Chris Darling gives voice to the idea that human connection can help bridge the chasm between the stigma of mental disorder and society’s reluctance to talk about it. Chris inspires by example through personal stories - some harrowing, some hilarious. Her unabashed speaking style motivates audiences to dare to be the best version of themselves - by creating and nurturing simple human connections.
Chris’s role as a community leader makes her talks a conduit through which dialogue about difficult topics becomes malleable. She models what it means to connect with another person in a way that makes it possible to step out of stigma and into something that matters. Chris’s audiences are drawn to her willingness to talk about what it’s like to live with her own mental illness - alongside the success she has built as a business owner, community leader, mentor, and wife.
She is founder and owner of Darling SEO, a company that provides indispensable Internet marketing resources to local businesses and contractors. Chris received the Rotarian of the year award - 2014-2015 - from the Christiana Rotary Club and Community - she is also a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary, and received 2 Outstanding Achievement Awards in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. Chris mentors at risk children through the Christina School District and also sits on the Board of Directors for the Delaware Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Her receipt of a scholarship to attend extensive training in the art and science of TED style speaking cemented her commitment to get people talking about mental illness.