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This Is My Brave - Stories from the APIDA Community

This Is My Brave - Stories from the APIDA Community is a virtual presentation of stories from Asian Pacific Islander Desi American individuals who use the creative arts to share their lived experience with mental illness and the consequences of racism and anti-Asian hate. Get ready to be inspired and overwhelmed by the emotional testimonials of this talented cast of storytellers from across the country!

This Is My Brave - Stories from the APIDA Community is a virtual presentation of stories from Asian Pacific Islander Desi American individuals who use the creative arts to share their lived experience with mental illness and the consequences of racism and anti-Asian hate. Get ready to be inspired and overwhelmed by the emotional testimonials of this talented cast of storytellers from across the country!

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A Virtual Show Featuring Asian Pacific<br />

<strong>Is</strong>lander Desi American Storytellers<br />

MONDAY NOVEMBER 15


AND<br />

PRESENTS THE UPCOMING FILM<br />

BRAVE TEENS<br />

Teens today are at <strong>the</strong> center of a mental health epidemic<br />

in America. Anxiety, trauma, depression, eating disorders<br />

and addiction are responsible for <strong>the</strong> highest rates of<br />

suicide ever recorded among young people.<br />

BRAVE TEENS is a documentary film focused on teenagers<br />

who say <strong>the</strong>y’re <strong>the</strong> generation to put an end to mental<br />

health stigma. To do it, <strong>the</strong>y’re telling <strong>the</strong>ir own stories –<br />

raw and unfiltered. From skyrocketing rates of anxiety and<br />

depression to <strong>the</strong> impacts of racial and intergenerational<br />

trauma, <strong>the</strong>se teens share <strong>the</strong>ir struggles and triumphs<br />

and carry a powerful message: Storytelling Saves Lives.<br />

COMING MAY 2022<br />

BRAVE TEENS is a production of Principle Pictures for WETA<br />

in partnership with Well Beings, a major public media, multiplatform<br />

campaign <strong>from</strong> WETA committed to demystifying<br />

and de-stigmatizing our physical and mental health<br />

through storytelling. BRAVE TEENS features storytellers<br />

<strong>from</strong> <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong>, an organization committed to destigmatizing<br />

mental health issues through live storytelling<br />

and scientific research.


Lead Producer<br />

Marketing/PR Coordinator<br />

Marketing/PR Coordinator<br />

Fidelity Partner<br />

Mental Health Professional<br />

<strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong><br />

Video Editing<br />

Claudia Matteo<br />

Van Duong<br />

Chien-Chi Huang<br />

Lisa Mengqi Li<br />

Tammy George, LCSW<br />

Jennifer Marshall<br />

Erin Gallagher<br />

Katie Grana<br />

Jon Beeby, Mid-Coast Media<br />

“Tell Them I’m <strong>Brave</strong>” Music and Lyrics by<br />

Natalie Layne<br />

Phoebe Scott<br />

<strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> - <strong>Stories</strong> <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>APIDA</strong> <strong>Community</strong> Show<br />

is proud to support Asian Women for Health. Thanks to <strong>the</strong><br />

generous support of sponsors and registrants, we are able to<br />

make a financial donation in honor of this very special event.<br />

www.asianwomenforhealth.org<br />

www.thisismybrave.org @thisismybrave 3


DEAR FRIEND,<br />

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US IN THE AUDIENCE TODAY!<br />

What a journey it has been since <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> produced its very first show in Arlington, Virginia, in 2014. I could not<br />

have imagined at that time that we would go on to produce 81 more shows over <strong>the</strong> next seven years, in 46 cities across<br />

<strong>the</strong> U.S. and in Australia. Story by story, <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> is shining a light on mental illness and addiction and helping end<br />

<strong>the</strong> stigma that has so long surrounded <strong>the</strong>se issues.<br />

No one could have ever imagined what 2020 had in store for us. To say it has been an extremely difficult year and a half<br />

would be an understatement. Beginning with <strong>the</strong> eruption of <strong>the</strong> coronavirus and <strong>the</strong> isolation of stay-at-home orders<br />

-- <strong>the</strong>se past eighteen months have been unprecedented and a struggle in many different ways. Thankfully, we have<br />

been able to pivot our programming to a virtual platform. We kicked off 2021 with our first-ever <strong>Stories</strong> <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong> Black<br />

<strong>Community</strong> virtual shows. In March and April we presented our second season of <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> - College Edition. And to<br />

cap off a busy Mental Health Awareness month, we presented our first ever National Teen Show virtually. Last month six<br />

of our ten <strong>Brave</strong> teens took to <strong>the</strong> stage for a special encore performance in Herndon, VA, in our first show back on stage<br />

since <strong>the</strong> pandemic hit in March 2020.<br />

Our 2021 programming represents our commitment to raising awareness of mental illness among teens, young adults and<br />

marginalized communities despite our inability to ga<strong>the</strong>r in <strong>the</strong>aters with live audiences. We are so proud to bring <strong>the</strong>se<br />

important stories <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>APIDA</strong> community into <strong>the</strong> spotlight via this special virtual production.<br />

I am incredibly honored that Sarah, Emily, Marlon, Sara, Amy, Abby, Rohan and Pata have come toge<strong>the</strong>r <strong>from</strong> across<br />

<strong>the</strong> country to be with us here tonight to share <strong>the</strong>ir powerful personal stories. I know <strong>the</strong>ir stories will bring a new<br />

understanding of navigating mental health challenges as a member of <strong>the</strong> <strong>APIDA</strong> community. Especially now, opening up<br />

conversations about mental health among <strong>the</strong> Asian Pacific <strong>Is</strong>lander Desi American community through storytelling will<br />

have a lasting impact on all of us.<br />

Every time a story is told — every time we shine a light on mental illness and addiction — we let someone know that <strong>the</strong>y are<br />

not alone. We can give someone <strong>the</strong> gift of hope and provide <strong>the</strong>m with a sense of community based on shared experiences.<br />

