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Challenging Perceptions: Progress and Promises - "Racism and Mental Health"

Sheila E. Battle and Ashley Williams
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Challenging Perceptions: Progress and Promises

A year following the brutal death of George Floyd and the onset of a pandemic that shed light on racial disparities explore what changes, if any, have occurred in how communities view and value Black lives.

The Panelists

Ashley Williams
BareSOUL Yoga

Ashley Williams, MS, C-IAYT, is a Yoga Therapist and Mindfulness Educator with experience in the fields of education, behavioral and mental health, and community programming. She is an advocate for diverse representation, accessible self-care and overall well-being.

Ashley has strategically built community-centered yoga and mindfulness programs in schools, health systems, government agencies, faith-based organizations and businesses. She bridges diversity, wellness and inclusion to achieve equitable, socially stable and conscious spaces for individual and collective care.

(Photo: Frank Pitchford)

Sheila Battle
The Battle Station

Sheila E. Battle is a transformational leader with 28 years of leadership and motivational speaking experience in both the public and private sectors. She advocates for human services and is an agent of change with a passion for helping people grow holistically from within.

Sheila created the SoulCare Curriculum,  which includes a diverse selection of exercises and tools that integrate into the natural flow of real life. She was featured as a TEDxRVA speaker in April 2016, and has been a sought-after speaker for secular and sacred audiences for over 20 years.

Sheila Batle is a team leader and teacher with an inspirational and enthusiastic style, and with her husband Frank, is a visionary of The Battle Station and 15 Minutes of Grace.

(Photo: Lechelle Jackson)