector, Neha founded the internationally renowned India Art Fair.It is the first andlargest platform of its kind in
South Asia and has been instrumental in shaping the region’s artistic landscape since 2008. After a
a hugely successful decade, Neha recently sold the business to the world’s most reputed art fair
organisers- MCH Basel. She continues her involvement in the creative industries through strategic advisory roles in the public and private sector.

Neha is part of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders community, an Eisenhower fellow and a recipient of the President of India’s prestigious Nari Shakti Award for her work on the socio-cultural empowerment of women. Over the last decade, Neha has also received several business awards and recognitions from leading publications such as Fortune, Forbes, Business Today, Vogue and the Financial Times for her contribution to the creative industries.

As a life-coach and trained counsellor, for over a decade, Neha has been an active volunteer counsellor and has conducted several workshops and mentoring modules. Her interests lie in addressing the systemic challenges in mental health care and treatment, focusing particularly on youth and families in developing countries. She is currently setting up a mental health alliance for actioning national level anti stigma campaigns and for building platforms to create awareness and access by leveraging digital and onground innovations. Neha’s vision is to help orchestrate the setup of 360 degree services for the prevention and treatment of mental health in the developing world.

Joe Klein

Joe Klein is an award winning journalist and the author of seven books, including the 1# best-selling novel Primary Colors and Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes who Brought Their Mission Home. A longtime political columnist for Time Magazine, The New Yorker and Newsweek, Klein received a National Magazine Award for Newsweek’s coverage of the 1992 election and was nominated for another. He has also received two National Headliner awards. He has been a visiting fellow at Harvard and at Mansfield College, Oxford.

Dr. Harold Kudler

Dr. Kudler received his M.D. from Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, trained in Psychiatry at Yale and is Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke. He received teaching awards from the Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychoanalytic Association. From 2000 through 2005, he co-chaired VA’s Special Committee on PTSD which reports to Congress. He has served on the ISTSS Board of Directors, co-led development of the joint VA/Department of Defense Guideline for the Management of Posttraumatic Stress and was advisor to Sesame Street’s Talk Listen Connect series for military families. From 2006 to 2014, he co-led the North Carolina Governor’s Focus on Returning Military Members, Veterans and their Families. In 2012, he was appointed to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. From 2004 to 2014, Dr. Kudler was Associate Director of the VA’s Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) which focuses on Deployment Mental Health. From 2010 to 2013, he was Medical Lead for the VISN 6 Rural Health Initiative. In July, 2014, he joined VA Central Office in Washington DC as Chief Consultant for Mental Health Services and, later, as Acting Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Patient Care Services.

Judge Steve Leifman

Judge Steve Leifman is the Associate Administrative Judge of the Miami-Dade County Court – Criminal Division. From 2007 – 2010, Judge Leifman served as Special Advisor on Criminal Justice and Mental Health for the Supreme Court of Florida. He currently chairs the Florida Supreme Court’s Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court and the Mental Health Committee for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. In 2015, he received one of the nation’s highest judicial honors – the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. The award is presented annually to a state judge who exemplifies judicial excellence, integrity, fairness, and professional ethics. Judge Leifman is also the first recipient to receive the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence (2015). He was named by New Times as one of Miami-Dade’s most interesting people of 2017 and a 2016 Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year.

Judge Leifman has been featured in The New England Journal of Medicine, the Atlantic Magazine, CBS News, USA Today, CNN: Anderson Cooper Special Report, CNN: Special Investigations Unit: The Criminally Insane, NBC Nightly News, PBS: Minds on the Edge, Facing Mental Illness, NPR: All Things Considered, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal; Governing Magazine and the Samantha Bee Show on TBS.

John Mannion

John Mannion is the Executive Director of Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation, and Director of Major Projects for Flinders Foundation, in Adelaide, South Australia.

Breakthrough in a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting groundbreaking mental health research to help improve the lives of many people living with mental health issues and is the first of its kind in Australia.

John has worked within the mental health field for over 30 years in the UK and Australia, in both a clinical and leadership capacity.

John is an innovative practitioner, leader and a resilient manager, with a strong person centred value base and work ethic . His progressive change management skills have spear headed the development of a number of high quality services. He has a proven track record for delivering positive outcomes and achieving results in the development and delivery of diverse health and social care services.

John has extensive experience in clinical service development, clinical leadership and mental health reform, taking the executive lead within South Australian Health for the development of the Statewide Eating Disorder Service, Community Mental Health Reform and Veteran Mental Health Clinical Service developments.