YOU ARE A VITALLY IMPORTANT PART OF THIS STORY, TOO.<br />

Mental illness does not discriminate. It could happen to you. It could happen to<br />

someone you love. Because it’s so common, you would think we would be comfortable<br />

talking about it. But so often that is not <strong>the</strong> case, and people often suffer silently with<br />

fear and shame. Toge<strong>the</strong>r, we can work to end <strong>the</strong> stigma.<br />

We have come so far in eight years, but we still have so much more work to do.<br />

There are millions more stories to be shared, and we will start by sharing a few<br />

more on <strong>the</strong> virtual stage here with you tonight.<br />

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ON THIS JOURNEY.<br />

With gratitude,<br />

4<br />

Jennifer Marshall<br />

Executive Director & Co-Founder


OUR MISSION<br />

THIS IS MY BRAVE BRINGS STORIES OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND<br />

ADDICTION OUT OF THE SHADOWS AND INTO THE SPOTLIGHT.<br />

“So much power in real stories of struggle & hope.”<br />

DAWN LITTLEFIELD, AUDIENCE MEMBER, DEKALB SHOW<br />

OUR VISION<br />

SOMEDAY, WE WILL LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE WE WON’T<br />

HAVE TO CALL IT “BRAVE” FOR TALKING OPENLY ABOUT<br />

MENTAL ILLNESS. WE WILL SIMPLY CALL IT “TALKING.”<br />

<strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong>, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is <strong>the</strong> leading platform for individuals to share <strong>the</strong>ir stories<br />

of living successful lives despite a diagnosis of a mental health disorder or substance use disorder through artistic<br />

expression on stage in front of a live audience. We’re opening up <strong>the</strong> conversation about mental health disorders in<br />

communities all across <strong>the</strong> country.<br />

www.thisismybrave.org @thisismybrave 5


THE<br />

SHOW<br />

We believe in <strong>the</strong> power of storytelling to break down <strong>the</strong> stigma surrounding mental illness. <strong>This</strong><br />

<strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> - The Show is a live <strong>the</strong>ater presentation of touching essays, original music, poetry<br />

and comedy created and performed by individuals living with – or loving someone with – a mental<br />

illness. Our storytellers are here to inspire you to find hope in your own challenges or give hope to<br />

someone you love who may be facing similar circumstances. <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> had <strong>the</strong> honor<br />

to work with Board member Claudia Matteo and team to produce this unique show featuring<br />

<strong>Stories</strong> <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>APIDA</strong> <strong>Community</strong> as our final production of 2021. Engaging in dialogue about<br />

mental health is tough, but it is essential! And right now, important conversations that address<br />

<strong>the</strong> consequences of systemic racism and anti-asian hate within <strong>the</strong> <strong>APIDA</strong> community must be<br />

amplified. We are especially thankful to partner with a talented team of Asian Pacific <strong>Is</strong>lander Desi<br />

American producers <strong>from</strong> around <strong>the</strong> country to create this special {virtual} event.<br />

ORDER OF SHOW<br />

“Korean Spice and Sou<strong>the</strong>rn Hospitality”<br />

“The Way”<br />

“Starting Over, and Over, and Over”<br />

“Sidecar”<br />

“You Call Me Corona”<br />

“Intergenerational Healing”<br />

“You Can’t Run <strong>from</strong> Who You Are”<br />

Three Poems<br />

Sarah Brown<br />

Emily Chen<br />

Marlon Deleon<br />

Sara Kunz<br />

Amy Manion<br />

Abby Pasion<br />

Rohan Sharma<br />

Pata Suyemoto<br />

Chat with <strong>the</strong> cast and <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> Production team<br />

during and after <strong>the</strong> show for an interactive experience!<br />

The show will be followed by a 45-minute Q&A panel discussion<br />

with <strong>the</strong> cast and production team members.<br />

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BRAVE VIRTUAL AUDIENCE ETIQUETTE<br />

Please DO take out your cell phones and SHARE on<br />

your social media platforms that you are watching!<br />

SHARE your favorite lines, takeaways, or <strong>the</strong> stream itself by using <strong>the</strong> hashtag<br />

#STORYTELLINGSAVESLIVES and tagging us @THISISMYBRAVE<br />

Help us tell <strong>the</strong> world that we’re here, and you’re watching!<br />

Laugh at <strong>the</strong> funny, be comfortable with <strong>the</strong> sad,<br />

be inspired by <strong>the</strong> resilience.<br />

Some of <strong>the</strong> moments can get heavy. We understand.<br />

We hope you watch <strong>the</strong> whole show to witness <strong>the</strong> power that storytelling has<br />

in transforming our storytellers - AND YOU - to know that recovery is possible!<br />

SPONSORED BY<br />

THIS IS MY BRAVE’S 2021 NATIONAL SPONSORS<br />

Additional Support provided by Amicus and Bristol <strong>My</strong>ers Squibb<br />

www.thisismybrave.org @thisismybrave 7


TELL THEM I’M<br />

BRAVE<br />

New <strong>the</strong>me song announcement! After years of licensing <strong>the</strong><br />

