Health Literacy Virtual Summit: Mental Health Focus

The topic of discussion is health literacy with a mental health focus on wellness. Join a distinguished panel of mental health professionals as they share their wisdom and expertise.

What is your definition of heatlh? And what factors of life do you believe have an impact on your health, especially your mental wellness? Join a panel of mental health professionals for a thought-provoking discussion of the importance of health literacy, examined through the lens of social determinants, structural inequities and mental health. This topic is particularly relevant during this time of pandemic.

Find the answers to questions like: How do I know if it’s time to seek help? What’s the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist and therapist? Or what’s the relationship between how I feel and what I eat?


“For our communities to grow stronger in unity and love we must recognize how and when to lend a helping hand.” — Julius Boatwright, LMSW, Founder/CEO of SteelSmiling Pittsburgh.

“Now you can engage in real self-discovery using real therapy techniques, instead of social media fluff.” —Dr. Ebony Butler, Psychologist, Creator of My Therapy Cards.

“Defining Therapy: Where I learned to be myself and live my best life.” —Jessica Gurley, LCSW, Founder of Mental Health Ts and Social Work Consulting and Counseling.

“End the pain, begin the healing”. —Sharise Nance, LCSW, CCTP, Creator of Vitamin C Healing.

“I live to cultivate change through daily growth and personal development for the purpose of unleashing human potential.” —Anita Russell, MEd, CPLC, Founder & Principal at The Place to SOAR.

Special Mention:
“YES seeks to empower communities to become their own best resource.” —Denise Jones, Program Director, Youth Enrichment Services.

“Sometimes They Think I’m the Help”

Black CEOs Speak Up about Discrimination on Long Island,
Saying They’re Often Made to Feel Like Outsiders

Black business owners on Long Island say that regardless of their years of experience or achievements, they are often made to feel like outsiders. In excerpts from a conversation hosted by Newsday, four Black CEOs discuss the impact of race and racism on their careers.   Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Deidre Helberg. One of the featured guests is Deidre Helberg. She is the CEO for her family business, Helberg Electrical Supply. She is also the President to the U.S. Coalition of Black Women Businesses (USCBWB), founded in February 2020.

As a Black woman business owner, I am proud to be a member of the USCBWB. I also serve as the USCBWB Northeast Regional Partner, residing in Pittsburgh PA.
—Anita D Russell, Founder/Principal at The Place to SOAR

USCBWB is a Hub for Resources and Staying Connected 

  • Networking. Become a part of a community. Entrepreneurs, practitioners, educators, and policymakers committed to ensuring that our businesses and communities are valued, resourceful. Supported with regularly scheduled networking events
  • Social Media. Engage with our community online, in webinars and events. Receive resources that intersect communities around the country through various social media platforms.
  • Partners. Join one of the Regional Partners in communities across the country. Access a local network of leaders and resources.

USCBWB Supports Your Health and Your Business

  • Resources. Online and direct access to industry-specific resources that support business growth.
  • Business Development. Find opportunities to grow your business. Procurement partnerships, new business with corporations, and member-enterprises.
  • Professional Growth. Take advantage of dynamic opportunities, including our Health & Social Equity Series. Expand your knowledge on topics that promote the health and wealth of our businesses and communities.
  • Advocacy.  Attend national, state and local trainings, events, collaborations and activities. Ensure that policymakers are making positive and equitable decisions that support the wellbeing of ourselves, our businesses, and communities.  

Homeless Teens & Children

Homeless Children’s Education Fund Asks How do We Fix This?

Education is the key. I spent a couple of years volunteering for the Homeless Children’s Education Fund supporting the Teen Outreach Program known as TOP. The aim of the program is to confront the challenges teenage youth face when experiencing homelessness and to offer a college and career road map to success for each individual identified through HCEF’s partnerships in Allegheny County. I served as a mentor trainer and supported the targeted high school outreach working with students within schools (Brashear and Westinghouse High Schools in the Pittsburgh Public School system). I also volunteered at the summer camp program for children in a local shelter.

The mission of HCEF is to advance the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness, guiding them to be productive, empowered citizens. As a national model for addressing the educational needs of unstably-housed children and youth, HCEF leads a collaborative effort among regional partners by providing educational programs and services in Allegheny County and advocating for policy and system improvement.

