LaGina Harris, MS, BS

  • Masters in higher education, specialization in student affairs
  • Health and Physical education with a concentration in adolescent psychology
  • Founder, The Us Space
    Co-Founder, Melanin Minds

I’m LaGina R Harris and I’m an entrepreneur, philanthropist, visual abstract artist, podcaster (@LRILetsTalk), emcee and all together get it done type of woman. I am the Founder of The Us Space (@_TheUsSpace), an intentional innovative space to create, collaborate and build a community for women of color and women-centric organizations to thrive.

Fun Fact: “I am a Social Impact Founder across all my businesses”

Guest Speakers

Holly Sawyer, Ph.D., MS, LPC, CAADC, NCC

  • Lead Therapist
  • Mental Health, Addictions, Anxiety,Depression
  • Life First Therapy LLC
  • Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Holly Sawyer is a licensed therapist in Philadelphia. She is the CEO and lead psychotherapist at her solo practice, Life First Therapy and Therapy Loft Collective, an online group practice with her team of dynamic therapists! Dr. Holly is also an entrepreneur mindset coach, national mental health public speaker and college professor! She is the author of Get Your Mind Right, Get Your Money Right! The Mental Health Guide for Successful Entrepreneurs and It's Time to Talk About Trauma. She's been featured on Philadelphia's Fox News 29, Bustle, Popsugar and more.

“Make living your priority” - Dr. Holly Sawyer

Loice Swisher, MD, MAAEM

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Emergency Medicine Physician, Trinity Healthcare
  • Co-Founder of National Physician Suicide Awareness Day

Dr. Swisher is a clinical professor of emergency medicine practicing in the Philadelphia area for more than 30 years. She has a passion for graduate medical education currently associated with both the Jefferson and the Nazareth emergency medicine residencies. Combining her interest in GME and resilience, she established a Science of Well Being 3rd-year elective this year. She considers herself a free-lance advocate on the subject of physician suicide, holding leadership positions in several national organizations, including the American Association of Suicidology, the American Medical Women's Association, the Coalition for Physician Well Being, the American Academy of Emergency Physicians and the Council of EM Residency. Director. Her proudest professional achievement is cofounding the National Physician Suicide Awareness Day.

Fun Fact: I attended a ventriloquist convention this year!

Guest Speakers

Jessica Brooks Woods, MPH, PHR

  • President & Chief Executive Officer ;Pittsburgh Business Group on Health
  • Founder; The Health Desk
  • Co-Founder & CEO, EARN & EARN Staffing Solutions

Jessica Brooks is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health, where she is leading the effort to redefine and advance the discussion around health care value, access and quality on behalf of employers. She is responsible for the vision of the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health – spearheading new initiatives and measures that have resulted in improving the organization’s visibility and growth in the health care market space.
Delivering more than $25 million in annual savings to employers, PBGH has enjoyed consistent financial gains, the growth of the organization’s class-leading prescription drug management program. Ms. Brooks is also the founder of The Health Desk, a transformative health equity platform that marries technology and human compassion to bring patients, employers, hospitals, and advocates together to save lies. Jessica also co-founded the Executive Action Response Network and EARN Staffing Solutions, a full-service recruitment firm, specializing in diverse talent placement in the C-Suite.

Ashley Wynn-Grimes

- Endocannabinoid specialty RN
- Cannabis Nursing Solutions

Ashley Wynn-Grimes BSN, RN is the Founder of Cannabis Nursing Solutions, LLC, advisor of Cannabis Nurses of Color, and author of children’s book “Asa’s Medicine.” Native to Baltimore, MD, Wynn-Grimes, a Black female entrepreneur and widely respected medical professional, is dedicated to empowering patients and nursing professionals to make informed medical cannabis care choices with impactful educational, medical programs that also serve to promote diverse representation and medical equality in cannabis.

Fun Fact: Personal goal: to be in a stage production. Lights Camera Action!



