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about the conference

The Active Minds 2023 Mental Health Conference is the nation’s leading mental health conference for young adults. 



This highly anticipated conference will bring together 600 young adults from across the country to share ideas and advance knowledge about mental health education, advocacy, and awareness.

The conference will showcase the most innovative and effective approaches to supporting young adult well-being and changing the conversation about mental health on campuses, in schools, in the transition to the workplace, and within our communities.



Highlights of the conference include inspiring keynote presentations and breakout sessions led by esteemed mental health, higher education, and other experts. The 2023 speaker list and bios can be found HERE.



  • Young Adult Leaders ages 18-25 and those who are committed to mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
  • Active Minds Chapter Members and Alumni from colleges and universities and high schools. 
  • Student Members of Partner Organizations including fraternity and sorority leaders, student athletes, service-minded students, student body presidents, and more.
  • Leading Experts and Industry Leaders with tangible opportunities available for young adult advocates to learn, grow, and mobilize for mental health.


Registration for the 2023 Active Minds Conference is now closed.  If you have any questions, please email

Current information about COVID-related policies for the conference can be found here.

Keynote Speakers

Em Beihold

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Em Beihold

Platinum Recording Artist, Mental Health Advocate

Em Beihold

Em Beihold

Platinum Recording Artist, Mental Health Advocate

Via music, Em Beihold converses and connects much like your closest friend would. She isn’t afraid to be blunt, disclose her insecurities, or laugh unexpectedly, yet she’s got nothing but love. It’s why she’s quietly emerged as an identifiable and inimitable platinum-certified pop songstress with north of 1 billion streams and widespread critical acclaim. She’s the girl on the red carpet with the $10 coat (who will proudly tell anyone who asks!) and who sends her hairstylist a picture of Jessica Rabbit as inspo for a late-night TV appearance (this particular instance went nuts on TikTok!). 

The Los Angeles native climbed into the pop culture conversation with the 2022 platinum smash “Numb Little Bug.” It has generated over 500 million global streams in addition to cracking the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 and lifting Em to #1 on the Billboard Emerging Artists Chart. She only accelerated her rise with the Egg In TheBackseat EP, making her late-night television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She incited the applause of The New York Times, Stereogum, Teen Vogue, V Magazine, and Variety who hailed, “Beihold is very much part of the new guard.” She lent her voice to a duet version of Stephen Sanchez’s “Until I Found You,” which exploded to the tune of over 360 million Spotify streams. Moreover, they lit up The Late Late Show with James Corden together during a smoldering performance. Yet, she opens up even more on a series of 2023 singles for Moon Projects/Republic Records and opened for Lewis Capaldi on his US spring 2023 tour.

Instagram, TikTok, Website

Dr. Tia Dole

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Dr. Tia Dole

Chief 988 Lifeline Officer, Vibrant Emotional Health

Dr. Tia Dole

Dr. Tia Dole

Chief 988 Lifeline Officer, Vibrant Emotional Health

Dr. Dole is a licensed clinical psychologist and a long-time advocate for the rights of those with intersectional identity. Prior to stepping into the role of Chief 988 Officer, Dr. Dole was the Executive Director of The Steve Fund, the nation’s only organization focused on the mental health and emotional well-being for young people of color.

Additionally, Dr. Dole was the Chief Clinical Operations Officer at The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth.

Dometi Pongo

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Dometi Pongo

Journalist, MTV

Dometi Pongo

Dometi Pongo

Journalist, MTV

Dometi Pongo {dō-meh-TEE} is the host of the hit MTV docuseries “True Life Crime” and multiple MTV News franchises including its flagship program, “Need to Know.” Pongo’s work lives at the intersection of pop culture and social justice, exploring topics spanning hip-hop, pop culture, and American history across various programs.

The award-winning journalist also works as a speaker and multimedia consultant through his firm, Pongo Strategy Group, which helps organizations tell compelling stories through multimedia

Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Website


What to expect

Learn more about what’s in store at the 2023 Conference!

Friday, July 7, 2023

7:00am – 8:00am: Sunrise Self-Care

8:00am – 9:00am: Breakfast and Registration

9:00am – 9:40am: Conference Kick-off: Building Social Connection

9:40am – 10:00am: Welcome from Alison Malmon (Founder and Executive Director, Active Minds)

10:00am – 11:00am: Plenary Panel: We Are Inseparable: Becoming Motivators, Agitators, and Innovators for a Revolution In Mental Health Policy

11:15am – 12:15pm: Growth Sessions: Be the Change on Your Campus

12:00pm – 4:00pm: Send Silence Packing® Exhibit

12:15pm – 1:15pm: Lunch and Keynote Panel: The Power of Peer Support (moderated by MTV’s Dometi Pongo)

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Growth Sessions: Be the Change in Your Community 

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Visit the Exhibitors

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Growth Sessions: Be the Change Through Advocacy 

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Social Hour for Active Minds Chapter Members


Saturday, July 8, 2023

7:30am – 8:30am: Sunrise Self-Care

8:30am – 9:30am: Breakfast and Opening Remarks

9:30am – 10:30am: Keynote Panel: 988 Lifeline: A New Resource for Quick, Responsive Mental Health Support (moderated by Dr. Tia Dole, Chief 988 Officer Vibrant Emotional Health)

10:45am – 11:45am: Growth Sessions: Be the Change Through Skill-Building

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch and Chapter Awards 

12:00pm – 4:00pm: Send Silence Packing® Exhibit

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Innovation Expo & Networking 

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Growth Sessions: Be the Change Through Learning

3:45pm – 4:45pm: Featured Keynote: Em Beihold (Singer-songwriter)

4:45pm – 5:00pm: Closing Remarks

2023 Speakers List and Bios

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hotel and travel information

hotel and travel information

Capital Hilton Hotel

1001 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20036, US

Join us at the Capital Hilton where we’ll gather for all conference sessions. Combining style, historical character, and an enviable location, the Capital Hilton is located just blocks from the capital’s best attractions including The White House, the National Mall, and a multitude of museums. With comfortable rooms and suites and a great restaurant, the hotel offers all you need for an unforgettable trip to DC.

Book your room at the Capital Hilton to receive our special conference rate, only available until our conference block is booked.

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how to get to the Capital Hilton

Capital Hilton is located two blocks north of the White House on 16th Street and K Street, in Northwest Washington, DC. The hotel is easily accessible to three different Metro Stations: Farragut North (Red Line), Farragut West (Blue and Orange Lines), and McPherson Square (Blue and Orange Lines).



The hotel offers valet parking only for $59 per day. However, there are self-park garages nearby, which are not operated by the hotel.


nearby airports

  • Reagan National Airport
  • Washington Dulles International Airport
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

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2023 Conference Sponsors











Your company or organization may receive an invitation to become a sponsor at the Active Minds 2023 Mental Health Conference. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at to discuss partnership and sponsorship opportunities. We’re happy to work with you!

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