JD Fuller is African American LCSW in private practice, an activist, writer, podcaster and an educator. As a Diversity Coach and Consultant JD advocates for equity and inclusion because she is passionate about changing the narrative. JD's lifetime of learning and commitment to teaching about and advocating for others spans over the course of an extensive and wide-ranging career. Her life experiences have informed her professional practice.
J.Denise Fuller MSW LCSW
Change The Narrative
Black Lives Matter
“The Age March is a landmark event to heighten the awareness of ageism in our society. Unfortunately, age discrimination often falls under the radar even as our aging population suffers from a lack of respect and unfair workplace practices. Women, especially, face the double whammy of sexism and ageism, and are often marginalized and forced out of the workplace, as they show visible signs of aging. This has to stop! The Age March will bring together men and women of all ages to celebrate and honor our age and let the world know, we’re not done yet!”
Bonnie Marcus, M.Ed, is a certified coach, speaker, host of Badass Women At Any Age podcast, Forbes contributing writer and published author. Her second book, Not Done Yet! How Women Over 50 Regain Their Confidence and Claim Their Workplace Power, focuses on how women 50+ can defy ageist assumptions and stay marketable and keep their jobs. www.BonnieMarcusLeadership.com
As the youngest of three, having two older brothers I grew up feeling inferior not just to my siblings but to others that I chose to be friends with. For a good portion of my life, I am now 70, I strived to be like the individuals I felt subordinate to. However, a light went off inside my brain over the past ten years that woke me up to the message it is never too late to be the best version of yourself and so I wake up each day moving in a positive and forward motion. On my path of recognizing my attributes, I believe I am helping at least one person at a time to free themselves from the negative voices that echo in our heads. Today I am a better friend, sibling, wife, mother, recognizing and accepting me for me!
My educational background includes a Master’s Licensure in Communications and Technology and I am using my skills as the producer and recording engineer for newclevelandradio.net. “We are Not Just Cleveland”
"Let’s come together to shift the perception on aging and recognize the untapped wisdom and mastery available throughout every stage of life. It is imperative that we unite to celebrate diversity. Stand with us and against Ageism on September 12th."
The iconic boutique hotelier who helped Airbnb's founders turn their fast-growing tech start-up into a global hospitality brand, Chip Conley is a New York Times bestselling author whose manifesto on ageism, Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, is inspired by his experience of being both a mentor and an intern in his 50s.
It is time the visuals and narratives we are given as women were updated to reflect the reality of aging. We need to be allowed to age with power and not fear. We are living longer and healthier and it is time to normalize what aging looks like especially for women. The Age March lets us begin to lift the limitations placed on us and show the possibilities for positive aging. Thank you Barbara Rose Brooker for giving people the opportunity to be part of changing Ageism, join the Age March on September 15th., Stephanie O'Dell
Celebrate The Gray is a company that offers styling and inspiration to the 50+ woman. Celebrate The Gray also offers consulting and models so brands/companies can authentically represent the 50+ woman.
"In recent decades, we’ve made a lot of progress against sexism, racism, and homophobia. It’s high time to add ageism to that toxic mix and mobilize against it. What better way to do so than to come together in the streets of San Francisco on September 15 to March for Age Equality. Be there!", Ashton Applewhite
Author and activist Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. She has been internationally recognized as an expert on ageism, speaks widely at venues that have included the TED mainstage and the United Nations, and is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age.
"Recognizing, acknowledging and fighting ageism is imperative in America. We need to stand for the unique value of each person regardless of sex, race or AGE! Elder rights are human rights.", Renee McKenna
Renee McKenna was the lead organizer of San Francisco Women’s March, a peaceful gathering of 100,000 standing for social justice, diversity and inclusion in response to the 2016 Election of Donald Trump. The SF Women’s March was one of over 700 Marches worldwide on January 21, 2017. Renee works as s therapist, healer and spiritual teacher in the Bay Area.
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"Social connection is at the center of what is means to live and age well. It one of the strongest predictors of longevity. Those who enter midlife and feel it as a time of rebirth & growth are the ones who nurtured their connections to themselves, their families, their partners and their communities throughout the decades of getting there. What lives at the crux as some of the most defining & pivotal connections are those intergenerational ones; those that are reciprocal, non judgmental and inspiring. Intergenerational connections offer a unique two sided window to the truths and wisdom of a life well lived, well loved & how to evolve both to be young at heart & old in soul. The Age March does just this. It is an ideal example of how to connect intergenerationally and the kind of initiative that can empower & inspire people regardless of age" Brittany Fleck
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Erica Holmes, PsyD is an Associate Program Chair and the Director of the Psychological Trauma Studies Specialization in the Master’s in Psychology program at Antioch University Los Angeles, Executive Director of Champion Counseling Center and the founder of HOMMs Consulting. Dr. Holmes has provided psychotherapy and counseling, training and consultation, education and research services to individuals and organizations for over 20 years.
Dr. Holmes is a frequent invited speaker at local, national and international conferences and media events. Her areas of inquiry and more than 150 presentations focus on psychological trauma, relationships and coupling, equity, belonging and empowerment, psychotherapy with African American clients and the integration of Christianity and Psychology.