Pastor Linda Brown

  • Pastor
  • Certified Life Coach
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Founder & CEO, Fully Unleashing

Linda Brown, Founder / CEO, Fully Unleashing Life, a nonprofit, 501c3 & Fully Unleashing LLC, a for-profit organization. We educate, encourage, and empower women in transition through transformational life coaching and counseling. She is also raising awareness of the importance of mental wellness in black communities. Linda is a certified life coach, licensed mental health counselor, & pastor.

Quote: “I am about family and faith, funny, fine and fabulous.”

Susan Wilson, MD, CPC

  • Emergency Medicine and Certified Physician Peer Coach
  • SJW Professional Coaching Services, LLC
  • Founder

Dr. Susan Wilson is a retired EM physician with 25 years of clinical experience. She retired in 2019, and now practices as a coach for physicians, specializing in issues around burnout, job satisfaction, and work/life balance. Dr. Wilson uses strengthening mental fitness as the framework for her coaching and helps her clients shift their mindset from negative to positive.

Fun Fact: I am also passionate about physical fitness and prioritizes it along with mental fitness. Developing both has made a massive impact on my life!

1st Lieutenant Stephen Patterson, RN, BSN, Masters Candidate

  • Registered Nurse
  • Kaiser, Air Force, University of Maryland
  • Charge Nurse

Lieutenant Patterson separated from active duty in 2008 to pursue a degree in nursing and joined the 175th Medical Group in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2010 he joined the Squadron Medical Element (SME). He became the SME Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC). The latter briefs the section chiefs and officers for medical compliance and medical readiness for pilots and component staff for the 104th Fire Squadron. In 2011 Lieutenant Patterson received his associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force in Allied Health Sciences. In 2012 He deployed to Afghanistan with the SME. He helped structure a standalone health clinic as an independent duty medic, receiving the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal following the deployment. Patterson transitioned back to the Medical group and became the group’s medical trainer who was designated the medical training program, conducting in-service training on emergency medical procedures and taught basic anatomy and physiology courses while supervising medical technicians’ performance for cardiac and respiratory systems to execute rapid response treatment. He was awarded Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Quarter in 2015 for performing duty and proficiency standards that exceeded general expectations of Airmen. In August 2019, Lieutenant Patterson was awarded 1st Lieutenant and is currently the Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) of the 175th Medical Squadron.

Fun Fact: I love to cook



Keilia Phillips, MS, RD, LD, CNSC

  • Founder& CEO, Complete Nutrition Solutions


Jasmine Gay MA, LPC, NCC

Jasmine is currently a licensed professional counselor in Houston, Tx. She is a School Based Mental Health Counselor and a therapist for a private practice office in the Heights area of Houston. She has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field.Jasmine also has a background and training in sex therapy. Her primary focuses are women and mental health concerns as well as play therapy for children, she has a variety of clientele that come in to address relational issues, sexual concerns, coping skills and addressing overall mental health. Jasmine is passionate about removing the stigma surrounding mental health by making it more relatable to diverse communities. In her free time, she loves spending quality time with her son and trying out new cuisine and wine around Houston.

FUN FACT: my favorite food is cheese! I have it with everything and it goes great with wine!



Behrooz Behbod, MB, ChB, MSc, ScD, FFPH

  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Health Innovation Advisor
  • Founder & CEO, The Entrepreneur’s Doctor

Dr Behrooz Behbod, aka The Entrepreneurs Doctor, helps Entrepreneurs create a healthier, happier world. Behrooz is a Harvard, Oxford, and US CDC trained public health / preventive medicine physician, Chief Medical Officer to startups & scaleups, and creator of the Intelligence Incubator and the Startup Therapy Accelerator, the world's first accelerator with the mission of democratising health entrepreneurship.

