Join us this Thursday, May 28, 3-4 p.m., EST, for “AnitaB.org presents: Managing Mental Health During Uncertain Times” a virtual conversation hosted by AnitaB.org President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson.
Brenda Darden Wilkerson
AnitaB.org President & CEO
Brenda Darden Wilkerson is an advocate for access, opportunity, and social justice for underrepresented communities in technology. She currently serves as the President and CEO of AnitaB.org, an organization that connects, inspires, and strives for greater equality for women technologists in business, academia, and government. She founded the original Computer Science for All program, building computer science classes into the curriculum for every student in the Chicago Public Schools, and serving as the inspiration for theObama administration’s national CS4All initiatives.
Ananya Cleetus, Founder of Anemone
Ananya is a rising senior in Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As someone who has struggled with mental illness for most of her life, she understands the importance of digital tools to manage mental health. She is the founder of Anemone, the world’s first complete crisis app for people experiencing mental health emergencies. She is also a member of the Mental Health America Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council and has given a TEDxUIUC talk about her personal journey as a college student with a mental illness. At her university, she is actively involved with mental health chapters such as Active Minds and leads many policy initiatives on campus, especially in engineering and computer science. She wants to focus on improving mental health awareness, especially among minority groups, and promoting higher education faculty training. Ananya has also been recognized by the White House, Mayor of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Science Awards for her work in computer science and robotics. She was recently awarded by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications for her mental health app. When she’s not coding or tinkering around, Ananya likes to make memes and bake pecan pies.
Christina Villarreal, Advanced Certified Personal and Executive Coach
For more than a decade Dr. Villarreal has coached top-tier organizational leaders across the Bay Area’s diverse tech community through high stakes transitions and challenges in their work and life. Herexecutive coaching style incorporates evidence-based practices from peak performance psychology, cognitive behavioral design and criticalcommunication skill acquisition.She is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and Hult International Business School teaching psychology and leadership. She provides professional development training for underrepresented minorities in tech at companies like Slack, Box and Google, and venture funds like Kapor Capital, Camelback Ventures and Alpha Bridge Ventures. Success outcomes for participants include promotions, salary and title increases, high visibility speaking engagements and new team management opportunities. Dr. Villarreal’s professional experience is multidisciplinary, spanning across leadership performance training, cognitive neuroscience, clinical and organizational psychology. She earned aBachelor’s degree in Psychology from Emory University, a Master’s Degree from the University of San Francisco in Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, with specializations in Behavioral Medicine, Cognitive Neuroscience and Personality Assessment. She is an Advanced Certified Personal and Executive Coach (ACPEC) through the College of Executive Coaching, with expertise in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Leadership Management.She is a board member of Adelante Juntos,a podcast featuring the stories of Latinx executives, for emerging Latinx leaders.
Jaime-Alexis Fowler, Founder and Executive Director of Empower Work
The founder and executive director of Empower Work, a national nonprofit on a mission to build healthier, more equitable workplaces. Empower Work’s confidential, immediate SMS hotline is the first for workers, blending emotional and tactical support for workers at critical moments. She’s a seasoned leader with a track record of building agile, high-performing, healthy teams. She’s led marketing at a $100M reproductive health international NGO, run operations for a national post-abortion counseling nonprofit, overseen marketing at Code for America, and launched an investigative newsroom. Her work has been featured in NPR, TechCrunch, Slate, Fast Company, and Forbes. Jaime-Alexis frequently speaks and writes about building healthy workplaces where employees are valued and empowered, social entrepreneurship, and the future of work. She’s a graduate of Vassar College with an MA from the London School of Economics.