Jade Mathis, Esq.

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Jade Mathis

Jade Mathis, Esq. is a professional mental health speaker from Active Minds.

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About Jade

Jade Ellis Mathis, Esq., also known as “The Resilient JEM”, is an attorney, TEDx speaker, mental health advocate, and television personality. While following in the footsteps of her father, host of the Emmy Award-winning Judge Mathis Show, Jade experienced several obstacles and setbacks on her challenging road to becoming an attorney. After receiving a life-changing diagnosis of clinical depression, ADHD, and a learning disorder her junior year in college, she was determined to change the way the world views mental health. Jade’s bold, authentic, and unapologetic approach to addressing mental health is admired and respected by many. In 2016, she gained national notoriety after sharing her story of resilience and perseverance in her viral testimony “Don’t Quit, Anything can Happen” video with over 900k views.

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Jade served as a non-traditional prosecutor for six years, where she specialized in criminal justice reform. In 2016, Jade created the Back on Track -Prince George’s County diversion program as an alternative to incarceration, modeled after the program created by Vice President Kamala Harris during her tenure as Attorney General. Jade has been recognized for her work and expertise in expungements and second chance initiatives.

In 2021, Jade resigned from prosecution to follow her passion to inspire the masses and embarked on a full-time journey of mental health advocacy and inspirational speaking. Since that time, she has been featured in People, Essence, E!, NBC, FOX, Rolling Out, The Root and several other publications, podcasts, and media outlets for her advocacy and journey of resilience. Jade has served as a panelist, host, moderator, and keynote speaker for dozens of community events, private companies, federal government agencies, national conferences, high schools, universities, law schools, faith-based institutions, and many more.

The Detroit native obtained her Juris Doctrine from Western Michigan School of Law with a concertation in Litigation and Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. Jade is certified and trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid and serves as an Advisory Board Member at Charles H. Hickey Jr. School, a male youth Detention Center. Jade currently works with the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Black Greek Letter Consortium as their mental health influencer and keynote speaker for their national Rooted in Resilience tour. Jade also serves as Of Counsel and media consultant to the AClarke Law Group, litigating high-profile civil rights cases in Washington, D.C., and is a recurring guest contributor on MSNBC.

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Key topics

  • Workplace mental health
  • Resilience in adversity
  • The criminal justice system’s intersection with mental health


Jade’s Presentation Options

The Mind: A War Won with Resilience is a modified variation of Jade’s TEDX presentation. Interweaving her journey with mental illness, repeated failures, and unexpected life-altering events, Jade uses humor, visual displays, and real-life relatable scenarios to captivate and ignite the inner fighter and survivor in all of us. The audience will leave inspired and motivated with practical takeaways, also known as “Jade’s JEMS,” to help confidently navigate unexpected events and setbacks while remaining resilient.


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