FUN Fact:Behrooz is creating a one stop source of health insights, tools, and strategies for Entrepreneurs. If you’d like to help, please join one of his weekly office hours: Web 

Penelope Proctor Ziegler, MD

Penelope Proctor Ziegler, M.D. is a retired addiction psychiatrist who is medical director emerita of Florida’s Professionals Resource Network (PRN). She is also the former executive director of International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous (IDAA), a recovery fellowship for healthcare professionals and their loved ones. She has been medical director of three state physician health programs, and medical director of several addiction treatment programs. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general and addiction psychiatry, and in addiction medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Kaitlin Gonzalez

Dr. Kaitlin Dickert Gonzales is is a dual board certified foot and ankle surgeon, certified by both the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. She believes in engaging with her patients, through kindness and respect, to provide individualized patient focused medicine. She partners with her patients to provide the highest level of timely care through integrated clinical practices, education, and compassion.
Dr. Gonzales graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey, Magna Cum Laude and went on to attend the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. During this time she was elected to the Honor Council, participated in medical mission work in Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, and was awarded the Dr. Sidney Solid Award for clinical excellence, research, and service. After completion of her doctorate she participated in a three year surgical residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey, serving as chief resident during her third year. In her third year she won the Dr. Mahmood Cheema Award which is given to the resident who best demonstrates excellence in surgical skills and patient care.
Dr. Gonzales has extensive surgical training in the management of foot and ankle problems having been actively involved in over 1,200 surgical procedures during her residency. She trained under the guidance of over fifty physicians, including Podiatric, Orthopedic and Plastic surgeons. Her education further extends to wound management, sports medicine, foot and ankle trauma, and diabetic foot care.
In her off time, Dr. Gonzales enjoys playing with her two children, home improvement projects with her husband, and is an avid gardener.

Fun Fact: Dr. G is totally obsessed with cats!

Kwasi Gyasi

As a Principal Partner at MyÜberLife, Kwasi brings 15 years of experience from a highly diverse background in the world of business, having accumulated vast knowledge in corporate strategy, business management, brand communications, and business development. His career began, first, as a Product Development Analyst for Orbiscom and MasterCard WorldWide, specializing in emerging innovations and new markets. Later, with the development of MyÜberLife, Kwasi worked as a business and brand strategist with a wider range of clients such as Diesel, Uniqlo, Evisu, Unode50, Aimee Kestenberg, Telfar, WhiteWall Magazine, Diageo and Morgans Hotel Group, to name a few. Most recently, while still maintaining his role within MyÜberlife, Kwasi has served as a strategic advisor and startup mentor to CUNY’s Firefly Innovation Accelerator program. Kwasi holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Economics and Marketing from Manhattan College University in New York.

Fun fact: In all things that I do, I like to remember this Navy Seal's credo, "Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast."



Kikelomo (Kiki) Akinbobola, MD, MSc

  • Family Medicine, CCFP
  • Founder, MedSchoolAve

Dr. Akinbobola is a family physician and practices in New Westminster, B.C. She completed her medical school training at the University of Calgary and residency at the University of Ottawa. She has a Masters’s Degree in eHealth from the University of McMaster. Her various experiences on her journey to medical school, both challenging and rewarding, have led her to mentor pre-medical students on their path. From this mentoring came the vision for Medschoolave, an initiative found on Instagram. She plans live sessions with her colleagues and invites interested pre-medical students to join and discuss topics such as financing medical school and strategies for studying for the MCAT. Her advice to those interested in medical school is to enjoy the journey and use their resources.

“Experiencing different countries and cultures is one of my favourite pastimes.”

Daniel Omire-Mayor, DO, MS, MBA, FAACP

  • Family Medicine Physician, Ascension Medical Group
  • Founder, MedHistoryMadeEasy

