Charles Hunt is a Resilience Expert, Educator, and motivational speaker. Adept at leveraging transparency to inspire and get results, this former College Recruiting, Talent Management, Diversity, and Supply Chain leader left the corporate world to fulfill his vision of building unbreakable spirits and cultivating resiliency for those who, like him, have The Audacity to Succeed. He helps students, young professionals, business and thought leaders build resilience while harnessing our most important resource in resilience…our minds. Charles’ TEDx Talk “What Trauma Taught Me About Resilience” has attracted international acclaim. As the founder of The Audacity Firm, LLC, his firm provides professional & personal development programs, coaching, and events that equip clients to build and maintain hope, navigate trauma and adversity, & build the resilience necessary to LIVE, DO, and BE BETTER. Charles has led programming at some of the premier universities, colleges, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profits across the country, helping thousands of students and leaders find their way to a better future through enhanced thinking, resilience, career readiness, life coaching, and direct hiring opportunities.
Charles shares incredible stories of resiliency, determination, and success from his journey. Raised on welfare in a drug house in the projects of Oakland, CA by a drug addicted mother, and having lost his father to murder at the age of 10, he seemed destined for a life of trauma and despair from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). But instead of succumbing, he surmounted, navigating the pitfalls on his path to becoming a self-financed, first-generation college graduate (BA in Business Administration from California State University, Hayward) and a highly accomplished human resources, financial, & resilience expert. His intense focus, drive, and unbreakable spirit has lifted him from poverty and debt to financial freedom, while fueling his life’s purpose to use his mess as a message that helps, inspires, and motivates others.
Now equipped with a Master’s Degree in Financial Analysis (Portland State University) and an impressive 17-year corporate career with industry leaders like Enterprise Rent-A-Car, IBM, Intel, Ingersoll Rand, and Belk, an army of degrees and certifications from highly esteemed institutions (Cornell University Certified Diversity Professional), and the life-issued “School of Hard Knocks”, Charles is uniquely gifted and equipped to inspire, motivate, teach, and explain how clients can execute their own “From….To…” story, proving that our only limits are our thoughts.
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the first child protection agency in the world. She has held senior management positions at the Child Protection Center of Montefiore Medical Center (a Child Advocacy Center), the Children’s Village, and at Covenant House/Under 21.
Dr. Pulido’s protocol for crisis debriefing following child fatality and critical incidents is utilized throughout the New York City Child Protective Services system. Dr. Pulido is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She serves on the National Board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and is President of the NYS Chapter of the APSAC Board and is Chair of their Public Policy Committee.
She also is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the World Childhood Foundation. In 2006, Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Dr. Pulido to the New York City Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) where she served until 2015. She recently served as a principal investigator on a project to design a child sexual abuse prevention curriculum for elite, Olympic gymnasts, coaches and parents following the child sexual abuse scandal involving Larry Nassar.
Dr. Pulido holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the City University of New York, and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work and in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. She is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. In 2019, she received the Trailblazer Award from the Silberman School of Social Work at CUNY for her contributions to the greater good of the people in NYC.
She has published in the areas of detection and prevention of child abuse and neglect, providing supervised visitation services, crisis debriefing, child sexual abuse prevention and preventing secondary traumatic stress. She has been featured on WNBC, The New York Daily News, NY1, WPIX-TV, ABC News, cbsnews.com, Inside Edition and is a dedicated blogger on issues of child protection for Huffington Post and Medium.
Vanessa Toney Bobb MD, PhD, joined CDPHP in July 2019 and currently serves as behavioral health medical director of children’s services. In this role, Dr. Bobb oversees the unique behavioral health needs of CDPHP members 21 years of age and younger. In addition to oversight of commercial and Medicaid lines of business, Dr. Bobb directs the Medicaid managed care children’s system implementation, and co-chairs the children’s advisory committee.
Dr. Bobb has vast clinical experience within the Columbia and Cornell University Hospital systems, the New York State Office of Mental Health, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), and within child welfare organizations. Dr. Bobb has treated and provided consultation for youth and adults with complex psychiatric comorbidities. Dr. Bobb presented at local, national, and international conferences, and developed workshops on topics related to mental health and culture, self-esteem in minority youth, early onset schizophrenia, cognitive behavioral therapy, HIV prevention and Health Plan Behavioral Health Interventions.
Board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry, Dr. Bobb completed child, adolescent, and adult residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital and completed a public psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University. She received an MD/PhD from Brown University and is an AHIP Executive Leadership Fellow Program scholar at the Kellogg School of Management. In addition, Dr. Bobb served as clinical faculty to the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and guest lectured at Columbia University public psychiatry fellowship program, New York Presbyterian child and adolescent psychiatry program, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Dr. Bobb served as a peer reviewer for the National Institutes of Health Child Health and Human Development, Scientific Review Branch, was awarded Castle Conolly top doctor honors, and is a past executive committee member of New York Public Psychiatry. Additionally, Dr. Bobb is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Behavioral Health Co-Leader of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, and serves on the board of directors of the YWCA-Northeast New York.
Mr. Wallace joined LaSalle’s staff in 2004 as a social worker and has served in many roles including Director of Clinical Services and Associate Executive Director for Program Development. In 2018, he became LaSalle’s 24th Executive Director and the first clinician to serve in this role.
With over 20 years of experience in child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice, Mr. Wallace is a nationally recognized expert in treating youth and families who have experienced sexual abuse and complex trauma. As an active trainer, he presented to audiences throughout the United States, Canada and Australia, on the topics of trauma, clinical best practices, and behavioral health policy. Mr. Wallace also serves on a number of state and national associations, boards, and committees, all dedicated to the improvement of treatment services to youth and families with complex mental health and behavioral needs. Mr. Wallace earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Binghamton. He is licensed by the State of New York as a clinical social worker.