Can practicing kindness toward yourself and others benefit your mental health? The Washington Mystics, in collaboration with Deloitte, assemble a panel of athletes, community, and corporate leaders to discuss this very question. They will discuss the benefits of championing kindness, share personal stories of kindness, and share tips on how to practice selfcare.
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TAMIKA TREMAGLIO, DELOITTE
Tamika is the Greater Washington managing principal and is responsible for overseeing more than 10,000 audit, tax, advisory, and consulting professionals in the region. She helps to drive client and business growth and further enhance Deloitte’s strategic positioning in the Greater Washington market. In addition to Tamika’s leadership responsibilities, she also continues to work with clients in the forensics and investigations space.
Tamika has led numerous large US and multinational client relationships for the Advisory practice across the life sciences and health care and consumer and industrial products industries in forensic and dispute services. Additionally, she also serves as corporate secretary on the Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP board.
In addition to serving on numerous Boards and volunteering with several community organizations, Tamika is also the President of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association Foundation.
At Deloitte, she has championed Workplace Kindness, a cultural ethos that encourages everyone in an organization to foster inclusivity, empowerment, and respect. Deloitte believes that as a company they are only as good as the good they do; that facts and figures, as notable and important as they may be, are secondary to the truest measure of Deloitte: The impact they make in the world.
ALYSHA CLARK, FORWARD, WASHINGTON MYSTICS
Alysha Clark is one of the best players in the WNBA with an inspiring- and relatable story – for fans and especially youth. Her basketball career didn’t begin the way many may think she played every sport growing up, but didn’t consider herself a ‘sports kid’. She chose basketball as her sport in high school – but admitted she was “terrible” at first. But by the time she was a senior in high school she was one of the best basketball players, and in college she became the first player to win both Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year in the same year.
While she was drafted in the second round in 2010 but didn’t make a roster either than year or in 2011. But she remained positive and in 20212 she signed with the Seattle Storm. Her career has been nothing short of spectacular, earning two WNBA Championships (2018 and 2020), two WNBA All-Defensive Team honors (2019 and 2020) and winning France’s Ligue Feminine de Basketball championship in 2019 and Poland’s Basket Liga Koblet MVP Award in 2018. But she’s hardly finished, joining the Washington Mystics in 2021 with a goal of eventually bringing another Championship to D.C.
MAYA ENISTA SMITH, BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION
Maya Smith proudly serves as the first Executive Director of Born This Way Foundation. In this position, she engages a diverse array of partners across sectors to conduct innovative research, builds authentic youth-focused programming, and leads effective campaigns that foster kindness and advance the conversation around mental health.
With over a decade of experience in the youth empowerment, civic engagement, and community development fields, Maya previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Mobilize.org and began her career as East Coast Coordinator for Rock The Vote. In addition to her work with the Foundation, Maya serves on the Board of Directors of Advocates for Youth, Learning To Give, and Give Together. Maya grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, and is a graduate of Rutgers University. She currently resides outside of San Francisco with her husband, David, their two children, and their dog Kai. You can follow Maya on Twitter and on Instagram.
JAIME LEDESMA, DELOITTE
Jaime Ledesma is a Well-being Specialist who helps organizations see beyond traditional wellness programs and design human-centered cultures of well-being that include physical and mental health, empathy, connection, and a sense of purpose. At Deloitte, she supports the development of a national network of 1000+ well-being champions, manages mental health campaigns, contributes to research on the future of wellness, and delivers mindfulness and virtual yoga sessions to thousands of professionals. In 2018, she completed her certification with Google-born Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute to bring meditation to the corporate workplace.
Jaime started her career as a Consultant in Deloitte’s Human Capital practice, with a focus on the intersection of Culture & Well-being. She developed and executed change management strategy for large healthcare providers and helped clients understand cultural barriers to growth, courage, and wellness.
On the weekends, she can be found teaching yoga at a local studio or managing her blog on mindful organization. Follow Jaime on Instagram.
STU SINGER, WASHINGTON MYSTICS
Stu Singer has worked as the sports psychology and performance consultant for the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the WNBA’s 2019 World Champion Washington Mystics, University of Maryland Women’s Basketball team, Rice University Basketball, and the Connecticut Sun among others. Stu served an integral role in helping the Mystics win their first WNBA Championship in team history, and in the University of Maryland Women’s basketball team reach back-to-back Final Fours.
His approach focuses on teaching and providing mental performance skills for athletes that have the pressures of competing at elite levels in high school, collegiate, and professional sports. Stu also provides team trainings, clinics, and consultation with coaches on how to develop healthy and effective mental performance fundamentals for their athletes. Stu completed his Doctor of Psychology coursework at the University of the Rockies specializing in sport and performance psychology and is a professional member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Additionally, he received his M.Ed. in Counseling from Shippensburg University.