Gabe Howard is a professional speaker, writer, and activist living with severe bipolar and anxiety disorders. Diagnosed in 2003, he has made it his mission to put a human face on mental illness. Society often sees people living with mental illness at their worst and he works to add a more balanced view.
Gabe Howard is the recipient of the 2014 Norman Guitry Award, given by Mental Health America to the person who shows exceptional leadership in promoting mental illness awareness and prevention in the community.
He was a 2014 Mental Health Hero, designated by PsychCentral.com. He has received a Best of the Web – Blog award, and also placed second in HealthCentral’s LiveBold competition, a national contest awarding the top three people who “live bold” in spite of any health challenge.
Jackie Zimmerman has been in the patient advocacy game for over a decade and has established herself as an authority on chronic illness, patient-centric healthcare and patient community building.
She began as a blogger shortly after her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 2006 and later continued to (over)share her battle with ulcerative colitis (UC) in 2009. In navigating her way around having UC, she saw a massive hole in support for women living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and ostomies. In 2012, Jackie founded Girls With Guts, a nonprofit that offers education and support for women around the globe. In addition to her chronic illnesses, she also lives with clinical depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Jackie loves therapy and wishes everyone went regularly.
Jackie’s had the privilege of giving keynote speeches and presentations, traveling to the Hill, sitting on various advisory boards, and partaking in countless other opportunities all in the name of improving healthcare and sharing the patient experience.
By day she’s a digital media specialist, a chronic over committer, a wife to Adam, and a paranoid pet mom to four furbabies.