Sara Bareilles song “<strong>Brave</strong>” as our unofficial an<strong>the</strong>m to open<br />

our shows across <strong>the</strong> US, we felt it was time for a new song to<br />

take center stage. In July 2020, we launched our first singer/<br />

songwriter <strong>the</strong>me song competition and were so impressed<br />

with <strong>the</strong> touching songs that came in. Ultimately, we had to<br />

select a final winner, and we landed on “Tell Them I’m <strong>Brave</strong>”<br />

which was submitted by Natalie Layne and Phoebe Scott,<br />

recent graduates of Belmont University in Nashville, TN.<br />

Be sure to download <strong>the</strong> song on iTunes!<br />

THIS IS MY BRAVE<br />

MERCH SHOP<br />

Are you looking to add some #<strong>Brave</strong>Gear to your wardrobe?<br />

Check out our new merch shop, and wear your <strong>Brave</strong> for all<br />

to see! We update <strong>the</strong> options frequently, so be sure to check<br />

back often. Visit our website to order yours today!<br />

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A NOTE<br />

FROM THE PRODUCER<br />

I have known Jenn Marshall for years before she co-founded <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong>. I have been so very<br />

proud of her for acknowledging her needs and accepting help. She <strong>the</strong>n went a step fur<strong>the</strong>r to<br />

openly share what she learned through her lived experiences. The outpouring of support led her to<br />

empathize with <strong>the</strong> needs of o<strong>the</strong>rs and offer a platform for everyone to break <strong>the</strong> stigma and feel<br />

<strong>the</strong> love that she received. Jenn envisioned to one day live in a world where we don’t have to call it<br />

“brave” for talking openly about mental illness; we’ll simply call it talking and that is what over 900<br />

storytellers, over 17,000 audience members, and over 300,000 YouTube viewers are doing through<br />

<strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong>. <strong>This</strong> is also made possible through <strong>the</strong> help of Program Managers Erin Gallagher<br />

and Katie Grana who transcribed Jenn’s ideas <strong>from</strong> her head into <strong>the</strong> online training that guided <strong>the</strong><br />

production team and walking with us each step of <strong>the</strong> way.<br />

Jenn connected me with Chien-Chi Huang whose organization Asian Women for Health (AWFH) is<br />

<strong>the</strong> source of much of <strong>the</strong> talent on <strong>the</strong> <strong>APIDA</strong> cast as well as <strong>the</strong> beneficiary of <strong>the</strong> donations<br />

after covering <strong>the</strong> cost of <strong>the</strong> show. She also serves as <strong>the</strong> Media Partnership Coordinator with <strong>the</strong><br />

network that she has developed through AWFH. Marketing/PR Coordinator Van Duong and Fidelity<br />

Partner Mengqi Li followed up on <strong>the</strong> leads <strong>from</strong> Chien-Chi to ga<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong> audition videos and manage<br />

social media. Mental Health Professional Tammy George with whom I serve on <strong>the</strong> board of <strong>This</strong><br />

<strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> was available to support in case anyone needed it and she also brought aboard our<br />

<strong>Brave</strong> Singer Thanh Le. At <strong>the</strong> National Teen Show, <strong>the</strong> moment Daijah Montoya spoke Chinese and<br />

shared <strong>the</strong> negative reactions she has gotten for being able to do so, I knew I had to recruit her as<br />

an honorary member, so that our audience could show her love for her amazing talent. The <strong>APIDA</strong><br />

culture of collectivism enabled us all to work as a team to produce <strong>the</strong> <strong>Stories</strong> <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong> Asian Pacific<br />

<strong>Is</strong>lander Desi American (<strong>APIDA</strong>) <strong>Community</strong> Show.<br />

As for <strong>the</strong> stars of <strong>the</strong> show in alphabetical order by last name and appearance, Sarah Brown, Emily<br />

Chen, Marlon Deleon, Sara Kunz, Amy Manion, Abby Pasion, Rohan Sharma, and Pata Suyemoto bring<br />

so much infectious energy, love, passion, and talent to <strong>the</strong> <strong>APIDA</strong> family that we have developed<br />

throughout this collaboration. I am so excited for <strong>the</strong> opportunity to share <strong>the</strong>ir stories through<br />

creative expression like music, spoken word poetry, and storytelling. Their performances represent<br />

<strong>the</strong> rich, diverse mix of cultures and identities of <strong>the</strong> Asian Pacific <strong>Is</strong>lander Desi American (<strong>APIDA</strong>)<br />

community like age, ethnicity, gender, LGBT+, mental health conditions, neurodiversity, veteran, etc.<br />

We are not a monolith!<br />

A great big thank you to our audience members for all of your support!<br />

Claudia Matteo<br />

PMP®, PsyM<br />

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THE<br />

CAST<br />

SARAH BROWN<br />

Sarah Brown (she/her) is diagnosed with bipolar illness<br />

and has been living in recovery for over 5 years. She is a<br />

proud mixed woman of half-Korean and half-Caucasian<br />

heritage. Sarah is currently a Master’s in Social Work<br />

student at North Carolina State University. She lives in<br />

Raleigh, NC with her fiancé and adorable pets. You can<br />

find out more about Sarah at<br />

www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-brown-mswstudent<br />

EMILY CHEN<br />

Emily Chen (she/her) is a Taiwanese American mental<br />

health advocate, educator, and classical singer. She grew<br />

up in Newton, MA and is a graduate of DePauw University.<br />

Emily is <strong>the</strong> creator and host of DisOrient, a YouTube<br />

series on Asian American mental health, neurodiversity,<br />

and representation. She also writes articles for Project<br />

Harmonious at University of Massachusetts Medical<br />

and ADDitude Magazine. Emily enjoys writing poetry and<br />

songs and looking at trees on walks.<br />

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MARLON DELEON<br />

Marlon Deleon (he/him) was raised by two Filipino<br />

immigrants in California, in <strong>the</strong> San Francisco Bay Area.<br />

As soon as he was able, he left <strong>the</strong> west coast for <strong>the</strong><br />

