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Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 07:00 pm - 08:00 pm EST

Location:  Virtual via Zoom
United States

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Social media has never been so complex: it allows us to stay connected with our communities and engage on topics of interest, especially during the pandemic when we have been socially distanced from others. Yet, social media presents a wide range of challenges for people of all ages and can lead to distraction, anxiety, depression, and even addiction. As social media is likely to stay and grow, our relationship with it will need to evolve so that we not only survive but also strive.  

Join the DukeNY Women's Forum for a panel conversation about the impact of social media on wellness of people of all ages (e.g., adults, teens and tweens) and ways to navigate social media mindfully and positively. 

Our panelists will include:

  • Ana Homayoun '01: Speaker, Educator, School Consultant, and Author of "Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World" that "explains the new language of social media socialization, and details ways parents and educators can successfully work with students to promote self-regulation, safety, and well-being in an always-on digital culture." Ana has advised companies including Instagram on their parenting guide and related resources, and is the founder of San Francisco Bay Area based Green Ivy Educational Consulting. She frequently speaks on topics including executive functioning, student engagement, and overall wellness.  
  • Laura Suchoski Tierney '09, Founder and CEO of The Social Institute that empowers students and their role models to navigate social media and technology in positive, high-character ways. In her 10 years of prior experience working in social media, Laura has built and overseen social media strategy and campaigns for leading brands including Duke Men’s Basketball, ESPN, Samsung, Coca-Cola, Travelocity, Oakley, and Disney. As Social Media Manager at ESPN, she helped espnW use social media to inspire millions of women and girls who love sports. 
  • Dr. Ann Woo-Ming Park '87 (moderator): Board-certified psychiatrist, therapist, and coach, who specializes in working with women, helping her clients thrive in their personal and professional lives. Dr. Park's practice provides psychiatric expertise, medication management, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindful approaches to emotional health. Her therapeutic style is warm, supportive, and emphasizes actionable steps. Read more at

Don’t miss your chance to hear from Ana, Laura and Dr. Park about their work on social media wellness, ask questions and engage in meaningful conversation with fellow Duke women, and learn useful tactics and strategies to help empower yourself and others to achieve balance in a world where social media is ubiquitous and ever-growing.

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