“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close


Permission to be Human


Join us for a Fireside chat about Mental Health!
In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness month, the Newwave Foundation is thrilled to announce the first in our livestream fireside chat series; Permission to be Human. We will be spotlighting the importance of physical, emotional and mental well-being of individuals, their families and the workplace.
Join us on Thursday, May 13th @ 12:00pm EST for a candid conversation between Sherifah Munis, Founder & Executive Director of NWF and MaryBeth Hyland, Founder & Chief Visionary of Spark Vision and Author of the soon to be released book “Permission to be Human.” Get ready for a thought provoking conversation that will inspire hope and help break down the stigma surrounding Mental Health in our everyday lives.
We believe the progression of mental well-being starts with creating a platform where people feel comfortable enough to tell their stories and encourage others to get the support they need.
There will be prizes, giveaways, and takeaways that you don’t want to miss.
We can’t wait to see you there!


Get to know our Speakers



Sherifah Munis
Founder & Executive Director of Newwave Foundation 
Sherifah Munis is the Founder and Executive Director of the Newwave Foundation, an organization focused on inspiring the next generation of dreamers to rise to their highest potential. Guided by her heart for service and passion to create opportunities for the underserved, she is a recipient of the Smart CEO Award for her Executive Leadership, and recently recognized as one of the notable “Black Women Philanthropists” in our region. Sherifah will lead us into a conversation about MaryBeth Hyland’s latest book to explore the different themes around mental health and how it can be applied to our everyday lives.
MaryBeth Hyland
Founder & Chief Visionary of SparkVision and Author 
As the Founder and Chief Visionary of SparkVision, MaryBeth Hyland knows that extraordinary success is rooted in the vision, values, and culture crafted by purpose-driven leaders and their tribe. With over 12 years of experience, she’s known for her ability to create movements across generations and does so with the understanding that we all have a deep desire to know and return to our most authentic selves – at work, home and within. Her latest book “Permission to Be Human” fulfills her personal life’s mission to create spaces where voices are heard, stories are released, and purpose is ignited.