Minaa B. is a writer, licensed mental health professional and founder of Minaa B. Consulting, a mental health consulting practice that gives organizations the tools they need to develop psychological safety. Minaa is passionate about teaching people the importance of self-advocacy and community-care, and she does this by sharing insights, tips and advice on her popular Instagram page @minaa_b. Minaa currently resides in NYC, to learn more about her work visit www.minaab.com
Meghan O’Rourke is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness and The Long Goodbye, as well as the poetry collections Sun In Days, Once, and Halflife. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, and more. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, and a Whiting Nonfiction Award, she resides in New Haven, where she teaches at Yale University and is the editor of The Yale Review.
Meghan O’Rourke is a writer, poet, and editor. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness (2022); the bestselling memoir The Long Goodbye (2011); and the poetry collections Sun In Days (2017), which was named a New York Times Best Poetry Book of the Year; Once (2011); and Halflife (2007), which was a finalist for the Patterson Poetry Prize and Britain’s Forward First Book Prize.
O’Rourke is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Whiting Nonfiction Award, the May Sarton Poetry Prize, the Union League Prize for Poetry from the Poetry Foundation, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and two Pushcart Prizes.
Currently the editor of The Yale Review, she began her career as a fiction and nonfiction editor at The New Yorker. Since then, she has served as culture editor and literary critic for Slate as well as poetry editor and advisory editor for The Paris Review. Her essays, criticism, and poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and Best American Poetry, among others. She is a graduate of Yale University, where she also teaches.
Dr. Darien Sutton-Ramsey is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician currently working in Los Angeles, California. He was born and raised in New York City, where he spent most of his clinical work up until July 2020. He is a graduate of NYU School of Medicine and NYU Stern School of Business. Aside from his clinical practice, Dr. Darien has special interests in public health education as well as the intersection of racial inequities and healthcare disparities. He started his career with ABCNEWS in 2017 as a Med Unit Intern. Since this time, he has been a regular on-air contributor for Good Morning America – discussing all things health, including COVID-19, chronic illness diabetes, heart disease, obesity, as well as current events and interpreting new data and research. Dr. Darien is also known as a “professor of TikTok Medical school,” amassing more than 1 million followers through his education tutorials of disease
Stacy London is one of America’s foremost style experts. She is best known as the co-host of TLC’s iconic show, “What Not to Wear.” Following that success, she hosted and executive produced 3 seasons of “Love Lust or Run.” Stacy has written two books, Dress Your Best, which was published to stellar reviews, and The Truth About Style, a New York Times bestseller. In 2020, she hosted a podcast discussing mental health, Could Be Better, tbh, in collaboration with the Crisis Text Line and The Jed Foundation (JED). In 2021, Stacy became the founder and CEO of State of Menopause, a holistic product line for women which addresses the symptoms associated with menopause and perimenopause. In this new phase of her career, Stacy is doing what she has done her entire career as a stylist: help people from suffering silently, raise their confidence and self-esteem by alleviating external symptoms, and removing the shame that surrounds them.
Jenneh lives a full and fulfilled life, despite managing multiple chronic illnesses and surviving open-heart surgery. Her personal experience navigating the healthcare system as a Registered Nurse who was eventually diagnosed with Endometriosis along with several other debilitating conditions makes her uniquely qualified to support anyone navigating their imperfect journey. She is the founder of The Endometriosis Coalition 501(C)3 non-profit organization, author of Part of You, Not All of You, and subject of the Hillary Clinton/Rosario Dawson produced documentary, Below The Belt.
Liz is an award-winning journalist, international bestselling author and has been the executive producer and host of several critically acclaimed digital series at Vox Media and NBC News. She just made a podcast about freezing her eggs with Monica Padman and Dax Shepard and she co-hosts the Man Enough podcast with Justin Baldoni and Jamey Heath where they interview influential figures about their journey to manhood.
Her critically acclaimed book “For The Love of Men: a Vision for Mindful Masculinity” was featured in Vogue, Esquire, Playboy, ELLE Magazine, GQ, NPR, The Washington Post on Morning Joe and on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert.
