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2024 Resilience & Mental Wellbeing Summit

May 31 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

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The Process of Perseverance: A Journey of Turning Pain into Peace

Reggie D. Ford shares a deeply personal journey of overcoming intergenerational and normalized trauma to advocate for mental health awareness and action. Drawing from his own experiences and extensive research on developmental trauma, Reggie delivers a compelling narrative that underscores the critical need for trauma-informed practices and crisis prevention strategies in our communities.

With raw vulnerability and captivating storytelling, Reggie guides his audience through the complexities of his own journey, illustrating the transformative power of perseverance in the face of adversity. Through his lived experiences, he sheds light on the often-overlooked impact of trauma on mental health, challenging societal norms and stigmas surrounding psychological well-being.

Intertwining personal anecdotes with evidence-based research, Reggie emphasizes the importance of prioritizing mental health with the same diligence as physical health. He calls for a cultural shift towards greater awareness, compassion, and support for individuals navigating their own mental health challenges. By sharing his story and insights, Reggie inspires his audience to engage in open dialogue, foster empathy, and take proactive steps towards creating environments that promote mental wellness.

Meet Reggie D. Ford

Regiie D. Ford

In a remarkable journey defined by resilience and transformation, Reggie D. Ford stands as an award-winning entrepreneur, best-selling author, dynamic keynote speaker, and mental health advocate. As the author of “Perseverance Through Severe Dysfunction (PTSD),” Regie leverages his expertise in developmental and intergenerational trauma to foster environments supporting resilience, mental wellness, emotional development, and healthy relationships.

With a decade of experience in finance and accounting, he founded RoseCrete Wealth Management, driven by his passion for helping others achieve financial freedom. Recognized for his contributions, Reggie has been honored as one of Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30, was featured in the Top 100 People in Finance magazine, and also nominated for Forbes 30 Under 30. His insights have been featured in prestigious media outlets, including Forbes, Best Colleges, ESPN, and USA Today

Reggie holds his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his master’s degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management. In addition to speaking, he is also a trauma-informed certified yoga instructor and mental health first aider. Reggie currently lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Katie and their Rottweiler, Rosie

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors!

We are very grateful to Mental Health Disability Services of the East Central Region for premier sponsorship of this event and for recognizing the importance of making quality professional development accessible to providers across the region.

The mission of the ECR is to collaboratively strengthen the regional network of quality and accessible supports to meet the needs of adults and children with disabilities. To learn more about ECR, visit

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Celebrate Mental Health Month

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, Tanager and the Meraki Institute of Learning celebrate with the theme Nourish to Flourish your Mind”. We believe, in order to cultivate and support positive mental wellbeing for all, each of us must spend time daily nourishing our own mental wellbeing mind, body, and spirit.  

Check out the Nourish to Flourish Kick-Off page to browse  all the FREE resources, activities and events for parents, families, professionals, and community members. 


May 31
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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1614 W Mt Vernon Rd
Mt. Vernon, IA 52314 United States
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