iFred Hosts “The Future Of Health” on March 18th





Boston, US (March 13, 2019) – The International Foundation of Research and Education (iFred) and Founder Kathryn Goetzke, is curating and hosting ‘The Future of Health’ on March 18th from 8 am EST to 6pm EST for the first ever World Happiness Virtual Agora. The event is taking place online, with free access to all for The Future of Health, and is bringing together leading scientists, educators, innovators, technologists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and youth to share why and how mental health must be addressed today. The event sign-up is available this link: http://ow.ly/VGQ750lDynw, or you can watch live from iFred’s Facebook page and see live tweets on Twitter @ifredorg.


The World Happiness Virtual Agora is a five day event from 8:00am-6:00pm EST Monday, March 18 through Friday March 22, and is offering the first day “The Future of Health” free. As over one billion people globally have a mental, neurodevelopment, or substance use disorder, it impacts everyone in some way.  Luis Gallardo, Founder of the World Happiness Agora states that “we have recognized mental health as one of the key contributors to illness, loneliness and overall misery in the world, so we have given it a fundamental role in the agenda and make it the first topic to be addressed during happiness week. We give it this significance, with the aim to eradicate mental health stigma, knowing that normalizing mental health as we do physical health, and making it a part of in everyday conversation, is a fundamental factor in creating a world of equality, health, and happiness for all”.



Kathryn Goetzke, MBA, Founder of iFred, President & Chief Mood Officer of The Mood Factory, curated the first day of World Happiness Virtual Agora, Health and Happiness, bringing together colleagues from around the world to share their work and hope for the future. “We have a growing challenge with mental health, as depression and anxiety in youth are rising at significant rates, and the stigma of mental health is strong. Yet we have proven, effective treatments, there is a positive return on investment for many solutions, and there is a great deal of hope to be celebrated,” said Goetzke. “It is an honor and privilege to bring together these thought leaders and share their incredible work with the broader community interested in creating a happier and healthier future for all.”


The ‘Future of Health’ Day is set-up of Ted type 20-minute talks, with key insights from experts with calls to action we collectively need to take to address this significant issue.


The Future of Health March 18th Agenda:


8:00am – Luis Gallardo, MBA, Juan Jose Reyes, MD, and Kathryn Goetzke, MBA

The Future of Health


8:05am- Shekhar Saxena, MD, FRCPsych, DAB

Mental Health and Our Future


8:30am- Sheila Dutta, PhD, MPH

Making the Business Case for Mental Health


9:00am- Dr. Antonella Santuccione Chadha, MD, Co-founder & CEO, The Women’s Brain Project and Maria Teresa Ferrett, PhD , Scientific Officer, The Women’s Brain Project

Health & The Women’s Brain


9:30am- Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD, PhD

Time to Change Direction


10:00am- John M. Grohol, PsyD

Connecting with Community Online


10:30am- Dr. Dixon Chibanda, MD

Connecting Generations through Communities


11:00am-Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD

Making Happiness a Habit


11:30am- Garen Staglin

One Mind for Brain Health


12:00pm – Moitreyee Sinha, PhD

How do Cities Rise?


12:30pm- Gary Belkin, MD, PhD, MPH

How to: Cities Thrive


1:00pm- Bill Bernat

Sharing Your Story


1:30pm- Myron Belfer, MD, MPA; Kristy Stark, EdM, MA, BCBA; Kathryn Goetzke, MBA

Operationalizing Hope


2:00pm- Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft and Nicole Votruba

Mental Health and Sustainable Development (UN SDGs)


2:30pm- Dr. Gabriel Ivbijaro, MD

Bringing Dignity to Mental Health


3:00pm- Walter Greenleaf, PhD

Leading technologies for treatment


3:30pm- Rohan Dixit

Mind, Meet Body; Merging mental and physical healthcare


4:00pm- Tyler Norris, MDiv

Well. Being. Trust.


4:30pm- Vikram Harshad Patel, MBBS, PhD

Creating Our Future


5:00pm- Charlene Sunkel

Launching a Movement with Peers


5:30pm- Lian Zeitz, Brooks Kenny, and Matthew Jackman

The Future is Youth


This event is free, and available around the world to all those that have internet access. The event is also livestreamed from iFred’s Facebook page, and all talks are being recorded, so that individuals can watch in the future if they are unable to watch live. Anyone can sign up for the event with this link: http://ow.ly/VGQ750lDynw or find out more about the event and its speakers on the iFred facebook page and twitter page @ifredorg.


Please join us and help spread the word to make this world happier and healthier for all.


Interviews available upon request.


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About Kathryn

Kathryn Goetzke has over 30 years of experience in marketing, branding, and strategy. She was recently appointed to be a representative at the United Nations for the World Federation for Mental Health. Kathryn is the Founder of iFred, the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression, through which she created Hopeful Minds and Hopeful Cities, two programs dedicated to sharing the “how-to” of hope with children, parents, and communities globally. Kathryn presented at Harvard University, the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Never Alone Summit. Hopeful Minds was featured in a documentary by the BBC, and her products and projects have been featured in global media.

Kathryn is a Partner at Innovative Analysis, LLC, where she consults businesses on activating hope in the workplace, and created a college program Hopeful Mindsets, a marketing strategy and course for college students to activate hope on campus. She is the author of the Biggest Little Book About Hope and host of The Hope Matrix Podcast. In her role as Chief Mood Officer at The Mood Factory, she created the first nationwide cause marketing campaign for mental health through her brand Mood-lites, which achieved over 35M in retail sales. Ms. Goetzke serves on advisory boards for FundaMentalSDG, Y Mental Health, Women’s Brain Project, and the Global Mental Health Movement.

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