Starry Night 2022
Come celebrate the International Bipolar Foundation’s 15 Year Anniversary at Starry Night 2022! We are thrilled to gather in person with you to hear the inspiring stories of our Guest Speakers, and feel the compelling strength of belonging in our community!
To all of our Starry night sponsors, we want to say thank you!
September 24, 2022
At The Ultimate Sky Box at the Diamond View tower, in San Diego, CA
From 6 – 9 PM
Featured Speaker: Two-Star General Gregg F. Martin
Gregg Martin, PhD, is a 36-year Army combat veteran, retired Two-Star Major General, and bipolar survivor.During the Iraq War in 2003, General Martin commanded a combat engineer brigade, and the intense stress of combat triggered his genetic predisposition for bipolar and sent him into his first manic episode. After his deployment, he fell into depression, marking his first up-down cycle.
Dear My Bipolar Disorder,
I never asked for or wanted you in my life, and I wouldn’t wish you on anyone, but… after much pain, you have ended up being a blessing.
After shattering my life, you helped recast it in a whole new way that has made me more compassionate and humble…a better person.
You have led me to connect with some of the best people and friends I’ve ever known, making me rich and giving me hope.
You’ve provided me with the most powerful and inspirational life mission and purpose I’ve ever had: “Sharing my bipolar story to help stop the stigma and save lives”.
Thank you Bipolar.
-Major General Gregg F. Martin, US Army Retired
Guest Speaker: Erika J. Kendrick
Erika J. Kendrick is a bestselling author, a national speaker, and a mental fitness expert. She earned a psychology degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Erika was an NBA cheerleader for the Chicago Bulls before writing her novels, Confessions of a Rookie Cheerleader (Random House) and Appetite (Random House). She is currently touring her bestselling middle grade novel, Squad Goals, with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The anticipatied spinoff, Cookie Monsters, is set for a January 2023 release.
After battling her brain pain, Erika founded Mental Fitness For Life where she launched her latest Mental Fitness book tour, “Who Moved My Happy?” with its accompanying workbook by the same title. While talking to audiences of all backgrounds and ages, Erika shares her story of brain pain and inspires hope by creating safe spaces for life-saving conversations. She has presented and guest lectured at colleges and universities, as well as the US Army and US Air Force, national sororities and fraternities, middle and high schools, conferences, retreats, and national organizations. Erika works tirelessly for social and racial justice in mental health, lobbying at state capitals with the National Alliance on Mental Illness annually and speaking out on disparities and inequities on podcasts and television segments. She spends a great deal of time working with police departments, sheriff departments, and first responders by working to decriminalize the mentally ill. Erika has toured with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and is a speaker with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) where she has been inducted into their Hall of Fame. Now, Erika will be joining us for Starry Night 2022, where she will be underlining about the importance of youth education of mental health!
Emcee: Raoul Martinez
Morning News Anchor Raoul Martinez is thrilled to be in Southern California. Raoul got into this business to do sports but was quickly drawn to the news side.
Before joining FOX 5, Raoul spent six years working at WESH, the NBC affiliate in Orlando, Florida. While there, he was part of an award-winning news team that received a Peabody Award and a Columbia DuPont Award, and also appeared on CNN, The Today Show and MSNBC. Before his time in Orlando, Raoul was an anchor at KESQ, the ABC affiliate in Palm Springs.
Raoul left Cuba with his family at the age of seven. Once in the U.S., he started watching TV news, which helped him learn to speak his new language.
Martinez is passionate about mentoring young kids and he considers it an honor to represent the Hispanic community.
Entertainment: Bill Magee Blues Band
Jimi Hendrix was playing as Jimmy James when Willie (Bill) Magee met, befriended and eventually joined up with Hendrix to form the band “Jimmy James and the Flames.” In 1967, Hendrix went to England, and Magee took his newly formed band, the “Kansas City Playboys” on a tour around Europe. The rest is history!