Terrie M. Williams
Author and Mental Health Advocate
Topic: Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting

Terrie M. Williams is one of the country's most highly sought-after speakers, and has shared her unique brand of success and personal development strategies with numerous Fortune 500 companies and countless organizations, including The National Football League, The National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. She has also provided her valued insights in the academic arena at New York University, The New School for Social Research, and the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. Terrie is a frequent online contributor to numerous publications including CNN.com, Ebony.com, theGrio.com and a clinical therapist on WE TV’s SWV Reunited. In 2005, Terrie wrote the critically acclaimed book, Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting; her work is credited with starting an unprecedented national dialogue that recounts her own personal struggle with depression and the impact the stigma of mental illness has particularly on the African-American community.

Her dialogue led to a national mental health advocacy campaign called “Sharing Ourselves…Healing Starts With Us”. She is a member of the NCAA Mental Health Task Force and spoke at the United Nations’ World Mental Health Day in 2012. Williams is the Co-Founder of New Legacy Leaders, a wellness and women’s empowerment movement. Terrie is one of Woman’s Day magazine’s “50 Women On A Mission To Change The World”, Ebony magazine’s “Power 150” for Activism, and a Black History Makers honoree on the 2013 theGrio 100 list. She launched The Terrie Williams Agency (TTWA) in 1988 with multi-talented entertainer Eddie Murphy, and the late jazz legend Miles Davis as her first clients. Terrie continues to represent some of the biggest personalities and businesses in entertainment, business and politics and sports. She has received numerous awards for her communications excellence and humanitarian efforts, including The New York Women in Communications Matrix Award in Public Relations (she was the first and only woman of color to be so honored in the 30-year history of the award). "I have been blessed," says Terrie. "And I feel that when you are blessed the best way to say thank you is to share your blessings with others."