Paul Dalio is a New York-based writer, director and composer. He received his BA in screenwriting at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and MFA at the NYU graduate filmmaking program where he met his wife and collaborator, Kristina, as well as his professor, Spike Lee who became a mentor and executive producer of his debut feature, “Touched with Fire,” inspired by Paul’s struggle overcoming bipolar. Paul wrote, directed, scored and edited the film which premiered at SXSW 2015 and was released theatrically in February 2016. It was critically well received, a New York Times Critic’s Pick. The film had a big impact on the mental health community, receiving 11 awards from a variety of mental health organizations. Paul is currently working on a multi-media project combining short form, film and TV, produced by Spike Lee and Jon Avnet, dealing with the conflict in the Middle East. Paul does public speaking and advocacy work with mental health organizations and lives in New York with his wife and two children.
Stacey Griffith’s motivation and energy have earned her a devoted following both in and out of SoulCycle’s studio. She teaches over 900 classes a year, and is the author of Two Turns From Zero, documenting her journey through addiction to sobriety and becoming a successful SoulCycle senior master instructor. She advocates for becoming your best self—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Nathan Romano, MBA, joined NAMI-NYC in 2006 with a desire to help reshape society’s negative view of mental illness and those it affects. As the only child of a single mom with bipolar disorder, Nathan watched her struggle with the illness and its related social and economic issues. He also learned firsthand of structural issues inherent in a medical establishment that did not always have consumers’ best interests at heart. He is the Chief Operating Officer at York Capital Management. Prior to this position, he held senior roles at Goldman, Sachs & Co, Credit Suisse, and Bear Stearns. He also worked at Bain & Company in the firm’s private equity practice. He received an MBA with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, where he walked on to the tennis team and majored in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Noah Rubin is a professional tennis player and creator of Behind The Racquet.
“Mental health has been a passion of mine since learning the importance of monitoring how you feel, for your overall well being. I knew the stigma surrounding this topic and wanted to normalize the idea of opening up. This led me to creating Behind The Racquet. The intent was to give people within tennis the platform to share their unique story. It has aided the advancement of mental health conversations in the world of sport today.