John has a passion for building design and the positive impact this can have upon mental health, culture and wellbeing. In his role as Executive Director for the Mental Health Services within Southern Adelaide he has led a number of building developments including Intermediate Care Centres, Community Mental Health Centres, the Jamie Larcombe Centre for Veteran Mental Health Services and the Older Person’s Mental Health Acute Unit at Flinders Hospital, South Australia.

With a targeted and bold partnership and investment strategy, Breakthrough delivers funding streams that supports cutting edge, world leading research.

Breakthrough is partnered with Flinders University South Australia, South Australian Mental Health Commission, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, South Australian Police Department, Adelaide Primary Health Network and the Adelaide Crows Football Club (AFL), who together aim to create a life free from mental illness.

Lisa Marsh-Ryerson

Lisa Marsh Ryerson is president of AARP Foundation, AARP’s charitable affiliate, which works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. She is an experienced and innovative leader who sets the Foundation’s strategic direction and directs its efforts across private, public and nonprofit sectors. Collaboration is the hallmark of Ms. Ryerson’s approach to AARP Foundation’s mission. Under her leadership, the Foundation has embarked on relationships with high-profile organizations to create and advance effective solutions that help struggling seniors meet their basic needs and transform their lives. She has received numerous awards and honors for her leadership and service, both at AARP Foundation and in previous positions. Before joining AARP Foundation, Ms. Ryerson served as the president and CEO of Wells College in Aurora, N.Y.

Lieutenant General Richard Nugee

Lieutenant General Richard Nugee was commissioned into the British Army in 1986. He served on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo before instructing at the Joint Services Command and Staff College.

Subsequently he commanded his Regiment in Iraq in 2003 and then with the UN in Cyprus. In 2006 he was posted to Afghanistan (Kabul), where part of his role was acting as the ISAF spokesman. He was appointed Director of Manning (Army) and then Director General Personnel for the Army. He was then posted back to Kabul for over a year to coordinate the NATO drawdown from Afghanistan. He was promoted to Lieutenant General and appointed Chief of Defence People in April 2016.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, has an MA in Military Affairs and is a Graduate of the City and Guilds Institute. He is Chair and Trustee of a number of charitable trusts.

Rick Parnell

For more than 25 years Rick Parnell has served at the top levels of non-profit and higher education leadership.

Rick’s expertise lies in the strategic development of institutions that aim to enact positive change. Rick believes that creating a 360-degree approach to philanthropy that includes strong communications, advocacy, operations and financial services, and valued teams, will have an amplifying impact on the work being accomplished. Rick’s experiences have given him a deep understanding that a successful organization must deliver on its mission in partnership with others, but must also focus inward on recruiting and retaining the highest caliber professionals.

Rick spent 16 years designing and growing the partnership model of the United Nations Foundation, the organization built out of Ted Turner’s historic $1B gift to support UN causes. Over those 16 years, Rick was responsible for managing the team that leveraged Mr. Turner’s gift into $2.2B for UN causes, and built a team of over 300 individuals across the U.S. and internationally.

Prior to joining the UN Foundation, Rick oversaw a $1B fundraising campaign for the American Red Cross, and served as the Chief of Staff to the President of the University of Florida.

Rick serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Fund for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council; was the Founding Chair of the Board of Directors of the Digital Impact Alliance; and was the Founder and Chair of the Independent Sector C-Suite Program.

Rick is a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, DC and the Economic Club of Washington, DC

Vikram Patel

Vikram Patel is The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School. His work has focused on the burden of mental disorders, their association with social disadvantage, and the use of community resources for their prevention and treatment.

He holds Honorary Professorships at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, the Public Health Foundation of India, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (where he co-founded the Centre for Global Mental Health in 2008), and is a co-founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the MacArthur Foundation’s International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2008 and the WHO Public Health Champion of India award in 2016. He is a co-founder of the Movement for Global Mental Health. He is a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences and has served on several WHO expert and Government of India committees, including the WHO High Level Independent Commission for Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health.

He has been awarded the Chalmers Medal (Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, UK), the Sarnat Medal (US National Academy of Medicine), an Honorary Doctorate from Georgetown University, the Pardes Humanitarian Prize (the Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation), an Honorary OBE from the UK Government and the Posey Leadership Award (Austin College). He was listed in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential persons of the year in 2015.

