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Meet the TEDxMileHigh RECONNECT Speakers and Performers!

(And there’s more to come! Stay tuned for additional speaker and performer announcements!)

Francis Agyakwa

HE/HIM
Trauma Healing Expert X See Francis Speak

Talk therapy is a great way to heal from abuse, neglect, or abandonment. But some things are hard to talk about, especially when you’re a kid, and you’re still learning to talk! That’s where traditional therapies, like drumming, can help.

Francis Agyakwa is a first-generation Ghanaian immigrant, the father of two amazing boys, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. As a Trauma-Informed Specialist and certified Compassion Fatigue Trainer, he’s held various positions in child welfare, including nine years at the Denver Department of Human Services. His research-based therapeutic program, “Drumming Out Stress,” is deeply rooted in the traditional Ghanaian belief system of using music to drive off bad spirits and celebrate life.

KC Davis

SHE/HER
Home & Self Care Expert X See KC Speak

If you’re depressed, disabled, or grieving, keeping up with basic household chores like laundry, meal prep, and cleaning might seem impossible. That’s why we need a new, more compassionate approach to self and home care.

KC Davis is a licensed professional therapist, author, speaker, and founder of Struggle Care. KC Davis began her therapy journey at 16 when she entered treatment for drug addiction. Today, she teaches a compassionate and practical approach to self and home care for those dealing with mental health, physical illness, and hard seasons of life. Her methodology has attracted 1M+ followers on social media in less than a year. Her Amazon bestselling book, “How to Keep House While Drowning,” has sold 40,000+ copies. KC lives in Houston with her husband and two daughters.

Olga González

SHE/HER/ELLA
Nonprofit Leader X See Olga Speak

Too often, non-profits perpetuate white saviorism by providing services for a local community without engaging them as leaders or experts. Instead, we should follow the Promotora model.

Olga González has worked in the nonprofit sector for 28+ years. She is currently the Executive Director of Cultivando, a nonprofit that cultivates leadership in the Latinx community to advance health equity through advocacy, collaboration, and policy change. As CEO of O.G. Consulting Services, she facilitates trainings and workshops on equity, racial justice, and healing. Olga was born in Mexico and is the proud descendant of Indigenous Yaqui/Otomi people. She, along with her husband, is raising their children to be the next generation of fierce and compassionate social justice warriors.

Janet L. Marling

SHE/HER
Transfer Student Advocate X See Janet Speak

1 in 4 college students is a transfer student, but universities do little to support them, even though transfer students are disproportionately BIPOC, disabled, or low-income. If we want equity in higher education, we must rethink transfer.

Janet L. Marling, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS), an advocacy organization striving for equitable and inclusive accesses to higher education opportunities and resources for today’s diverse, mobile learners. She is leading the charge to develop a cadre Transfer Champions ready to challenge the status quo and improve the transfer student experience. Her proudest accomplishment is parenting three amazing children, Jackson, Cooper, and Andersen, alongside her rock, David.

Join us for TEDxMileHigh RECONNECT on August 6!