Wellness

Disruptors

THIS ISN'T  YOUR TYPICAL WELLNESS CONFERENCE.

 

Wellness Disruptors is a one-day conference and health fair with the goal of diversifying the face of wellness, elevating outliers in the wellness community, creating a space where wellness is accessible and universal, and exploring the impacts of wellness on the health of the planet. We’ll bridge together leaders from various sectors, ages, and walks of life, in order to learn and build a more diverse wellness community in Pittsburgh and beyond.

 

the    

Health

Fair

In conjunction with the Wellness Disruptors, we are hosting a Health + Wellness Fair. 
 

Booth Activation Time(s):


12:30PM - 1:30PM: preview for conference attendees


5PM - 7PM: free & open to the public

Interested in Vending?


 

 

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ANDRE'S BEST / BLAKE ADAMSON / CAMMILLE / DJ CANOPY / DELORA PLANK / BELL HARRIS / NADINE BELMONT /

DJ LACI GREY / DJ WILKIE / GYLES D /

AXEL WRAY / ORSON BECKETT / DJ SHERRI / MUFFA LIVE / DJ SHORTCUT /

LOVED UP SOUNDSYSTEM / BINGO T / AARON BAILEY / ABSTRACT MATERIAL LIVE / ADRIANA X

 

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Rosie of Ceremonies:

Ta'lor Pinkston

Ta'lor Pinkston, MSW, aka The Heart Advocate, is a certified Self-love Coach who is dedicated to heart of every woman. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work at California University of Pennsylvania and founded LADYHOOD journey, LLC in 2015. She is a mompreneur, inspirational speaker, body-positive model, blogger and poet. LADYHOOD journey provides one-on-one coaching sessions that focus on the 10 branches of self-love, women empowerment and healing. She has a virtual support group for women + femme called The H.O.E. Truth (Healing Over Everything™) who are seeking support in every life transition in womanhood and motherhood. 

Keynote Disruptor:

Andrea Murdoch

Chef Andrea Murdoch is an Andean Native born in Caracas Venezuela. Murdoch is using food to trace her own culture while educating the public about the expansive world of Indigenous food systems. After being classically trained as a pastry chef at The Culinary Institute of America, Murdoch started exploring Indigenous flavors and origins independently for her business Four Directions Cuisine, LLC which she launched in Denver, CO November 2017. The four main pillars of her business are sourcing locally, sourcing Indigenously, education, and community work. In Murdoch’s interpretation of Indigenous cuisine, she starts cultural conversations and serves up her personal experiences in the form of food.

LIVING IN MULTIPLE WORLDS: A TALK & DEMO

Andrea is an adopted Andean Native from Caracas, Venezuela and often describes her life experience as “living in multiple worlds.” Woman in a man’s world. Person of color in a white world. Indigenous woman in a colonizer’s world. Adopted child in a biological world. In the field of health and wellness, Andrea believes we need to look at the whole person, not just certain aspects of the person. Wellness needs to transcends barriers by recognizing healing modalities that aren’t often considered healing tools. Food and culture are two of Andrea’s medicines. Join her for an open conversation about how culturally appropriate foods have served as healing tools for complex PTSD, grounded and rooted her work in social justice, and of course nourished her body and mind.

The Wild Rose Collective will also be hosting a private dinner with Chef Andrea Murdoch in conjunction with Community Kitchen PGH. More details coming soon!

Keynote Disruptor:

Jennifer Sterling

Jennifer Sterling is a black woman. She is also a Registered Dance/Movement Psychotherapist and the creator of The Bodyful Healing Project, an initiative that offers support and resources to black women living with depression. Having witnessed the adverse effects of oppressive systems on black women in her community and through her own lived experience, Jennifer has made it her mission to help reduce the stigma around mental illness within black communities, as well as educate others on the effects of oppression on black women's bodies. 

DEAR STRONG BLACK WOMEN: USING MOVEMENT TO BREAK FREE FROM THE BINDS OF OPPRESSION

Slavery, Jim Crow, and modern day institutionalized racism are all systems of oppression that have historically affected black women and continue to affect black women today. While black women are strong and beautifully resilient, there's no escaping the long-term mental health effects of oppression, like depression. This presentation will explain how oppression affects black women's mental health and how dance/movement psychotherapy can be used to combat its effects and encourage healing.

Will Your Employer Support Your Attendance?

Wellness Disruptors is about more than "wellness." It's a day full of inspiration for personal and professional growth. Investing in this experience is an investment in your career and of huge benefit to your employer. We encourage you to ask for your employer's support, which is why we created a letter you can download and use as a template for your request.  

 

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Lil' Disruptors

On-Site Childcare for Children Ages 3-10 (must be potty trained)

Photo Cred: Laura Petrilla

We never want childcare to stand between you and attending one of our events. More than just childcare, Lil' Disruptors is a day of programming for the little ones brought to you by Farm to Table PA. We're asking for a donation of $35 per child to help us raise money to get girls on skateboards. However, if this is cost prohibitive, please reach out. We can work with you.

