To date, the incredible members of Reimagine’s Board have been behind the scenes, but now with the leadership of our new Board Chairman, Corey Kennard, we’ve been working to create a unique opportunity for the people shaping Reimagine to come together in community. Corey will kick off the proceedings, where you will have a chance to hear from 3 inspiring members of Reimagine’s board:
- Dr. Jeannie Blaustein: As Reimagine’s founding board chair, Jeannie has spent her professional career as a psychologist, pastoral counselor, and community leader. Jeannie is an adjunct faculty member at Pace University in New York City, teaching The Psychology of Death and Dying.
- Pastor Corey Kennard: Spiritual life coach, motivational speaker, and healthcare activist, Corey is committed to creating positive change through his work as Pastor of Amplify Christian Church and in sharing his own inspirational stories with people far and wide.
- Eric Toda: As an award-winning marketer with a background in digital content, social media strategy, and culture/community building, he has helped build the digital brand presence of some of the most iconic brands in the world, from Facebook, Nike, Snapchat, and Airbnb. As a believer in talent growth and mentorship, and is a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley - Haas School of Business and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
- Eric Solomon, Ph.D.: With his own powerful personal story, Eric is the CEO of The Human OS and former marketing executive at Instagram, Spotify, and YouTube, who works at the intersection of psychology, technology, brand-building, and creativity. His personal mission is to help leaders discover and live their purpose.
In this 45-minute meet-and-greet, these dynamic individuals will share their remarkable professional and personal journeys of how they have transformed loss and adversity into growth, creativity, and impact and are helping others do the same through Reimagine. You will also receive a ‘sneak peek’ at Reimagine’s forthcoming scientifically-backed social platform for healing and growth. You will also get a special live musical performance from musician and Reimagine Board Member Jonathan Lipps.
We hope you join us and (re)discover how your support and engagement with Reimagine is helping to create a world where all people can embrace life fully, from this moment through the end, and collectively contribute to a more compassionate society.
Dr. Jeannie Blaustein
Dr. Jeannie Blaustein is the founding board chair of Reimagine. Jeannie has spent her professional career as a psychologist, pastoral counselor, and community leader supporting people in the work of having difficult conversations about love, loss, and conflict. Over the last 15 years, Jeannie’s work has gravitated toward the field of end-of-life, and in particular, the work of advanced care planning, perhaps the most difficult conversation we must each have with our loved ones, yet by far one of the most important.
Over the last 15 years, Jeannie has served as a hospice volunteer, and trained at TheOpen Center NY to become a doula to accompany the dying. Jeannie serves on the Steering Committee of “What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life,” dedicated to bringing a spiritually-grounded approach to Advance Care Planning, initiated through a partnership with the nationally recognized Advance CarePlanning program 'Respecting Choices'; she is also a certified What Matters Facilitator, Instructor and provides ongoing supervision and education to the cadre of What Matters facilitators in NYC. She has been privileged to work as a chaplain intern on the Geriatric and Palliative Care service at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC. Jeannie is an adjunct faculty member at Pace University in New York City, where she is currently teaching The Psychology of Death and Dying.
Eric Toda, an award-winning marketer with a background in; digital, content, social media strategy, and culture/community building. He has helped build the digital brand presence of some of the most iconic brands in the world from Facebook, Nike, Snapchat, and Airbnb. Most recently he built and launched (from scratch) an entire brand/company for Gap inc. named Hill City, where he led the branding, go-to-market strategy, and built the marketing department.
He has led global teams based in the Americas, APAC, and EMEA. Under a robust portfolio of creative, he has built work recognized by The Cannes Lions Festival, Webby Awards, Clio’s, and Shorty’s, and is a member of the top 40 under 40 digital brand marketers. Eric is a believer in talent growth and mentorship. He is very active in the marketing community as an Adweek Executive Mentor, and guest lecturer at UC Berkeley - Haas School of Business and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Eric Solomon has been working at the intersection of psychology, brand building, and technology for over 20 years. He is the Founder of The Human OS, a consulting practice founded on the principle of building and installing what he calls Human Operating Systems™ for organizations, teams, and leaders. In technology, an OS is a basic foundation that allows for more complex tasks to happen. Without iOS, for example, an app can’t run. Similarly, a Human OS™ encodes how foundational elements of business—like purpose, vision, mission, values, personality, and positioning—propagate through all we do, from internal behaviors, processes, and communication, to external messaging and real-world actions.
Prior to founding his practice, Eric held executive marketing positions for some of the top brands in the world, including YouTube, Spotify, Google, and Instagram. He entered the corporate world through the doors of academia, earning his Ph.D. in psychology prior to running research and brand strategy in award-winning agencies. Most recently, Eric has served as a fractional Chief Marketing Officer for a variety of companies—from new start-ups to established organizations. He is also a current Board Advisory member, an author, and a frequent public speaker.
Corey L. Kennard is Pastor of Amplify Christian Church and also serves as an activist in the field of healthcare. His holistic approach (body, mind, and spirit) serves as the foundation for his desire to see all human beings treated with dignity, honor, and respect in all facets of life. He began his active work in ministry as well as the business sector over 25 years ago. Corey earned a Master's Degree from Ashland Theological Seminary and carries out his passion for people as a daring and devoted agent of change. In addition to serving as a Pastor and healthcare activist, Pastor Corey is a Spiritual Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Partner/Board Member for several community organizations that seek to uplift the poor and vulnerable in society. As a credit to his work, he has received the Michigan Chronicle’s Men Of Excellence Award as being one of the Top 50 Most Influential African-American Men in the Metropolitan Detroit region.
Corey has been involved in the field of healthcare for over 20 years with over a decade of experience in the areas of Palliative Care and Hospice. He currently seeks to enhance the patient/family experience in healthcare settings. His work has also included leading a spiritual care team at one of Detroit’s largest hospitals, and formerly serving as a Faculty Lead for Duke University’s Institute on Care at the End Of Life (ICEOL) national training program called, “APPEAL.” In this role, he was instrumental in co-creating a national teaching module for understanding spirituality at the end of life for African-Americans. He has provided intensive, hands-on consultation, as well as informative, and motivational conference presentations to Healthcare Professionals and Faith Community Leaders on the importance and impact of a person’s spirituality while facing illness. He had also served as a National Advisory Board Member for The Hospice Foundation of America and as a Co-Director of a Community Faith “Advance Care Planning” Project for the University of Virginia
His thought-provoking and energizing speaking style have made him a choice of organizations and educational institutions seeking conference speakers, workshop presenters, or inspiring lecturers. Such organizations include The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), Reimagine End of Life, the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), and the University of Washington’s Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence. Corey is becoming one of the most sought-after and preferred national speakers on the subject of faith and its impact on medical care.
As a writer, Corey is an avid blogger and has also been a New York Times contributing columnist. He has been published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, written motivational columns for the Detroit News, and authored a previous book entitled, “Goliath Must Fall” (2005). His latest release, “Hamburgers & A Holy Man” (2018), is currently available on Amazon.com and Kindle. Pastor Corey shares his life’s work with his wife Kristen, and they are the blessed parents of three wonderful children – Kayla Ariana, Kourtney Lael, and Corey Lynn II.
Jonathan Lipps is a technologist, philosopher, linguist, musician, theologian, and photographer. He is the Senior Director of Automation Technologies at Headspin and has an academic background in philosophy, linguistics, and theology. When he's not leading the Automation Technologies team at HeadSpin, you can find him writing on the philosophy of technology, recording music, going for a run, doing yoga, or playing nerdy games like D&D. He attended Stanford and Oxford Universities and currently resides in Vancouver, BC.