August Premier: Time Out: A look at Mental Health Amongst Women in the Workplace
Released August 2023! Join Kendra Moore, chief of programming for Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and Jacia Smith, chief of staff for Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, as they discuss mental health as an important aspect of overall well-being. Recognizing the significance of mental well-being in the workplace, this Talk delves into the unique challenges and considerations faced by women working in this field.
Every day, park and recreation professionals dedicate their lives to spaces that enhance the lives of others through managing the myriad number of activities, programs, facilities and politicians. Women have made important gains in representation in the workplace, especially in senior leadership within the rpark and recreation profession. However, as the pandemic continues to take a toll on work, life and all that comes along with it, we’ve had to work extremely hard to balance it all. Women are confronted by unique workplace and societal barriers that undermine their ability to thrive without stress. During this session, our presenters will speak truth to the pressures of power and help redefine workplace cultures to be more inclusive when addressing mental health and wellness in response to workplace requirements.
As a result of attending, participants will be able to:
1. Provide a safe space that identifies mental health triggers
2. Educate participants about learning alternative approaches to coping with workplace trauma
3. Create strategies that prevent burnout and workplace fatigue
4. Align strategies for success to a wellness action plan
Jacia T. Smith, Esq.
Chief of Staff Baltimore City Recreation and Parks
Baltimore City Recreation and Parks
Jacia T. Smith, Esq. is the Chief of Staff of Baltimore City’s Recreation and Parks, where she serves as a trusted advisor to the Director and oversees the daily activities of a large government agency. Jacia’s day-to-day duties involves providing oversight and guidance to the agency’s senior leadership team, as well as developing and implementing long-range strategies, and ensuring the operational execution that best serves the Agency's goals and City's overall needs. Jacia has served the City in other roles as the Deputy Director of HR Operations for Baltimore City’s Department of Human Resources (“DHR”) and as the Chief Policy Advisor.
Prior to joining the City of Baltimore, Jacia was the Assistant General Counsel at Montgomery College, where she provided counsel on a wide range of legal issues facing the college, including employment law, labor relations, and liability and insurance matters. Jacia also worked as a practicing attorney at a large regional law firm in the environmental and labor litigation practice groups.
An energetic and transformational leader, Jacia has leveraged 15+ years of working in various legal and Human Resources (“HR”) roles, to pursue a career of service, where she is committed to the issues of diversity, inclusive leadership, and conflict management.
Jacia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hampton University; a Juris Doctor from the University of Buffalo Law School; designations as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (“SPHR”) and Senior Certified Professional (“SHRM-SCP”); and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Chief of Programming
Baltimore City Recreation and Parks
Kendra A. Moore has spent her life using her personal and career experiences to provide resources to communities. Moore received both her Bachelors and Masters of Social Work from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. She has over 10 years of experience in youth programs, strategic planning and teen development.
Moore’s professional experience includes serving in Virginia, Georgia and Florida. She is currently working in Baltimore, MD as a Chief of Programming for Baltimore City Recreation and Parks. Ms. Moore has a passion for community and the people who live there. Her desire is to always educate and train young people on how to excel with their greatest potential, through giving them exposure to new and enriching experiences.
She is a servant leader who is passionate about heart work (serving from the heart). In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, puzzles, traveling, baking, planning & decorating for events.
Taylor Jeromos (she/her)
Manager of Learning Production
National Recreation and Park Association
Taylor Jeromos serves on NRPA's Professional Development team as the Manager of Learning Production. Her career has focused on creating accessible programming, centering diverse narratives, and facilitating informal learning opportunities for people of all ages. She’s been a part of the education teams at a number of cultural organizations, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
Taylor earned a Master’s in Museum Studies and Public History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and holds a Bachelor’s in Medieval and Gender History from Earlham College.
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