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About Our Founder

Dr. Maurya D. Cockrell is an international author, international speaker, and practitioner from St. Louis, MO. Known as the SDoH (social determinants of health) Solutionary, she uses health, education, and human resources to improve how people live, learn, work and play. In 2015, she began working as a diversity trainer focusing on intergenerational relationships and millennial thought partnership. In 2017, she founded Leaves Speak Healthcare, an intergenerational healthcare consulting company that offers clients powerful new ways to eliminate elderspeak, increase compassionate communication, and improve end-of-life acceptance.


Dr. Cockrell holds a BS in health management from Saint Louis University, with a minor in theological studies, an MA from Webster University in human resources management, and a doctorate in health professions education from Logan University. She has received additional training and certifications, including Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Evidence-Based Design (EDAC), Death Doula, and Happiness Coach.

Core Values

  • Accountability

  • Autonomy

  • Creativity

  • Dignity

  • Inclusion

  • Innovation

  • Intergenerational Collaboration

  • Lifelong Learning

  • Respect

  • Responsibility