Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote

Stephanie Foo

In 2018, Stephanie Foo was diagnosed with Complex PTSD, an under-researched and under-diagnosed condition. After her diagnosis, Stephanie decided to write a book on C-PTSD; that book – her critically-acclaimed memoir, What My Bones Know – was published in 2022. Publisher’s Weekly’s starred review called it, “A work of immense beauty.”  

Stephanie is a storyteller at heart. As a child, Stephanie created comics, got her start in print journalism, then became fascinated with audio narratives. She’s worked as a radio producer for This American Life, Snap Judgment and freelanced for podcasts like Invisibilia, The Cut, Nancy, Reply All and 99% Invisible. At This American Life, she reported, edited, and mixed radio stories and often produced entire shows. Stephanie produced This American Life’s video project, “Videos 4 U: I Love You,” which garnered three Daytime Emmy nominations and won the 2015 Webby Award for Online Film & Video in Drama: Individual Short or Episode category. She also co-produced a video series for TAL that won an Emmy, and altogether, she has worked in audio for over a decade. 

Her work has been featured in places like The New York Times and Vox, and from 2019-2020, Stephanie was a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow.  

Stephanie lives in Brooklyn. You can often find her in Forest Park, saving trees and harvesting acorns as one of the park’s six “Super Stewards.”  

Lunch Keynote


SaulPaul is a 3X GRAMMY Nominated Musician with a Message. He has also presented 3 TEDx Talks, performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and been featured on America’s Got Talent. His life story of transitioning from tragedy to triumph has been told on screen via the documentary Tower to Tower as well as via his memoir Be The Change.

Recognizing an inherent responsibility to give back, SaulPaul founded the SaulPaul Foundation. The SaulPaul Foundation is a launchpad for young people. And a platform for community members to serve as community leaders through acts of kindness, volunteerism and philanthropy.

In addition to using his creativity in the studio, on the stage, and in his community service, SaulPaul also uses it in his philanthropy. Most recently he launched CHANGE Water, an alkaline water company that is making the world a better place. With each case of water sold, CHANGE Water gives back to the local community where it was sold. To date, 100,000 students in 32 States across the US have benefited.

Whether via art, entrepreneurship or community service, SaulPaul is committed to #BeTheChange.

Closing Keynote

Shenandoah Chefalo

Shenandoah Chefalo is a sought-after speaker, award-winning author, and expert trauma-informed specialist with over 20 years of leadership consulting experience. As the Founder and Lead Strategist of Chefalo Consulting, Shenandoah delivers trauma-informed professional development programs and leads multi-year systems change projects in governmental, public, and private organizations across various sectors, including health care, human services, education, and nonprofits.

Her lived experience in the foster care system, laid out in her 2016 memoir, Garbage Bag Suitcase, grants her a unique perspective on trauma-informed change. She has dedicated her life to sharing her story, improving outcomes for foster youth, and bettering the systems that impact our lives.