You’re Invited To
Breaking the Silence: Empowering Minds, Transforming Lives Summit!

September 14th 2024

 
 2:00-3:00 pm, Registration & Meet Our Vendors

3:00-6:00 pm, Summit

*6:30-7:30pm, VIP Reception*

 

21st Century Group Expo Event Center

9200 Alaking Ct. Capital Heights, MD.

 

Breaking the Silence: Empowering Minds, Transforming Lives is a transformative mental health event that aims to break the stigma surrounding mental health and empower individuals to take control of their own well-being. Through thought-provoking discussions, inspiring stories, and interactive self-care strategies, this event creates a safe and supportive space for open conversations about mental health. Participants will gain valuable insights, practical tools, and resources to enhance their mental well-being and support others in their journey towards mental wellness. Join us as we come together to break the silence, raise awareness, and empower minds for a brighter future.

 

What You'll Learn

 

INCREASED AWARENESS

You will gain a deeper understanding of mental health issues and the impact they have on individuals and communities. Through thought-provoking discussions and interactive exercises, you will become more aware of the challenges faced by those with mental health conditions and the importance of breaking the stigma surrounding mental health.

 

 

PRACTICAL TOOLS AND RESOURCES

This event provides practical tools and resources to enhance your mental well-being. You will learn valuable strategies for managing stress, building resilience, and fostering positive mental health. From expert advice to self-care techniques, you will leave with actionable steps to implement in your daily life.

 

 

EMPOWERMENT AND SUPPORT

This event creates a supportive community where you can connect with others who have similar experiences or interests in mental health. By sharing inspiring stories and personal journeys, you will feel empowered to take control of your own well-being and support others in their mental health journey. This event fosters a sense of belonging and encourages open conversations, providing a safe space for individuals to express themselves without judgment.

 

Topics that will be covered:

 Breaking Barriers:  Exploring the Intersection of Sports and Mental Health (Panel Discussion)

 Empowering Change: Promoting Mental Health Advocacy for Youth (Keynote)

 

 Caring for the Caregivers:  Nurturing Mental Health in the Caregiving Journey (Keynote)

 Embracing Diversity:  Understanding Cultural Implications in Mental Health (Keynote)

 Behind the Scenes:  Supporting Professionals' Mental Health in High-Stress Environments (Panel Discussion)

Sponsorship Opportunity

PLATINUM

SPONSORSHIP

1 Reserved table (8 tickets)

Vendor Table

Press Release

in-depth news story

Appearance on Dr. Rhonda Wood digital radio show, Break the Silence

Appearance on Digital TV Show, Talk, Tea & Therapy

Free ad in the "Breaking the Silence: Networking Digital Book"

$1,000

 

GOLD

SPONSORSHIP

 Half table reserved (4 tickets)

 Vendor Table

 Press Release

 Appearance on Dr. Rhonda Wood

 digital radio show, Break the Silence

Free ad in the "Breaking the Silence: Networking Digital Book"

$750

SILVER

SPONSORSHIP

 2 tickets

 Appearance on Dr. Rhonda Wood digital radio show, Break the Silence

 Free ad in the "Breaking the Silence: Networking Digital Book"

$500

 

BRONZE

SPONSORSHIP

 2 tickets

 Free ad in the "Breaking the Silence: Networking Digital Book"

$250

 

Be Featured in our “Breaking the Silence: Digital Networking Book”

 Digital Book to be exposed to over 5,000 plus...  

  • $25- 1/4 page ad
  • $50- 1/2 page ad
  • $75 - full page ad

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Meet Your Hosts

MEET ADRIENNE

Emotional Wellness/Trauma Expert

Adrienne Wise, CEO of Wise Choice Counseling and Consulting Services, a global company that helps individual, corporate, and organizational leaders build courage, confidence, and connections through workshops, resources, education, and coaching. She mentors passionately, guiding her clients with results-proven strategies that promote a culture of staff wellness. She is a highly sought-after international keynoter, emotional wellness expert, and trauma-informed care specialist. She is widely regarded as one of the most influential voices in motivational speaking today. With over 15 years of professional experience in the behavioral health industry, Adrienne is now on a mission to impact audiences and train individuals, corporations, and organizations worldwide on how to eradicate stigma and build resilience, compassion, and mentally and emotionally healthy workplaces and environments.

MEET DR. RHONDA

Mental Health Advocate

Recognized as one of the most prominent voices for mental health advocacy, Dr. Rhonda M. Wood is an award-winning international keynoter, bestselling author, and a leading authority on mental health. Leveraging over 30 years of corporate experience, Rhonda impacts audiences with her mission to normalize and destigmatize mental health conversations.

In line with her unyielding passion for helping others, Rhonda serves as CEO of RMW Global Enterprises, a global movement on a mission to prioritize mental health and wellness. She is passionate about helping individuals and organizations worldwide create open, inclusive, and supportive cultures around mental health, so they are equipped to shatter mental health stigmas and embrace compassion, awareness, knowledge, and acceptance.