Jennifer Pope Baker

Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director of Women’s Fund of Central Indiana since 1998, has dedicated her career to creating transformative and sustainable change for women and girls. Under her leadership Women’s Fund has become the expert resource for issues impacting women and girls in Central Indiana.

Jennifer is recognized nationally for the innovative NEXT Initiative – an incubator created to attract the most talented, visionary leaders to Indianapolis to develop solutions to measurably improve the lives of emerging adult women. A strategic leader, Jennifer helped guide the launch of NEXT in 2014, which led to an invitation for Women’s Fund to join the Clinton Global Initiative.

Jennifer is directly fostering the next generation of philanthropists and community leaders through the development of unique philanthropic educational programs. GO: Give Back and OPTIONS are recognized as premier models for engaging people in thoughtful community leadership and philanthropy.

Jennifer is a sought after speaker and is a regular guest on Inside Indiana Business and has been a featured speaker at The White House, the Clinton Global Initiative, MCON14 and National Association of Commissions for Women Conference.
She has led the Fund’s endowment growth from $3 million to its current total of nearly $16 million and has implemented a “best-practices” grant-making process focused on research that has made distributions of over $6 million to 110 effective women and girl serving organizations.

Jennifer’s community knowledge and efforts to increase economic self-sufficiency opportunities for women and girls led to her participation as a founding board member of Grameen America Indianapolis Advisory Board and member of Grameen America National Advisory Board.

Jennifer received a degree in Communication from DePauw University. She is married to Christopher Baker and has two children, Catherine and Charlie.

Tony Puente, Ph.D.

Antonio Puente, PhD was the 2017 president of APA. Puente received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida and his master’s degree and PhD from the University of Georgia. He has holds appointments as Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (since 1981), a visiting professor of psychology at the Universidad de Granada (Spain) and the University of California Los Angeles. Prior to these position he taught at St. George’s University School of Medicine (neuroanatomy). Puente founded and edited two journals Neuropsychology Review and Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice as well as a book series in neuropsychology. He is the author of 8 books, 83 book chapters and 110 journal articles (in English, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic). In addition to his position at UNCW, Puente maintains a private practice in clinical neuropsychology. He also is the founder and co-director of mental health services at the Cape Fear Clinic, a bilingual multi-disciplinary health center serving the indigent. Puente completed two terms on the Editorial Panel of the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology and, prior to that, served as APA’s advisor to the panel from 1992-2007. He has been a member of the APA since 1979 and fellow of nine divisions and also served as president of the North Carolina Psychological Association, North Carolina Psychological Foundation, Hispanic Neuropsychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40 of APA).

Kristina Romanova

Kristina was born in Russia, but later moved to the United States. Her passion for the fashion industry started when she was sixteen, during a visit to New York City. She was inspired by the vibrant nature of the city, and began learning about the fashion industry and the creative input behind it.

Since 2010, Kristina has been working internationally in high fashion, including contracts in Italy, France, and the United States. She is represented by Women Management (New York, Milan, Paris), Traffic (Spain), Elite (London) and has worked with high profile designers including Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen amongst others.

In addition to modelling, Kristina was the female cameo in Avicii’s music video “Wake Me Up”, which gained over 1 billion views since its release in 2013.

In 2018, Kristina co-founded the NGO Humans of Fashion Foundation to address and prevent harassment, abuse and misconduct in the fashion industry. The HOFF App technology connects individuals from the industry with concerns to the help they need: whether volunteer mental health professionals for therapeutic sessions, pro-bono lawyers for an initial consult and eventually, a mentor network.

Kristina speaks fluent English, Russian, and Spanish

Jasvir Singh

Jasvir Singh is the Co-Chair of the Faiths Forum for London, working with the capital’s nine main faith communities in promoting interfaith projects and collaborations as well as providing a platform for engagement with regional and national authorities. He is also the Chair of City Sikhs, an organisation which provides a voice for progressive Sikhs in the UK and which has over 7,000 members throughout the country. Jasvir is an established family law barrister and has been in practice for the last 12 years, with many of his cases involving vulnerable adults and children with mental health challenges. He has led ground-breaking research into mental health issues and awareness within the British Sikh community through the annually published British Sikh Report. Jasvir is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, and he is an honorary fellow of the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Birmingham and an Associate of the St Paul’s Institute based at St Paul’s Cathedral. In 2017, he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to faith communities and social cohesion, and he is the youngest Sikh to currently hold this distinction.

