Katherine, the Founder of ForLikeMinds, is an advocate, writer, and entrepreneur dedicated to promoting mental illness recovery and wellness. She is based in New York City. She was first diagnosed with major depressive disorder and then severe bipolar I disorder with psychosis over 15 years ago while in graduate school. She is in recovery. A first-generation high school graduate, Katherine has a BA, JD, and an MBA (Wharton). She is a qualified Barrister & Solicitor, New York Certified Peer Specialist-Provisional, and Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. She has worked as a lawyer, foreign legal consultant, and entrepreneur in Toronto, São Paulo, and New York City. Katherine also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, the largest affiliate of the leading mental health non-profit organization in the US.
Jay Brown is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Health Behavior Solutions, a digital therapeutics company with health apps currently in clinical testing and development aimed at improving health outcomes for individuals with mental health conditions. Jay is the Program Manager at Texas Health Catalyst, an initiative of the University of Texas at Austin’s Medical School designed to help faculty commercialize their intellectual property and community startups get connected to clinical partners. He previously managed an undergraduate program at UT Austin designed to help STEM students learn about entrepreneurial principles and get experiential learning with science-based market discovery and prototyping.
As an entrepreneur with lived experience with depression, Jay believes that it is important to share his story with others in order to normalize the condition. He volunteers with NAMI Austin to share his personal experience of living with depression with the community, and has led peer support groups for individuals living with depression.
Chris Molaro, named a top 10 transformational leader of healthcare and a finalist for EY’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ is the CEO and Co-Founder of NeuroFlow and on a mission to bridge the gap between mental and physical health. After five years of service and a tour of duty, he returned home to witness firsthand the devastating toll of an error-prone and inefficient mental health system in the United States. Afterwards, Chris went on to complete his MBA at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and launched NeuroFlow after graduating.
Chris is a regular speaker at numerous healthcare events, panels, and summits. Additionally, Chris has been a featured speaker for the American Psychological Association, Partners Health World Innovation Forum, interviewed on SiriusXM radio, NBC10, and in multiple healthcare and business focused podcasts, guest lectured at Penn’s Engineering school, and provided his expert opinion on CMS policies.
When Lucinda became her father’s caregiver at a young age, she struggled with the lack of resources available to her. Taking matters into her own hands, she created I Ally, an app for family caregivers that provides access to mutual aid, mental health services, financial & legal counsel, and peer support. She is a Founding Member of Tech Ladies, owns the social media marketing agency Got It Done Gal, and premiered a short film, Laura Point, at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Mrs. Koza is a committed advocate, speaker and thought leader on family caregiving, being a young caregiver, and the role of digital healthcare technology in transforming patient experience.
Quayce Thomas is the Founder of Timsle, a social accountability network he built after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and psychosis while studying architecture. Through Timsle, Quayce explores how data and technology, combined with the support of friends and family can help others with mental health disorders functionally overcome their illness as well. Quayce graduated from Carleton University’s Born Social Fellowship, University of Ottawa’s Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Leadership program, and interned at IBM Center for Advanced Studies. Although he is usually coding, he maintains his health through running and biking (even in Ottawa winters!).
Jesse is both a non-drinker and founder of The Mocktail Project, a mission based project helping to create a safer, more inclusive, stigma-free drinking culture. Jesse began his career in business consulting, helping streamline small business needs. In 2017, on his sobriety date, Jesse walked away from the comforts of his corporate life to start his newest journey in his professional career, The Mocktail Project.
In 2017, in conjunction with the start of his newly formed mission, Jesse traveled cross-country for more than two years. He achieved his goal of visiting all 48 lower states in early 2019. His personal goal during this time was to try new activities he once thought were impossible to do while sober. Professionally, he wanted to embrace new ideas and spark new conversations around sobriety and the alcohol-free community. Today, Jesse leads national campaigns in the alcohol-free community partnering with big spirit brands. This fall, The Mocktail Project will be introducing the first mobile mocktail bar in Bourbon Country. On 4.16.2020 Jesse celebrated six years of active recovery & three years since forming The Mocktail Project. In that time, The Mocktail Project has crafted and served more than 35,000 alcohol-free cocktails for those choosing not to imbibe.
Olivia Pennelle is a writer, journalist, and recovery activist. Her work has appeared in STAT News, Insider, Filter Magazine, Ravishly, The Temper, and Shondaland. She is the founder of popular site Liv’s Recovery Kitchen. She lives near Portland, Oregon.
At the age of 19 years old, Seth became severely addicted to heroin and other hard drugs. After three years and nine overdoses he decided he was going to get clean. After kicking this habit cold, he addressed the underlying emotional issues that spurred the addiction and never used again. That was 22 years ago. Seth Leaf Pruzansky was born with the ability to interpret profound wisdom from his soul. Throughout the course of his life he has learned how to masterfully articulate this knowing in a way that benefits those who are looking for real answers to the big questions in life.
Seth has spent countless hours in meditation since he was a child, including a “forced” and extended meditation retreat in federal prison. He has faced and survived severe opiate addiction, childhood bullying, chronic illness, financial collapse, and so many other hardships, eventually going on to thrive.
He has taken the development of his inner state and applied it successfully to the world at large through “conscious-preneurship.”
Co-owner/founder of Tourmaline Spring-the highest quality most ethically produced bottled water on earth. www.tourmalinespring.com
Co-owner/founder of the certified organic raw food snack company Living Nutz www.livingnutz.com
A soon to be published author of the book “The Fight to Enlight” and Editor of a blog dedicated to transforming human consciousness www.imawakenowwhat.com
Lisa Smith is an IACPRC Certified Recovery Coach, SHE RECOVERS® Coach, speaker, consultant, and former practicing lawyer and law firm executive. She is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Girl Walks Out of a Bar. The book recounts her descent into and recovery from “high-functioning” alcohol and cocaine addiction in big New York City law firms. Lisa’s story launched her to the forefront of the movement to advance wellbeing in the legal profession. She is passionate about smashing the stigma around mental health and substance abuse disorders so that more people are comfortable asking for the help they need. Lisa speaks frequently at law firms and other organizations on these issues. She consults with firms to structure and implement wellbeing initiatives that are both meaningful and practical. As a recovery coach, Lisa helps clients define and work toward achieving goals to support recovery and improve their personal and professional lives. She also co-hosts the podcast, Recovery Rocks, an inclusive discussion of issues affecting people in all kinds of recovery.
Dan Peres is the author of As Needed for Pain. He was editor in chief of Details for fifteen years, starting in 2000, when the title relaunched under his leadership. During his tenure, the magazine won many awards, including two National Magazine Awards. Before taking the editorship of Details, Dan spent nine years at W magazine, overseeing bureaus in Paris, London, and Milan. While in college, he worked as a copy boy at the New York Times and later as a research assistant at Esquire. He is the author of Details Men’s Style Manual. He lives in New York and has three sons.