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02 Feb Recap: Working Your Way Through the Trauma In and Outside of Corporate America

On January 26, 2017, over 50 attendees gathered at Jopwell’s headquarters to dive into a topic that is really important this year. More than ever we need to learn how to deal with the negative experiences that happen in and outside of the workplace.


For some, it’s just trying to make it through the next four years with this new presidency and the concerns of our safety and livelihoods at jeopardy.


For others, it’s dealing with the pressures of work that may be breaking you down mentally and physically.


And for a lot of us, it’s both.


To start off the discussion of self-care, the L2LMixer featured an outstanding panel of speakers who shared their thoughts, experience and advice for making sure you add some self-care to your lives including:



Charli Penn, Relationships & Lifestyle Senior Editor at ESSENCE
Greg Thompson, Jr., Software Engineer at Buzzfeed
Rev. Kyndra Frazier, Director of the HOPE Center and Associate Pastor at FCBC 
Minda Harts, Founder of The Memo
Percell Dugger, Brand Trainer for NIKE & Jordan Brands


Our panelists dug deep as they relived some of the moments when they felt uncomfortable at work due to insensitive and ignorant co-workers. Rev. Kyndra gave an example of being called a thug in an elevator, because of the way she was dressed.  Panelists also talked about ways they are adding self-care into their lives by traveling more, spending time with relatives and saying “no” more.


If you are looking for more resources and reading material to help get you through 2017, some of our panelists recommended some books to add to your reading list:


Percell’s recommendations:

When Breath Becomes Air



Minda’s recommendations:

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers


The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun


Rev. Kyndra’s recommendations:

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma


Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves


Here is a Twitter recap of some highlighted moments from January’s #L2LMixer.



Click here to see more pictures from the #L2LMixer. If you decide to share them on social media, make sure to use #L2LMixer and credit @abeldevisphotography.



Special thanks to Jopwell, sweetgreen and Jack Daniel’s!

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