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World Mental Health Day Speaker Series: Ashley C. Ford
October 13 @ 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
A conversation with best-selling author, host, and educator Ashley C. Ford moderated by Jude Smith Rachele, Ph.D.
Dr. Rachele will host a conversation with Ms. Ford about her best-selling memoir, Somebody’s Daughter, and her perspectives on current topics like, mental health, diversity, equity, inclusion, LGBTQIA+, and race.
Ashley C. Ford’s New York Times best-selling memoir, Somebody’s Daughter, was published by Flatiron Books in June 2021. Ford is the former host of The Chronicles of Now podcast, co-host of The HBO companion podcast Lovecraft Country Radio. She currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, poet and fiction writer Kelly Stacy, and their chocolate lab Astro Renegade Ford-Stacy.
Ford has written or guest-edited for ELLE Magazine, Slate, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Domino, Cup of Jo, and various other web and print publications.
Jude Smith Rachele, Ph.D. is a highly charismatic, dynamic, and insightful presenter. Originally from the USA, Jude has for decades lived and worked internationally between the UK, Europe, and the Americas, and currently divides her time between the UK, Europe, and the USA. She is the CEO and co-founder of Abundant Sun, a global consulting firm for diversity, equity, and inclusion-based initiatives. Jude started her career as a diversity and inclusion trainer, but has since dedicated herself to cultural transformation driven specifically by data analytics, business ethics, leadership and governance. She has designed numerous programs to help professionals display inclusive behaviors and to understand and respond respectfully to various cultural traditions, behaviors and values. Jude holds a BA in Psychology and a PhD in Business. She is the author of many articles including her own recent book “Dismantling Diversity Management: Introducing an Ethical Performance Improvement Campaign.” Jude has also been a regular commentator on Vermont Public Radio delivering several powerful and insightful commentaries on contemporary issues. She has been leading Howard Center’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives since 2015.