Opening Plenary Speaker


From Biases to Strengths

Suzanne Barakat, M.D.

We all have implicit biases, but what happens when they drive hatred, leading to bullying – or worse, crime? Learn how in the aftermath of tragedy, Dr. Suzanne Barakat nurtured alliances and created a foundation that continues to strengthen and empower her community to face–and hopefully prevent–further adversity.

Suzanne Barakat, M.D., was born and raised in North Carolina and attended UNC Chapel Hill for undergrad and medical school. She completed her residency training in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at UCSF San Francisco General Hospital. She is a practicing physician in Oakland, CA, and is passionate about women’s health, mental health, global health, and social justice. A doting older sister to Deah, Suzanne became a prominent public voice against the rising tide of Islamophobia in the aftermath of a personal tragedy in February 2015.

We are honored to have Dr. Barakat, board chair of Our Three Winners Foundation, as the opening speaker. The plenary session will be held Friday, September 28, at 9:30 AM.