We live in a world where fear & shame surround brain conditions – but it doesn't have to be that way.

1 in 5 Americans live with a brain disorder or mental illness – more than the African, Asian, and Native American populations combined. But 60% don’t get the treatment they need, and that’s a major reason why suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10 - 39. There are a lot of groups working to change that statistic. Support groups, inexpensive treatment providers, employee assistance programs, the list goes on, but until the person who needs help asks for it none of these options are effective. People are too afraid or too ashamed to ask for help.

We realized if 60% don’t get help than 40% do, and of that group 80% will find successful treatment. That represents tens of millions of Americans who have figured out how to integrate their conditions into their lives. How to harness it and thrive.

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1 in 5 Americans live with a brain disorder.

 

 

brain disorders and exceptional gifts go hand in hand

It's true. Without brain disorders there would be no ‘war and Peace’. No starry night. No emancipation proclamation. In fact we know people with bipolar are four times as likely to have been straight A students and show an increased ability to empathize.

There’s no shortage of gifted individuals with intimate knowledge of the problem who are very motivated to take action. the problem is they are currently live in hiding. So Open Labs brings together a group of people uniquely positioned to come up with big creative ideas and supporters who also have a trove of unshared experience and knowledge. Together we are learning how to identify the root causes of the problem and take the big ideas and break them down into experiments with well defined plans and rigorous measurement. So our answer to whether or not something is a good idea can be try it and find out.

 

Join us

There’s a growing movement – medical technology is beginning to help us see the problem. More leaders and celebrities are opening up about their experience, and eventually more people are going to realize suicide is one of the greatest threats to their child’s life. At Open Labs, we have prepared ourselves to harness the power of that movement as a vehicle for change, to transform energy and excitement into motivation and action. And to give people the Hope they need to live Openly.

Whether as a Labs member, a leader on our Open Council, or a financial supporter. I invite you to join us in the movement to build an open world

With Hope – Lance Powers, Co-Founder

 

Our Team

Hollis Moore - Community Manager

Hollis Moore - Community Manager

Kat Atwell - Open Weekend

Kat Atwell - Open Weekend

Michelle Rousseau - Founding Member

Michelle Rousseau - Founding Member

 
Mark Rousseau - Founding Member, Parents Circle

Mark Rousseau - Founding Member, Parents Circle

Laura Schmalstieg - Marketing

Laura Schmalstieg - Marketing

Shira Frank - Founding Member

Shira Frank - Founding Member

Sam Elmore - Facilitator, Workplace

Sam Elmore - Facilitator, Workplace

James Eshleman - Peer Community

James Eshleman - Peer Community

Nick Rodrigues - Peer Community

Nick Rodrigues - Peer Community

 
Kate Peabody - Storytelling

Kate Peabody - Storytelling

Cassie Cohen - Storytelling

Cassie Cohen - Storytelling

Taylor McCurdy - Storytelling

Taylor McCurdy - Storytelling

Advisors

Lance Powers - Evangelism, Founder   Lance’s experience as a worker in tech and suicide survivor living with Type I bipolar disorder give him a unique perspective into this experience. Before Open Labs, Lance launched his career by building a $5 million dollar energy efficient lighting company in just a few years. He then transitioned into tech as the lead frontend developer at Orderly, a Techstars Company working to reshape the way we manage our personal healthcare.

Lance Powers - Evangelism, Founder

Lance’s experience as a worker in tech and suicide survivor living with Type I bipolar disorder give him a unique perspective into this experience. Before Open Labs, Lance launched his career by building a $5 million dollar energy efficient lighting company in just a few years. He then transitioned into tech as the lead frontend developer at Orderly, a Techstars Company working to reshape the way we manage our personal healthcare.

Alexandra Weiner - Founder   Alexandra Weiner brings her background in design of wellness programs to Open Labs. She led her previous company through the Techstars Accelerator, a nationally ranked startup program that accepts less than 1% of applicants. As the token ‘neurotypical’ in Open Labs, her dream is to have every workplace value neurodiversity.

Alexandra Weiner - Founder

Alexandra Weiner brings her background in design of wellness programs to Open Labs. She led her previous company through the Techstars Accelerator, a nationally ranked startup program that accepts less than 1% of applicants. As the token ‘neurotypical’ in Open Labs, her dream is to have every workplace value neurodiversity.

