SU alumni founders join Tishin Donkersley of Techstars for a conversation about mental health for entrepreneurs

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Tishin Donkersley, Techstars and AJ Damiano, PowerSpike

May is Mental Health Month, and the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at SU Libraries has invited clinical psychologist Tishin Donkersley, manager of Global Education at Techstars to join us for our next “Tea Talk” on Wednesday, May 13 at 3 p.m. via Zoom at this link. Co-moderating the conversation will be SU alumnus AJ Damiano ’18 (Whitman), co-founder of PowerSpike, who is a member of the LaunchPad’s Founders Circle, as well as a graduate of the Techstars Atlanta program. We’ll be discussing mental health for entrepreneurs, a topic that is rapidly losing its stigma. More than 300 million people globally suffer from depression and anxiety annually according to the World Health Organization. It’s a topic that is very relevant to the intense pressure-driven world of entrepreneurship, and it is a particular struggle for people around the globe in this period of COVID-19 social isolation.

An educator, editor and successful serial entrepreneur, Donkersley holds a double masters in clinical and sport psychology from Arizona State University. She taught psychoscience at the collegiate level for 10 years, and also mentored collegiate to NFL athletes during their season. She is the author of articles about neuro and consumer technology, combining her love for cognitive science, technology and startups. She later became the editor-in-chief for a paper and online magazine startup, and within two years she helped build it to an exit. She was chief editor for two more startups, the latest of which was Tech.Co, with 1M readers per month, which she exited in January 2019. During her 12+ year entrepreneurship run, she became a national tech editor and reporter, and a tech expert for local network news, an Emmy award-winning show, radio, podcasts, TechCrunch, and more.

She joined Techstars in September 2019 and was promoted to Manager of Global Education. Read more about her here:

Also joining in the conversation as discussion leaders will be Louis Bookoff ’17 (Whitman), co-founder of Busie and and Daniel Fridliand ’18 (Whitman), co-founder of Awning Mental Health, an app which helps manage stress and anxiety. Damiano, Bookoff and Fridliand all remain active members of the LaunchPad and mentor student and alumni founders.

Tea Talks are virtual fireside chats, structured like good conversations over a cup of tea with thought leaders on topics related to innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership.  The LaunchPad at Syracuse University is pleased to present these conversations in partnership with The Republic of Tea.

Join the Zoom chat here.  If a password is required for admission, use LaunchPad.

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