Earlier this year, we partnered with Shred Your Fears, a skateboarding workshop for womxn by Rosie & Rising Women alum, Maya Henry. We felt so empowered by shredding our fears, and we want to pass that feeling to underprivileged girls. All the proceeds from our childcare fees will be donated to Trash to Thrash, a non-profit that inspires young people to pick up a skateboard and explore the world creatively.

 

TtT keeps kids' bodies and brains active by taking trashed skateboards, teaching kids how to fix them up and skate as a form of self-expression. Along the way, they’ll pick up creative skills to keep them engaged and creative off their decks. Together, we can empower youth to become community leaders and mentors to a new crop of skaters, thus continuing the cycle: create, skate, cultivate.

Childcare signup is part of the ticket purchasing process. 

Nancy A. Kennedy, Psy.D., is the Director of Training for the AGH Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship.  Dr. Kennedy is a graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program and Allegheny General Hospital Internship Program.  She is a licensed psychologist and a member of the National Register. Dr. Kennedy was the Associate Director of Training for the pre-doctoral internship training program at Allegheny General Hospital prior to being named the Director of Training in 2016.  Dr. Kennedy has served on the executive committee of the Department of Psychiatry for the past 20 years. She has extensive experience in inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital and IOP settings with adults. Her areas of interest include psychotherapy with groups and personality disorders.

Nancy A. Kennedy

Moderator: Health for Everybody

Panelist: Health for Everybody

Tonja Ayala

A naturally competitive person, Tonja Ayala started competing in sports at the age of eight. As a nationally-ranked martial artist, Tonja won the U.S. Open twice and the Battle of Atlanta. In 1994, she won a Gold Medal in Karate at The Gay Games in NY. At the age of 53, Tonja won a silver medal for weightlifting at The American Open. Professionally, Tonja has coached volleyball at the collegiate and club level for 22 years, has been a Certified Personal Trainer for over 30 years and most recently, she became a USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach. She is the Owner and Trainer at Team Active LLC where she trains clients of all ages and abilities for sports performance, functional training, and injury rehabilitation. Tonja’s passion for athletics extends beyond her own achievements – to helping others find joy and reward through fitness. When she is not training clients or competing, you can find Tonja with her wife and two dogs eating ice cream and enjoying the outdoors.

Rachel Kallem Whitman is a freshly minted doctor, educator, self-advocate, and writer who has been shacking up with bipolar disorder since 2000. Through raw, honest, and emotional storytelling Rachel seeks to narrate her own journey, navigate her own recovery, and kindle hope for those impacted by mental illness. A reader once emailed her to say that the most beautiful words in any language are "you are not alone." This sentiment drives Rachel’s mission to create a safe community to empower individuals to look beyond their illness to find themselves. Her speeches, interviews, and writings have garnered acclaim locally in Pittsburgh, across the United States, and internationally. More at: medium.com/@RKallemWhitman

Rachel Kallem Whitman

Panelist: Health for Everybody

Panelist: Health for Everybody

Gretchen White

Gretchen White is the founder of  “I AM” The Face Of Project. The non-profit focuses on those who society deems the underdogs - people who have invisible diseases and invisible “limitations.” Diagnosed with chronic migraines, chronic pain, and recently Parkinson’s, Gretchen knows this label well but has turned her story into a positive force. “I AM” The Face Of Project documents the stories of people who want to be recognized by their beautiful faces, not their “limitations.” She is currently working on a book to share the faces and stories of individuals with Parkinson’s (coming December 2019). Gretchen will graduate from Mid-America Christian University in January 2020 with a degree in Psychology with honors and plans to return to graduate school to receive her Master’s in Psychology for Mental Health. Gretchen also holds various certifications in Theology and runs a small stationery business from her home.

"The Social Impact of Avocado Toast"

April Reigart

April Dawn Reigart started her holistic health journey in college. While obtaining a Master of Fine Arts Degree, she took a job as an assistant chef for a health-conscious catering company. She spent ten years in higher education, while simultaneously completing several macrobiotic cooking internships and working as an assistant to a private holistic chef specializing in macro, vegan, paleo, ketogenic and SIBO diets. She received her certification from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2013. Since then, she has helped clients reclaim their health from the clutches of the commercial food industry. With a love for writing, she has shared her vast nutrition knowledge through a newsletter, blogging, articles and her first book, Dinner Rush: A Busy Parent’s Guide to Better Nutrition (with recipes). April is a Philadelphian, but can currently be found riding bikes with her son and eating California-grown avocados in moderation.

Susan M. Amorose, DMQ, RMT, holds a doctorate in the Ancient Chinese practice of Medical QiGong [chee-kung] and is a clinical practitioner, certifying instructor, curriculum designer and speaker for integrative healing and alternative therapies, including Reiki, QiGong, Yin Yang theory, Sacred Geometry, oils, essences and meditation. Susan is a certified Reiki Master Healer and certifying Teacher of the Usui Shiki Ryoho System. Combining proven approaches of the East and West, Susan founded Conscious Café, a forum dedicated to enhancing a more conscious workplace and community. Her most recent Far Eastern travels have included Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore.

