2023 Keynote Speakers
Tucker Bryant is an award-winning poet and Stanford graduate who left a role in Product Marketing at Google to help businesses grow through his work. Tucker challenges organizations to tap into poetic concepts as a means of bringing about transformations in leadership and innovation. His stories, which have garnered millions of views online, have been featured at TEDx, The Prince's Trust (UK), and dozens of other organizations across the globe. He has had the privilege of sharing on stages graced by Mark Cuban, Bill Belichick, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Earvin "Magic" Johnson as well as founders and executives from scores of Fortune 500 companies.
Monica P. Band
Dr. Monica P. Band (she/her), LPC, Psychoanalyst, NCC, CRC, ACS, CCC, CCCE, is a Washington D.C. based trauma-informed licensed mental health therapist, advocate, and educator focusing on developing strategy and application for integrating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) within mental health care practice, public education, and policy. As a practitioner with a background in academia, she can often be found promoting culturally responsive practices by deconstructing theory and research to create a more accessible understanding of mental health concepts for all.
She is the owner and founder of Mindful Healing Counseling Services, LLC, a group private practice that serves the D.C. metro area. Dr. Band currently teaches in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Band has a long standing history of servant leadership within the American Counseling Association. Notably, she currently serves as the VP of Asian American Pacific Islander Concerns for the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, as well as a member of ACA’s Inaugural Anti-Racism Commission. She can also be found sharing her time and expertise collaborating with wonderful organizations such as the Asian Mental Health Collective and Asian Mental Health Project.
Dr. Band proudly serves as a subject matter expert for outstanding nonprofits such as The AAKOMA Project, whose mission focuses on the mental health for youth of color by raising consciousness, providing accessible tools for engagement, and shifting systems through advocacy, and The JED Foundation, whose mission is to protect the emotional health of adolescents and prevent suicide in the United States. She has contributed to news and media in places such as Counseling Today, ABC News 7, Represent ASIAN Project, Forbes Health, and Reuters. IG: the.mindful healer
Kimberly N. Frazier
Dr. Kimberly N. Frazier serves as the 71st president of the American Counseling Association and is one of eight African American’s to be elected to this role for the American Counseling Association.
Dr. Frazier received her PhD in counselor education from the University of New Orleans. She holds licensure in the state of Louisiana as a professional counselor (LPC), licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), and certification as a nationally certified counselor (NCC). She is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center–New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO).
Dr. Frazier has served as president for the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development from 2016-2017 as well as the mentoring program chair from 2008-2015. Additional leadership roles include serving on the American Counseling Association Governing Council Board and executive committee. She also has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development and the Journal of Mental Health Counseling.
Dr. Frazier has served as a guest editor for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling special issue on “The Impact of Race, Equity, and Marginalization on Child and Adolescent Populations”. Her research areas of interest include the impact of systemic oppression and trauma on marginalized people of color. Dr. Frazier has conducted trainings, workshops, presentations on best practices applying cultural competency in the workplace, leadership, advocacy and working with children and families of color. Many of her published works can be found in the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, the Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology, and other national journals and book chapters.
Dr. Frazier was awarded the American Counseling Association’s most prestigious distinction of ACA Fellow. She is most proud of the work she does encompassing the areas of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion with organizations, universities, and mentoring future leaders.