Keynote Speakers

We’re thrilled to announce our 2017 keynotes.


Tamu Lewis

Tamu is co-founder of the Lee Thompson Young Foundation, a foundation dedicated to erasing the stigma associated with mental illness and providing mental health and wellness education in schools, organizations and communities. Along with her mother, Dr. Velma Love, Tamu created the Foundation in 2013 after losing her brother, actor Lee Thompson Young, to suicide. The Lee Thompson Young Foundation has directly served over 1,500 people since its operations began in 2014. Tamu earned a Bachelors degree in Finance from the University of South Carolina and a Masters degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is a Member of the Atlanta Area Compensation Association (AACA), WorldatWork and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM),  hold numerous professional certifications and is a Life and Career Coach. Tamu is also the founder of People Solutions Group LLC, a human resources consulting firm.



Dr. Rebera Foston

Rebera Elliott Foston, M.D. MPH, MATS, DMin. Drawing from the wealth of knowledge she has accumulated while becoming a doctor of medicine, a doctor of  social  crisis ministry, a master of public health, and a master of theological studies, Dr. Foston manages to weave her entire message through her powerful poetry.  Dr. Foston uses all of her gifts to tell of the “addiction to hopelessness” that affects so many of our young people.

A Phi Beta Kappa , Magna Cum Laude graduate of Fisk University, she is the author of 24 published books, and has produced two full length feature movies. Dr. Foston is currently the Executive Director  and chief Trainer for the Foston Institute for Holistic Mentoring in Clarksville, TN.

Holistic Mentoring, the treatment for the addiction to hopelessness, improves  traditional mentoring  by making it more therapeutic , helps rebuild community, and begins with the tenet ” you must be more whole than the child you are trying to help.

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