She is the CEO of Liz Plank Productions and is a columnist for MSNBC and has been listed as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Mediaite’s Most Influential in News Media, and Marie Claire’s Most Powerful Women, and was named one of the World’s Most Influential People in Gender Policy by Apolitical. She’s built a loyal following across social media platforms, but her proudest accomplishment remains being blocked by the 45th president of the United States.
Liz regularly appears on national and international television programs to provide a perspective on politics, gender issues, and reproductive rights, including The Today Show, The Daily Show, MSNBC, CNN, ABC News, Fusion, Al-Jazeera America and BBC World. Through her activism and creative approach to journalism, Liz has made it her mission to elevate the voices of those who are often not heard. Before becoming a journalist, Liz worked at a community center for people with disabilities and was a researcher and behavioral science consultant at the London School of Economics, from which she holds a master’s degree in policy with an emphasis in global gender politics.
Plank…is a contributor of nuanced perspective and epic eye-rolls on MSNBC and CNN.
— Mattie Khan, ELLE
Amina AITai (pronounced AH-MIN-UH) is a holistic leadership and mindset coach, proud
immigrant and chronic illness advocate. A leading coach to notable female leaders and
impact-driven celebrities-Amina’s mastery is in connecting us to our brilliance and teaching us to
live and lead from it each day. As a woman of color of Iraqi descent, she often works with
marginalized communities to help them realize possibilities in a way that honors their particular
lived experiences. She’s known for her work around Aligned Leadership and supporting clients
in pivoting from Role Models to Whole Models (TM).
Amina’s signature program is a 3-month coaching container, The Radical Uplevel, designed to
help entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs radically uplevel their work and their lives. She is also the
creator of The Nourishment Journal, a personal development workbook where you can unearth
blocks standing between you and your dreams.
As a graduate of NYU with a degree in marketing and economics, she started her career with
luxury brands and worked for companies such as Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana and Vera Wang
before starting her agency.
She then went on to lead marketing for two wellnesscompanies-Spafinder Wellness and Bliss. After spending a decade grappling with a fast-paced career in marketing and two autoimmune diseases, Amina hit burnout. In hopes of healing her own life, she sought training in coaching, nutrition, fitness and mindfulness and her goal became
to teach others how to balance a thriving career, body and mind. She takes a holistic approach
to coaching examining any blocks in the mindset, in our bodies and in how we lead.
In addition to her business, Amina lead Coaching with Inspire Justice as their VP of Social
Impact Empowerment Coaching where she trained celebrities and media companies on how to
lead more equitably. She is also a Founding Guide for Chief, the largest and most prestigious
women’s leadership network in the country.
For her corporate work, Amina has partnered with progressive companies such as Deloitte,
Y&R, Outdoor Voices, NYU and HUGE. She’s an Entrepreneur Magazine expert-in-residence
and also contributes to Thrive Global and MindBodyGreen. Additionally, she’s been a featured
expert in Goop, Well+Good,New York Post, Yahoo, NBC, and more.
Dr. Gretchen Hawley is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist. Her work focuses on MS-specific exercises to help her clients improve strength, mobility, and independence. Dr. Gretchen shares her expertise in her online MS wellness program, The MSing Link, and uses social media to create more awareness around neuroplasticity exercises that can help individuals living with MS worldwide feel more confident & empowered.
Komal is a columnist for Fortune magazine and the founder of Karseva, a company focused on building individual, economic, and societal resilience through training programs, media production, and investing. She curates powerful experiences and conversations as an interviewer, business strategist, educator, investor, and champion for women globally, and for this work, was named to Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100 list.
Komal is the host of the talk show Lessons Learned, where she leverages her varied life and business experiences and background as a journalist to deeply connect with her guests and global audience on topics of resilience. A recent career highlight for Komal was interviewing former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama in front of an audience of 8,000 for Mrs. Obama’s Canadian stadium tour.
As a business strategist and resilience educator, Komal supports the leaders behind the brands, companies, and organizations you love to scale their revenue, impact, and protect their well-being as they work to transform the systems we live in.
