Active Minds National Conference 2021

Here to Stay: Mental Health in the Post-2020 Culture

The nation’s premier conference focused on young adults and mental health

February 16 – 18, 2021

Virtual | #ActiveMindsCon21

featured speakers


Alyssa Milano has spent almost her entire life in the public eye. Alyssa is an actor (“Who’s the Boss”, “Charmed”, “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later”), producer, entrepreneur, activist, NY Times Best-Selling author and podcast host (“Alyssa Milano: Sorry Not Sorry”).

As an activist, Milano chooses to shine a spotlight on causes that matter deeply to her, including mental health, sexual harassment, and assault. Her advancement of #MeToo sparked a viral movement of women fighting against sexual harassment and assault and she has been involved in TimesUp since its inception. She recently joined the ERA Coalition’s Advisory Council and is the ACLU’s Ambassador for Reproductive Rights. In early 2020, Milano fell ill to a severe case of COVID-19 that not only affected her physical health but mental health as well. She recently wrote a heartfelt think piece about her experience battling the virus.


Nkechi Okoro Carroll is the Executive Producer of the Greg Berlanti-produced drama series “All American,” the acclaimed Netflix show that highlights the myriad issues that young adults face today.

Prior to “All American,” Okoro Carroll served as Co-Executive Producer on the drama series “The Resident” and “Rosewood.” Her other television producing credits include, “Bones” and “The Finder.” Additionally, Okoro Carroll is in an exclusive, multiyear overall deal with Warner Bros Studios.

Born in New York, raised in Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, and England, Okoro Carroll earned a B.A. in Economics and French from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in International Economics from New York University. Prior to her television writing career, Okoro Carroll worked for the Federal Reserve where her responsibilities included managing the reserve position for the U.S. Banking system and analyzing the impact of monetary policy decisions on the domestic money markets. All of which she did while still writing and producing plays in New York.

Okoro Carroll currently resides in Los Angeles.

plus a special message from Justin Bieber

Interactive Sessions Addressing:


Mental Health Trends in Higher Education


The Future of Workplace Wellness


Creating Spaces in a Virtual World


Mitigating Burnout: Self-Care, Chronic Stress Responses, and Resilience


Mental Health Advocacy Among BIPOC Communities


Mental Health in the Hospitality Industry


& more!

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about the conference

The Active Minds National Conference is the nation’s premier conference focused on young adults and mental health. This three-day conference will look closely at how the mental health conversation has changed through the events of 2020, how the issue has come to the forefront of the national dialogue, and how the post-2020 era can bring a better mental health culture, for good.

Annual showcase

Presented since 2004, this highly anticipated annual event brings together hundreds of young adults and mental health leaders; campus and school professionals; government, foundation, and corporate representatives from across the country to share ideas and advance knowledge about mental health education, advocacy, and awareness.

The conference annually showcases the most innovative and effective approaches to supporting young adult well-being and changing the conversation about mental health on campuses, in workplaces, and within our communities.

Exceptional speakers

Highlights of the Active Minds National Conference includes inspiring keynote presentations and breakout sessions led by esteemed mental health, higher education, and other experts.

Who attends

  • Campus professionals including deans, vice presidents, faculty, and staff in Student Affairs, Student Life, Student Health, Counseling, Psychology, Public Health, and more
  • School administrators including principals, superintendents, guidance counselors, and social work
  • Government, foundation, and corporate representatives invested in the health and well-being of students and communities
  • Young adults and Active Minds chapter members and alumni, student body presidents, fraternity and sorority leaders, and all others who are committed to mental health awareness and suicide prevention
  • Mental health leaders including representatives of mental health organizations as well as practitioners