Guest Speakers

Guest Speaker: Debra Hopkins, BTCF President and Founder

Debra Hopkins is the Founder & President of the 501(c)3 Breaking The Chains Foundation (BTCF) as well as an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Health Coach, and writer. She became a leading health and fitness expert/teacher and professional dancer with clients such as Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL), Sony, Warner Brothers, and other Time Warner Entities, among others. As a guest speaker, Debra has shared her lived experience at the Eating Recovery Center/Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center’s National Virtual Symposium, NAMI Eastside Virtual Educational Forum, National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Walks, and the Los Angeles International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) Gala, as well as variety of publications and media platforms including Pop Culture, JeJune, Deborah Kobylt Live, LA Voyage, TZ Element Magazine, among others. Under her leadership, BTCF was the first-ever eating disorder platform to present at the 4th annual Worldwide Women Girl’s Festival at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California, including Debra being a featured panelist on the Arts & Entertainment Career Mentoring Panel.

Her speaker presentations include Keep Hope Alive: Choosing Live Over an Eating Disorder, The Army of Hope, Finding Alice, among others.