Encore Healing with the Heart, Featuring Second Lady Karen Pence and CreatiVets Founder Richard Casper

November 3, 2020
Hosted by Chris Meek

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Program host Chris Meek is honored to speak with Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence on this special presentation of “Next Steps Forward.” In her role as Second Lady, Mrs. Pence has elevated art therapy as a mental health profession and has raised awareness about the role it can play in treating military members and veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Mrs. Pence will discuss in-depth her passion for art and advocacy for art therapy, the work she is doing on behalf of preventing veteran suicide as Lead Ambassador of the Presidents Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) task force, as well as how she uses her platform as one to promote the power of healing. Mrs. Pence’s enthusiasm for those things she is passionate about and her willingness to share her passions with others to better their lives will leave listeners inspired.

Next Steps Forward

Next Steps Forward

Tuesday at 10 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel

Personal empowerment, commitment to our own well-being and the motivation to achieve more than we ever thought possible are the ingredients of a better life. And, they’re all within our reach. Next Steps Forward with Chris Meek delves into each aspect of the three keys that add energy, excitement, direction and purpose to everything that we do.

Each week, Chris hosts leaders from the worlds of business, sports, entertainment, medicine, politics and public policy as they engage in thought-provoking discussions to help us all take the next step forward on our own journeys to our better selves and greater service to others. Next Steps Forward with Chris Meek is an informative, uplifting hour every Tuesday at 1 PM Eastern Time and 10 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel that’s certain to inspire you to take that important next step forward, too.

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Chris Meek

Chris Meek

Chris Meek believes in the American spirit of individual empowerment and service to others, especially those who have sacrificed for our freedoms. As someone who lived through the horrors of Ground Zero on 9/11, Chris had no way home but to join others as they put one foot in front of the other to make their way forward. Since that day, Chris has committed himself to empowering and motivating fellow Americans to keep taking steps forward, no matter what life throws their way.

Chris has spent the last decade serving as the co-founder and chairman of the national nonprofit SoldierStrong, which is dedicated to helping military veterans take their next steps forward. SoldierStrong carries out its mission by providing revolutionary medical technology to VA medical centers, including exoskeleton suits to help paralyzed veterans walk again and virtual reality equipment to help treat post-traumatic stress.

He also serves as an advisor on the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) task force. In this role, he shares a responsibility to raise awareness about mental health, facilitate research and define a plan to prevent suicide. In 2020, Chris launched ReachStrong, a nonprofit aimed at empowering all Americans to care for their overall well-being. Chris is also a financial services executive at S and P Global, Inc, in New York City. He and his wife, Christine, have three children.

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