Dr. Omire-Mayor was born and raised in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. He attended college at Pennsylvania State University: University Park where he attained a B.S. in General Science: Life Science Option. He obtained a Masters of Science in Health Promotion Management: Focus on Health Policy, Corporate Wellness, and Global Health, and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Maryland University College. He obtained his Doctorate from Lincoln Memorial University: Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, and attended Family Medicine Residency at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, and Unity Healthcare. Raised in the DC area, he knows firsthand the socioeconomic barriers and struggles that the underserved population within our nation faces when it comes to attaining appropriate and adequate healthcare. He is a constant community advocate regularly taking part in locally-based community health fairs, soup kitchens, and food banks, participating in walks for humanitarian causes, and providing health education via lecture series and talks. He takes his unending advocacy for public service throughout the Globe, reaching as far as The Horn of Africa, India, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Omire-Mayor’s culturally diverse and well-rounded background provides a unique scope into the challenges faced by the underserved in healthcare. His love for helping and aiding those with the greatest need brought him home to serve the DC Metropolitan Area. His lifelong desires revolve around the need to combat and prevent chronic disease, and improve health outcomes within our nation and worldwide.

Fun Fact: “I've traveled to 41 countries, lived in 3, and I'm just getting started.”

Nancy Joseph, DO

  • Double Board Certified Allergy/Immunology Physician
  • Founder & CEO, The Dynamic Doc
  • Host of “How Do You Know Medicine”

Haitian-born Dr. Nancy Joseph received her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her Pediatric residency at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, where she served as Class Liaison and curriculum committee member. She completed her Allergy/Immunology fellowship at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, where she served as Senior Chief Fellow. She is double board-certified in general pediatrics and adult and pediatric allergy and immunology. Still, she is currently exclusively practicing adult and pediatric allergist/immunologist in private practice in Massachusetts. Dr. Joseph is an alumna and past chapter officer of the Student National Medical Association and past Chapter President of Sigma Sigma Phi National Osteopathic Honor Society, of which she remains a member. In addition, she is a dedicated member of the National Medical Association and is active both locally and nationally.
Dr. Joseph has written several case reports, co-authored a book chapter on the epidemiology of Allergic diseases, been a guest on many panels, and has given numerous lectures and presentations at academic meetings both local and national. She was most recently featured on the Doc, UR podcast advocating for mental health for physicians and on NMA talks as an expert panelist discussing Asthma in the African American Community. In addition, Dr. Joseph founded The Dynamic Doc, a brand created to inspire and empower others to live an entire life on purpose for a purpose.

Fun Fact: English is my 3rd language. One of my favorite quotes: “The acquisition of knowledge is never a waste of time.”

Jane Shomof, PsyD, PMH-C, LMFT

Dr. Jane is a licensed psychotherapist, perinatal mental health specialist, substance abuse & addiction specialist, and a doctor of clinical psychology. She is also a proud mother of 3 children. Before delving into the world of perinatal mental health, she spent her time focusing on substance abuse and addiction treatment. She currently owns and operates Bloome Inc., encompassing maternal mental healthcare through virtual support. She is currently in the process of launching a treatment center with a specific track for mothers in early postpartum.

Dozie Oheri

Dozie holds a Bachelors in Health Science and a Minor in Entrepreneurship from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi and a Masters in Public Administration from University of Pheonix - Houston Campus. She is dotted as a child advocate and is the Founder/CEO of Choose to DO, Inc. and CEO at Dozie Oheri Consulting Co. Ms. Oheri started this organization out of frustration with the lack of care witnessed working and volunteering in the nonprofit industry. By forming her own nonprofit, Ms. Oheri formulated and built healthier relationships with the youth and the communities they serve. Choose to DO, Inc. is a 501c3 organization that mentors youth with underutilized potential 9-19 years old to teach them life skills, self-love, leadership and respect for their community. At Choose to DO, Inc. their mission is to focus on the physical and mental benefits of positive thinking. They provide safe spaces for children to acknowledge, discuss and address their issues. Through the mentorship of caring individuals and exposing children to positive environments, Choose to DO educates youth on how to successfully navigate life.



Linda Diakite Karressy, CPA

  • Accounting Professional
  • Insight Financial Group
  • Founder & Owner

Linda Diakite Karressy, is Founder of Insight Financial Group along with Insight Business Academy. Insight Financial Group not only offers accounting services and training but also serves as a business advisor to help organizations improve, analyze, and interpret accounting data. Linda has taught business courses such as budgeting, understanding financial statements, and Quickbooks 101 to small businesses and Nonprofits.

