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Panel Discussion: “Courageous Vulnerability: How Can Men Support Women to Speak Up and Be Seen?” Curated and Moderated by Cara Cruickshank at Laguardia Community College, NYC, Oct. 4, 2018.
Guest Speaker: Marissa Ghavami
Marissa Ghavami is an actor, singer, voice over artist, model, creator and advocate. As an advocate, she is the Founder and CEO of the nonprofit Healing TREE (Trauma Resources, Education & Empowerment), which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming how society responds to abuse and interpersonal trauma. She has given speaking engagements, including keynotes and Continuing Education Units, on the topics of abuse and healing trauma, at conferences, medical clinics, social service agencies and universities across the country. Having received effective, trauma-focused treatment and healed from Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) and Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES), she founded Healing TREE in order to address the gaps in the system that she saw were preventing countless others from healing from the various manifestations of trauma in their lives from addiction to mental and physical illness to toxic behavioral patterns. Healing TREE has since collaborated with several of the leading trauma experts around the world (including Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. David Grand, The Trauma Center at JRI, the NCTSN, etc.), pushing for the integration of the trauma, mental health and medical fields and making waves igniting a movement where healing from trauma, rather than coping, becomes the new normal.
As an artist, notable acting credits include David Chase’s (Emmy-winning creator of the hit HBO show The Sopranos) theatrically released feature film Not Fade Away, starring James Gandolfini, et. al. and CBS’s Without A Trace. Notable singing credits include NBC’s It’s Showtime At The Apollo. Notable voice over, print and commercial credits include McDonald’s, Ford, JCPenney, Belvedere, Girl Scout Cookies and Kentucky Fried Chicken. She is a 2015/2016 ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty) Fellow and participant in the 2015 Artist As Citizen Conference at Juilliard. She is the winner of the “Way To Go Woman Award” in the Overcoming Barriers category for Today’s Woman magazine. Additionally, she is featured in Nancy Miller’s book, One Hundred Fascinating Louisville Women, and was given a mayoral proclamation of “Marissa Ghavami Day” in her hometown. [www.marissaghavami.com] [www.healingtreenonprofit.org] [@marissaghavami]