Raven Saunders visits Leidos Global Headquarters
Photo: Jay Townsend
U.S. track and field star Raven Saunders last week visited Leidos Global Headquarters in Reston, Virginia to promote mental health awareness.
Why you should know: Saunders, a silver medalist in Tokyo in 2020, has partnered with Leidos since 2021 as a “Total Health Champion,” using her platform to help others suffering from mental health challenges she herself has overcome.
In 2016, Saunders sought help to overcome trauma she experienced as a child. She says her experience taught her valuable lessons she believes can help others. Since her recovery, she’s been sharing her message.
On Thursday, she spoke to a gathering of Leidos employees about her secrets to unlocking the championship spirit:
- “When you feel disoriented or lost, I need you to set a goal so that at the end of the day you know your destination,” she said. “When you feel worthless, I need you to set your value and write it down because there’s power in the pen. And when you feel powerless, I need you to take a step back, look at life and appreciate the things you have. Breathe in, take control and master the things you can control.”
The partnership, aligned with the company’s Mission for the Mind campaign, aims to advance mental health solutions, help raise awareness and end the stigma surrounding mental healthcare.
- “We’re proud to have Raven here as a member of our team and a voice for what total health means in thought and practice,” says Leidos Chairman and CEO Roger Krone.
On Friday, Saunders visited the St. James Performance Club in Springfield, Virginia for a meet-and-greet and live training demonstration with the Leidos-sponsored Old Glory Rugby Football Club.
On Saturday, Saunders attended the 37th annual Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) ceremony as a Leidos ambassador at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Fort Washington, Maryland, where 18 Leidos employees were recognized as BEYA Modern Day Technology Leaders.
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