VIP HOLDER

As a distinguished VIP ticket holder, you will have an experience of luxury with unparalleled access to prime seating, an exclusive private reception graced by our esteemed speakers, and a bespoke concierge service dedicated to you. This extraordinary soirée will take place immediately following the summit's grand finale from 6:30-7:30pm.

Indulge in this once-in-a-lifetime experience curated exclusively for our VIP guests. Don't let this golden opportunity slip through your fingers.

 

Secure your coveted VIP ticket today!

PARTNER VENDOR

Showcase your products and services at this highly anticipated event. As a vendor, you'll have the chance to connect with a diverse audience of thought leaders, influencers, and engaged individuals who are passionate about making a difference. Set up your booth in our bustling vendor marketplace and captivate event attendees with your unique offerings. This is your chance to gain exposure, build meaningful connections, and expand your business network.

 

Reserve your vendor spot today!



The Speakers

SHAWN FAIR

Shawn Fair is the founder of the Leadership Experience Tour, the #1 platform for aspiring speakers in the United States. A coveted member of the Forbes Coaching Council, Shawn is one of the most sought-after corporate leadership and management consultants in the US, Canada, and Europe. He specializes in training corporate leaders on crucial topics, including mental health. Shawn’s expertise and impactful approach make him a highly respected figure in leadership development and corporate training.



DR. JACKIE KALLEN

Dr. Jackie Kallen, famously known as “The First Lady of Boxing,” has made history by breaking barriers as a female manager of world champion fighters. She has guided the careers of renowned fighters such as Thomas “Hit Man” Herns and James “Lights Out” Toney. Her trailblazing career and significant contributions to the sport have earned her a well-deserved induction into the 2024 International Boxing Hall of Fame. Jackie's pioneering spirit and dedication continue to inspire and pave the way for future generations in the world of professional boxing.



CHRISTOPHER
"CHAMPIAM" HAMPTON

Christopher C. Hampton, an award-winning international keynote speaker, bestselling author, and leadership expert, is celebrated as one of the most empowering and enthusiastic voices in motivational speaking today. His transformational principles for embracing greatness and achieving success have inspired audiences worldwide. Through heartfelt and authentic storytelling, Christopher touches hearts and inspires strength, resilience, and hope in the face of adversity. His message powerfully reminds us of the love we have for ourselves, the compassion we can show, and our ability to overcome even the most challenging circumstances.





DR. ROBIN K. BUTLER, CHBC

Dr. Robin K. Butler, Founder and CEO of Catalyst Consulting Agency, LLC, is an expert in human resources with over 25 years of experience in coaching and leadership development. She understands the vital connection between HR and individual well-being within organizations. Dr. Butler's dedication to fostering healthy workplace environments drives her mission to equip leaders with the necessary skills to thrive in an ever-evolving future. Her extensive knowledge and expertise make her a valuable resource for maintaining employee well-being and enhancing leadership capabilities.



LINDA DIAZ

Linda Diaz, a proud military veteran and devoted single mother, turned her profound grief into advocacy after the tragic loss of her 15-year-old daughter, Lauryn, to suicide following relentless bullying. This heartbreaking event propelled Linda into action, witnessing the impact of suicide attempts among Lauryn's friends. Determined to make a difference, Linda championed mental health legislation in Maryland, resulting in the passage of Lauryn’s Law (HB0947) in 2015 and HB0920 in 2017. These laws support Youth Behavioral Wellness Training in schools. Linda's unwavering dedication continues to inspire change and promote mental health awareness in her community.





DR. TYREESE MCALLISTER, LPC, CSOTP, CCTP

Dr. Tyreese R. McAllister is a renowned therapist, best-selling author, and international speaker with over 30 years of experience in emergency mental health. As an anti-gun violence advocate, she has dedicated her career to helping individuals in crisis and traumatic situations. Based in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, Dr. McAllister runs Clinical & Forensic Associates, Inc., where she serves as a licensed mental health therapist, consultant, and trainer. She specializes in training law enforcement and first responders on mental illness and best practices for interacting with high-risk individuals in mental health crises.





JONATHAN TATE

Jonathan Tate, a dedicated DC firefighter since 2012, knows the crucial importance of well-being in his high-stress profession. Inspired by the loss of his father, Jonathan was moved to fulfill his calling by founding Food on the Stove in September 2017. This organization is dedicated to enhancing the nutrition, fitness, and overall wellness of firefighters. Through his work, Jonathan tirelessly serves those who risk their lives daily, promoting a healthier and more resilient fire service community.





AVALAURA GAITHER,
MSW, LGSW

Avalaura Gaither is an internationally acclaimed Intuitive Consultant and Celebrity Transformational Life Coach, renowned for guiding individuals to embrace freedom and release limiting beliefs. Featured on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Potomac and in esteemed publications like Men’s Health and HuffPost, Avalaura is the author of the empowering Girl Live Your F*cking Life Guided Self Love Journal. With over 18 years of experience blending roles as a Licensed Social Worker, Reiki Master, and Wellness Expert, she empowers audiences worldwide through captivating keynote addresses and enriching podcasts. Avalaura’s holistic approach transforms lives, relationships, and businesses, making her a sought-after speaker at sold-out retreats and esteemed organizations.