AnitaSpeaks – USCBWB

May 7 | 1 PM ET
Increasing Health and Social Equity: Preparing Our Communities to Be Healthy in Post-Covid-19

Featuring Dr. Ram Raju, Northwell Health
Moderated by Anita Russell, Northeast Regional Lead for USCBWB

Click to Read Dr. Raju’s Article:
“Thanks To COVID-19, We Can No Longer Sweep Healthcare Disparities Under The Rug”

The U.S. Coalition of Black Women Businesses (USCBWB) hosted Part 1 of its Virtual Health & Wellness Series, bringing together businesswomen, government officials, educators, and practitioners to discuss topics that promote greater health and economic wellbeing in Communities of Color.

Key Takeaways for Dr. Raju’s Discussion
We are committed to continuing the conversation and converting lessons learned into key action plans. Stay tuned for more.
  1. There can be no health equity without social equity—building awareness of this fundamental truth is a necessity.
  2. Increase multi-sector community-based collaboration and partnerships with efforts to build and support businesses that meet broader needs.
  3. Examine critical social determinants—such as income and wealth, physical environment, transportation and public safety—through the eyes of the community.
  4. Implement multi-level, multi-modality, community-based health literacy to increase the ability to obtain, read, understand, and use healthcare information to make informed decisions.

WSA Speakers Success Training with Anita

May 13 | 4 PM ET
Anita Russell
Panelist for Speaker Success Training

How to Use Your Book as Speaker & Business Owner

Hosted by Charmaine Hammond, 5x best selling and award-winning author, published by 5 publishers, featured in 8 other published books.

Panelists, Kamini Wood, Anita D Russell, and Carrie Kohan were exquisite and wow, did they share some amazing tips to help authors make their book a business! I can’t wait to see your book become a business, and impact people around the world!

What is WSA Speaker Success Training?

Our Speaker Success Training features global experts who have been specifically selected because of their proven track record in their own speaking and training, as well as an affinity for WSA and our members! Each training session is 90 minutes long, has a LIVE Q&A with the guest training and includes the recording so you can add it to your training library. But plan to be there LIVE as you’ll have access to time-sensitive resources!

WSA SpeakerChat with Anita

“Growth from Within: Be Uniquely You”

On this #SpeakerChat Tracey Ehman interviews Anita Russell, author of I Wanna See Laney’s House: A Sibling Story, at Women’s Speaker Association Live. She shares her insight on the importance of knowing yourself and taking action in the “becoming space”. Find out more about Anita Russell at

3 Takeaways

» Know you inner-personal self.
» Take action in your “becoming space.
» Own your voice. Share your message.

Growing Global Influence

Women Speakers Association (WSA) features expert advice from women leaders on #WSATV shows and #SpeakerChat on Facebook. When we began recruiting Global Business Connectors to bring local communities together we had no idea that an outbreak of the coronavirus would occur. What we found is that our Global Business Connector community continues to grow even with this pandemic.


We put out the word that you can have a global organization to fuel your local influence and women leaders around the globe got excited. Since our organization is an online organization, we are well poised to support local communities virtually. We will be hosting Virtual Connect and Collaborate meetings for both local and global gatherings. Our sisterhood is stronger today because of this common contagion that everyone is dealing with. Though our intention was to have live meetings (and we will do so once we can do that safely), we are here supporting you and now have the leaders to guide you through this. Nonetheless, like you we are finding ways to serve women and continuously bring their healing, productive and life changing messages out.

U.S. Coalition of Black Women Businesses

Anita Russell, founder/creator of The Place to SOAR, has been a proud member of the U.S. Coalition of Black Women Businesses (USCBWB) since its inception in 2020.

The USCBWB Message

U.S. Coalition of Black Women Businesses wants to spread our message of empowerment, hope, and compassion. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy and outreach activities, our team works tirelessly each day to contribute their part to the greater good.

Be Uniquely You

What if you could see every micro experience you’ve ever had across the span of your lifetime? What if you recall every opportunity you have ever had to touch someone’s life; to cultivate change through transformational strategies; or to make decisions that bring your joy, significance and fulfillment?

Leading up to my 63rd birthday, God dropped a special message onto my spirit. I’ve never been one to stress over age. It’s has always been about winding up rather than down; being better tomorrow than yesterday; or growing wiser as time progresses. The message helped me look at age from a yet another perspective.

The message resonated with me and I decided to share it with you. Consider this: What if you could create an experience map chronicling a lifetime? Imagine how different your map would be from mine or anyone else’s. This message forms the basis of the theme for my life in 2020, “Be Uniquely You”. You were created to be significant, one-of-a-kind, not a duplicate of anyone else. Consider the number two billion as it relates to your unique life experiences.