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Keynote Speakers



Gerald Corey

KEYNOTE SPEAKER PANEL | MONDAY, APRIL 5 | 9:30 a.m.


Gerald Corey, EdD, ABPP, is Professor Emeritus of Human Services and Counseling at California State University at Fuller­ton. Currently, he teaches group counseling and theories of counseling courses online for the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans. He received his doctorate in counseling from the University of Southern California. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association; a Fellow of the American Counseling Association; and a Fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award from California State University at Fuller­ton in 1991. He is the author or coauthor of 16 textbooks in counseling currently in print, along with over 70 journal articles and numerous book chapters. With his colleagues, he has conducted workshops in the United States, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Scotland, Mexico, Canada, China, and Korea—with a special focus on training in group counseling.

Michelle Muratori

Michelle Muratori, PhD, is a senior counselor at the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland, where she serves highly able middle school and high school students and their families. She earned her MA in counseling psychology from Northwestern University and her PhD in counselor education from the University of Iowa, where she developed her research and clinical interests in the academic, social, and emotional needs of academically talented students. Since 2005, Michelle has been a faculty associate in the Johns Hopkins School of Education in the MS in counseling program. In 2014, she was honored with the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award. Michelle has authored/coauthored several books. Recent titles include: Clinical Supervision in the Helping Professions(3rdEdition), Coping Skills for a Stressful World: A Workbook for Counselors and Clients, Counselor Self-Care, and I Never Knew I had a Choice (11th Edition).

Jude Austin

Jude T. Austin II, PhD, LPC, LMFT-A, NCC, CCMHC, is an assistant professor and coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track in the Professional Counseling Program at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He is also in private practice in Temple, Texas, working with individuals, couples, and families. His research focuses on counselor education pedagogy, specifically finding ways to help counseling students develop therapeutic presence in session. He is the coauthor of the books Counselor Self-Care, Surviving and Thriving in Your Counseling Program, and The Counselor Educator Handbook: Practical In-Class Strategies and Activities. Contact him at drjudeaustin@gmail.com.

Julius Austin

Julius A. Austin, PhD, LPC, NCC, is a former collegiate and professional soccer player who earned a Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a doctorate of philosophy in counselor education and supervision from the University of Wyoming. He is currently a clinical therapist and the coordinator for the Office of Substance Abuse and Recovery at Tulane University. In this role, he serves students struggling with substance misuse issues and works with other academic and local community resources to support students in recovery. He is also an adjunct professor at Southeastern Louisiana University. His research focuses on counselor development and training. He is also the coauthor of the books Counselor Self-Care and The Counselor Educator’s Guide: Practical In-Class Strategies and Activities. Contact him at drjuliusaustin@gmail.com.




Irvin Yalom

MONDAY, APRIL 12 | 9:30 a.m.


Renowned Existential Psychiatrist & Author, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine 

Irvin David Yalom, MD, is an American existential psychiatrist and emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University, as well as an author of both fiction and nonfiction.

Dr. Yalom was born in Washington, D.C. in 1931 to parents who immigrated from Russia shortly after the first world war. During his childhood in the inner city of Washington, he lived in a small apartment atop his parents’ grocery store where he found refuge in reading. This passion informed his approach to his clients —“ … with a sense of wonderment at the story that will unfold.” He says he believes a different therapy must be constructed for each patient because each has a unique story.

After graduating high school, Dr. Yalom earned a B.A. from George Washington University and a Doctor of Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and his residency at the Phipps Clinic of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, completing his training in 1960. After two years of Army service at Tripler General Hospital in Honolulu, Yalom began his academic career at Stanford University. He was appointed to the faculty in 1963 and promoted over many years, being granted tenure in 1968. During his tenure, he made lasting contributions in his teachings on group psychotherapy and development of his model of existential psychotherapy.

Dr. Yalom’s first writings were scientific contributions to professional journals. Now in its fourth edition, his first book, “The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy,” has been widely used as a text for training therapists and is translated into twelve languages. More than 20 additional books followed, many renowned best sellers with esteemed awards.

Dr. Yalom continues to treat clients in a part-time private practice and has also authored a number of video documentaries on therapeutic techniques.

To access this keynote, you must register for the conference. Registration closes on April 30, 2021.




Keynote Speaker - Bassey

MONDAY, APRIL 19 | 9:30 a.m.



Bassey Ikpi embodies the brilliance of multifaceted creative minds. The writer, performer, and advocate is author of the instant New York Times bestselling book, I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying (Harper Perennial 2019). Essence Magazine esteemed this debut collection of essays as “beautiful and compelling,” while Audible defines the writing as both “visceral” and “comforting.” The compilation, which went into a second pressing on the day of its release, has earned the mental health activist stunning reviews from readers and media outlets nationwide. Whether written or spoken, Bassey is effortlessly clever--an alchemy of intellect, humor, and pathos. Appearing on stages and screens across the world as a public speaker and TV personality, Bassey first gained public acclaim as an internationally recognized poet. In a past life, she was a featured poet on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and toured with its Tony Award-winning Broadway show. Also an active voice in pop culture commentary and the mental health community, Bassey has been published by The Root, Huffington Post, and Essence, as well as in anthologies including Rookie On Love from acclaimed editor Tavi Gevinson. Bassey has also been commissioned by Nike’s global nonprofit Girls Effect, writing and performing the short film, Invisible Barriers. As the founder of The Siwe Project, a mental health organization, Bassey also created the global movement #NoShameDay, an initiative that aims to reduce stigma and increase mental health awareness.




Keynote Speaker- Michelle Singletary

MONDAY, APRIL 26 | 9:30 a.m.



Michelle Singletary is a nationally syndicated personal finance, award-winning columnist for The Washington Post. Her column, "The Color of Money" is an award-winning column carried in dozens of newspapers across the country.

She is the author of three books:

  • “The 21 Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Free”
  • “Spend Well, Live Rich: How to Live Well With the Money You Have”
  • “Your Money and Your Man: How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well and Live Rich”

Singletary was the financial expert for “The Revolution,” a daytime program on ABC. For two years, she was host of her own national television program “Singletary Says” on TV One.

She is a frequent contributor to various NPR radio programs and has appeared on national cable and television network shows, including "Oprah,” NBC’s “Today Show,” CBS’s “The Early Show and CNN.

In 2019, she was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW), the organization’s highest honor given to an individual who has made a significant impact on the field of business journalism. She was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Society of Professional Journalists Washington, DC, Pro Chapter. Fellow 2019 inductees included CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer and CBS News White House Correspondent Peter Maer.

In her column, media appearances and ministry, Singletary delivers advice on personal finance issues that range from lending your honey money (Don’t do it!), to raising money smart kids (You can do it!) to the importance of getting out of debt, saving and investing (You must do it!).

Singletary is the director of Prosperity Partners Ministry, a financial program she founded at her church, First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG). Through the ministry she teaches on various financial topics. As part this ministry, she and her husband also volunteer to teach financial literacy to prison inmates. Singletary and her husband, Kevin, teach a 12-week class called “Mastering Money In Marriage.”

Singletary is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, and Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a master's degree in business and management. Singletary and her husband reside in Maryland with their three children and dog, Simba.

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