The Highlights of the International Day of Hope 2023

On May 1st, in partnership with Walmart, we hosted an incredible group of speakers to advocate for why we need to elevate Hope Science, and make the call for International Day of Hope. It was an awe-inspiring day, with so many incredible stories, great science, and inspiring speakers. We created an under 8 minute recap (major feat!), and encourage you to take a look for the latest and greatest on all things hope.

Watch International Day of Hope 2023 Highlights

We could not be more grateful for the scientists and activists that came out for this special day. We are thrilled to have the following speakers share the Science, their stories, and specific strategies for how to activate hope. Check out our esteemed speakers and their talks:

Welcome Message and Sunflower Talk

Zoya Awan

Director, Public Affairs at Walmart

Welcome Remarks

Tom Dean

Co-Founder and President of Murdock Capital Partners, President of the Board for iFred

Indigenous Peoples Land Acknowledgement and Hope in Native Language Revitalization

Kelly Dennis, Esq

Partnership Strategist with Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP)

Introduction to Hope as a Global Necessity 

Kathryn Goetzke, MBA

Founder, iFred
Chief Hope Officer, The Shine Hope Company

The Call to Hope

Dr. Myron Belfer, MD, MPA

Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Senior Associate in Psychiatry, Boston Children’s Hospital

Research on Hope in Early Childhood

Kristy L. Stark, M.A., Ed.M., BCBA

Behavioral Scientist + Social Entrepreneur

Hope Science

Dr. Crystal I. Bryce, PhD

Associate Dean of Student Affairs, University of Texas at Tyler – School of Medicine

Hope and Healthcare

Steve Shell, MBA

Vice President of Behavioral Health, Renown Health

Hope in the Workplace as Entrepreneurs

Scott Mandell, MBA

CEO, The Shine Hope Company

Hope and Nutrition

Chef Grace Ramirez

Chef partner at the UN, Cookbook Author, La Latina, the cookbook

Hope and Movement

Marisa Hamamoto

Founder, CEO, Artistic Director Infinite Flow Dance

When Hope Calls: The Story of Ora Lee

Zanade Mann

Founder, Black Women’s Business Collective, Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 100 Women of Impact

Hope and Disabilities

Emily Ladau

Disability Rights Activist and Author of Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally

Hope through Social and Political Progress

MaCherie Dunbar

Air Force Veteran, Advocate and Entrepreneur

Hope is Alive!

Alex Garfin

Actor, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Hope x Impact Media are Keys to Achieve World Peace

Maryn Ryan Soref

Founder & Envisioneer, L I G H T S P A C E and Caravana.Earth (ie The Peace Train)

Hope and Spirituality

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, PhD

President of Divine Shakti Foundation

Why We Can’t Wait: The Urgent Call for Hope

Dr. Edward Barksdale, MD

Division Chief, Pediatric Surgery, UH Cleveland Medical Center Vice Chairman
Department of Pediatric Surgery, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Division
Chief, Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Surgeon-in-Chief, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital

Short on time? We also curated a quick 2 minute view, with a key idea from each speaker. Check it out here!

If you’d like to learn more on how you can activate hope in your city, community, workplace, or school, be sure to reach out. We love talking about all things ‘how’ to hope!

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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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