Larissa May is the founder of #HalfTheStory, a global non-profit community and media platform reducing the negative effects of social media on mental health across the globe. Since launching the company in 2015, the platform has shared over 5000 stories from 99 different countries around the globe. May (known by most as Larz) was originally inspired to launch the company after the pressures of running a popular fashion blog called Livinlikelarz took a toll on her mental health. Despite her success as a fashion week correspondent for publications like Huffington Post, AOL Style, and a social media consultant for fashion and beauty brands, she was riddled by stress and anxiety, a reality not often shared on curated social media feeds. With #HalfTheStory, May is working to fix that, encouraging young people to share their less-filtered stories while also providing educational resources for students struggling with mental health issues. The company has garnered press from Time, Forbes, Refinery29, Good Morning America, Create Cultivate, Girlboss and more.
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Nina Roth is the Head of Community & Operations and was the first hire at Alma, a new co-practicing community for top quality therapists with a mission to elevate and normalize the care experience. Her main areas of focus are on scaling a strong community of providers and delivering an excellent experience to Alma's members and their clients. She is extremely passionate about human connection, especially in the context of de-stigmatizing mental health care and issues that face so many. Before Alma she worked at Oscar, a new health insurance company that launched with the health exchange in 2013. While there, Nina supported the company's rapid growth from 9 employees when she joined to over 700 four years later. She has a love for helping young companies grow and build something from nothing.
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