DEON JONES

Deon Jones, a D1 athlete and trailblazer in his family, understands firsthand the unique challenges athletes face. As a Washingtonian and personal trainer at Elite Technique, Deon goes beyond fitness, prioritizing mental health alongside physical goals. His mission is to empower individuals from within, recognizing the profound impact of sports on mental well-being. With a commitment to making a difference both on and off the field, Deon inspires others to achieve holistic health and wellness through his dedicated advocacy and personalized training approach.



SHANDA SAMUELS

Shanda Samuels embodies strength, dedication, and a profound passion for mental well-being, education, and sports. A former D-1 athlete and proud mother to seven superstar student-athletes, Shanda nurtures their success in the sports world, including UConn standout Qadence Samuels. With a career highlighted by over 1,000 points and rebounds, and accolades such as Labette Community College's Player of the Year, Shanda champions balance and resilience for her children in the public eye. As a 4th-grade Math and Science educator, she instills these values daily. Shanda's commitment to family, mental health, sports, and education continues to inspire and uplift communities worldwide.





JOHN BODDIE

John Boddie is a distinguished Sports Business Consultant and Co-founder of ChiGivesBack, dedicated to uplifting Chicago and fostering community resilience. With extensive experience at the Chicago Bulls and DraftKings, John advocates for a holistic approach to sports and business, prioritizing the mental well-being of athletes and organizational brands alike. His multifaceted background underscores his commitment to community service and inclusive sports environments. A dedicated professional shaping the industry, John's unwavering advocacy and expertise aim to create a more supportive and thriving sports landscape, ensuring athletes thrive on and off the field.

 

SOWANIA GERMAIN,
LMHC, PMH-C

Sowania Germain is a distinguished Mental Health Counselor and Perinatal Mental Health Professional specializing in EMDR therapy. With over a decade of experience, she is renowned for her pioneering work in maternal mental health and commitment to culturally competent care. Sowania passionately supports women and families facing perinatal and postpartum mental health challenges, advocating for holistic wellness and inclusive support services. As a sought-after speaker, she shares insights on mental health care, cultural competence, and perinatal wellness. Holding advanced degrees and specialized certifications, Sowania is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of her clients and audiences alike.



ANGELA
HOOPER-MENIFIELD,
MPA, SPHR, SCP 

 Angela Hooper-Menifield, is a powerhouse in leadership and personal development as CEO of Menifield & Associates, LLC. With 28+ years in Federal Government, overseeing 4,000+ employees across 14 states, Angela earned acclaim for her transformative leadership. Now, she champions emotional well-being and growth through innovative strategies, empowering individuals and organizations to "Get Their ACT Together". Angela disrupts mindset patterns, accelerating growth with unparalleled expertise in leadership, performance, and awareness. Her mission is to foster careers and lives people love while prioritizing mental health—an unwavering commitment to personal and professional fulfillment.





SHANDA SAMUELS

Shanda Samuels embodies strength, dedication, and a profound passion for mental well-being, education, and sports. A former D-1 athlete and proud mother to seven superstar student-athletes, Shanda nurtures their success in the sports world, including UConn standout Qadence Samuels. With a career highlighted by over 1,000 points and rebounds, and accolades such as Labette Community College's Player of the Year, Shanda champions balance and resilience for her children in the public eye. As a 4th-grade Math and Science educator, she instills these values daily. Shanda's commitment to family, mental health, sports, and education continues to inspire and uplift communities worldwide.





JOHN BODDIE

John Boddie is a distinguished Sports Business Consultant and Co-founder of ChiGivesBack, dedicated to uplifting Chicago and fostering community resilience. With extensive experience at the Chicago Bulls and DraftKings, John advocates for a holistic approach to sports and business, prioritizing the mental well-being of athletes and organizational brands alike. His multifaceted background underscores his commitment to community service and inclusive sports environments. A dedicated professional shaping the industry, John's unwavering advocacy and expertise aim to create a more supportive and thriving sports landscape, ensuring athletes thrive on and off the field.

 

SOWANIA GERMAIN,
LMHC, PMH-C

Sowania Germain is a distinguished Mental Health Counselor and Perinatal Mental Health Professional specializing in EMDR therapy. With over a decade of experience, she is renowned for her pioneering work in maternal mental health and commitment to culturally competent care. Sowania passionately supports women and families facing perinatal and postpartum mental health challenges, advocating for holistic wellness and inclusive support services. As a sought-after speaker, she shares insights on mental health care, cultural competence, and perinatal wellness. Holding advanced degrees and specialized certifications, Sowania is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of her clients and audiences alike.



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