Over the years working as a psychologist, she chose to place herself in areas of greatest need. Dr. Holmes chose to relinquish the sanctity and security offered by many work environments: opting instead to work with historically underserved, marginalized and oppressed individuals, families, and children. Many professionals are not up to the challenge of such intensive and demanding work; however, in her desire to increase access to care and maximize impact, the choice was simple.
Her recently released book, Dating with Purpose (DWP): A Single Woman’s Guide to Escaping No Man’s Land has been met with great enthusiasm and positive review. DWP guides women of all ages through a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-empowerment on the path to finding the love they desire. The first workbook of its kind, Dating with Purpose includes a series of easy-to-follow reflective exercises designed to bring awareness to the patterns and behaviors that set up roadblocks to happiness in intimate relationships. It is now available on Amazon.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Behavioral Science from California State University Dominguez Hills, as well as a Master’s degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Further, Dr. Holmes holds post graduate certifications in the Psychology of Trauma from Antioch University and Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. She is an American Psychological Association Minority Fellow and past board member for the Los Angeles chapter of the Association of Black Psychologist.
Erica Holmes, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist , Educator, Speaker, Consultant and Author
Rhonda Hansome is an African-American stand-up comedian, writer, director, and actress. She has appeared on Louie, Saturday Night Live, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Stand-Up Spotlight, Arsenio Hall, Evening at the Improv, Showtime at the Apollo and The Joan Rivers Show.
stand-up comedian, writer, director, and actress
“During my life In art, journalism and business, transitioning from one of the youngest people in the room to one of the oldest, I’ve learned, to quote, the late Aaliyah, “Age ain’t nothin but a number.” Creative is creative. Curiosity does not recognize an age.. Be you 18–83, we can all participate. The Age March promotes this inclusiveness.”
“What a movement. What an idea. What a gift for everyone, everywhere, to be reminded that age is JUST a number and you are a shining light no matter how old or young you are! That’s why I had NO problem sharing my age . I’m proud of it!”
Has been enjoying a long career of speech and presentation writing, giving one-of-a-kind workshops on the art of writing a perfect love letter, and is the host of the talk show Love Letters Live.
Love Letters Live Talk Show
Mary Eileen Williams, M.A., N.C.C.C. Her book, Land the Job You Love: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50 provides mature applicants with the critical information they will need to successfully navigate today’s competitive job market. Eileen is an active contributor to the Huffington Post, writing job search articles for Huff/Post 50. Eileen is the host of the popular radio show, Feisty Side of Fifty Radio.
Ageism, like any “ism,” is divisive and focuses on differences rather than what we share being human. AgeEquality asks us to lay down our prejudices about youth, middle age, and older adults to relate instead, to a person as a summation of their unique personality, experience, talents and interests.
Instead of viewing people through the viewfinder of age, AgeEquality is a movement that believes that age is a very poor measure of a person’s worth – in fact, they are two unrelated concepts.
So we ask people to throw away the glasses of prejudice and replace them with the clarity of a new vision of the uniqueness of each individual for who they are - not their age, whether it’s 16 or 96. This is how we can improve our culture as a whole, our workplaces, our interactions, and to access the untapped creativity and intelligence of the entire person.
Candiece Milford is the Managing Director of Marketing for Rhoda Goldman Plaza in San Francisco and has worked in the aging space for over a decade. She is a passionate AgeEquality advocate, has participated in the Commonwealth Club’s “Grown Ups Forum for 10 years,” a participant and sponsor of Mary Furlong’s “Boomer Summit,” and has participated in past Age Marchs.
VICTOR GABRIEL, A young African American fillmmaker. IN OUR RACIST AMERICA, where black men and women are murdered by police daily and never made accountable, Victor has risen from EXTREME VIOLENCE POVERTY, FROM trauma to triumph. He has AN MA IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, AN MFA IN FILM FROM THE, FIT INSTITUTE OF FILM. HIS FILM BLACK BOYS CAN’T CRY, MADE ME CRY. THIS TINY SILENT FILM POWERFULLY, EMOTIONALLY, SAYS IT ALL. IT SAYS THAT PEOPLE WHO CALL THEMSELVES GOOD CHRISTIANS, GOOD AMERICANS, ARE STILL SLAVE OWNERS.
Elise Marie Collins
"Age March represents a critical moment in the fight against "othering" older adults. Please join me in participating in AgeMarch, a celebration, and inclusionary act to instigate outdated prejudices and limiting beliefs about aging."
Elise Marie Collins is an intergenerational yoga instructor, health coach, and author with a master's in gerontology from USC. Her mission is to transform how Americans age and her book Super Ager is an Amazon bestseller. Elise also co-wrote a chapter on centenarians for a geriatric medical textbook.
Francee Covington is a five-time EMMY nominee. A retired TV producer, director and writer of news, documentaries and public affairs programs, she worked at major stations in New York, Boston and San Francisco. She led her eponymous video production company for more than twenty years.
Her published work has appeared in Ms. Magazine, PEN, and anthologies including The Black Woman, edited by Toni Cade Bambara, which includes the work of Alice Walker, Nikki Giovani, and Audre Lorde, as well as the anthologies, Endangered Species, Enduring Values and Civil Liberties United edited by Shizue Seigel. She has just completed completed her first novel.