US Navy and grew up in South Carolina and Virginia,<br />

serving aboard a nuclear submarine while doing a lot<br />

of reckless sailor-type things. His journey includes a lot<br />

of pizza and karaoke, as well as addictions, depression,<br />

PTSD, engagements, baptism, marriage, birth, death,<br />

and recently, a diagnosis of Bipolar II. Marlon currently<br />

lives in Indiana with his wife and two toddlers and<br />

strives to serve God, his wife, his kids, and o<strong>the</strong>rs as<br />

best as he can.<br />

IG: @MarlDele<br />

Twitter: @MarlonDDeleon<br />

Blog: https://normalmarlon.wordpress.com/<br />

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dailyownx4/<br />

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THE<br />

CAST<br />

SARA KUNZ<br />

Sara Kunz (she/her) is <strong>the</strong> founder of SARA, 501c3 (sexual<br />

assault recovery assistant)​, a nonprofit dedicated to<br />

providing sexual violence survivors with coping tools<br />

through <strong>the</strong> anonymity and safety of a mobile app. She<br />

has toured <strong>the</strong> world with her one-woman comedy-circus<br />

show ‘The Flyin Hawaiian Show’, and recently premiered<br />

‘Coconuts, coral, and cowshit’-a one-woman comedy<br />

about mental health and bad life choices. She uses her<br />

skills as a performer to comedically shed light on mental<br />

health, do advocacy work, and build solutions to break <strong>the</strong><br />

silence on sexual violence. See her work at sarakunz.com<br />

and her nonprofit SARA at safewithsara.org<br />

AMY MANION<br />

Amy Manion (she/her) is a suicide attempt survivor<br />

who uses arts to heal and to cope with life, including <strong>the</strong><br />

challenges that come with being an Asian in America.<br />

She is a co-recipient of New England Foundation for<br />

<strong>the</strong> Arts’ (NEFA) Public Art for Spatial Justice grant<br />

through Massachusetts-based nonprofit COCO Brown’s<br />

Spitting Fire for Freedom woman of color spoken word<br />

collaborative. She also received a grant <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong> Mayor’s<br />

Office of Arts and Culture and <strong>the</strong> City of Boston, created<br />

a film, and shared it with <strong>the</strong> Chinese elder community<br />

in Boston’s Chinatown, along with performing live her<br />

music and spoken word. It has been <strong>the</strong> highlight of her<br />

artistic career and she’s grateful to be sharing her story<br />

through <strong>This</strong> is <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong>.<br />

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ABBY PASION<br />

Abby Pasion (she/<strong>the</strong>y) is a Filipina American storyteller,<br />

performer, and organizer <strong>from</strong> Portland, Oregon<br />

(traditional Atfalati and Kalapuya lands). Abby graduated<br />

<strong>from</strong> Oregon State University in 2019 with her B.A. in<br />

Liberal Studies and minors in Education in Ethnic Studies.<br />

Currently, Abby is working towards her M.Ed in Curriculum<br />

& Instruction at Portland State University. With over<br />

eight years of experience in youth advocacy work,<br />

community outreach, and cultural engagement, Abby’s<br />

dedication to serving and uplifting <strong>the</strong> underrepresented<br />

voices of her community have been recognized at local,<br />

state, and national levels. Her writings on mental health<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Filipino diaspora experience has even gained<br />

international attention. Outside of her professional work,<br />

Abby enjoys engaging with various creative passions<br />

such as <strong>the</strong>atre, digital art, creative writing and poetry.<br />

ROHAN SHARMA<br />

Rohan Sharma (he/him) is a rap artist and professional<br />

speaker <strong>from</strong> Bucks County, PA. He goes by <strong>the</strong> stage<br />

name “Rx Mundi” and his debut EP “The Mandela Effect”<br />

was released in 2020, with his lead single called “MANIAC”.<br />

He is currently working on his debut LP titled “Divinorum”<br />

and plans to release it later this year. In addition to this,<br />

his memoir detailing his 23 months spent incarcerated<br />

in <strong>the</strong> Philadelphia prison system titled “A Very Thin Line:<br />

<strong>My</strong> Journey With Bipolar” was published in 2019. Last, but<br />

not least, Rohan helps to inspire students through his<br />

personal speaking brand “Speaking of Empowerment...”<br />

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THE<br />

CAST<br />

PATA SUYEMOTO<br />

Dr. Pata Suyemoto (she/her) is a feminist scholar, writer,<br />

educator, diversity trainer, mental health activist,<br />

speaker, jewelry designer, poet, and avid bicyclist. She<br />

earned her PhD. <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong> University of Pennsylvania<br />

and did her research on anti-racist education and<br />

issues of race and racism. She is <strong>the</strong> co-chair for <strong>the</strong><br />

Greater Boston Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition<br />

and <strong>the</strong> chair of <strong>the</strong> Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide<br />

Prevention (MCSP) Alliance for Equity’s People of Color<br />

Caucus. Pata is one of <strong>the</strong> authors of Widening <strong>the</strong><br />

