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TOPIC: Black Youth Trauma

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Dr. Rosemarie Allen

Dr. Rosemarie Allen has served as a diversity, equity, and inclusion leader for over 40 years. She serves as the President and CEO for the Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence (IREE),

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Maya Ayres

Maya Ayres is 14 years old and attends Douglas County High School as a ninth grader involved in the International Baccalaureate Program.

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TOPIC: Reduce Reuse Rethink

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TOPIC: Rethinking Healthcare

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Heidi Baskfield

Heidi Baskfield works to improve systems that serve children. Heidi currently serves as the Vice President of Population Health & Advocacy for Children’s Hospital Colorado, a world class organization

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Ashley Cornelius

Ashley Cornelius is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) and is the manager of the RISE program at Denver Health, providing

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TOPIC: Poetry and the Voice of Black Women

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TOPIC: Busyness

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Khara Croswaite Brindle

Khara Croswaite Brindle is passionate about giving people aha moments that create goosebumps and catalyze powerful action.

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Michelle Gay

Michelle Gay, is a 6th degree Black Belt and karate Shihan (Master Teacher) and Six-time World Oyama Knockdown Karate Champion.
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TOPIC: Sexual Assault

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TOPIC: Comedy/Tragedy

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Mimi Hayes

Mimi Hayes is an American comedian, speaker, and author of “I’ll Be OK, It’s Just a Hole in My Head.” Hayes wrote

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Nancy Henson

Nancy Henson’s 30-year engineering career began at Rice University, where she earned her Electrical Engineering degree. Nancy has poured her

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TOPIC: Engineer Creativity

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TOPIC: Women Entrepreneurship

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Dr. Ali Hill

Dr. Ali Hill is a business leader, sociologist, emotional intelligence evangelist, and mom. Over the past two decades, she has run

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Sushmita Kirkland

Sushmita Kirkland is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in finance, fintech, technology and health care industries in America and Europe.

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TOPIC: Diverse Children's Books

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TOPIC: Defying Gravity

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Dixie Krystals

Dixie Krystals/ John White has been dazzling audiences for over 25 years. She trained in

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Kellie Lauth

Kellie leads the MindSpark team in disrupting the educational landscape by empowering educators and school leaders with robust,

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TOPIC: Disrupting Education

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TOPIC: Depression / Anxiety

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Andrea and Amelia LeClaire

Dr. Andrea LeClaire is married and a mother of 20 year old twins and two stepsons. She received her PhD in Nursing Health Care Systems in December 2020 from

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Kelly O’Connor

Kelly O’Connor, an elder rights and lifestyle advocate, has been outspoken in civil rights, women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ rights,

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TOPIC: New Aging

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TOPIC: Diverse Leadership

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Deepa Purushothaman

Deepa is the author of The First, The Few, The Only: How Women of Color Redefine Power in Corporate America which will be

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Haley Skiko

Hi my name is Haley Skiko and I am 21 years old studying Marketing and International Business with a Minor in Chinese

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TOPIC: Young Vulnerability

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TOPIC: Solutions to Anxiety in School

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Tessa Zimmerman

Tessa Zimmerman is the Founder and Executive Director of ASSET Education , a nonprofit organization that trains and equips educators with concrete tools

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