Soledad O’Brien’s PowHERful summit impacts over 300 girls

Photo Credit: Angela Mack
Photo credit: Angela Mack

The Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation hosted their annual PowHERful Summit in New York City, Saturday July 23. Entertainment industry veteran Shanti Das led the New York Health and Hospitals health panel and spoke specifically about the importance of mental health. Das spoke candidly to the young women about her struggle with depression and gave tips on to get help. “It’s important that you have a buddy system,” says Das, “make sure there’s a friend or a family member that you’re checking in with every day, so they know how you’re doing.”

Photo Credit: Angela Mack
Photo credit: Angela Mack

The co-host of Page Six TV and host of the Sirius XM show “Bevelations,” Bevy Smith gave the attendees advice on how to build their personal brand. “We live in a world that’s all about the accolades. Everybody wants press. Do the good work and then the accolades and the checks will come,” advises Smith, “Put your head down. Do the work.”

Photo Credit: Angela Mack
Photo Credit: Angela Mack

Soledad O’Brien and her husband, Brad Raymond, founded the Starfish Foundation with the mission to helping low income young women of color secure funding and mentorship to complete their college education. For more information, log on to

angela d. mack
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