Linda earned her Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University-Bloomington and a Masters in Public Affairs in nonprofit management from the IUPUI’s School of Public Affairs. While at Indiana University, Linda participated in an exchange program with the University of Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands. She was able to travel extensively throughout Europe and meet individuals from Sweden, Germany, and Italy. Previously Linda worked for Fortune 500 companies such as Cardinal Health and Raytheon in a variety of accounting roles. Linda has experience in financial analysis,reconciliations, and budgeting.

Fun fact - I met my husband in the Netherlands while I was on the exchange program.

Lisa Menckhoff, JD, CRCP, RICP

Lisa Menckhoff has been with Northwestern Mutual DC since 2004, much of that time as Head of Compliance and Counsel to the Managing Partner.  She runs a financial planning practice and provides a mindful approach in delivering financial security to her clients by helping them align financial habits with their long-term financial priorities.  Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual Lisa was an associate at a large law firm in Chicago working on international private equity finance and real estate deals.

Fun Fact: I have 3 passports, Irish, Swish & American

Bridget Jones

  • Financial Advisor
  • Northwestern Mutual

Engineer turned Financial Advisor, Bridget is a growth-focused business strategist working in the Wealth Management Division of Northwestern Mutual. She has over 10+ years of experience in business strategy & operations in the medical, finance, consumer products, technology, e-commerce, and public sector industries. While capital is one of the biggest drivers of personal family and business security, Bridget chose to focus her efforts on wealth development and expansion because she believed that this was the area where she could cause the most significant social impact. With a particular interest in building wealth specifically for women, LGBTQ+ and black-owned businesses and families, Bridget is invested in significantly building wealth for marginalized populations.

Quote: I love traveling, brunch culture, hanging out with friends, and eating crab legs.


Kristen Speller

Kristen Speller, CEO of Speller Productions, CCO of Doubledown Cosmetics, and 11 year survivor of Domestic Violence, has taken her survivorship experience and used it out of silence, to better her community. She is the Co-Founder of Doubledown Cosmetics, an organic & non-gmo, plant based cosmetic brand. A portion of every proceeds is donated back to our Domestic Violence Community.

She is a 2015 Betty Fisher Legacy Humanitarian of the Year recipient on behalf of the Haven Hills Organization. She used cosmetics as a way to keep her job in corporate America due to wounds from the abuse, and in turn, created a non-toxic brand to eliminate neurological toxins for herself & other survivors. She, with her husband Marvin, created and founded The Glam Up Program, where they provide free makeovers to the Domestic Violence and Homelessness Communities of Los Angeles. As a Professional Musician, Kristen donates all of her music to various shelters in Los Angeles & across the country, where she advocates for those in shelters who want to work on legislation, to make permanent & vital change. Kristen’s advocacy through Domestic Violence, Homelessness, Addiction and Human Trafficking, continue to be her life’s work and mission. “We need the community to sustain an adult.”

One interesting fact about me: My first major in College was Mortuary Science & I learned to embalm bodies.

Evonya Easley

“Love E” Evonya Easley is a certified personal stylist and published author has over a decade of experience in personal styling and the fashion industry. She has worked with hundreds of clients to achieve their personal best including NY Fashion Week,TBS, Fox, HLN, CNN, MSNBC, Vh-1, and Disney just to name a few. She is also the founder and CEO of Styled by Love E, a personal styling on demand mobile app for busy professional men and women, where a personal stylist can be ordered to shop, deliver and style you; giving our clients the armor of confidence that a good wardrobe can provide. Our expert stylists bring unique pieces that can be paired with your staples, saving our clients time and making shopping convenient. Look good and feel confident at every size, stage and transition in your life. Evonya believes in empowering men and women through their wardrobe enabling them to show up as their most confident selves in their professional and personal lives.