Dr. Altha Stewart

Altha J. Stewart, M.D. is Associate Professor/Chief of Social and Community Psychiatry, and Director, Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. She is the 145th president of the American Psychiatric Association. Prior to coming to University of Tennessee, she was the Executive Director of Memphis’ federally funded System of Care program for children with serious emotional disorders and their families.

She worked for decades as CEO and Executive Director in large public mental health systems in Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan, overseeing the management and development of programs for persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. She is an experienced healthcare administrator and nationally recognized expert in public sector and minority issues in mental health care, and worked previously as Executive Director of the SAMHSA/CMHS funded National Leadership Council on African-American Behavioral Health (NLC).

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Stewart received her medical degree from Temple University Medical School and completed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts in 2006 and Doctor of Sciences degree from Christian Brothers University in Memphis in 2018.

Ross Szabo

Ross Szabo is a social innovator who pioneered the youth mental health movement in the United States. He is the Wellness Director at Geffen Academy at UCLA, a school for students grades 6-12, that is integrating mental health education in all classes. Ross is also an award winning speaker, author and the CEO of Human Power Project, a company that designs mental health curriculum. Ross has spoken to more than 2 million people about the importance of mental health. During his 8 years as Director of Outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign, he created the first national youth mental health speakers’ bureau in the country. He has trained over 50 mental health advocates who have spoken to millions of people. Ross is the co-author of Behind Happy Faces; Taking Charge of Your Mental Health and a blogger for The Huffington Post. Human Power Project’s first curriculum also titled, Behind Happy Faces, is being utilized by over 200,000 students in the U.S. Ross contributed to a mental wellness lesson for Happy Not Perfect that will be taught in the U.K. He has received the 2010 Erasing the Stigma Leadership Award and had his advocacy work entered into the U.S. Congressional Record.

Stuart Taylor

Since 2011, Stuart Taylor after serving 25 Years in the British Military has served as Director, Washington DC and Metro Area and now President and CEO, of the Allied Forces Foundation, Inc., a British-American philanthropic organization that Advances awareness and funding for the common wounded, ill and injured (WII) service Personnel and their families affected by the conflicts and most recently Iraq and Afghanistan.

The AFF is unique in many ways; not least in that it is formed as a joint American-British Foundation pledged to recognize and support the Steadfast Alliance, and specifically those wounded – and the families of those wounded – in the conflicts following 9/11. Our motto is: “May All Our Comrades Be Our Cause”.

The AFF is committed to improving the Quality of Life of our common wounded and their families in three specific areas:

Raising common awareness and funds in support of physical & mental rehabilitation by the challenge based events which aid the rekindling of pride and well-being;

Raising common awareness and funds in the facilitation of educational scholarships within the US and UK for children of the severely wounded;

Raising common awareness and funds in the addressing in-patient & out-patient treatment for PTSD and other non-visible wounds;

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., named to TIME’s 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, is the president of Give an Hour™, a nonprofit she founded in 2005 to provide free mental health services to the military and veteran community.  A licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Washington, D.C., she received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1991, her M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1987, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from California State College in 1982. Give an Hour’s nearly 7,000 mental health professionals have given more than 265,000 hours of care valued at over $26M.  In 2017, Give an Hour began expanding its model – and is now providing free care to other populations in need. Give an Hour also leads the Campaign to Change Direction®, a global initiative focused on changing the culture of mental health, which launched in March 2015 with former US First Lady Michelle Obama as keynote speaker. Dr. Van Dahlen has received numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation and the Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship of the Manhattan Institute in 2013. In 2014 she was honored by the Chief of Staff of the United States Army as an outstanding civilian who has made significant voluntary contributions to our military and the United States Army. She also received the 2016 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Lifesavers Gala Public Service Award and was appointed in January 2016 to serve on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition.

Jana Watkins

Jana is the HR Director for Live Nation Entertainment, comprising Live Nation, Academy Music Group and Ticketmaster. She attended the University of Leeds and studied Politics and then obtained her Masters in Human Resource Management. Jana is responsible for all HR Activity across the UK with its 1500 staff and joined the Company over 13 years ago. Today Jana is responsible for positioning employee health and wellbeing on the HR strategic roadmap, extending this out from a non-funded venture to a now multinational employee engagement initiative.