Lens: Exploring <strong>the</strong> Role of Social Justice in Suicide<br />

Prevention – A Racial Equity Toolkit. She has spoken<br />

and written about being a suicide attempt survivor, her<br />

struggles with depression and is a co-founder of The<br />

Breaking Silences Project, which is an artistic endeavor<br />

that educates about <strong>the</strong> high rates of depression and<br />

suicide among Asian American young women. She is<br />

also a long-time volunteer for Asian Women for Health<br />

and is a trainer and wellness coach for <strong>the</strong> Achieving<br />

Whole Health program. Pata is also member of a number<br />

of boards and committees including <strong>the</strong> American<br />

Association of Suicidology Board of Directors, MCSP’s<br />

Executive Committee, and <strong>the</strong> planning committee for<br />

<strong>the</strong> annual Asian American Mental Health Forum. Her<br />

claim to fame is that she rode her bicycle across <strong>the</strong><br />

country in <strong>the</strong> summer of 2012.<br />

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BRAVE SINGER<br />

THANH LE<br />

Que-Thanh Le (she/her) is a singer-songwriter, musician,<br />

choir director, producer, and recording artist <strong>from</strong><br />

Nor<strong>the</strong>rn Virginia, although she now spends most of<br />

her time in Saint Augustine, Florida. She is <strong>the</strong> artistic<br />

director and founder of Heartsongs: Tam Tinh Ca, a<br />

Catholic Vietnamese-American music ministry. She and<br />

her musical siblings co-founded Q3Music LLC to write<br />

and license songs for sync. She is a member of ASCAP.<br />

INTRO INTERPRETER<br />

DAIJAH MONTOYA<br />

Daijah Montoya (she/her) is a high school senior who<br />

is coping with negative thoughts and feelings that<br />

have resulted <strong>from</strong> being bullied. She struggled to<br />

identify freedom within society and herself as a Black<br />

adolescent. Daijah left her private school to engage<br />

in homeschool learning, to learn <strong>from</strong> her fiercest<br />

supporter…her Mom. Daijah, who is a talented singer and<br />

linguist, spends much of her time writing and says it is<br />

<strong>the</strong> most effective way to work through her stress and<br />

boost her self-esteem.<br />

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PRODUCTION<br />

TEAM<br />

LEAD<br />

CLAUDIA MATTEO, PMP®, PSYM<br />

Claudia Matteo (she/her) has been a Project/Program<br />

Manager at IBM for over 22 years and an active advocate<br />

for mental health and diversity equity inclusion<br />

(DEI). In addition to a BS in Computer Science and<br />

Technical Communications and an MS in Industrial and<br />

Organizational Psychology, she is trained in Adverse<br />

Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Mental Health First Aid,<br />

Sources of Strength, Opioid Overdose and Naloxone<br />

Education (OONE), and Pathways to Justice for Persons<br />

with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).<br />

Claudia presented a Mental Health Return to Learn<br />

Safety Net resolution that was unanimously passed<br />

and launched within a month in Virginia. She received<br />

a Youth Education Champion Award for educating youth,<br />

organizations, and families on how to identify and<br />

address signs of suicide and mental health conditions<br />

as Lead Presenter of <strong>the</strong> Ending <strong>the</strong> Silence program<br />

at National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Nor<strong>the</strong>rn<br />

Virginia and also serves as a Board Member and Family<br />

Support Group Facilitator. As Board Chair of <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong><br />

<strong>Brave</strong>, she collaborates with <strong>the</strong> Trauma-Informed<br />

<strong>Community</strong> Network (TICN) and <strong>the</strong> Loudoun Human<br />

Services Network (LHSN) to ensure availability and<br />

access to human services.<br />

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MARKETING/PR COORDINATOR<br />

VAN DUONG<br />

Van Duong (she/her) is a proud Vietnamese-American<br />

immigrant. Through witnessing both her own mental health<br />

journey and those of her loved ones, she is passionate<br />

about advocating for mental health awareness and<br />

healing for <strong>the</strong> <strong>APIDA</strong> community. Van currently serves as<br />

a member on <strong>the</strong> Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee<br />

and <strong>the</strong> staff advisor for Asian Student Union at Marymount<br />

University. She also loves creative and artistic expression,<br />

storytelling, and her two pets, Rocky and Tiger.<br />

MARKETING/PR COORDINATOR<br />

CHIEN-CHI HUANG<br />

Chien-Chi Huang (she/her) is <strong>the</strong> founder of <strong>the</strong> Asian<br />

Breast Cancer Project and <strong>the</strong> Executive Director of<br />

Asian Women for Health. Ms. Huang’s personal cancer<br />

journey led her to participate in national as well as<br />

local efforts on health equity and racial justice. Her<br />

remarkable passion for <strong>the</strong> community has changed<br />

<strong>the</strong> healthcare landscape for Asian women and created<br />

a pipeline of future leaders and peer health educators.<br />

Articles<br />

https://www.lbbc.org/node/5882<br />

https://cbaspeakersbureau.com/2011/03/chien-chi-huang/<br />

Podcasts<br />

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/triple-negative-breast-cancerinterview-chien-chi-huang/id1441928699?i=1000449959850<br />

https://robbiesamuels.com/ots-166-help-o<strong>the</strong>rs-rise-chien-chi-huang/<br />

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PRODUCTION<br />

TEAM<br />

FIDELITY PARTNER<br />

LISA MENGQI LI<br />

Mengqi (pronounced “men-chi”) Li (she/her) is a Masters<br />

of Social Work candidate at George Mason University.<br />

She has worked with survivors of sexual violence at <strong>the</strong><br />

Orange County Rape Crisis Center, and completed her<br />

first-year clinical internship at <strong>the</strong> St. Jude’s Project<br />

of Catholic Charities, providing cognitive, somatic, and<br />

emotional support to clients living with terminal illness.<br />

Mengqi’s clinical interests include trauma, depression,<br />

anxiety, identity, and relationships especially for<br />

immigrant and Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC)<br />

young adults. She is particularly interested in <strong>the</strong><br />

somatic effects of racial trauma and <strong>the</strong> potential for<br />

body-centric practices to facilitate racial healing. Mengqi<br />

serves as a Graduate Assistant in Student Engagement<br />

for Racial Justice at GMU, working primarily with Asian<br />

Pacific <strong>Is</strong>lander Desi American (<strong>APIDA</strong>) students and is a<br />

CSWE Minority Fellow. Mengqi is a certified yoga teacher,<br />

currently completing a meditation teacher training in<br />

mindfulness-based approaches to emotional healing.<br />

As a 1.5 generation immigrant, Mengqi enjoys her native<br />

food and culture, dancing, writing, being in nature, and<br />

caring for her foster cats.<br />

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MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL<br />