Zach Nies - Program Designer & Facilitator   Zach is the VP of education at Techstars and an expert in lean and agile methodologies. He scaled the Rally Software from startup to IPO as their CTO and bring his knowledge of technology and lean to the Open Labs experiment process. He is connected to Open Labs’ mission through his personal experience with loved one’s brain condition.

Zach Nies - Program Designer & Facilitator

Zach is the VP of education at Techstars and an expert in lean and agile methodologies. He scaled the Rally Software from startup to IPO as their CTO and bring his knowledge of technology and lean to the Open Labs experiment process. He is connected to Open Labs’ mission through his personal experience with loved one’s brain condition.

 
Carol Barash – Storytelling & Communications   Carol is the CEO of story2, a partner organization of Open Labs. Carol trains the Open Labs membership in how to message and communicate their stories in written and spoken format using a proprietary storytelling method. Carol. holds a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Princeton.

Carol Barash – Storytelling & Communications

Carol is the CEO of story2, a partner organization of Open Labs. Carol trains the Open Labs membership in how to message and communicate their stories in written and spoken format using a proprietary storytelling method. Carol. holds a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Princeton.

Amy Reichlin - Facilitation   Amy is a certified coach, corporate trainer and strategist with over 22 years of experience in a wide range of settings including technology, consumer products, healthcare, and education. Amy has earned an MBA from Kellogg, Masters in Psychology from Naropa University while authoring the Effects of Stress on Youth with Bipolar, and is certified by Google’s Search Inside Yourself ENGAGE program.

Amy Reichlin - Facilitation

Amy is a certified coach, corporate trainer and strategist with over 22 years of experience in a wide range of settings including technology, consumer products, healthcare, and education. Amy has earned an MBA from Kellogg, Masters in Psychology from Naropa University while authoring the Effects of Stress on Youth with Bipolar, and is certified by Google’s Search Inside Yourself ENGAGE program.

Matt Helt - Handbook   Matt Helt is the Director of Startup Week at Techstars. In this role, Matt works with organizing teams all around the world and maintains the volunteer handbook. Matt brings his personal experience with a brain condition.

Matt Helt - Handbook

Matt Helt is the Director of Startup Week at Techstars. In this role, Matt works with organizing teams all around the world and maintains the volunteer handbook. Matt brings his personal experience with a brain condition.

 
 

The Open Council

Open Council members include prominent business leaders, policy experts, community and academic leaders who lend their name and expertise to the Open Labs mission and demonstrate their support of open conversations about brain health in the workplace and beyond. These leaders are public about their support of neurodiversity and committed to helping remove the stigma and shame around brain conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar autism, and PTSD.

 

Jennifer Akullian
Growth Coaching Institute

Debra Boeldt
National Mental Health Innovation Center

Samantha Channabasappa
eyeBot

David Cohen
Techstars

Jeremy Dillingham
Apto

Brad Feld
Foundry Group

Michael Freeman, M.D
Author of Are Entrepreneurs Touched With Fire

Jack Gilbride
Town of Mountain Village

Ben Hadley
Cooley

James Hodge
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

 

 

Trish Jeffers
MoMa

David Kircos
Techstars

Edward Likovich
Nymbl Science

Amy Reichlin
Amy Reichlin Consulting

Aaron Schram
Opaque Dot Healthcare Data Scientist

Praful Shah
Angel Investor

Adrian Tuck
Tendril

Jenna Walker
formerly Artifact Uprising

Katie Thurmes
formerly Artifact Uprising

Adam Cahn Fast Forward Progress Coaching

 

Carol Barash
Story2

Sylvia Bruce
Sylvia Bruce Ltd., formerly HSBC

Albert Chu
Poppyseed, formerly VP Apple, Palm Source

Cinda Daggett
HR Department

Tim Falls
Nexosis

Jim Franklin
formerly SendGrid

Elizabeth George
Psychologist

Jim Greiner
formerly iTriage

Eddie Harran
formerly Deloitte Centre for the Edge

 

Michael Johnson
M.D., Harvard Medical

Shelley Krause
College Lists Wiki

David Link
Sutherland Bipolar Center

Dave Mayer
Technical Integrity

J Taylor Moore, PhD
ICF

Nim Patel
NimbleIQ

Jo Schneier
ReadyCareConnect & Cognotion

David Secunda
WorkBright, Avid4Adventure

Matt Vogl
National Behavioral Health Innovation Center

PLEASE NOTE: Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only; individual involvement in this effort does not imply organizational support.