September 01

Mental Health and the Business World

Open MindWednesday, September 14 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PTBurn RateRegistration is required for this free live private Zoom event.Please join The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for an Open Mind program with Andy Dunn, author of Burn Rate: Launching a Start-up and Losing My Mind, the new memoir that Forbes called one of the most anticipated books of 2022.  In his gripping story of mental illness and entrepreneurship, Mr. Dunn, co-founder of the e-commerce driven menswear startup Bonobos, opens up about this personal struggle with bipolar disorder that nearly cost him his business, the woman he loved and his life.  Burn Rate is an incredible expose on the topic of unmitigated mental illness and is a parable for the twenty-first-century economy and a revelatory look at the prevalence of mental illness in the start-up community and the workplace in general. Addressing the stigma that keeps those who need help and support from asking for it for fear of revealing weakness, Mr. Dunn fearlessly shines a light on the dark side of success and challenges us all to take part in the deepening conversation around creativity, performance, and mental health.Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, MA, one of the world’s foremost authorities on bipolar disorder, and Brandon Staglin, President of One Mind, will join Mr. Dunn for a discussion about mental health and business.  Andy Dunn co-founded Bonobos in 2007 and served as CEO through its 2017 acquisition by Walmart. As an angel investor and through his venture capital firm, Red Swan, Dunn has backed more than eighty startups, including Warby Parker, Oscar, and Coinbase. Dunn serves on the boards of Monica + Andy, an organic baby-apparel company founded by his sister, and the tech nonprofit Raised By Us. Named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list in 2018, he is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison is the Dalio Professor in Mood Disorders and Professor of Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She is the author of 10 books, including the best-selling books, An Unquiet Mind and Touched with Fire. Her latest book Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Biography in 2018. Dr. Jamison’s work has centered on bipolar disorder, which she was diagnosed with when a doctoral student at UCLA.  Dr. Jamison was named one of the “Best Doctors in the United States” and was chosen by Time as a “Hero of Medicine”. She has won numerous awards including the National Mental Health Association’sWilliam Styron Award, the American Foundation for Suicide PreventionResearch Award; the Community Mental Health Leadership Award; and was a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship in 1991.Brandon Staglin’s non-profit organization, One Mind, accelerates collaborative research and advocacy to enable all individuals facing brain health challenges to build healthy, productive lives. Brandon channels his deep experience in communications, advocacy, and personal schizophrenia recovery to drive brain health research, services, and media to heal lives. His best-known advocacy work has been for the growth of science-driven, large-scale. continuously improving prevention and early intervention services for youth facing serious psychiatric illness. He has published numerous articles in well-known journals and earned numerous advocacy awards. Brandon serves on councils for the World Economic Forum, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, the California Department of Health Care Services, Mindstrong Health, and Stanford University’s Prodrome and Early Psychosis Program Network, and is a member of The Stability Network. He earned a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership from UCSF in September 2018, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Engineering Sciences and Anthropology from Dartmouth College in 1993. To watch videos of our past Open Mind programs, please visit or video YouTube Channel.View this