National Women Touched by Addiction Day is recognized every July 23rd

Join us on July 23rd at 7pm on the Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge in Nashville for music, food, speakers (including former Mayor Megan Barry), and an opportunity to participate in a unifying visual display.

free parking available in Nissan Stadium Lot T

Musical Performances

COJO KO

CoJo Ko is a Nashville native Soul, R&B, Smooth Jazz singer and SESAC songwriter and publisher. She is the originator and lead vocalist of Nashville’s hottest all-female funk, soul and jazz original song and cover band, CoJo and the Konectts, and founder of the Natural Soul Experience. As the curator of Natural Soul Experience, CoJo invites emerging artists and musicians to partake in a quality stage experience. Natural Soul Experience has taken place at City Winery (Nashville) and Analog (Hutton Hotel- Nashville) with a packed house. In 2012, CoJo Ko jump started her career in music by opening for international recording artist Julie Dexter and N’Dambi at the Jazz & Jokes (Nashville). Additionally, CoJo Ko has recently shared the stage with Jeff Bradshaw, trombone player to the legendary Patti LaBelle and Earth, Wind & Fire. Other past performances include Women Who Rock Nashville (Omni Hotel, 2019), Nashville CARES – Uniting for Equality Legislative Reception and the 38th Annual African Street Festival. CoJo Ko recently performed her very first show on Broadway at Acme Feed & Seed, videos of which are soon to be released.
CoJo Ko has been nominated several times as “Best R&B / Soul Performer” at the Nashville Industry Music Awards. Her unforgettable, energetic performances awarded CoJo Ko the title of Southern Entertainment Awards’ Slept On Artist of the Year in 2014. Her new singles “Smile” is available on all streaming platforms and “Speak to My Soul” will be scheduled for release soon. Offstage, CoJo Ko is a healthcare worker and gives back to her community by volunteering her time and talent at New Covenant Christian Church’s Community Day, The General Sessions Music City Community Court, and with the African American Cultural Alliance. CoJo Ko’s mantra is “Connect and Change the World Through Music.”

CJ the DJ

Clif Jones aka CJ the DJ was born in California and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was heavily influenced by the city’s Disc Jockey culture. He touched his first pair of turntables at the age of 16 and further showcased his talents while debuting on WLCV, University of Louisville’s radio station in 2003. Since then, Clif has packed dance floors, and captivated the hearts and minds across the Midwest and Southern states.
He is known for his creative mashups, soulful, yet eclectic music selections, ability to read the crowd, and mix in music from all eras and genres. He always brings professionalism to the turntables by providing excellent customer service, competence, and individualized entertainment for a one-of-a-kind experience. Clif is a sure bet to make your VIP event second to none!

Speakers

Demetria Kalodimos

Clif Jones aka CJ the DJ was born in California and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was heavily influenced by the city’s Disc Jockey culture. He touched his first pair of turntables at the age of 16 and further showcased his talents while debuting on WLCV, University of Louisville’s radio station in 2003. Since then, Clif has packed dance floors, and captivated the hearts and minds across the Midwest and Southern states.
He is known for his creative mashups, soulful, yet eclectic music selections, ability to read the crowd, and mix in music from all eras and genres. He always brings professionalism to the turntables by providing excellent customer service, competence, and individualized entertainment for a one-of-a-kind experience. Clif is a sure bet to make your VIP event second to none!

Dr. Stephen Loyd

While in residency, Stephen Loyd, MD, FACP, struggled with anxiety and problem drinking. An experiment with hydrocodone led to several years of opiate addiction, culminating in an intervention by a family member. Dr. Loyd shares his personal story and connects his successful recovery to the social determinants of health. The experience galvanized him to move into addiction treatment and policy work. Dr. Loyd is a well-respected physician with an outstanding professional career c
Dr. Loyd is now both the medical director of a large addiction treatment facility in Nashville and works at an inner-city rehabilitation facility serving indigent women.

Megan Barry

Megan Barry is the former Mayor of Nashville, TN, the first woman to be elected to the office. While she was in office, she lost her only son to a drug overdose. Since leaving her position, Barry is working to combat the shame and guilt that comes from this soul-sucking disease and to help those who struggle with substance use disorder and their loved ones by speaking up and speaking out.  She has shared her story in numerous podcasts and publications including Elle magazine, TOKENS Podcast, Nashville Edit and arcHive Nashville. Her professional experience includes working as a corporate executive, independent consultant focusing on business ethics and corporate responsibility and as an adjunct professor.  She has MBA from Vanderbilt University and currently serves on the board of H.A.R.T and the Women’s Fund for the Community Foundation.  She has previously served on several boards including the YWCA of Middle TN, and the Center for Non-Profit Management.  She has been an invited speaker to numerous organizations and events including TedX Nashville, the International Women’s Forum, Georgia Pacific, OZY Media, National Overdose Awareness Days and many others.

Susan O. Binns

Susan O. Binns is a National Certified Alcohol Counselor and National Certified Recovery Specialist. She served as President of the Music City Recovery Resources Foundation, Inc and is currently the Executive Director of YANA, a safe house for women, President of the Tennessee Association for Recovery Residences (TN-ARR), a Board member of the National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR) and was the President of AHHAP. She has over 40 years’ experience in developing and implementing treatment, Recovery and prevention programs and has held many leadership positions with various Nashville based programs.  She has received several awards and honored for her work in the field of addiction and Social Model. Recently the 2021 Sheila Keeble Award and on July 15th, 2021, Susan received a lifetime achievement proclamation from the Tennessee House of Representatives for her endeavors in the field of addiction in the state of Tennessee.

Andrea Hancock

Andrea Hancock, CPRS, BSW, is a ROPS (Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist) in conjunction with STARS (Students Taking A Right Stand). Whether training organizations/ individuals or performing street outreach, she has and continues to serve the mental health and substance use disorder community of the Middle Tennessee region. For multiple years, her efforts have been concentrated on the at- risk and underserved populations within the Greater Nashville area and surrounding counties, which has led to service through community events, partnerships with for-profit and employment through nonprofit organizations, such as YODA (Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse), Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center, Epic Girl Inc. and Thistle Farms.
Andrea is an ordained Elder at Priest Lake Community Baptist Church, where she faithfully serves on the Women’s Mission and Prison Ministries and is director of their Children’s Church. She first announced her calling to the ministry in 2008. This came after several years in the wilderness, struggling with chronic substance use disorder, physical and emotional abuse, homelessness and hopelessness. She was delivered from these devices in 2006.   She is the founder of a women’s empowerment support group titled “A Woman’s Journey,” in which she works in conjunction with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA). 
“As long as there is life, there is hope,” is one motto Andrea lives by.

Jardyn Morgan

Jardyn Morgan is a Staff Attorney for a Court located in Murfreesboro, TN.  She graduated from Nashville School of Law in 2019 and worked as a law clerk in Rutherford County courts throughout law school.  Jardyn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Political Science from Belmont University in 2013.  She has aspirations to help the underprivileged and socially disadvantaged in society, with a special interest in women’s needs.  
Jardyn and her fiance plan to wed this October in Belize where her parents live. They share two fur-children, Francois and Jacques.