Conference Speakers

Deena Baxter

Deena Baxter is a published author, wellness advocate and strategic management consultant with more than 30 years of experience in finance, program management and communications. She earned a B.S. and MBA at Boston University, worked in high-tech for 18 years and managed an international research project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 9 years. Her business articles and humor columns have been published by Scripps News Service/Journal Media Group, Working Woman, Inc. magazine,,, and èBella.

In September 2014, she launched The Surviving Suicide & Sudden Loss Project in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County, FL. The project includes a book and creative arts website,, with a mission to promote life-affirming mental wellness. The book is titled, SURVIVING SUICIDE – Searching for “Normal” with Heartache and Humor. All profit from book sales flows to NAMI of Collier County, FL. Baxter incorporates creative art and humor in her writing and was awarded a Mascot Books 2014 Outstanding Author Award for Non-Fiction. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) endorsed the book and has listed it on their website as a resource. The February 2015 issue of Gulfshore Life Magazine included a profile feature on Baxter and The Surviving Suicide and Sudden Loss Project.

Baxter co-founded and runs a spiritual meditation program in her community. She lives and works in Southwest Florida. Contact her at