BIH Schedule

8:00am – 10:00am


9:00am – 4:00pm


BIH Guest Panelist – KJLH Radio Live Broadcast
Dr. Joni Ricks-Odie (Main Ballroom)

10:15AM, Morning Breakout

Empowerment Amidst Adversity: Addressing Stress in Black Women
Dr. Amber Johnson and Joy Pate (Room #203C)

11:30AM – 1:00PM

Chats with Kameron
Kameron Greene (BIH Pavilion Stage)

2:00PM, Afternoon Breakout

Conversations for Black Women – Finding Our Balance
Kellie Todd Griffin, Panel Moderator (Room #203C)

2:00PM – 3:00PM

Rolling with Aundrae
Aundrae Russell (BIH Pavilion Stage)

BIH Speaker Bios

Dr. Amber Johnson

Dr. Amber Johnson is a teacher, public health scholar, and community leader. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at Winston-Salem State University.  She completed her Ph.D. and MPH in Community Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Science at California State University at Long Beach. Dr. Johnson has developed partnerships with colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and local governments to conduct community-empowered research projects. Currently, she is funded by the National Institutes of Health to study how stress, sociocognitive processes, and cardiovascular disease risk factors can be addressed to enhance health interventions among Black women. 

Joy Pate

Joy Pate earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University Sacramento and USC respectively. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and owner of private practice “Therapy with Joy” where she specializes in providing tailored therapy solutions for Millennial Black Women who are experiencing anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and life transitions. Through her practice she strives to provide a safe space for Black Women to be empowered in navigating their journey towards greater mental well-being and personal growth. 

Dr. Joni Ricks-Odie

For over a decade Councilmember Dr. Ricks-Oddie has lived with her husband Keith and their two children in the Deforest Park Neighborhood in North Long Beach. She has spent that time practicing civic leadership in Long Beach, serving on the DeForest Park Neighborhood Association Board, North Long Beach Neighborhood Alliance, Uptown Property and Business Improvement District, Citizens Police Complaint Commission, and the Long Beach Planning Commission as chair. Councilmember Dr. Ricks-Oddie is focused on quality-of-life priorities that protect our residents, strengthen our neighborhoods, and help our community thrive. Prior to serving as councilmember, she helped lead the City’s Health Equity outreach and focus groups associated with the Framework for Racial Reconciliation that is currently administered through the Long Beach Office of Equity.

Councilmember Dr. Ricks-Oddie graduated with honors from the University of Iowa, earning a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. She earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health/Epidemiology from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. from UCLA in Epidemiology. Dr. Ricks-Oddie is currently the Director of the UCI Center for Statistical Consulting and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Unit. Dr. Ricks-Oddie oversees general operations and strategic planning for the Center and its consulting activities. As part of her work at the university she helps lead the ICTS Black Thriving Initiative which is an initiative that recognizes and responds to anti-Blackness as an existential threat to the mission of UCI as a public research university.

Kellie Todd Griffin

Executive Leader | Founding Convener, CA Black Women’s Collective | Creator, CA Black Women’s Think Tank | Co-Founder, California Black Women and Girls Social and Economic Impact Fund | CEO, Crenshaw Chick, LLC | Author, SistaGirl@Work

Kellie Todd Griffin has 25 years of results-driven experience in Community Engagement, Strategy, Growth, External Affairs, Marketing and Communications. She has served as a strategy and communications consultant and is a “master convener” who galvanizes communities and individuals around important social and economic safety net issues. For over two decades, she has worked for Fortune 500 companies, international organizations, and elected officials on the local, state, and national levels. Throughout her two decades of work, she has obtained a reputation for creating innovative, nationally-recognized, and award-winning campaigns, initiatives, and programs.

Currently, she is the President and CEO of the California Black Women’s Collective Empowerment Institute, which administers the CA Black Women’s Think Tank at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Todd Griffin has worked in healthcare for over fifteen years, serving as the Senior VP of Community Health, Communications and External Affairs for a statewide healthcare organization; on the executive leadership team that opened Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles; and serving in various leadership roles at Blue Shield, Centene and City of Hope. Todd Griffin was awarded Los Angeles County Woman of Year for her work in healthcare equity. She is also the recipient of Time for Change’s Michelle Obama Community Impact Award and Health 4 Medicaid Tech’s Health Equity Hero Award.

She also served as the Communications Director for former California Assembly Speaker, former United States Congressmember and current Mayor of Los Angeles Karen Bass. She launched CA African Americans for Obama, which was co-chaired by Bass and Kamala Harris, and served on his 2008 campaign. Additionally, Todd Griffin also led American Honda Motor Company’s nation-wide diversity and philanthropy communications.

She owns her own consultancy firm that specializes in public affairs, communications, strategy and DEI for non-profits, government entities and corporations.  She is the founder of several organizations including, Sistallect, Inc., a non-profit, and Crenshaw Chick, LLC, a social impact company. Todd Griffin founded the CA Black Women’s Collective and the California Black Women and Girls Social and Economic Impact Fund. She is also the initiator of the State of Black Women in CA reports.

Todd Griffin served on the board of the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, California Black Health Network Board of Directors, Black Women Organized for Political Action and the Los Angeles County Commission on Women. She also served on the boards of Sacramento Urban League, Sacramento NAACP, Elite Public Schools, and Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce. She is an author of Sista Girl @ Work, a practical guide of success for women of color. Todd Griffin is a sought-after speaker on issues such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Black Women Issues and Empowerment; Public Policy Reform; and the Economic and Social Safety Net.

The Southern California native holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is the proud mother of two sons.

Women’s Health Expo 2023 Highlights

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