Jason Finucan www.empowerproservices.com Jason became a professional inspirational speaker and founded Empower Professional Services to open people’s minds to the reality of stigma. "Having experienced both a major physical and mental illness, I learned the hard way what a negative – and truly unnecessary – force stigma could be. My hope is to help corporations and schools overcome this challenge.” Jason’s unique perspective on mental illness and stigma began with a heart defect, which ultimately required open heart surgery at 12 years old. When he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 26 years old, Jason realized the stark contrast between the two experiences could be traced back to stigma. Ever since, he has focused on inspiring positive change in workplaces and schools across the country through his personal, actionable keynotes and programs on mental illness and stigma – as well as through his thought-provoking blogs.