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Oct 23 2023


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Drag Queens, Tattoos, and Yamakas

This is a WEBINAR! 

This webinar is the second in a series focused on the importance of overall mental health and well-being as related to a person’s ability to break through career barriers. Throughout the series, panel members will share information on factors affecting accessibility and the ways in which career practitioners and employers can support people in gaining access to fulfilling work.

Join our panelists as they share stories of how a sense of “otherness” has affected their mental health. They will share insights on what career practitioners can do to help clients with similar experiences break through career barriers and provide perspective to employers regarding the unique skills and extraordinary value that diversity can add to the workplace.


Johnny Crowder is a suicide/abuse survivor, TEDx speaker, Billboard-charting heavy metal musician, and the Founder & CEO of Cope Notes, a text-based mental health platform that provides daily support to users in nearly 100 countries around the world. Armed with a decade of clinical treatment, a psychology degree from the University of Central Florida, and 10+ years of peer support and public advocacy through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Johnny’s youthful vigor for mental health has impacted millions of lives across the globe.

Montreece Payton-Hardy is a staunch advocate for Accessibility, Belonging, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity – ABIDE. Her lived experience is foundational to her passion for creating greater digital inclusion and accessibility. Montreece is intentional and strategic in her approach to any subject. She possesses the education, training, and experience necessary to provide honest, candid perspectives on a variety of important issues as well as topics from her own intersectional realities: African Americans with Graduate Degrees, Single Working Mothers, People with Disabilities, and … Vegans in Texas (aka Meat Country).

Bonnie Violet is a trans femme genderqueer spiritual drag artist and digital chaplain. She is also a YouTuber and host of the A Queer Chaplain Podcast with series such as Drag and Spirituality, TranSpirit, and Faith Leaders. Bonnie Violet is co-host of Splintered Grace with her conservative Christian aunt and the At the CCC recovery podcast. Creator and founder of Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV & Aids (a.l.p.h.a.) and the annual Drag and Spirituality Summit. She has shared her experience strength and hope with HIV for 24 years, recovering from drugs, alcohol, and sexual assault among other things for 14 years in classrooms, community centers, churches, online, and pretty much anywhere else she is invited. As a queer chaplain, she is present with people in death and dying helping to lace one’s narrative with a spiritual thread to remind one of their resilience, strengthen faith in self, create serenity in the now, and instill hope for their future. Oh, and she does weddings, memorials, and other rituals in and out of drag.


Courtney Warnsman, PhD currently serves as NCDA’s Board Trustee for Private Practice, Business and Industry, and Agencies. A career development facilitator for nearly 20 years, she works at Austin Career Connections in Austin, Texas, delivering career transition and development services to individual clients across functional roles and industries.

Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2023

Time: 6:00 pm- 7: 00 pm (EST)

Cost: $50.00

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