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Session Title: Emotionally WELL-BEING Your Best Self
Speaker: Dr. Treisha Thorpe Borris, Assistant Professor, Colorado Technical University
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Short description: Emotional well-being is one dimension of one’s overall wellness. The COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on many adults and adversely affected their personal and professional lives. Almost a year into the pandemic, Kaiser Family Foundation took a poll of adults in the U.S. and found that approximately 1 out of every 2 adults stated that they experienced a mental health crisis resulting from worry and stress over the virus. Other issues such as social distancing, financial hardship, isolation, family illnesses, job loss, and psychological factors compounded the effects. These factors took an emotional toll on many adults leading them to experience loneliness, sadness, fear, anxiety, stress and depression. During this time, the African American Wellness Project reported that there was also an increase in the suicide rate, primarily with young adults especially in the African American community. Although there were many different resources provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), many adults who did not have support systems still struggled. However, as we slowly returned to a sense of normalcy, many adults returned to work and personal activities in their daily lives without dealing with how they were affected by the pandemic or to ensure they were emotionally well to return to their jobs.  When issues associated with emotional well-being are not addressed, these can lead to further health issues, problems building and maintaining relationships, and lack of productivity at work.  

Session Objectives:

  • Learn and understand the concept of emotional well-being and its importance to personal and professional life
  • Recognize the factors that affect emotional well-being 
  • Learn how to achieve, improve, and maintain emotional well-being
  • Learn how to use mind-body activities and mindfulness as well-being tools in your personal and professional daily life 
  • Learn how to practice Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Successful People to improve emotional well-being

Bio: Dr. Treisha Thorpe Borris has been a life-long fitness, health, and wellness proponent, and has conducted and moderated presentations on “Embracing Emotional Intelligence and Empathy”, “Health and Wellness Seminar with live Fitness Demo”, and “Self-Care Equals Self Preservation.” She is a two-time All-American Collegiate Track and Field Athlete and former Olympic Development athlete, Coach of Olympic Trials Qualifying athletes, and a Certified USATF Level I Track and Field Coach. Her passion for fitness, health, and wellness led her to becoming the Founder and President of U.S. Elite International non-profit organization in 2005 that provides underrepresented, underserved, and under-resourced minority students with access and opportunities to achieve higher education debt free, some using their athletic gifts and talents, and others being ambassadors of physical fitness. She leads U.S. Elite’s health and wellness program that provides local communities with related resources, including conducting and participating in community health fairs and organizing 5k community runs. Dr. Thorpe Borris also serves as a strategic partner with numerous colleges and universities and has been instrumental in assisting them with resources to develop their athletic programs. Dr. Thorpe Borris is an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) with Colorado Technical University (CTU) University where she teaches undergraduate and Master level Accounting courses, and received CTU’s 2021 Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Thorpe Borris has served as a peer reviewer, presenter, panelist, and session chair for several conferences including the International Academy of Management and Business’ International Conferences on Business and the JAABC International Business, Finance, and Economic Research Conference. She also published academic research papers on education and technology and Accounting discipline topics, in peer-reviewed journal and international academic conference proceedings. Dr. Thorpe Borris is also a Commissioned Financial Institution Examiner with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). At the FDIC, Dr. Thorpe Borris is a co-founding member and current Chair for the Association of African American Professionals (diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility) employee resource group and is a Regional Chair for the Chairman’s Diversity Advisory Council (CDAC). She has been the recipient of the FDIC’s Mission Achievement Award for CDAC and Chairman Awards: Nancy K. Rector Award for Public Service and the Annie D. Moore EEO, Diversity, and Inclusion Award. Dr. Thorpe Borris holds a Ph.D. in Advanced Accounting from Northcentral University (receiving Distinguished Dissertation of the Year and academic honors), an MBA in Accounting from Bowie State University (with honors), and a B.S.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Central Missouri. She also earned certificates from University of South Florida Muma College of Business in “Inclusive and Ethical Leadership” and “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace.” In addition, she is a current Graduate School USA Executive Leadership Program Candidate. If you would like to connect with Dr. Thorpe Borris, please feel free to visit her LinkedIn page.