Native Philadelphian, Giva Ann Wilkerson, is a writer, speaker, educator, advocate and yoga teacher of Jamaican and Black American descent. She is a graduate of both the University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University-Bloomington, with graduate degrees in African American & African Diaspora Studies and Public Administration. To date, Giva has been teaching and writing on self-discovery, personal development and healing for over 15 years. In addition to her academic credits, she is a trained sexual assault counselor, trauma-informed care provider and eating disorder recovery coach. She has implemented over 50 personal development programs and workshops, been quoted in Refinery 29 magazine, has made appearances on Good Morning America and Change the Narrative with J.D. Fuller, and had the honor of introducing President Joe Biden, during Hilary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Giva is currently the Head of Community Care for Arise, a new mental health provider specifically focused on bringing folks inclusive, person-centered eating disorder and mental health care. Her goal is to expand and enhance the fields of personal development, peer support and recovery, while continuing to target those closest to her heart – and with the greatest need. Her loves include Nollywood, vegan cuisine and all things Brooklyn.
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