Dr. Stephanie Akoumany is the Founder and CEO of Bloom is a leadership, wellness, and community building company. She is also the host of the Blooming is A Habit Podcast.

The Blooming is a Habit Podcast series highlights innovative solutions to complex social challenges discovered by students, parents, educators, business professionals, business owners, and women & girls of all colors as they pursue their passions and create careers and/or businesses of their dreams. Her guests share their journeys and their impactful interventions in the areas of Health & Wellness, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Family, Relationships, Sex Education, Education, Science & Technology, Career & Business.

Bloom uses the latest insights from public health, psychology, and neuroscience to create engaging media, tech, curriculum. workshops, conferences, and events that help humans bloom into their best selves.

Bloom helps individuals, families, schools, nonprofits, and businesses plant seeds of mindfulness, play, productivity, empathy, and inclusivity in their everyday lives and create roadmaps for holistic success! Bloom honors the idea that happy, healthy, and empowered people can change the world!

Dr. Akoumany has over 9 years of experience helping over 300+ students, 100 educators, and 75 parents gain life, leadership, mindfulness, wellness, diversity, equity, inclusion, and conflict resolution skills in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Dr. Akoumany created the 2019 Bloom Wellness Summit which was sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health in Baltimore, MD to help middle school girls and their teachers brainstorm and learn how to make wellness a priority at their schools. https://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/center-for-adolescent-health/blog/bloom-wellness-summit.

She presented at the ADVIS (Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools) Professional Development Conference on “Making Students of Color’s Mental Health and Wellbeing A Priority” in December 2019. She served as a keynote speaker at the National Coalition for Girls Schools Educating Girls Symposium At Bryn Mawr and an Urban Education Class at Towson University n November 2019 on how to help girls thrive in school, college, and beyond. She also presented at the 2018 NAIS POCC Conference on Self Care & Mindfulness Strategies for Faculty of Color.

Dr. Akoumany earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at University of Maryland College Park in May 2018 and is a proud Baltimore City Public Schools, Samuel Ready Scholars, B.E.S.T., and Bryn Mawr School alumna. She loves exploring connections between human development, psychology, public health, public policy, girls & youth empowerment, adverse childhood experiences, relational aggression, social emotional learning skills, emotional intelligence, implicit bias, neuroplasticity, mindfulness, and sexual education.

Her dissertation research highlights how black early adolescent girls utilize resilience strategies, particularly, self-assertion, storytelling, creativity, play, and community building to cope with daily stressors.

Former President Barack Obama & Dr. Stephanie Akoumany (Formerly Stephanie Stevenson)

In 2009, Stephanie interned at the U.S. House of Representatives and introduced President Barack Obama at a televised White House press conference advocating for increased Pell Grants for college students from low to middle socio-economic statuses. https://www.c-span.org/video/?285476-1/president-obama-remarks-higher-education-policy