Inspire Transformation with Expert Mental Health Keynote Speaker

Cultivate a trauma-informed and inclusive workplace by empowering employees to embark on a journey of authentic transformation.

Cultivating a Supportive Workplace Culture
by Prioritizing Employee Well-Being

Leaders around the world are experiencing the transformative power of infusing positive mental health strategies into their organizational culture with the expert support and guidance of Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS. Dr. Ross, a renowned African-American mental health motivational speaker, delivers powerful speeches to diverse audiences that raise awareness about the importance of prioritizing mental health in the workplace. Through insightful stories, she demonstrates how neglected mental health issues can manifest as disengaged employees, ineffective communication, high turnover rates, safety concerns, poor job performance, decreased productivity, compromised decision-making and ultimately reduced performance. Each of her inspiring mental health speeches culminates in practical strategies that can be deployed in any workplace to mitigate these issues.

Dr. Ross draws on her unique background in medicine and expertise in trauma and mental health to facilitate meaningful change in a diverse array of industries. Her mental health awareness speeches demonstrate how becoming trauma-informed can improve employee well-being, and she is committed to guiding organizations as they build more trauma-informed, empathetic and equitable workplaces where the mental health of employees is paramount.

The Powerful Influence of Well-Being at Work

Engaged Workforce
Increased Employee Productivity
Better Collaboration & Understanding
Higher Employee Retention
Better Decision Making
Improved Business Performance

Infusing Empathy Into The Workplace


As Founder and Co-Director of US Journal Training, Inc., I have had the opportunity to retain Dr Ross as a Keynote and Workshop Speaker on numerous occasions over the past 20 years.

Dr Ross' expertise on a number of topics, including Eating Disorders, Intergenerational Trauma and Racial Injustice, render her a valuable asset to any professional conference related to medical or behavioral health, mental health or addictive disorders.

I highly recommend Dr Carolyn Ross.

Gary Seidler

Founder, US Journal Training, Inc.

...To say your presentation with Project Thrive was mind-blowing would be an understatement. All of the facts and data was insightful but where I think it hit home for many was how you were able to personalize why we should care. By telling the story of Jane and others we could see that no one is immune and we need to find ways to make space for compassion and further conversations about mental health. The part about not being able to tell who is bringing their trauma is something everyone needs to hear.

You’ve left us with a lot to think about, your slides were eye-opening as were your talking points and I’m thrilled to be able to send this recording out to the CEO’s that have expressed interest. Love the presentation!

Leslie Metcalf

B2B & Group Event Specialist

Carolyn Coker Ross was fantastic. I appreciated the way in which she placed intergenerational and historical trauma in context and used a lot of examples, statistics, and evidence to demonstrate what intergenerational and historical trauma is and how it impacts individuals, communities, and society. I also appreciated how she explained the relevance of epigenetics with a caution for recognizing that genes can be turned on to impact experiences of trauma and can be turned off to impact our ability to grow resilient.


Attendee at The Renfrew Center Foundation Conference

WOW! What energy you brought to our Women’s Health Symposium through your exhilarating and informative presentation. Your ability to present medical information in a way that is understandable to the layperson is truly a gift. You were loved by your audience and rated off the scale...a 10+.

Beverly Weurding

MBA, Former Director, Community Education & Special Events, Sharp HealthCare

Our Indigenous conference is scheduled for today and I sat in on your entire two hour presentation. The content of your presentation was excellent and extremely thought provoking and will be beneficial to clinicians and other mental health professionals.

I can't thank you enough for the extra effort you devoted to incorporate Canadian historical events and statistics. You are a superb teacher and your courses are always top notch! Thank you for giving up the opportunity to promote your trainings.

Jack Hirose

Jack Hirose and Associates, North Vancouver BC, Canada

Engaging and Interactive Mental Health Keynote Topics

Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross delivers engaging mental health awareness speeches that inspire compassionate transformation within an organization. Her dynamic blend of insight, expertise and relatability sparks meaningful conversations in the workplace around trauma and how advancing DEI can lead to growth.

The Future of Success is a Trauma-Informed Workplace

Recognizing that our experiences define us is key to employee well-being. Childhood adversity can affect brain function and contribute to depression, addiction, anxiety, ADHD, and more. With the additional challenges of the pandemic and social unrest, the importance of addressing mental health in the workplace becomes even more evident. As a powerful mental health keynote speaker, Dr. Ross guides leaders into discovering the connection between trauma and mental health and how to leverage this knowledge to create an organization equipped to navigate challenges. Audiences will gain an understanding of the connection between trauma and mental health, how this affects the workplace and strategies to build resilience.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the effects of trauma on mental health issues in the workplace.
  • Enhance productivity through trauma-informed practices.
  • Foster resilience and adaptability in the workplace climate.

Breaking Barriers and Eliminating Self-Sabotage in the Workplace

Self-sabotage is an easy trap to fall into. Increased stress may contribute to unhealthy behaviors that undermine our overall well-being, and hinder success. Toxic patterns affect individuals from all backgrounds and often arise out of adverse experiences that foster feelings of unworthiness and the belief that we do not deserve success or happiness. Dr. Ross is an inspirational mental health keynote speaker who disrupts these cycles by offering guidance to free oneself from negative beliefs and self-assessments. Attendees will understand how to identify and address self-sabotaging behaviors and learn strategies for overcoming barriers to personal growth and fulfillment to live the lives they desire and deserve.

Key takeaways:

  • Embrace self-awareness, recognize and address self-sabotaging behaviors.
  • Empower your journey of personal growth and fulfillment.
  • Break free from limiting patterns and regain control of your life.

