Additional Speakers

Leslie Holley

Leslie Holley is a Nationally Certified Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, LPC, NCC (MD, DC, VA, MO) who earned her Masters in Community Counseling from DePaul University where she also taught masters level clinical counseling courses as an adjunct professor. Currently, she works with clients at her private practice, Healing-Circle, LLC in Silver Spring, MD, providing psychotherapy and coaching interventions. Leslie specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), working with Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), has been extensively trained in trauma and is Reiki I Certified. Moreover, she completed her Masters thesis, with distinction, on the help seeking behaviors of African American men. Currently, Leslie serves as the Secretary-Elect for the Maryland Counseling Association.

Leslie Holley has over 15 years of public speaking experience and conducts mental health presentations nationally, both in-person and virtually. She has presented on mental health topics for the American Counseling Association, the Illinois Counseling Association, Northwestern University, DePaul University and the Maryland Counseling Association Multicultural Division, to name a few. Some of the many topics she presents on include therapy 101, how to start a private practice (3 part series), mental health during COVID-19, how to cope with grief, anger management, trauma in children and adolescents, how to manage a crisis, conflict resolution, bullying in the workplace, assertive training, and thriving in a multigenerational workforce.


Jason Marotzke

Jason Marotzke, ME is a consultant and affiliate faculty member at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, teaching ethics and providing supervision for masters-level therapists-in-training. He is a Nationally Certified Human Rights Campaign Welcoming School Facilitator and active leader in state, regional and national counseling association boards, currently serving on American Counseling Association’s Governing Council as the Midwest Region Representative.

Jason Marotzke has over 20 years of experience in counseling, education and public speaking and training. He is a seasoned presenter for children, adolescents and adults on a variety of topics related to counseling and wellness including the use of improv in team building, parenting, mental health awareness, communication and conflict resolution, LGBTQIIA+ awareness and inclusivity and creating open and collaborative working environments.

Amanda S. Norris

Amanda S. Norris, M.A. holds a Master of Arts in Community Counseling with a Specialization in Latino/a Mental Health from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and an alumni award for a Distinguished Commitment to Diversity. Amanda aims to promote a mindset-shift in others to identify innate strengths and equip them with actionable steps to pursue a meaningful life. As President and Founder of Sustainable Mental Wellness, Inc., her public speaking services, workshop facilitation, group engagement and coaching services are the catalyst for self-discovery and sharing gifts with the greater community. Amanda’s specialized background in community-based behavioral health crisis and assessment, medical and school-based therapy services, early childhood evaluation, hospital business development, peace circles, collaborative group work, storytelling and music performance endows her with a unique perspective of wellness and happiness in the modern age.

Amanda has over 10 years of public speaking and workshop facilitation experience in English and Spanish. She is currently providing mental wellness presentations, both in-person and virtually. Amanda engages audiences with dynamic positivity and narrative lessons with a motivational twist. Prior speaking engagements include the Illinois School Nurses Association, Illinois State Board of Education Wellness Conference, and currently the biannual co-host for the School-Based Mental Health RoundTable. Amanda is passionate about personal growth and manifesting happiness, sustainability and resilience practices, and positive psychology interventions. Topics include: youth and adult mental wellness, school-provider-community partnerships, social and emotional learning, and crisis and stress management, to name a few. Audiences include: healthcare and education professionals, parent and community organizations, youth and university groups, and corporate/conference events.

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