Elona Washington: How Telling Your Story Heals Yourself & Others

March 7, 2024
Hosted by Ingrid Cockhren

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Episode Description

This week, in honor of Women's History Month, we will speak with Elona Washington. Elona is the founder of The Author’s Journey, an award-winning marketing agency. Elona is a childhood trauma survivor who understands firsthand the challenges of revealing life's most intimate, personal moments. After self-publishing her memoir, she was catapulted in the public eye as a #metoo activist, appearing in the USA TODAY, Canadian Broadcasting Network, and other major outlets. A 3x bestselling author with 24 years of marketing experience, eight of which in self and traditional publishing, Elona has used her expertise to design award-winning marketing campaigns for New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors. After resigning from a Big 5 Publisher, she sparked a revolution with this agency, championing the voices of Black and Brown authors and designing strategies to increase their impact and tell their stories to the world.

History. Culture. Trauma

Thursday at 1PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel

According to Resmaa Menakem, trauma decontextualized over time looks like culture. We, at PACEs Connection, agree. 2020, with COVID-19, our climate crisis, and the racial reckoning, has shown us that trauma is embedded within our institutions, our culture, and our history. 2020 was a collective trauma. And, with the addition of technological advances like the internet and social media, we are more connected to our collective selves than ever before. We can no longer live in silos, focused on the individual. We know now that our shared experiences matter. Our podcast will examine trauma and resilience, not just at the individual level, at the systems and cultural level. How has the trauma of slavery and genocide impacted our current society? Why are the cultural manifestations of trauma, i.e., community violence, school shootings, etc., so pervasive? Together, our hosts and their guests will outline the true impact of trauma and resilience on the human experience.

Ingrid Cockhren

Ingrid Cockhren knows first-hand how impactful trauma and toxic stress can be for children and families and has dedicated her professional life to investigating and educating the public about the link between early trauma, early adversity, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), positive childhood experiences and the consequences that occur across the lifespan. Specializing in creating equitable and inclusive environments within organizations, collective impacts and grassroot movements, Cockhren uses her knowledge of stress, trauma, historical trauma, human development, and psychology to translate research concerning DEI into community, workplace, and organizational solutions. Cockhren graduated from Tennessee State University with a B.S. in psychology and from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College with a M.Ed. in child studies specializing in minority and impoverished children. Her research areas are African American parenting styles, positive and adverse childhood experiences, historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, brain development, developmental psychology, and epigenetics. Cockhren’s experience includes juvenile justice, family counseling, early childhood education, professional development, consulting, and community education. She is currently CEO at PACEs Connection and an adjunct professor specializing in Black psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, and personality theory at Tennessee State University.

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