Founder, The Elephant in the Room, Inc.
Keshia Dennis, born in Atlanta, GA, is the founder and CEO of The Elephant in the Room, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity organization that educates and advocates for Mental Health and wellness. Keshia obtained an undergraduate degree in Business Marketing from Georgia State University and a graduate degree in Human Resources Management from Troy University. As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Keshia has dedicated countless hours to service and community engagement so the start of her own non-profit came as no surprise.
Established on the basis of personal mental health experiences, Keshia wanted to find a way to erase the stigma associated with mental health in order to help other sufferers. By creating a nonprofit that strictly promotes Mental Health awareness, Keshia was confident that people would begin to speak up and speak out about this taboo topic.
Prior to The Elephant in the Room, Inc., Keshia worked in the field of Human Resources in the independent school industry as a Director of HR. Working with individuals from various backgrounds, she encountered many people that were suffering from a Mental Health condition. Keshia found herself to be a resource to people and began coaching those close to her. After the daunting discovery of the rise in the number of child and adult suicide rate, Keshia was motivated to take things a step further. Keshia’s solution is simple: “The more we normalize mental health, the more lives we save”. In 2017, The Elephant in the Room, Inc. was established to bridge the gap between those who need help and those who receive help. Keshia encourages everyone to start talking about mental health to help eradicate the stigma.