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From Mental Illness to Mental Fitness: Mental Health in the Workplace and Beyond

Date: Monday, December 14
Time: 1:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. MT / 10:30 a.m. PT


Is there a silver lining? This will be a December like none before: we are struggling through a first-time pandemic; moving into a holiday season with curtailed gatherings and increased isolation; grappling with long-simmering racial tensions; facing economic hardship, political divisions and presidential transition turbulence; grieving loss of loved ones, of economic security, of freedom, of normalcy.

Yes: the silver lining is that this is a wakeup call to each of us as individuals and as a society. Wake up! It is time to ask ourselves: What truly matters? How are we taking care of ourselves physically and mentally as we endure this time and prepare for what awaits?

Take time for what truly matters – your mental fitness — and join us for this timely webinar: From Mental Illness to Mental Fitness:  Mental Health in the Workplace and Beyond.


  • Clif Smith, Americas Mindfulness Leader and EY’s Global Mindfulness Network Leader, EY
  • Lori Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader, EY
  • Dr. Nelle Richardson, Speaker with National Disability Speakers Bureau, RespectAbility
  • Moderator: Tatiana Lee, Hollywood Inclusion Associate, RespectAbility

Speaker Bios

Clif Smith smiling wearing a suit in front of a black backdropClif Smith, a US Army veteran, former diplomat and intelligence officer, serves as EY’s foremost advisor on mindfulness and is an internationally recognized leader for bringing mindfulness into the corporate world. Clif brings his story and over 25 years of experience leading through high-pressure situations into his teachings and demonstrates the value of adopting mindfulness as a fundamental part of our personal and professional lives.  Following his passion for developing others, he built EY’s Mindful Leadership program, delivering practical training to over 50,000 EY and client personnel with measurable impact on leadership, performance, and well-being.  Clif’s upcoming book, Mindfulness without the Bells and Beads, is slated to hit the shelves in spring 2021.

Lori Golden smiling headshotLori Golden is Ernst & Young’s Abilities Strategy leader, driving efforts to build an enabling, inclusive environment for people of all abilities. She advises the firm’s over 1,000 member AccessAbilities professional resource network and its Abilities Champions leaders network. Lori leads initiatives to enhance ergonomics and accessibility in Ernst & Young offices, communications, meetings, trainings and technology, educate EY people on abilities-related issues and create new diverse abilities recruiting strategies and employment models. She also consults on accommodations and career development issues for EY people working with differing abilities.

Dr. Nelle Richardson headshot smiling

Dr. Nelle L. Richardson (she, her) immigrated to the U.S. from the Caribbean. She is an ordained pastor, motivational speaker, counselor, life coach and self-advocate. Richardson lives with nonvisible disabilities due to two accidents: a traumatic brain injury and neck and back injuries. As a motivational speaker, she addresses disability and racial bias. Richardson is Ms. Wheelchair NY 2018’s godmother and mother of two adult children; a devoted wife; and leader in her community. She has worked for the Federation Employment and Guidance Services / NYC LINKS for two decades as a counselor in its Mental Health Unit, and as a case manager for the Criminal Justice Department. Her duties involve evaluating individuals and working with the NYC Supreme Law Judge; the Assistant District Attorney of NYC; and various attorneys, community professionals, parole, probation and other detention centers across New York City. Dr. Richardson also has volunteered her services in her community, addressing suicide prevention among youth in the LGBTQ community, and works with other youth and families through her church.

Tatiana Lee smiling outside in a parking lot.MODERATOR: Tatiana Lee is the Hollywood Inclusion Associate at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. She was a Communications Fellow in Spring 2019, participating in the leadership program to gain better knowledge and skills to be a more effective advocate in Hollywood for disability inclusion. Now, she helps represent RespectAbility in Hollywood. Like RespectAbility, Lee has dedicated her life to fighting for inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of mass media. 

Meet the Author

Eric Ascher
Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Communications Director in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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