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May 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Turning Pain into Purpose

Stories of inspiration and hope from the Emotionally Naked blog

TEDx and motivational speaker, Anne Moss Rogers, has built a following on the tabooist of subjects–suicide, and the mental illnesses that often trigger it. Despite her family’s best efforts, her 20-year-old son, Charles Aubrey Rogers, died by suicide June 5, 2015 after many years of struggle with anxiety, depression and ultimately a heroin addiction.

Grief stricken and terrified, she published a newspaper article about her family’s tragedy that went viral, creating a following for her blog, Emotionally Naked.

This presentation is about her journey to healing by dragging an unpopular topic into the spotlight, and how a blog community that came together in their shared pain has saved lives in the most surprising and unconventional of ways.

Charles’ death did not mark the end of her journey but the beginning of a new one that includes promoting her son’s legacy of letting others know they matter.


  • Our greatest wisdom is often the result of our deepest wounds
  • You can overcome adversity, find hope, and live again
  • Real face-to-face connection is important to human beings and easy to deliver
  • Unforgettable moments create opportunities to be extraordinary


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