Topic: Mental Health and COVID
Awanya L Caesar RN.BSN a Durham Native currently a 30-year employee at Lincoln Community Health Center. She’s dedicated her career to helping the women and men of the community get the best health care possible regardless of their ability to pay. Most days are spent offering breast health education and outreach to the community. Since 2013 Caesar has managed the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control and Susan G. Komen grant programs that provide breast and cervical screenings free and or at a reduced cost to the uninsured and underinsured population. She helps patients navigate through the entire health continuum process from screening to post-treatment support. In 2013 she received the SPIRT TO IMPACT award from Susan G. Komen which is given to a community organizer that is making an impact in their community by being a catalyst for change and sharing the Komen message. Caesar facilitates a breast cancer and prostate survivor support group and collaborates with Duke Health with the annual Men’s Health Initiative program.
Caesar understands Knowledge is Power and is dedicated to making sure the community has the information needed to make the right health choices.
William Jennette, Jr.
Topic: Physical Fitness
William Jennette, Jr. of See It Through Fitness LLCLC is from Apex, NC. He attended North Carolina Central University and studied Recreational Therapy. He worked as a Program Specialist for Mature Adults at Durham Parks and Recreation after graduation. His passion is to work with mature adults, youth, and individuals with special needs.
Toney Green, Jr.
With 10+ years in the banking industry Tony Green, Jr. saw the need to help people with their personal credit. Green has spent the last 5 years helping people change their lives by changing their credit through United Credit Education Services. Over the years he has helped people across the country take their buying power back and go from renters to homeowners and go from denied to approved with financial and credit education programs.
Topic: Black Social-Emotional Learning Matters
Kristen Hopkins is an author, international speaker, and social entrepreneur dedicated to the holistic development of youth, young adults, and professionals.
As the Founder and CEO of the Dream it. Own it. Master it. Foundation, Dangers Of The Mind, LLC and Kristen Hopkins Global, located in Durham, NC. Hopkins has developed and implemented culturally responsive Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curricula, programs, Less Talk More SEL Community Forums, and resources in schools, not-for-profits, and corporate organizations. She has brought her teachings to school districts in Haiti, Ghana, and cities across the United States of America. Kristen has developed and pioneered much of her research between Durham, NC, and Washington, DC.
Hopkins is an esteemed author of multiple books, curricula, and an intervention kit for in-school suspension and youth detention centers. She has also established a lifestyle brand, a virtual coaching practice, a clothing line, and a team of brand ambassadors who advocate for the DOM movement daily.
A fierce visionary, pioneer and thought leader, Hopkins is often acknowledged for her contributions to the field of educational entrepreneurship. In 2016 she became a recipient of the “30 Under 30 Award for Women of Excellence in Leadership”. Kristen and her company serve on CASEL's providers council with other top Social-Emotional providers around the nation. She also was a guest panelist on the Inaugural International SEL day in March 2020.
Kristen has been a guest speaker at Philips Arena STEM WARS, World Congress Center, and the 50th Anniversary for the Boys and Girls Club of America to name a few. Kristen looks to continue her mission to empower others through SEL and be the voice of culturally responsive social-emotional resources for disadvantaged youth of this generation and beyond.
Jason R. Redmond M. Ed is the CEO/President/Principal Agent for Infinity Benefits Group Inc. Infinity Benefits Group Inc is an independent insurance agency with AAA.
Maya Jackson & Beverly Williams
Topic: Cradle to Classroom: Durham's Early Childhood Supports
Maya Jackson is the Founder, Executive Director, and a Full Spectrum Doula of Mobilizing African American Mothers through Empowerment (MAAME) and Beverly Williams is the Technical Assistance Manager at the Child Care Services Association. Jackson and Williams will speak about maternal health and early childhood education programs and initiatives in Durham County, including MAAME’s doula services and universal and Durham Pre-K programs.