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Everyone has a story, and every story matters.

We know the path to healing is not an easy one.
Through story, healing, and purpose, we believe anyone can rewrite their story for good.



I’ll Go First is an invitation to story, healing and purposeful living.
We began with the idea that sharing our stories with each other helps us heal, and that finding wholeness leads a deeper life purpose. Sometimes it's difficult to believe we can write a different ending to our beginning. We are here to show you how, connect you to healing resources in your area, and support you in living an abundant life with vision and purpose.

We're also dedicated to finding solutions to barriers that keep people from obtaining mental health and trauma recovery care they need and deserve. We believe that mental health is a human right, and we're determined to ensure that those most of need of care are able to access it, whether as an individual or as a community seeking to support the care of many.

If you had to put us in a box, we're a digital mental health nonprofit organization, or you could just say that we really love people, their stories, and helping them find freedom from their past so they can go live awesome lives. (We like that one the most!)
Jessica Minhas



Robin Stern, Ph.D., is the Co-founder and Associate Director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and an Associate Research Scientist at the Child Study Center at Yale. She is a licensed psychoanalyst with thirty years of experience treating individuals, couples, and families. She is also the co-developer of RULER, an acronym for the five key emotional skills of recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotions. RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by over 2700 public, charter, and private schools across the United States and in many other countries.

Robin does consulting work with schools nationally and across the globe as well as with large corporations including Facebook and Google on best practices for integrating the principles of emotional intelligence into training, outreach, and product design.
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We know sometimes it feels like no one else understands what you’re going through, that’s why we share with you stories of bravery, healing, and purposeful living.
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Robin Stern, Ph.D
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
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Andrés Richner
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Tricia Maia
Fortune 500 Companies



Andrés Richner is the Director of Technology at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, where he spearheads the development of an online learning platform to support RULER, the Center’s approach to social-emotional learning and academic development. Andrés has dedicated most of his academic and professional career to the intersection of technology and human behavior, with a special interest in how people learn through diverse media. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Psychology, and after several years as a classroom educator, pursued an M.A. in Communications, Technology, and Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Before moving back up to the Northeast, Andrés spent 4 years in Durham, North Carolina as a user experience consultant and designer of digital products for educational technology, healthcare, and enterprise.



Tricia Morizio is a product leader with more than 7 years' experience in designing, launching, and scaling digital products across industries, from startups to Fortune 15 companies. She has spoken and written on topics ranging from human-centered design in the enterprise to digital inclusion, and specializes in mobile platforms, design thinking, and product growth. Tricia has a background in economic development and holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics. Coming from a family of healthcare professionals and fascinated by how technology can be used for social impact, she is passionate about the unique possibilities of health tech to make real, meaningful advancements in our daily lives.
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