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The collective creating this podcast came together through a shared belief that tearing down the old stigmas around mental health can free all people to be better versions of themselves.

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ERIC COLY is a mental health advocate and the founder and CEO of , a technology company that offers access to therapy by enabling virtual communication between marginalized communities and licensed therapists who share their cultural traits, identities, and experiences. Prior to Ayana, Eric served as founder and CEO of Le Dessein, a socially responsible fashion line created to educate underprivileged girls in West Africa through art. Eric has held senior positions in investment banking and private advisory at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. Eric attended the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He was raised in his native country of Senegal and is fluent in French and English. He lives in Los Angeles. 
 B. CHLOTILDE is a woman of color who hails from the South but thrives in California. She’s enjoyed various professional roles, but the sum-up is she loves language and imagery and has spent her career trying to leverage them both to create a positive impact. She writes under this pseudonym and you can find some of her work on Medium.
 DAN LEAHY Born in Santa Cruz, Dan Leahy is a native Californian.  Growing up in a family with a passion for all things creative, he was instilled at an early age with a love for the arts, particularly music and storytelling.  He currently resides in Altadena, CA, making a racket with his wife, Margaret, daughter Fiona, son Graham and way too many animals to mention.
JORDAN KILPIN is a sound designer and composer based in Orange County, CA.
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