Resilience in Times of Uncertainty:
A Conversation with Toastmasters and the American Psychological Association
Watch a panel of psychologists and global Toastmasters leaders as they discuss how to build resilience in times of uncertainty and recommend ways to address what so many are experiencing—burnout, loneliness, and stress. The panelists will also talk through how to navigate those feelings with evidence-based strategies and tips for finding work/life balance, maintaining mechanisms for camaraderie and community, and how best to practice self-care and gratitude.
Dilip Abayasekara, PhD, AS (Accredited Speaker)
Professional speaker, trainer, and consultant
He was twice a finalist in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking® contest, placing second in 1992. In 2005-2006, Dilip served as Toastmasters’ International President, the organization’s highest leadership role, where he worked with the Board of Directors to serve the organization’s members in more than 100 countries. He also earned the Accredited Speaker designation—Toastmasters’ highest recognition of professional-level speaking skills. Along the way, he founded a speech coaching and training business that brought him in front of international audiences. He also served as a college professor of communication and of world religions.
Encountering a call to ministry, he earned a Master of Divinity degree and now serves as a full-time pastor of a church in Pennsylvania.
Mana K. Ali Carter, PhD
Psychologist, adjunct professor, assistant professor, researcher
She is an adjunct professor at Bowie State University Department of Psychology and assistant professor at Georgetown University Department of Rehabilitation and Medicine. Her research, clinical and advocacy efforts have focused on the intersection of marginalized identities and poor health outcomes.
Lisa M. Brown, PhD, ABPP
Professor, university program director, adjunct clinical professor, researcher
Her clinical and research focus is on trauma, resilience, and aging. As a researcher, she is actively involved in developing and evaluating health programs used nationally and internationally, drafting recommendations aimed at protecting vulnerable individuals and communities, facilitating participation of key stakeholders, and improving access to resources and services.
Charles S. Gates
Entrepreneur, coach, trainer, emcee, transformational speaker
He has been featured in the New Journal and Guide, Virginia’s oldest African-American-owned newspaper, The Suffolk News Herald, WAVY News 10 (Norfolk), WODU’s Let’s Face it Radio Show with Wil Strayhorn, and WNSB’s Nonprofit Exchange Radio Show with C. Richard Gillcrese. He has also appeared on local television shows.
Serving on the boards of a handful of community-based nonprofits, Charles is also a Past District Director and Region Advisor for Toastmasters International.
Keynote speaker, educator, mentor coach, Past International President of Toastmasters International
Pat is passionate about her business, Pat Johnson & Associates, where she coaches leaders as they search for their greatest version of their authentic self. She works to help individuals overcome their self-limitations and to aspire to more in life. She is also an affiliate coach at Accomplishment Coaching, has a World Class Speaker Coach Certification, and is a member of the International Coaching Federation.
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