Dr. Akilah Cadet is the Founder and CEO of Change Cadet, an organizational development consulting firm that offers services that support embedding anti-racism, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging into overall organizational identity and strategy. As a Forbes Next 1000 Entrepreneur, her work is behind some of the biggest brands you use everyday. Dismantling white supremacy through storytelling is at the core of her work as a leader, speaker, creative director, producer, writer, editor, and author. She lives in Oakland, CA, literally has all the degrees, celebrates her disability, is a proud Beyoncé advocate, and has an incredible shoe game.
Amy Keller Laird is the founder of Mental, the first mental health lifestyle platform for women. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health, EVP/Brand & Audience Development at Remedy Health Media (where she oversaw eight digital brands for people with chronic health conditions), and Beauty Director of Allure. Amy is a thought leader in health, mental health, wellness, and beauty, and has appeared as an expert on Today, Good Morning America, The Doctors, CNN’s HLN, and Entertainment Tonight. She has OCD, and has been named a Friend of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for her journalistic work in mental health.
Co-founder of Woops!, Actress, and Mental Health Advocate
I was born and raised in New Jersey and then attended the Pace University Lubin School of Business in NYC, where I studied Marketing and Finance. This is also where I met my husband 🙂 After working in advertising post-college, I quickly realized that the corporate world wasn’t for me. Soon thereafter, my husband and I, along with a few of our friends, started Woops!, a gifting company that specializes in french macarons! I also started a career in acting, which has always been my first passion.
Being diagnosed with OCD, an anxiety disorder, at the age of 13, I have had my share of mental health struggles. I am so thankful for my family and the support system I have today and am confident that with the right therapist, resources, and knowledge, healing and thriving are possible. I am grateful for Chronicon and for the wonderful community, it brings to us and the generations to come.
Mira Mariah is an artist and the creator of the brand Girl Knew York. Her work represents all she holds dear: beauty, human connection, girl culture, motherhood, glamor, romance and art history. Girl Knew York encourages its fans to redefine beauty on their own terms, and bring it into each part of their life – to be surrounded in joy as armor for when life looks grim. Girl Knew York works to make sure this attitude is not limited to those who fit into mainstream culture, but also supports parents, the disabled, all body types, genders, and minority groups. Most recently Girl Knew York has partnered with brands such as MeUndies, Squarespace and Sebastian (coming soon) on various products and campaigns to tell stories and ignite excitement. Girl Knew York just opened a gallery, gift shop and clubhouse in the iconic Rockefeller Center to connect art to her audience in real life through exhibits, classes and merchandise.
Mira Mariah’s following grew after debuting her single-line signature tattoo style which came from her training as a fashion illustrator at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). This unique look inspired a following of thousands from across the world that seek out her work for tattoos, art and merchandise. She still treasures tattooing as an intimate way to connect with her fans and explore art and the body. She is an artist, influencer, tattooist, advocate and mother living in Brooklyn and working out of Girl Knew York headquarters in Tribeca.
Tina was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 29, just as she was obtaining her Master’s degree and moving up in her career. She ultimately realized her current path was no longer supportive of her health and understood that her goals were now going to look different. Tina is learning what it means to thrive on her own terms by leaning into community and finding ways to work with her body instead of against it. She has been a Chronicon member since 2020 and leads the Career collective, where she creates content and hosts virtual events for members to find the support they need to navigate work while living with a chronic illness. In her free time, Tina enjoys reading, spending time with her husband and 5-year-old puppy, and finding the best coffee NYC has to offer.
Julia Stephanides is a Berkeley Law graduate who practices labor & employment law. She has represented dozens of workers in discrimination and harassment cases, including disability discrimination and medical leave retaliation cases. For three years, she worked for the Writers Guild of America, advocating for screenwriters in disputes with studios. Julia currently serves as Senior Counsel at RED Law, where she represents employees and executives in high-stakes employment matters, with a particular emphasis on disability and protected leave cases.
After experiencing chronic illness, Julia became passionate about holistic health and realized just how much American norms like rugged individualism, lack of emotional attunement, and hard-driving work culture cause and perpetuate health issues. She is knowledgeable about attachment theory, somatic practices, mindfulness, and healthy communication. In January 2023, she founded a consulting practice called Legally Holistic, which combines legal information with psychology to empower workers dealing with burnout, disabilities, and health issues.
Julia loves the forest, healthy cooking (especially from Danielle Walker’s cookbooks), gardening, her book club, spiritual practice, writing, design, and dance parties with her nephews.
Stacey Ballard is a dynamic, courageous, and passionate artist, utilizing her talents as a teacher, collaborator, and mentor. Art is Stacey’s passion. She educates and fosters self-expression in people living with chronic illness, building confidence and inspiring continued creativity in their lives. She has learned to use the creative process to support her well-being during her own treatment and healing.
As an organ transplant recipient living with chronic illness, she was once told by doctors that she may not survive. Stacey used art and the science of creativity to save her own life. She uses her knowledge of art, health, and meditation in her healing workshops for chronically ill adults and children allowing one’s inner artist to emerge.
Her lifelong love of art is evident in her workbook “The Fine Art of Waiting – Wellness through creativity.” This workbook was created to help you gain more insight into yourself, decrease your stress, and change your relationship to your illness and pain into one of transformation, possibility, and hope.
Karolina Kristina Chorvath is a Czechoslovak-American journalist, blogger and chronic illness advocate who has lived and reported in many countries. She is a lifelong “Spoonie,” and uses her platform to fight for access and inclusion for folks living with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Karolina is the author of “Self-Care for Spoonies: A Guide to Thriving with Chronic Illness.” Karolina is an Aquarius and former workaholic who loves all things fashion and beauty, as well as meditation and slow living.
Resistance Revival Chorus
Resistance Revival Chorus
The Resistance Revival Chorus (RRC) is a collective of more than 60 women, and non-binary singers, who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women’s voices. Chorus members are touring musicians, film and television actors, Broadway performers, solo recording artists, gospel singers, political activists, educators, filmmakers, artists, and more, representing a multitude of identities, professions, creative backgrounds, and activist causes. The RRC centers women in music, and addresses how historically marginalized women have been in the music industry.
Ellen Vora, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist, acupuncturist, and yoga teacher, and she is the author of the bestselling book The Anatomy of Anxiety. She takes a functional medicine approach to mental health—considering the whole person and addressing imbalance at the root. Dr. Vora received her B.A. from Yale University and her M.D. from Columbia University.
Dr. Rani Banik is America’s Integrative Eye Doctor. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained neuro-ophthalmologist with additional training in Integrative and Functional Medicine. Dr. Rani focuses on the root cause of eye diseases and uses integrative strategies for conditions such as dry eye, thyroid eye disease, macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, and other autoimmune diseases of the visual system. She also has a special interest in migraine with visual symptoms, multiple sclerosis, and eye stroke. Her treatments are based on nutrition, botanicals, lifestyle modification, essential oils, and supplements.
Dr. Rani runs a private practice based in New York City and is also Associate Professor of Mount Sinai in NYC, where she serves as an educator and researcher. As Principal Investigator of several clinical trials in diseases of the optic nerve, Dr. Rani uses cutting-edge approaches such as nanotechnology and gene therapy. Dr. Rani is frequently featured as an expert in the media and has been interviewed on Good Morning America, CBS, NBC, ABC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Fox, amongst many others. Dr. Rani has been voted as Castle Connolly Top Doctor and New York Magazine’s Best Doctor in Ophthalmology every year since 2017. Dr. Rani’s first book, “Beyond Carrots – Best Foods For Eye Health A to Z’ has won high praise from medical professionals in both the fields of ophthalmology and integrative medicine. “Beyond Carrots” focuses on the 30+ nutrients and 40 foods that best provide complete nutrition for your eyes. Dr. Rani has a companion cookbook as well, “The Beyond Carrots Cookbook”, which includes over 160 delicious and nutritious recipes that will be a feast for your eyes! Both are available via Amazon and Kindle in print and eBook versions.