The Conclave 2023 Program
Updated: Sep 14
The Conclave is Eris Brewery and Cider House’s signature event commemorating World Suicide Prevention Awareness Day on Sunday, September 10th, 2023. Presented with Nature's Grace & Wellness the event will benefit The Hope For Us Network’s 2024 Proactive Suicide Prevention programming.
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ryan Shannon
PIONEER AWARDEE: Michelle Thompkins
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM
TRU IN CONCERT
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
OUR HOSTS: ERIS BREWERY & CIDER HOUSE
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: RYAN SHANNON
Ryan Shannon is a Navy Veteran, husband, father, and mental health advocate. After enduring multiple injuries in the line of duty, Ryan medically retired from service as an E6 in 2016.
In the civilian world, Ryan faced new challenges while undergoing treatment for his visible injuries. He also had to battle the invisible psychological wounds of service.
Ryan’s loving wife Shannon helped Ryan confront his mental health challenges and he found resources to confront his physical and psychological injuries.
Ryan became a public advocate for proactive prevention by educating and sharing his ongoing journey through trauma and healing.
PROACTIVE PIONEER: MICHELLE THOMPKINS
The inaugural recipient Michelle Thompkins is a person who has dedicated themselves to creating safe spaces both physically and psychologically for youth in high adversity spaces in the south and west sides of Chicago.
In 2022 she launched an innovative and bold outreach and enrichment program in partnership with the Noble Charter School system.
“Black Boy Heal: See Me, Hear Me” is a powerful engagement presentation designed to destigmatize mental health and generate open discussion through a mix of facts, lived experience stories, music, and digital elements to create a safe open space for self-expression.
TRU IN CONCERT
TRU was created by David Gosz and Leo Fotos who are musical theatre creators based in New York City. They are first-year members of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and members of the TNNY National Writers Lab.
TRU, was a finalist for the 2017 New York Musical Festival, and debuted with the first-ever sold-out run at the 2018 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival where it took home 14 nominations and 2 wins for "Best Choreography" and "Best Music".
The production has received wide praise and acclaim for its "impactful telling of the relationship between an individual and their mental illness."