TAMMY GEORGE, LCSW, MSW<br />

Tammy George (she/her) has a master’s degree in<br />

clinical social work and is a Licensed Clinical Social<br />

Worker. Tammy has worked in a variety of outpatient,<br />

inpatient, residential, substance abuse treatment, and<br />

crisis intervention settings, and is currently an Adjunct<br />

Professor of Social Work at George Mason University.<br />

Tammy also serves on <strong>the</strong> Board of <strong>This</strong> is <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong>.<br />

In her twenty-nine-year career in community mental<br />

health, she has worked to improve mental health<br />

policies, provide strength-based interventions, increase<br />

treatment modalities, and worked to shift beliefs<br />

regarding mental health stigmas. Tammy is excited to<br />

be part of <strong>the</strong> production team for <strong>the</strong> <strong>Stories</strong> <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>APIDA</strong> community show.<br />

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2021 SHOWS / EVENTS<br />

SEASON 1 OF BRAVE TAKES PODCAST<br />

LAUNCHES NOV 23RD<br />

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AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE<br />

“Because of <strong>the</strong> show, I am thinking of giving<br />

treatment and counseling ano<strong>the</strong>r try.”<br />

SHERRY, AUDIENCE MEMBER, BALTIMORE SHOW<br />

VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR EVENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION!<br />

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Taking a mental health screening is one of <strong>the</strong> quickest and easiest ways to determine whe<strong>the</strong>r you are experiencing<br />

symptoms of a mental health condition.<br />

Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common, and treatable. And recovery is possible.<br />

We are thrilled to partner with Mental Health America, which offers 10 mental health screens. You can share your<br />

results with your physician or health care provider.<br />

TAKE A FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL SCREENING<br />

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THIS IS MY BRAVE<br />

LEADERSHIP<br />

Photo credit: Alicia Bruce<br />

JENNIFER MARSHALL<br />

Co-Founder & Executive Director<br />

Jenn (she/her) was diagnosed with Type 1 Bipolar Disorder in 2006 at <strong>the</strong> age<br />

of 26. She’s had four hospitalizations within five years – two in 2005 before<br />

any diagnosis was reached, and two more because she was trying to protect<br />

her newborn son (postpartum psychosis) in 2008 and her unborn daughter in<br />

2010 – and all were because she was unmedicated at <strong>the</strong> time. Writing her way<br />

through life with a mental illness became her way of healing, and her awardwinning<br />

blog BipolarMomLife became an inspiration to many. Jenn created<br />

<strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> because she learned first hand how powerful and <strong>the</strong>rapeutic<br />

it was to live openly and not hide her diagnosis. She wanted to give brave<br />

individuals <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong> community a platform through which to creatively share<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir stories of living with mental illness to educate and inspire o<strong>the</strong>rs. She<br />

lives outside Washington, DC with her husband and two children.<br />

Photo credit: Shoot Photo Inc.<br />

ANNE MARIE AMES, In Memoriam<br />

Co-Founder<br />

Anne Marie held a variety of PR and strategic communications positions<br />

throughout her career, but her favorite job was creating and producing <strong>This</strong><br />

<strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong>. She found her passion and her mission – to help o<strong>the</strong>rs share<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir stories – and made tremendous contributions to <strong>the</strong> organization <strong>from</strong><br />

launching <strong>the</strong> initial concept to strategizing on growth and expansion over <strong>the</strong><br />

four years of her tenure. Anne Marie’s sudden passing on August 23, 2017, was<br />

a shock to <strong>the</strong> many who loved her, and she is deeply missed.<br />

ERIN GALLAGHER<br />

Program Manager<br />

Erin (she/her) is proud to be a part of <strong>the</strong> <strong>This</strong> is <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> team as Program<br />

Manager. Following <strong>the</strong> suicide of her son, Jay, in 2016, Erin and her husband<br />

became passionate mental health advocates and have worked tirelessly to<br />

influence policy on appropriate responses, particularly in <strong>the</strong> public schools,<br />

to suicide warning signs. She is looking forward to working with <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong><br />

<strong>Brave</strong> volunteers towards ending <strong>the</strong> stigma associated with mental health<br />

and substance use disorders in honor of Jay. When Erin is not working, she<br />

enjoys spending time at her alma mater, James Madison University, visiting<br />

her oldest daughter, Lindsay, who is currently a Senior majoring in nursing.<br />

She also loves logging hours with husband Tim while watching fast-pitch<br />

softball played by her youngest, Laurenne, who is a freshman at Mt. St. Mary’s<br />

University in Emmitsburg MD.<br />

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KATIE GRANA<br />

Program Manager<br />

Katie (she/her) was diagnosed with PTSD-induced anxiety and depression after<br />

being robbed at gunpoint in 2010. Not really understanding how trauma can<br />

have such powerful mental and physical effects, her tipping point was losing a<br />

friend in a car accident <strong>the</strong> following year. She spent her 20’s redefining herself<br />

and learning to heal through trauma. Katie found <strong>This</strong> is <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> after a close<br />

friend died by suicide in June 2018 and quickly decided to produce a show. <strong>This</strong><br />

is <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> was something she wanted to share with her community. When a<br />

full time position opened up with <strong>This</strong> is <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong>, Katie knew it was time to<br />

move <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong> corporate world back to her roots in nonprofit. Katie lives in<br />

St. Louis MO with her two dogs. She volunteers as a coach for an all girls high<br />

school racquetball team. She loves spending time with her friends and family<br />

