Dawn Myers | October 25
Dawn Myers, Founder, and CEO of THE MOST, brings a decade of business development and marketing experience, having managed global practices at the nation's top law and financial services firms. Dawn first learned the art of building a business from the ground up by growing a real estate development portfolio during her firm career. A lawyer and graduate of Dartmouth's Business Bridge Program, Dawn combines her management experience with her abiding passion for hair and beauty to bring tailored solutions to complex issues in the textured hair care industry. Let's talk about the three billion dollars a year at least, that Black Women spend on their hair. This doesn't include your at-home braiders or extension specialists who may not have their business's registered, or the entrepreneurs making hair products from their home kitchen.
Kristi Hugstad | October 18
Kristi Hugstad is the author of Beneath the Surface: A Teen’s Guide to Reaching Out when You or Your Friend Is in Crisis. Ever since her husband completed suicide in 2012, after years of struggling with clinical depression, by running in front of a train, she has dedicated her life to helping to abolish the stigma of mental illness and suicide. A certified grief recovery specialist and a grief and loss facilitator for recovering addicts at South Coast Behavioral Health, Kristi frequently speak at high schools. She is also the host of The Grief Girl podcast and lives in Orange County, California. In the wake of epic grief, Kristi's life has found a new trajectory. She discovered a deep desire to inspire and help those in need, not just physically but emotionally, psychologically, and even spiritually.
Liz Rose Chmela and Kojo Boateng | September 20
DC Design Week is an annual community event, produced by AIGA, over the course of a week in the District. The DC design community is an ever-growing body of professionals, makers, and voices working across disciplines to make our city more curious creative.
Liz Rose, 2019 Chair of DC Design Week, is the Founder and Creative Director of Made by We, a DC-based design studio committed to social impact through exceptional design. Kojo Boateng, Programming Director for 2019 DC Design Week, is an award-winning multidisciplinary designer and creative director from London, now living and working Washington DC.
Behind The Mind Radio Show is a 1-hour bi-weekly talk show airing LIVE ON Friday 11 am (EST) and Tuesday 7 pm (EST), showcasing design thinkers, visionaries, game changers and innovators; while shedding light on designers of well-known and upcoming products and services both domestically and internationally.
Stuart Eisendrath, MD | October 4
UCSF Depression Center
Dr. Stuart Eisendrath is a psychiatrist who cares for patients with depressive disorders. He leads groups in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to treat depression and anxiety. He was the UCSF Depression Center's founding director. Eisendrath's research has focused on using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to treat depression. Stuart Eisendrath, MD, is the author of When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough and the founding director of the University of California San Francisco Depression Center. A senior clinician and research psychiatrist at UCSF, his lectures on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for the University of California TV have been viewed more than 1.5 million times.
Location: Washington, DC
Mackenzie Copley | December 20
Mackenzie is the Co-Founder & CEO of One Tent Health. Mackenzie leads all aspects of the organization’s growth and operations including program conception and implementation, partnership creation, revenue generation, and geographic expansion. Mackenzie has led One Tent Health since the age of 21 and has overseen its growth from a single piece of paper to an organization with over 1,000 student volunteers in DC’s most at-risk residents and launched programs that have garnered attention from the World Health Organization, the DC Department of Health, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. In May 2018, Mackenzie was appointed by DC Mayor Bowser, Regional Planning Commission on Health and HIV, on which he serves as the Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee that oversees the spending of more than $25 million of Ryan White Part A funds.
Johnny Magdaleno and Tanu Kumar | November 1
Johnny Magdaleno, Storytelling and Content Director: Johnny joined UMA in 2016 after learning about manufacturing’s ability to create economic mobility in urban communities, and the career pathways the sector can offer to those without access to a traditional college education. His background is in journalism. On top of being awarded multiple grants and fellowships, Johnny has reported from nine countries for outlets like the New York Times, Reuters, the Guardian, Al Jazeera, Newsweek, and others. He is based in Southern California, where is he from, and Ecuador.
Tanu is Program Director, Pathways to Patient Capital for UMA. Tanu has been a UMA member since 2013. She launched UMA's Equitable Innovation Economies Initiative in 2016, in partnership with Pratt Center and PolicyLink. In her current role, Tanu is managing UMA's Pathways to Patient Capital project, a national learning cohort that is addressing capital access gaps for manufacturing businesses and communities of color. Tanu is also a Senior Fellow at the Pratt Center for Community Development, supporting community-based organizations working on equitable economic development and land-use strategies.
Lara Pukatch | December 6
Lara Pukatch, Director of Advocacy, joined Miriam’s Kitchen in June 2014 and oversees the organization’s advocacy and systems change work to end long-term homelessness in Washington, DC. She has over 15 years of experience and wears many hats. She chairs The Way Home Campaign, a grassroots movement to end chronic homelessness that is supported by 6,000 individuals and 102 organizations. Lara also oversees the organization’s work to ensure that individuals with lived experience of homelessness are true leaders and drivers of the change they wish to see. Before joining Miriam's Kitchen, Lara held a variety of positions in international women's rights organizations.
Mei Powers | December 6
Mei, Chief Development Officer, leads initiatives where nonprofit fundraising, communications, and marketing intersect and to spread the simple message that ending chronic homelessness is urgent, possible, and cost-effective. She leverages ten years of fundraising experience to create and execute a strategy that raises more than $4 million from private resources (individuals, foundations and corporations). Mei also taps into her communications and marketing background to strengthen Miriam's Kitchen’s visibility as a critical leader in the efforts to end veteran and chronic homelessness in DC. Before joining Miriam’s Kitchen in December 2015, Mei championed the rights and opportunities of women and girls globally with Women Thrive Worldwide, as well as of immigrants and refugees with CASA de Maryland.
Dr. Rovenia Brock | November 15
Dr. Ro has been a leading nutrition coach for over 2 decades and was named one of the nation’s top 5 nutritionists by More Magazine and Shop Smart (The quick & easy guide from Consumer Reports). Dr.Ro is an award-winning health journalist and television personality known for her easy-to-apply diet, fitness, and health advice for women and families. She penned a health column “America’s Nutrition Coach,” for the National Newspaper Publishers Association, distributed to 200 African American newspapers nationwide. Dr. Ro has served as the resident nutritionist and blogger for iVillage.com, the leading health source for women and families online, and joins First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey on the Ebony Power 100 List of the Most Influential African Americans in the U.S. (2010 and 2011).
Mike and Shani Hart | September 13
The intimacy, pleasure and relationship strategist is a co-owner of Hart’s Desires, a chain of erotic boutiques in the Washington, DC and Maryland area. Shani uses her boutiques as the launching pad for her educational platform which focuses on women and sexuality, sexual health and wellness, and liberated sensuality. Shani is proud to be a resident sex guru by experience and education. She isn't afraid to share that most of her learning comes from having a lot of sex; while, her knowledge comes from formal education. She is an ISEE trained sex educator, speaker, and sexuality coach. Shani hopes to help women remove the shame and guilt surrounding their sexual desires and needs. She loves sharing her spicy sex tips, tricks, and resources with those who are ready to listen and learn while having fun.
Quanice Floyd | November 8
Quanice G. Floyd is a renaissance woman who wears many capes. Born and raised in NYC, she has spent over a decade in Washington, DC where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Howard University and Kent State University respectively. Her passion for arts administration led her to pursue her second Master’s degree in Arts Management at American University and is currently a doctoral student at Drexel University. Quanice is also the Founder & Director of the Arts Administrators of Color Network, an organization committed to empowering artists and arts administrators by advocating for access, diversity, inclusion, and equity in the arts in the DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas.