Since 2013, Voices of Leadership has fostered conversations with women leaders who have broken ground in entrepreneurship, innovation, social change and leadership to inspire community partners and students. Leaders share their experiences, stories and best practices to help you see and pursue your own leadership potential. This annual event also enhances curriculum and the educational experiences for students through student projects that align with course learning objectives and also incorporate the themes from the keynote address.
Voices of Leadership 2022: Diana Chao
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Mount Mary University
Moderated panel discussion will follow the keynote
Join us for a discussion on mental health with activist, Diana Chao. Diana is the Founder and Executive Director at Letters to Strangers, a global youth-run organization seeking to destigmatize mental illness and increase access to affordable, quality treatment. Diana speaks about youth mental health and her own experience with bipolar disorder, often integrated with slam poetry. Diana was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Award, named a Global Teen Leader, and was the sole American chosen for the 2019 Global Changemaker title.
About our Speaker
Diana Chao is a first-generation Chinese-American from Los Angeles who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 13-years-old. She is a suicide attempt survivor and suicide loss survivor. In her darkest moments, she discovered healing through writing. Adopting the motto “writing is humanity distilled into ink,” Diana shares with audiences aspects of minority mental health from what it was like growing up below the poverty line with parents who didn't speak English to the power that even the smallest acts of kindness have had on her life. She also focuses on in-depth, actionable mental health education that can be used to support oneself and each other. Diana founded Letters to Strangers as a high school sophomore, a global youth-for-youth mental health nonprofit impacting over 35,000 people on six continents. In her free time, Diana is a counselor for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and the Crisis Text Chat. The most rewarding experiences always involve empowering young people – no matter where, no matter who.
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