- especially her niece and nephew.<br />

ABOUT THIS IS MY BRAVE<br />

Board of Directors<br />

Alicia Henry<br />

Claudia Matteo<br />

Tammy George, LCSW<br />

Ric Waldman<br />

Jessica Kennedy<br />

Dr. Kyaien Connor<br />

Erin Mattingly, SLP<br />

Dr. LaGenia Bailey<br />

Advisory Board<br />

Doreen Gentzler<br />

Dr. Mark Komrad<br />

Dr. Robert Post<br />

Hayley Sherwood, PhD<br />

Staff<br />

Jennifer Marshall, Executive Director<br />

Erin Gallagher, Program Manager<br />

Katie Grana, Program Manager<br />

Hea<strong>the</strong>r Strobel, Development Consultant<br />

Natasha West, Social Media Consultant<br />

Richard Tovell, Graphic Designer<br />

Show Producers 2021:<br />

Dr. Kya Conner & Dr. Tonicia Freeman-Foster<br />

<strong>Stories</strong> <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong> Black <strong>Community</strong><br />

Audrey Grubb<br />

College Edition<br />

Jennifer Marshall & Erin Gallagher<br />

National Teen Show<br />

Claudia Matteo<br />

<strong>Stories</strong> <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>APIDA</strong> <strong>Community</strong><br />

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THIS IS MY BRAVE<br />

HISTORY<br />

FROM A BLOG TO A SHOW<br />

In August of 2011, more than six years after Jennifer<br />

Marshall’s bipolar disorder first surfaced, she decided<br />

to start a blog. It became a place where she turned to<br />

write about her life as a wife and young mom to two<br />

small kids, and writing helped her begin to heal. She<br />

titled it: Bipolar Mom Life. Jennifer wrote anonymously<br />

at first, because she was afraid of being judged. She<br />

also worried that disclosing her mental illness may make<br />

future employment opportunities difficult. For eighteen<br />

months, Jennifer wrote and found community online.<br />

O<strong>the</strong>r writers who were openly sharing <strong>the</strong>ir stories of<br />

overcoming mental illness inspired her, and when she<br />

landed her first paid writing job, Jennifer decided to stop<br />

hiding behind a pen name.<br />

When WhatToExpect.com published her first article with<br />

Jennifer’s byline, it was also picked up by AOL.com (<strong>the</strong><br />

parent company). The outpouring of support and gratitude<br />

when that piece hit <strong>the</strong> Internet with her real name was<br />

overwhelming. She knew immediately that disclosing was<br />

<strong>the</strong> right decision. She could finally talk about all parts of<br />

her life, and not just <strong>the</strong> shiny, fun moments.<br />

About six months later, Jennifer had <strong>the</strong> idea to launch<br />

a <strong>the</strong>ater show. A simple storytelling show where<br />

individuals <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong> community could tell <strong>the</strong>ir stories<br />

through creative expression to break down <strong>the</strong> stigma<br />

associated with mental illness. She wanted to give<br />

individuals <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong> community <strong>the</strong> same opportunity<br />

she had – a stage on which to share <strong>the</strong>ir story of living<br />

a successful life despite mental illness. Jennifer met her<br />

Co-Founder, Anne Marie Ames, at a mutual friend’s party<br />

and recruited her to help put <strong>the</strong> project out to <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

Jennifer and Anne Marie launched <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong><br />

on Kickstarter in October of 2013 and <strong>the</strong> excitement<br />

surrounding <strong>the</strong> project grew and grew. They offered<br />

tickets to <strong>the</strong> first show and handmade “BRAVE”<br />

bracelets, among o<strong>the</strong>r items, as rewards for financial<br />

pledges of support. Within 31 days, <strong>the</strong> campaign had<br />

surpassed <strong>the</strong>ir goal of $6,500 to fund <strong>the</strong> first show,<br />

ending up with over $10,000 in contributions. It was clear<br />

that <strong>the</strong> community wanted to help bring this show to life<br />

– <strong>the</strong>y believed in <strong>the</strong> vision and Jennifer and Anne Marie<br />

were dedicated to delivering an exceptional production.<br />

After <strong>the</strong> success of <strong>the</strong> debut show in 2014, Jennifer<br />

and Anne Marie began receiving interest <strong>from</strong><br />

individuals in o<strong>the</strong>r cities to bring <strong>the</strong> show to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

community. <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong>, Inc was formed<br />

as a 501(c)(3) and <strong>the</strong> organization began to<br />

expand to new cities through <strong>the</strong> support of<br />

volunteers willing to donate <strong>the</strong>ir time and<br />

expertise to coordinate shows.<br />

Photo credit: Jim Folliard<br />

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“I finally feel comfortable with my mental<br />

health story in a way I never have before.<br />

Like <strong>the</strong> power it used to hold over me is gone.”<br />

ERIN TROIA, 2018 ARLINGTON STORYTELLER<br />

FROM ONE SHOW TO NATIONWIDE + AUSTRALIA<br />

Since 2014, <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> has produced more than 65<br />

unique shows in cities across <strong>the</strong> United States featuring<br />

over 800 storytellers sharing true, personal stories on<br />

overcoming depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD,<br />

psychosis, OCD, postpartum depression, borderline<br />

personality disorder, dissociative identity disorder,<br />

trichotillomania, anorexia, bulimia, sexual assault,<br />

alcoholism, substance use disorder and more.<br />

In 2017, <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> expanded internationally with <strong>the</strong><br />

help of mental health advocate Tim Daly, who leads our<br />

NPO in Canberra, Australia – <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> Australia,<br />

or TIMBA for short.<br />

Jennifer and Anne Marie may have created <strong>the</strong> space<br />

for <strong>the</strong>se brave stories to exist, but <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong><br />

wouldn’t be <strong>the</strong> incredible community it is if it weren’t<br />

for all <strong>the</strong> amazing people who have bravely come<br />

forward to share <strong>the</strong>ir stories. “It’s my opinion that we<br />

won’t be able to end <strong>the</strong> stigma surrounding mental<br />

illness and addiction until we put our names and faces<br />

on our stories,” says Jennifer.<br />

THIS IS MY BRAVE<br />

IS DOING THIS<br />

ONE PERSON<br />

& ONE STORY<br />

AT A TIME<br />

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THIS IS MY BRAVE’S<br />

PROGRAMS<br />

We believe in <strong>the</strong> power of storytelling to break down<br />

<strong>the</strong> stigma surrounding mental illness. <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong><br />

