NWC 2019 Keynote Presenters
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We're excited to announce the following keynote speaker lineup for NWC 2019! Gather with fellow attendees for informative, engaging, and inspiring keynote presentations.


Ken Nwadike
Free Hugs Project

Tuesday, October 1 | 8:30 - 10 a.m.

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Creating safe and inclusive communities begins with how civil we are towards our fellow men and women. As a keynote speaker, Ken shares stories of de-escalating intense confrontations on the front-lines of riots and protests. He describes ways that peacekeeping principles can be used proactively in the workplace and community to prevent heightened situations from occurring. The keynote inspires people to be more supportive and respectful towards one another. Restoring civility in America improves the way we treat our families, coworkers, and people within our communities. Ken has received numerous awards from law enforcement agencies and community groups for his peacekeeping efforts during uprisings.

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Ken E. Nwadike Jr is a peace activist, inspirational speaker, and video journalist popularly known as the Free Hugs Guy. Ken is the founder of the Free Hugs Project, which gained popularity as Nwadike made major news headlines for his peacekeeping efforts and de-escalation of violence during protests, riots, and political rallies. Ken was featured in Google's 2016 Year in Search video as a highlight among some of the year's most defining moments and he has made many appearances on news programs, including CNN, USA Today, Good Morning Britain, and BBC News.


Anna Yusim
Founder, Upper East Side Psychiatry
Lecturer, Yale Department of Psychiatry

Wednesday, October 2 | 8:30 - 10 a.m.

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Through an exploration of clinical cases, scientific research, practical exercises and personal examples, this presentation will explore the science of spirituality, including spirituality’s role in mental health. As Anna Yusim leads us on this journey, you will also learn simple but powerful Breath-Body-Mind-Spirit techniques you can use in your life and with clients to improve physical and mental health.

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Dr. Anna Yusim is a Stanford- and Yale-educated, internationally recognized psychiatrist based in Manhattan. On the Clinical Faculty at Yale, Dr. Yusim is the best-selling author of the book, Fulfilled, which was named in the 23 Life-Changing Books by Forbes Magazine. She has lived, worked and travelled to over 50 countries, published over 100 articles on various topics in mental health, and helped over 1000 people live happier, more meaningful life.


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