Xcelerator Mentera

A new era of mental health

Welcome to Mentera

We’re an organization committed to creating connections between employers, payers, providers and everyone in between focused on mental health. Through in person conferences, digital events, and industry insights, we create a space for the leading mental health and wellbeing innovators, thought leaders, and disruptors to come together. View our upcoming events and read our industry insights.


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The time is now

Now more than ever, we need to rally everyone who cares about mental health and wellbeing.

Employers are ready to solution.

Corporations are proactively designing programs to support their employees in this space.

Technology is enabling growth.

Covid caused a growth in all of telehealth including mental health.

The growth is expected to continue post the pandemic as laws and  behaviors have changed.

Blue-chip business wants guidance.

C-Suite leaders across industries are actively seeking digestible, low-pressure education to understand the various solutions available to them.

Modern companies want to build partnerships.

Leading players and “best places to work” want to help traditional corporations recognize and engage in the opportunities and benefits available with the best mental health solutions.

Mentera team and advisors

We’re passionate about changing the way the world feels.

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Katie Lind


Katie Lind is Sales Executive for Mentera. Katie is a sales professional dedicated to helping companies achieve strategic success by focusing on their goals, brand, and expertise while creating new and innovative partnership solutions. Previous work at Reed Exhibitions, IDG, and Corinium Global Intelligence gives her the ability to provide ideal support and values for exhibitors and sponsors to reach their event goals.

Ren Akinci

Ren Akinci


Ren Akinci is EVP, People & Culture Officer at Emerald charged with expanding and strengthening company’s diversity, inclusion, equity efforts, as well as help us achieve Emerald’s commitment to talent and organizational success. Ren has over 15 years’ experience developing and maintaining successful employee relations that build strong company brands and attract top talent. As a progress leader in her discipline she recognizes the value of focus on employee mental health as a key way to achieve that goal and lends her perspective, expertise and experience to this critical work, brand and conversation.

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Kiki Walker


As a frequent contributor and consultant, Kiki is on the leading edge of the corporate health and wellness movement with an earned reputation for creating, launching, and delivering effective wellness programs. Sought-after industry leader and subject expert with experience developing holistic wellness programs including nutrition, fitness, and mental health for Fortune 500s companies, celebrities, high-performing athletes, and individuals seeking better health. Kiki’s tested strategies, infectious enthusiasm and practical guidelines are motivational and sustainable.

Ren Akinci

Natasha Bowman, JD, SPHR


For nearly 20 years, Natasha Bowman, JD, SPHR has labored to transform the American workplace from the inside out. As a champion for employees, she’s worked with a broad range of organizations as an c-suite HR executive to create an engaging environment in which employees are respected, genuine leaders are cultivated, and top performance is achieved. Natasha is a modern day pioneer of workplace equality, inspiring organizations to not just pay lip service to workplace rights but craft highly-engaged cultures where every employee is truly dignified and valued for their contribution.

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Eric Reaves


Eric Reaves currently serves as Vice President, People and Culture at Emerald, where he leads a company team that strategically develops, collaborates and executes on strong talent management, organizational development and human resource initiatives in support of Emerald’s global business. Eric has over 25 years’ experience in human resources, including developing and implementing scalable, strategic and value-added solutions that deliver on human capital management across a broad array of industries.

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Constance Sjoquist, MBA


Constance Sjoquist, MBA, is one of the preeminent thought leaders in the healthcare industry today. For over 25 years, Constance has guided both emerging startups and established health organizations focused on improving health – and the health industry – to clearly articulate their value proposition and capitalize on the market shifts occurring throughout the entire health ecosystem. Formerly, Constance was the Chief Transformation Officer at HLTH, where she helped create from the ground floor the largest and most important conference for health innovation. Prior to joining HLTH, Constance was a healthcare research director at Gartner, where she covered digital platforms, health exchanges, consumer personalization and engagement, and payment integrity solutions. She has held senior roles at Optum, United Healthcare, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN, and EngagePoint.

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Dennis Robbins, MPH & PhD


Dennis Robbins (M.P.H. Harvard, Ph.D., Boston College) is a prominent innovator, thought leader, and health activist. His distinguished career spans multiple sectors of health, wellness, health care, industry, medical and surgical devices and technology, disruptive innovation, ethics and policy.  His initial work on patient-centric engagement and now person-centricity ™ has stimulated a major paradigmatic shift in how we think about health, healthcare, and next generation engagement across diverse ecosystems. Dr. Robbins was a National Fund for Medical Education Fellow, Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow at Harvard. He has advised Presidential and White house commissions, the military health system, start-ups, two US Supreme Court Cases and chaired the PCMH 2.O national think tank where he created the concept of person-centricity™, to help people become and stay healthier while adding years to their lives and life to their years.