Speaker Series

Speaker Series

Community. Commitment. Collaboration.

Meridian’s Speaker Series was developed to bring community leaders, professionals, educators, and the general public together to discuss and identify issues surrounding community health. Through poignant guest speakers immersed in experiences related to identified topics and a discussion panel following, we enable and engage conversation and discuss potential collaborative opportunities where people within the community can work together to build healthier outcomes for those in need.

This year’s Speaker Series will feature Ryan Leaf on October 20 in Lafayette and October 21 in Richmond, and, Chris Herren on November 11 in Muncie.

Guest Speakers

Ryan Leaf

Ryan Leaf is a former NFL QB whose career was full of expectations he didn’t live up to. That failure accompanied with his inability to live life on life’s terms found him in a prison cell both literally and emotionally. Ryan has become a symbol of peace and inspiration for those who struggle with substance abuse and mental illness. Ryan currently is the Program Ambassador for Transcend Recovery Community as well as a College Football and NFL Analyst for ESPN & SiriusXM.


Chris Herren

An extraordinary basketball player, Chris Herren was a celebrated star before graduating high school. He went on to play at Boston College and Fresno State, two seasons in the NBA – including one with his hometown team, the Boston Celtics – and seven seasons overseas before losing it all to the disease of addiction. His recovery journey has been documented in the bestselling memoir, “Basketball Junkie,” the Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary, “Unguarded” and in countless local, national and international stories by The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Sports Illustrated.


Which event would you like to attend?

2021 Speaker Series – Lafayette with Ryan Leaf

2021 Speaker Series – Richmond with Ryan Leaf

2021 Speaker Series – Muncie with Chris Herren


Past Event Photos

Preview Video – Ryan Leaf


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