Susan M. Amorose

Moderator: Rest, Ritual & Mental Health

Panelist: Rest, Ritual & Mental Health

Lisa Grazan

As a graduate of Allegheny College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Lisa Grazan is a writer, author, attorney and natural health advocate. She holds a Doctor of Naturopathy degree from Trinity School of Natural Health and she is also a Certified Natural Health Professional. Lisa has studied Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine extensively and the influence proper diet and lifestyle have in reversing disease. With experience in both the worlds of Law and Natural Medicine, Lisa now focuses her efforts on educating people about the safety and efficacy of natural approaches to healing disease and achieving vibrant health. Her book, The 5 Wellness Archetypes: Reveal Your Personality, Master Your Health, launches this month. 

Jacqueline is a licensed professional counselor whose passion is to walk alongside others as they embark on their healing journeys; specifically those who struggle with substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and trauma-related issues.

 

When she isn't raising her two very young children, she enjoys freelance writing, photography, snowboarding, spending time with friends and family, and leisurely strolls with an ice cream in hand.

Jacqueline Rech

Panelist: Rest, Ritual & Mental Health

Panelist: Rest, Ritual & Mental Health

Debra Whittam

Debra Whittam, MSEd, LPC, CCDPD, CAADP, CT, IC&RC, is a licensed professional counselor specializing in anxiety, depression, addiction and grief with experience in addictions treatment in an outpatient and inpatient setting. She published her first book, Am I Going To Be Okay? Weathering the Storms of Mental Illness, Addiction and Grief in March of 2016 and most recently published Everything That’s Been Waiting. She facilitates two support groups, “Pleaser’s Club” which deals with people saying ‘yes’ when they really mean ‘no’ and “Grief Club.”

Peachie was born and raised in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District in 1964, the same year that the Civil Rights Act was signed into law. Her first memory of community, was the National Guard occupation of her neighborhood following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April of 1968. She was born into a revolution, and it continues to inform who she is today.

 

Peachie is also a U.S. Air Force veteran, a fairy godmother, a wife, teacher, closet comedian, counselor, straight shooter, life coach, and self-sufficiency (aka a get-your-life-together) expert. She is the mother to her children LaLa and Cameron, better known to his fans as Wiz Khalifa. Her favorite role to date is being “OG” to her grandson, Sebastian.

 

Peachie believes we have a duty to leave the world better than we found it. She strives to serve and support women, especially, and their families to pay forward the incredible modeling and support she’s received in her life.

Peachie Wimbush-Polk

Panelist: Rest, Ritual & Mental Health

Moderator: What's The Deal With Death?

Evelyn Allan

Evelyn Allan graduated from the school of Social work at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 with her MSW. Evelyn is a Licensed social worker, hoping to complete her LCSW this October. Since 2008, Evelyn has been working with children whom are dealing with debilitating disorders and need help navigating the behavioral health system to receive the appropriate supports.  In 2018 her work became even more personal when her 3-year-old son was diagnosed with autism. Evelyn’s goal is to advocate for those and their families who need a louder voice. Evelyn is a full-time social worker for Hospice and part of INELDA (International End of Life Doula Association), after seeing death first hand for many years her hope is to broaden the end of life experience for the dying by fulfilling and facilitating their goals on their terms rather than societies with dignity and compassion. 

Jennifer Collins is a writer living her best life despite her diagnosis of stage four metastatic breast cancer. Married to her very own Superman, she is also Mom to two amazing kids. When she received her terminal diagnosis, she traded a hectic life as a business owner for a new life of chasing sunsets, baking cookies, and spreading joy through writing. Her blog LifeConfetti is all about faith and inspiration. She knows her hourglass is no longer top-heavy so she enjoys every moment and focuses on what really matters. She wants to spend the rest of her days teaching others to stop dwelling on the bad stuff. She believes a cup of hot tea soothes the soul and loves reading and all things chocolate and peanut butter. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends but her pet peeves are miserable people, wet sleeves, and cluttered counters.

Jennifer Collins

Panelist: What's The Deal With Death?

Panelist: What's The Deal With Death?

Carrie McCann

Carrie McCann is a facilitator, yoga instructor, and creator.  Carrie found her way into the wellness industry after navigating a health scare and wanted to be a part of helping people explore what holistic health can feel like. While becoming a certified Integrative Nutrition Coach, she was also re-learning her body and reconnecting to her spiritual and emotional self through her yoga practice. She eventually went on to become a certified yoga teacher through YogaRoots on Location’s 200 hour, anti-racist, trauma-informed Raja Yoga teacher training.  Carrie’s background in social work blends well with her explorations into yoga, plants, and syncing with our natural seasons and cycles. She believes that small changes can make big change and enjoys holding space for people to care for themselves, rest, move, and create.