Collete Ellis

  • Behavioral Health Coach & EFT-Tapping Practitioner
  • Start With Coaching / Tab with Libbie
  • Founder

Colette Ellis is the founder of Start Within Coaching and the creator of Libbie, a mental health chatbot for women of color. She has been a leader in the personal development and wellness industry for 15 years as a certified Stress Management coach and practitioner of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT-Tapping). Coach Colette specializes in working with marginalized leaders to prioritize their mental health and wellbeing through self-care, mindfulness, and resilience programs. She is committed to solving the lack of affordable, culturally competent mental health options for BIPOC women. Colette has been certified by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing in Mental Health First Aid and issues the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services in Trauma-Informed Care.

Fun Fact: I am a native New Yorker -- yes, we do exist! -- who was born and raised in the Bronx. My happy place is the beach, so you might see me riding on the ferry to Rockaway Beach on a summer day to be refreshed and reinvigorated by the waves. My motto is "Start Within to Finish Strong!"

Richard Brenner

  • Founder, Yoga Nidra with Rich
  • Owner, Highland Grounds Coffeehouse, Hugo’s Restaurants, and Hugo’s Tacos


Jasmine Blake Hollywood

  • Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist
  • CEO of Discover Your Greatest Self
  • Weight Loss and Thyroid Health
  • Digestive and Spiritual Nutrition
  • Business Website

Jasmine is a board-certified nutrition specialist granted by the American Nutrition Association, lives the Paleo lifestyle, is a life-long food expert, and nutrition author. Jasmine has lived a CAGED lifestyle, suffered from autoimmune thyroid disease for over 20 years (both Graves' disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis), and knows how difficult change can be. Because of this, her primary focus is to help people break free from their cage and feel confident about their lives and making new healthy choices. Why? Because Choices Are our Greatest Emotional Deterrent. Her areas of expertise are digestive nutrition, weight loss, thyroid health, anti-aging and skin health, alcohol dependence, and spiritual nutrition. With clinical nutrition as a healthy alternative, she aims to improve health and extend longevity.

Fun Fact: I love to travel!

Stephanie Fee Maschek

  • Certified Nutritionist
  • Nock Collaborative
  • Founder & CEO

For most of her adult life, Stephanie Fee Maschek worked tirelessly, ticking the boxes of outward success. But the wellness quick-fixes she’d try couldn’t make a dent in the chronic pain and stress she’d been carrying from years of unprocessed experiences and a disordered relationship with consumption. Diet after diet after weight loss program–and all she lost was confidence.

In 2015, newly divorced and immersed in a demanding career in the wine industry, a daily experience soaked in food and alcohol, she forged a new path to change. Through immersing herself in the science of nutrition and happiness and using nature and exploration for healing, she reshaped her life and built the framework for Nock programs.

During her journey, she came face to face with the problems that had kept her from creating the life she could feel calling her and learned how to remove herself from the diet cycle. Through it all, she repaired her relationship with consumption, released 70 pounds of unwanted body weight and transcended the traumatic experiences of her past. As she collected stories from people around the world who had faced similar obstacles, she found powerful solutions to help people get the outcomes they desire and leave diets behind.

Stephanie is a certified nutritionist of Precision Nutrition. She and the team at Nock Collaborative are on a mission to provide a fun, effective and ethical alternative to the 45 million people in the United States who participate in diet and weight loss programs each year.

Favorite Quote -“Wellness lacks laughter no more.”

Jennifer Champion

  • Doctor of Clinical Nutrition with an emphasis on Trauma-Sensitive
  • HeartMath, anxiety, depression, women's health, hormones, autoimmunity
  • NeoGenesis Nutrition for mentorship & Simplicity Nutrition for
  • Nutrition Services; Owner

Jennifer is a leading expert in nutrition and functional wellness and holds both board and state certifications in nutrition. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, her Masters in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, and her Bachelors in Psychology. Other nutrition and healthcare professionals sought Jennifer’s dissertation on PCOS for its cutting-edge treatment style and thorough research.

Fun Fact: I am also an avid artist and love working in acrylics, oil pastels and colored pencils.