– The Show is a live presentation of touching essays,<br />

original music, poetry, and comedy performed by a dozen<br />

individuals living with—or loving someone with—a mental<br />

illness. Shows are held in cities and towns across <strong>the</strong><br />

United States, as well as in Australia. Auditions are held<br />

in each city in advance of <strong>the</strong> show, creating a cast made<br />

up of members of <strong>the</strong> local community. They rehearse<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r with a local producer before presenting <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

stories live on stage in front of an audience. There<br />

is strength found in people coming toge<strong>the</strong>r as a<br />

community, propelling a movement forward toward a<br />

common goal.<br />

Are you a college student – in<br />

person OR online? Then YOU<br />

can be a <strong>Brave</strong> Ambassador!<br />

<strong>This</strong> is YOUR opportunity to become a ground level, off<br />

<strong>the</strong> stage storyteller for <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> aka a <strong>Brave</strong><br />

Ambassador! YOU have <strong>the</strong> power to change <strong>the</strong> culture<br />

on your college campus and open up <strong>the</strong> conversation<br />

around mental health. YOU have <strong>the</strong> power to smash<br />

<strong>the</strong> stigma of mental illness for future generations. YOU<br />

have <strong>the</strong> power to make your fellow students feel heard,<br />

validated, and empowered. Not all students live with<br />

mental illness, but ALL students are affected by mental<br />

health. Let’s do this!<br />

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The <strong>Brave</strong> Takes podcast is a series (which is also featured in an upcoming documentary<br />

film!) that gets teens talking about mental health. Host 18-year-old Anastasia Vlasova, a first<br />

year at NYU, shares her personal experiences of living and coping with mental health issues<br />

and provides a safe space for o<strong>the</strong>rs — peers, professionals and parents alike — to do <strong>the</strong><br />

same. BRAVE TAKES… because being brave takes self-acceptance, time and practice.<br />

Produced in partnership with Principle Pictures.<br />

All of us have mental health. And every person’s life is touched in some way by mental health<br />

challenges. <strong>Brave</strong> Takes pulls back <strong>the</strong> curtain on this sensitive topic to spark conversation<br />

and build community.<br />

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THIS IS MY BRAVE’S IMPACT<br />

Since 2014, <strong>This</strong> <strong>Is</strong> <strong>My</strong> <strong>Brave</strong> has...<br />

produced<br />

80<br />

shows<br />

2021<br />

<strong>Stories</strong> <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Black <strong>Community</strong> - vol 1*<br />

<strong>Stories</strong> <strong>from</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Black <strong>Community</strong> - vol 2*<br />

College Edition - season 2*<br />

New Hampshire*<br />

<strong>Brave</strong>TV*<br />

<strong>Brave</strong> Beyond <strong>the</strong> Stage*<br />

#<strong>Brave</strong>Days*<br />

•<br />

2020<br />

<strong>Brave</strong>TV pilot*<br />

Napa Valley<br />

& St Helena, CA<br />

Houston, TX*<br />

St Louis, MO*<br />

Washington, DC-area*<br />

Hampton Roads, VA*<br />

New Hampshire*<br />

•<br />

2019<br />

High School Edition Pilot<br />

College Edition Pilot<br />

Baltimore, MD<br />

Concord, NH<br />

DeKalb, IL<br />

Houston, TX<br />

Orlando, FL<br />

Columbus, OH<br />

Carroll County, MD<br />

Northwest AR<br />

Boise, ID<br />

with over<br />

900<br />

storytellers<br />

2018<br />

Arlington, VA - Spring<br />

Arlington, VA - Fall<br />

Baltimore, MD<br />

Bentonville, AR<br />

Be<strong>the</strong>sda, MD<br />

Boise, ID<br />

Boston, MA - Spring<br />

Boston, MA - Fall<br />

Charlotte, NC - Spring<br />

Charlotte, NC - Fall<br />

Elkins Park, PA<br />

Ft. Lauderdale, FL<br />

Iowa City, IA<br />

Lansing, MI<br />

Los Angeles, CA<br />

Mullumbimby, Australia<br />

New York City, NY<br />

Orlando, FL<br />

Philadelphia, PA<br />

Sterling, VA<br />

www.thisismybrave.org<br />

17,250+<br />

audience<br />

members<br />

in 49 cities<br />

in <strong>the</strong> U.S.<br />

and Australia<br />

2017<br />

Bentonville, AR<br />

Boise, ID<br />

Boston, MA<br />

Canberra, Australia<br />

Cedar Rapids, IA<br />

D.C. Women’s Summit,<br />

Washington, DC<br />

Des Moines, IA<br />

Germantown, MD<br />

Jacksonville, FL<br />

Kansas City, MO<br />

Lewiston, ME<br />

Los Angeles, CA - Spring<br />

Los Angeles, CA - Fall<br />

Napa, CA<br />

Perth, Australia<br />

Sedona, AZ<br />

Valparaiso, IN<br />

Washington, DC<br />

Wheeling, WV<br />

and 300k<br />

YouTube<br />

video views<br />

2016<br />

Arlington, VA<br />

Baltimore, MD<br />

Denver, CO - Spring<br />

Denver, CO - Fall<br />

Greenville, SC<br />

Iowa City, IA<br />

Oklahoma City, OK<br />

Valparaiso, IN<br />

Washington, DC<br />

•<br />

2015<br />

Arlington, VA<br />

Boston, MA<br />

Harrisburg, PA<br />

Iowa City, IA<br />

Los Angeles, CA<br />

New York City, NY<br />

2014<br />

Arlington, VA<br />

* indicates virtual programming<br />

@thisismybrave


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