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Taking Off the Mask: “unMASKing Healthy Relationships”

Broadcast on February 11, 2023
With Ashanti Branch MEd
Hosted by Daniel Sunshine

According to Ashanti Branch, MEd, this session models a safe space for individuals and small groups to engage in an uncommonly open, honest dialogue. Each person has a set of shared human needs — for support, expression, recognition, meaning, and connection. By closing the gap between who we are on the inside and who we show up as at work, school, online, or onsite, we create more meaningful connections, healthier communication, deeper engagement  — and ultimately more powerful results.

In this session, you’ll:

  • Discover a 15-minute experience about emotional masks
  • Find out how adding to individuals’ emotional toolboxes emphasize each other’s uniqueness and similarities as individuals
  • Learn how to awaken individuals to strategies for dealing with life’s challenges
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Ashanti Branch MEd

Founder & Executive Director

Ashanti Branch MEd, was raised by a single mother on welfare in Oakland and went on to study engineering at California Polytechnic - San Luis Obispo. A Civil Engineer in his first career, Ashanti found his passion for teaching while tutoring struggling students. In 2004, as a first-year teacher, Ashanti started to provide a support group for African American and Latino males, who were not achieving the level of their potential. The Ever Forward Club has helped 100% of its members graduate high school. Ashanti is on a mission to change the way that students interact with their education and the way schools interact with students. After being featured in the documentary, The Mask You Live In, and Fellowships at the Stanford, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, and The Gratitude Network, Ashanti has launched the #MillionMaskMovement to connect people all over the world in a self-reflective experience that helps people visualize and realize, “I am not alone.”

Ashanti Branch MEd