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The quiet strength
of vulnerability

KEVIN DEDNER serves as founder and CEO of Washington-D.C.-based Hurdle, which provides culturally intentional teletherapy putting culture first so that everyone feels seen, heard, and understood.


Kevin is deeply connected to Hurdle’s mission, having suffered a period of depression where he found the biggest challenge to effective care was finding the right therapist who could truly understand and connect with his struggles as an African American man. His company equips mental health professionals with the skills needed to effectively address issues of race, ethnicity, class, and culture and exists to ensure people can show up whole, operate with joy, and live with power.

An award-winning public speaker, Kevin has over 20 years of public health experience. He currently serves as an Optum Clinical and Scientific Advisory Council member. In 2021, Kevin was named one of the top 50 in Digital Health by Rock Health. He was also recently named one of 75 Black healthcare leaders to know by Becker’s Hospital Review.


Kevin is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in Political Science. He also holds a Master of Public Health from Benedictine University. He is a frequent speaker at health and health technology conferences and has self-published a number of essays that document his work in public health and mental healthcare. The Joy of the Disinherited is his debut book.

Holding space for conversations on mental health

If you’re planning an event and looking for a powerful and authentic speaker to address mental health issues and the need to rethink America's broken mental health system, look no further. Invite Kevin to speak at your virtual or in-person event today.

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