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Keynote Speaker

[ wom(x)n + (power)+ move(ment) ]


Latesha Byrd


As a career designer, speaker and consultant, Latesha Byrd – Founder and CEO of Byrd Career Consulting, is on a mission to help millennial professionals turn their dreams into careers that will allow them to live life on their own terms. Her work is centered at the intersection of career empowerment and life visioning. She founded Byrd Career Consulting, a Consulting agency that provides resume makeovers, LinkedIn makeovers, interview coaching and Executive career coaching. She partners with professional organizations, nonprofits, universities and corporations to deliver keynotes and workshops centered around people engagement and upward mobility, and provides coaching, with a range of clients including Black Enterprise, United Negro College Fund, Wake Forest University and the Urban League. Latesha is an Adjunct Professor at the North Carolina A&T State University, and a Certified Life and Career Coach. She also hosts a weekly career advice podcast with Living Corporate, The Link Up With Latesha, and has been featured on Forbes, Vogue Business, XO Necole, Black Enterprise, as well as a monthly career segment on NBC Charlotte’s daytime show, Charlotte Today.


Conference Presenters:

Rosa Escobar, PNC Bank

Erica Wallace, UNC Center for Student Success and Academic Counseling

Sheena Jacobs, Cisco

Sarah Fitzgerald

Sarah Fitzgerald is returning back to the Tar Heel state after continuing her studies and career in Colorado. Having spent time traveling and researching worldwide health initiatives, she strives to enhance the quality of student life through innovative health programs and campaigns.  Receiving her B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and her Masters in Public Health from Colorado State University, she is excited to share her passion and commitment to holistic health and wellness among the UNC community. She hopes to bring knowledge and insight to the student wellness programs and social media platforms.

Shareen El Naga

Shareen El Naga is a junior studying Public Policy and Political Science with a minor in Hispanic Studies. She is a peer educator with hha! and is especially passionate about wellness, violence prevention, advocacy, and the centering of marginalized voices.







Dr. Charla Blumell, UNC Office of Student Wellness

Charla Blumell, is a Connecticut born, North Carolina resident that lived in the eastern part of state until relocating to the Triangle in 2008. She is the Assistant Director of Health Promotion, focused on primary and secondary program expansion, utilizing a holistic lens, supporting educational initiatives designed to cultivate a healthy Carolina Community.  Charla’s role expands campus knowledge and experiences in regards to the dimensions of wellness, intentional inclusivity, health equity, advocacy, and prevention efforts.

Charla’s wellness experience includes over a decade of teaching at East Carolina University, within the College of Health and Human Performance, and working with Campus Wellness identifying alternative programming for the diverse population.  In 2015, she completed her doctorate in Adult Education, with a concentration in health from North Carolina State University. Charla is a certified wellness and health coach, as well as a certified health education specialist. She also a proud and active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. During her downtime she enjoys cooking and traveling, as well as spending quality time with her wife Amy, and nephew Nathan.

Bella House

Bella House is a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill studying Biology and Spanish. She is originally from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Outside of school, she likes to cook, craft and explore the world she lives in!”






Claire Molloy

Claire Molloy is a sophomore, Biology major from Goldsboro, NC. She is an executive board member and peer educator for HHA!”







Alicia Freeman, UNC Office of Student Wellness

Alicia Freeman was raised in the rural Native American community of Buckhead, North Carolina; home of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe. This is where she developed the charming southern accent. She relocated to the triangle in 2014 for additional career opportunities. She serves as the Program Coordinator for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention/Mental Health Awareness and Stigma Reduction.

Alicia attended East Carolina University and obtained a Masters in Rehabilitation and Career Counseling as well as a graduate certificate in both Substance Abuse Counseling and Vocational Evaluation. Her experience includes vocational services, clinical counseling, accessibility services, and collegiate wellness initiatives. In higher education, she has also taught College Success Class and served on Student Success Council and ADA Compliance Committee.


Ali Whitenack 

Alli Whitenack is a senior majoring in Global Studies and Political Science with a minor in African Studies from Asheville, North Carolina. Upon entering Carolina, Alli pursued an interest in gender equity becoming involved in Carolina Advocating for Gender Equity (CAGE). She later served as one of the Co-Presidents of the Campus Y, the center for social justice at UNC. In addition to her Co-Presidency, she is a peer educator and the President for the healthy heels ambassadors, an organization focused on health, wellness, and violence prevention.”


Darnisha Pulley

Darnisha works with the full-time program coordinators and campus partners, to coordinate large-scale campus events and smaller-scale outreach initiatives that supports healthy choices and positive decision making at Carolina. She enjoys outreach related to sexual health and relationship education.

Darnisha is currently a Master of Social Work candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has her Bachelors of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her goal is to become a public health social worker working in teenage pregnancy prevention.