An important part of the Company’s well-being strategy concerns destigmatising mental ill health. Jana has driven content throughout every part of the business in this important area and created really pertinent conversation by setting the tone in the right way for each specific audience and through her own influencing skills getting the highest level of sponsorship and contribution. This has created a safe place for employees to be able to talk about any experiences they have had or are having. Jana has attended various panel discussions at a national level, including at this years’ International Live Music Conference, Time to Change and presented at Whitehall to talk through the Company’s approach. It is clear that she is at the forefront in approaching the delicate subject of mental health in the workplace and doing so in a pragmatic way.

Nikki Webber Allen

Nikki Webber Allen is a 2-Time Emmy Award winner with over 15 years of experience producing content for media outlets including Warner Bros., HBO, ABC, 20th Century Fox, MTV and BET.

In 2013, while working as the Vice President of Casting & Talent Relations for the cable network TV One, Nikki lost her 22-year old nephew, Paul, to suicide. In his honor, she launched the nonprofit I LIVE FOR… FOUNDATION, INC. to end mental health stigma in communities of color.
Her work with I LIVE FOR… has been featured in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, NPR and NBC News. She’s the host of Slate Magazine’s podcast “Life Effects” and she’s currently producing and directing a documentary film that features inspiring stories about millennials of color living with, and thriving despite, their mental health diagnosis.

In Spring 2017, she was chosen for the highly-coveted TED Residency program. She delivered an impassioned TED Talk entitled, “Don’t suffer from your depression in silence,” which has garnered over 1.7M views.

She has an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School University in New York, NY and a B.A. in Communications from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.


Geoffrey Williams

Geoffrey Williams Director, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, EMEA
Geoffrey has had a diverse career starting his working life in the entertainment industry then moving into healthcare, rail and media. He has worked in Human Resources for over 10 years of his career and has experience in Recruitment, Talent Management, learning and development, Organisational Design and Diversity and Inclusion.

Currently, he is the head of Diversity & Inclusion EMEA at Thomson Reuters, where he works on global strategy, culture change and implementation of a comprehensive D&I agenda. He has been featured in the Financial Times Top 100 ethnic minority role models and DIMA 50 male advocates for equality in marketing and media for 2018.

Geoffrey is also the co-founder of www.RockingUrTeens.com a social enterprise that introduces young people to the real world of work & aims to connect the teens to a positive and vibrant future. As well as sitting on the board of film production company www.oneumbrellaproductions.com

Geoffrey is committed to a diverse world being inclusive.

Josh Bradlow

Josh is Policy Officer at Stonewall, Britain’s largest organisation campaigning for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) equality. In this role, he leads on the organisation’s lobbying and research on education and young people. Last year he wrote School Report 2017, research with the University of Cambridge, which provides the most comprehensive insight to date into LGBT young people’s mental health in Britain. Prior to this role, Josh worked as the Policy Assistant to Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s Chief Executive, and as a Project Management and Policy Development intern at Cancer Research UK. Josh has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Cambridge.

David Wiseman

David Wiseman served as an Infantry Officer in both Iraq and Afghanistan but his career ended after receiving a gunshot wound to the chest during an engagement in Helmand Province. After his recovery, David raised funds for the charity Walking With The Wounded by climbing Mt Manaslu, (8163m) and with an unsuccessful attempt climb Mt Everest (8148m).

David dedicates his professional life to supporting the Armed Forces Community through The Royal Foundation and has played a critical role on several projects including the Endeavour Fund, Step Into Health and the Invictus Games; David also competed across three Games winning 14 swimming medals and was selected as UK Armed Forces Team Captain, 2016. David now uses his Invictus experience to assist with coaching a swimming club for children with physical or learning disabilities.

David is the co-founder of the recently formed CASEVAC Club promoting cohesion amongst those wounded in AFG and IRQ and enabling this cohort to assist the advancement of medical science.

David is a keen swimmer, a poor mountaineer, a published author (Helmand to the Himalayas) and was selected by the US State Department for the International Visitor Leadership Programme. He lives in Yorkshire with his young family.

Ayesha Aslam

Ayesha Aslam is the Director and founder of Sakoon Counselling Services set up in 2007. She is a Clinical Supervisor, BACP Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist, Psychologist and an Islamic counsellor, she has over 15 years of experience working with diverse issues from counselling to more severe psychological issues. She has been a keynote speaker at various conferences, recent one includes Training Muslim Chaplains and Imams in the UK. Has published articles in various magazines, provided workshops to organisations and appeared on radio/TV channels providing support and advice on key issues and not afraid to challenged Taboos. Ayesha a pioneer, a first in her field set that up Sakoon to address a need in the Muslim community which was to have access to a professional counselling service that would not compromise their faith. Today Sakoon has 10 counsellors, 3 trainers, accredited training courses and clients as far as Phoenix Arizona and Australia.

