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Donations will be accepted online through 10/26.
Event Location: Online!
Event Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020
Event Times: 11am - 12:30pm Pacific Time
Fundraising Goal: $50,000
Event registration closes at 3pm PT on 9/25. You must sign up to receive the virtual event login link.
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Dena is an aspiring author who strongly values service and empathy. She is originally from Southern California, but feels equally at home in Chicago, where most of her eating disorder treatment took place. Dena shares her personal journey online in hopes of raising awareness and lessening isolation for individuals living with chronic physical and mental illnesses. Her work has been featured in Women's Health magazine, Self magazine, HelloGiggles, and HerCampus. The things that make her most happy are painting, writing, and dogs.
Karla Mosley currently portrays Maya Avant Forrester on "The Bold and The Beautiful" - the first transgender lead character on broadcast TV (NAACP Image Award Nomination, 3 GLAAD Awards for the story). Co-creator and star of "Room 8" for CBS.com. Other TV/Film: Angel From Hell, Hart of Dixie, TLC-Discovery Kids’ Hi-5, Law & Order: CI, Gossip Girl, Guiding Light and Burn After Reading. Theater: Expatriate (Culture Project), Travlin' (NYMPH), Dreamgirls with Jennifer Holliday (TUTS, The MUNY), Sophisticated Ladies with Maurice Hines (Arena Stage), Judgment of Fools and How To Raise a Freeman (Ammo). Karla is the Philanthropic Director of Ammunition Theatre Company, and co-founder of 1:1 Productions which champions women of color in front of and behind the camera. She also serves as an Ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).
Ragen Chastain is a speaker, writer, and thought leader in the fields of Body Image, Health at Every Size, Athletes at Every Size, Corporate Wellness, and Fat Activism. She is the author of the blog DanceswithFat.org, the book Fat: The Owner's Manual, editor of the Praeger Anthology "The Politics of Size," and co-founder of the Fit Fatties Forum and Fat Activism Conference. Ragen has set the stage on fire around the world including at Google Headquarters, Dartmouth, MEDA, and Cal Tech, and on screen in films including Fattitude, America the Beautiful 2, A Stage for Size, and the PBS Independent Lens film Ragen’s More Cabaret. She is an ACE Certified Health Coach and Functional Fitness Specialist, three-time National champion dancer, triathlete, and two-time marathoner who holds the Guinness World Record for Heaviest Woman to Complete a Marathon. Ragen is also an Ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner and their two adorable dogs, and is training for her first (and only!) IRONMAN triathlon.
A motivational speaker and brawn model, Ryan has been educating audiences about body image and binge eating disorder since his own diagnosis in 2015. Passionate about raising awareness of binge eating and body image issues as an Ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association, he has shared his story with the Today Show, Huffington Post, and Teen Vogue, among other outlets. An LGBTQ+ man living in a larger body, Ryan also speaks to teens about masculinity, identity, and body confidence. He is currently working on a book about his and other men's experiences learning to eat mindfully and love themselves just as they are. You can find Ryan on Instagram at @realryansheldon or at his blog MrConfessions.com.
Alyssa is a Registered Nurse, yoga teacher, and embodiment coach. A former nurse at Fortune 400 companies in Silicon Valley and a Board-Certified Nurse Coach empowering others to take ownership of their health. A Filipina-American who recovered from binge eating disorder striving to raise awareness for mental health and eating disorders in people of color and marginalized communities. Through powerful conversations, community engagement, and holistic healing, She coaches women of color to reconnect to their innate love in order to live & eat freely. Trained in India as a yoga teacher, Alyssa guides students through an accessible journey of mindful movement, self-awareness, and gratitude that harmonizes the flow of the body, mind, and soul. She is also a co-founding member of @kapwayoga, a new Instagram platform to elevate wellness and yoga in the Pilipnx community. Alyssa is livin' her best life whenever she listens to dance music, hikes, or drinks coffee. To see what fun she’s up to these days, follow her on Instagram @alyssacoaching.
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