Breaking Ancestral Trauma Barriers in the Workplace

The trauma endured by our ancestors becomes the barrier we must overcome. Research that spans generations, originating with Holocaust survivors, unearths the impact trauma can have on families and their descendants. Devastating events such as war, genocide, class struggles, and discrimination can influence brain development, often defining and constraining individuals from childhood to adulthood. This means that traumatic experiences endured by past generations can affect employees’ work performance and overall well-being. In her impactful keynote, Dr. Ross enlightens attendees about the enduring effects of trauma and how it shapes outcomes for generations to come.

Key takeways:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the lasting impact of ancestral trauma.
  • Uncover how trauma shapes brain development and ultimately your life path.
  • Recognize the link between intergenerational trauma and well-being.

Engaging and Empathetic Keynote Speeches

Dr. Ross: An Influential Thought Leader and Advocate for Mental Health

Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross possesses a wealth of expertise, but her true pride lies in the profound impact she has on promoting mental health awareness, addressing trauma, and boosting workplace productivity. With a distinguished background from the University of Michigan Medical School and double board certification, she delivers mental health support for employees through international speaking engagements and consultations.

As pioneer of The Anchor Program™, she supports individuals struggling with eating disorders and is renowned for her work with women of color. As co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity, she increases antiracism and cultural competence, as an esteemed author of several books, including Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician’s Guide, she advances inclusive care, and her compelling TEDxPleasantGrove talk sparks organizational transformation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dr. Ross' background and expertise as a mental health keynote speaker?

Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS, is a highly accomplished mental health speaker with a wealth of expertise and a strong background in the field. An African-American speaker, author and expert in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma, and addictions, she holds a medical degree from The University of Michigan Medical School, completed a residency in Preventive Medicine and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) at Loma Linda University, and a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Double board-certified in Preventive Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Ross is an international speaker and consultant on issues of cultural competence, antiracism, and diversity in mental health, with a focus on the treatment of eating disorders in women of color. She is also the co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity, a consulting group that offers training to organizations on diversity and equity in the workplace.

How can a mental health keynote speaker benefit our organization?

There are significant benefits to engaging the services of an expert mental health speaker such as Dr. Ross. Her insightful and influential mental health speaking services can foster a more engaged, empathetic and inclusive culture and increase awareness around the importance of prioritizing mental health in the workplace. Her innate ability to guide and inspire leaders through addressing unconscious biases, understanding the impact of trauma, and promoting cultural competence and humility helps create a more positive and supportive workplace environment. Ultimately, this will increase employee engagement, retention and satisfaction, resulting in greater productivity and organizational performance. Dr. Ross’s mental health background and expertise in trauma-informed practices allow her to offer valuable insight into the interconnected nature of mental health and diversity. By tailoring her expert guidance and solutions to each organization’s unique challenges, Dr. Ross delivers a powerful impact that results in growth and sustainable success.

Can we customize the mental health awareness speech to address our organization's unique challenges?

Dr. Ross is proud to offer tailored mental health support for employees in a way that meets each organization’s unique challenges. She is committed to working closely with you to understand specific goals and concerns to support mental health at work. Once she has gained a deeper understanding of what would be most impactful for your organization, she will develop customized workshops, keynotes and strategies. Partnering with Dr. Ross is the key to creating meaningful and sustainable systemic change within an organization.

How does Dr. Ross ensure that her mental health motivational speaker services lead to sustainable, long-term change within organizations?

Dr. Ross is committed to building sustainable, long-term change within organizations by providing a comprehensive and actionable approach to DEI, mental health, and psychological well-being. Her inspirational mental health motivational speaker services focus on the following key elements:

  1. Engaging Content: Dr. Ross presents complex psychological concepts in a clear and accessible way with practical examples and personal experiences that allow attendees to understand and relate to the topics discussed.
  2. Tailored Approach: In collaboration with each organization, Dr. Ross identifies unique challenges and goals to create a tailored keynote speech that best meets the audience’s specific needs.
  3. Actionable Strategies: Dr. Ross offers practical, evidence-based strategies you can deploy immediately to create a more inclusive, equitable, and healthy environment that prioritizes mental health at work.
  4. Follow-Up Resources: To maintain the momentum sparked by her initial presentation and support sustainable change, Dr. Ross offers meaningful follow-up resources such as workshops, training sessions, and ongoing assistance.
What are some examples of organizations that have seen success as a result of Dr. Ross's mental health speaking services for the workplace?

Through her powerful mental health speaking services for the workplace, Dr. Ross has aided numerous organizations across all industries, including medical, mental health and treatment facilities, and universities and educational institutions, to achieve meaningful and lasting transformation in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and mental health.

What are the costs associated with DEI consulting, workshops, or keynote speaking engagements?

While the cost varies depending on the specific needs of an organization and the project scope, engaging Dr. Ross’s services as a mental health speaker for the workplace is an extraordinary investment. During the initial consultation, she will gain a deeper understanding of the organization’s needs and budget, and discuss potential costs. Regardless of the duration and format of the services chosen, Dr. Ross is committed to delivering a tailored experience that produces measurable results and drives impactful and sustainable organizational change.

Is Dr. Ross available for ongoing consultation and support following the initial mental health speaker services?

Dr. Ross recognizes that implementing sustainable, long-term mental health support for employees and promoting mental health awareness requires an ongoing commitment. She offers follow-up training, coaching and other tailored support to organizations that wish to continue the work beyond the initial event.


Transcend the Past to Create
the Workplace of the Future

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