Michael Brown, OBE

Michael is the mental health coordinator for the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the College of Policing – a serving officer with West Midlands Police for 20 years. His work in the UK has prevented tens of thousands of vulnerable people being detained in police custody whilst in mental health crisis and secured the prosecution of many vulnerable offenders who pose a serious risk of harm to the public. His blog on policing and mental health has been used millions of times across the world and used is the basis for national guidelines for the police service in England and Wales.
He was singled out for commendation by the Home Affairs Committee of the UK Parliament after their inquiry into policing and mental health and has advised the British Government on reform of mental health laws. Michael has given expert opinion in UK and Australian Coroner’s Courts following deaths in custody or contact and also worked in Namibia, Iceland and Canada. He is a recipient of the President’s Medal from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and in 2016 was appointed an OBE by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth in the 90th Birthday Honours for his services to policing and mental health.

Nevin Kucuk

Nevin Kuck is the founder and the president of Mental Health Association for Everyone( RUSAG)/ Izmir/Turkey. RUSAG; as a right-based and society-based association; It is a non-governmental organization established with the aim of being an association that sanctioned in the development of national and international mental health policies and enabling every individual in society to benefit from mental health services in the framework of equal opportunities.

Until today, Nevin has worked in the field of trauma and social projects both at home and abroad; she started her work in this area at IFRC(International Red Crescent & Red Cross Associations) and continued to work as Psychosocial Expert and Disaster Response Unit Manager at Turkish Red Crescent. After the tsunami occurred in 2004, she appointed as Turkey’s psychosocial delegate in Sri Lanka; both nationally and internationally from 2003-2007 she served in many emergency and disaster on the field or coordination team.

Since 2007, she has been working on individual trauma, counseling and education in her private counseling center and still continues to work as a voluntary on psychosocial support in social traumas. She has worked as a volunteer or professional in many social responsibility projects and currently has project consulting activities in various fields.She founded the Mental Health Association for Everyone with students and professionals in the field of mental health in 2017, and she has been working to change the mental health policies in the country today through volunteer experts and students, especially in developing projects to make mental health services accessible to all.

Nevin Kucuk knows the sign language; awarded a Philanthropy scholarship by the TUSEV (Third Sector Foundation of Turkey) in 2014, She is also one of first philanthropists.

Randy Phelps, Ph.D.

Randy Phelps, Ph.D., served on the Give an Hour Advisory Board for over a decade, was a formal consultant to the GAH Board of Directors in 2017, and became GAH’s Vice President of Operations in 2018. He also continues to direct the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Health Care Financing, a component of the APA Center for Psychology and Health. In that role he leads APA’s advocacy efforts for sustainable health care financing for both health systems and practitioners. He was formerly the APA Deputy Executive Director for Professional Practice, and as well as APA’s liaison to the US Department of Veterans Affairs for a decade and a half. Dr. Phelps received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Utah in 1981. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Distinguished Member of the National Academies of Practice, Clinical Member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and recipient of APA’s Karl Heiser Award for advocacy. He has also received an APA Presidential Citation for his national contributions to professional psychology.

Leon Lloyd

During a successful rugby career representing Leicester Tigers and Gloucester which culminated in winning 6 Premiership titles, 2 Domestic Cups and back to back Heineken Cup trophies, Leon also represented the Barbarians on 5 tours and has proudly represented England Schoolboys, U19’s, U21’s and 7’s, eventually making his full England Test debut against South Africa in 2001. In 2008, Leon was faced with making the transition into the ‘real world’ when injury ended his career. Building on his experience, Leon published his first book ‘Life After Sport – From Boot Room to Boardroom’ which later became a best seller. Additionally, he graduated with a first class (Hons) degree in Business Leadership and Management and successfully transitioned into the world of business. As CEO of Switch the Play, Leon is focused on driving a business focused on assisting athletes with their own transitions and helping them to develop themselves with their life outside of sport. Leon is also a Judiciary Officer for the RFU, European and World Rugby and a proud Ambassador and Business Mentor for the Princes Trust, and a Patron for Action Deafness.

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Contact Sally at scharney@giveanhour.org