Dying on an Alaskan Highway: What a PhD in Sociology Didn't Teach Me About Resilience


Angela shares her story of dying on an Alaskan highway, struggles with PTSD and suicidality, and how a PhD in Sociology, with a specialization in mental health, means nothing at that point.

Yikes, that’s some dark stuff, huh? The shiny rainbows, dancing unicorns, and fairies are up next.

There’s an upside to all this… You can find your way, your purpose, your life in the darkest of hours. That’s what happened to me. I want to talk with you about the importance of your great work, what you’re meant to do, and how not to almost die to find it and let it out in the world.

We’ve all got something amazing within us, something that the world needs. You may already have something bubbling up inside you right now as you read this (no, I don’t mean the after effects of that burger you shouldn’t have eaten). How are you going to give it life? I’ll share some helpful hints.

Angela Wheeler

Affiliation Productive Flourishing
Website http://www.productiveflourishing.com/

Angela Wheeler is the Operations and Community Engagement Manager at Productive Flourishing. With a Ph.D. in Sociology and the experience of working at PF, the best way to describe Angela is a catalyst for applied sociology within business. She’s passionate about working with nonprofits, creating and navigating business relationships that work, and bringing the female voice of business to light.

Known for her outrageous stockings that spite Portland’s perennial grey weather, Angela’s bright demeanor inside and out puts people at ease and lets them know she actually cares. When she’s not working, Angela can be found dancing along with So You Think You Can Dance in her tutu and singing at the top of her lungs to American Idol. She’s also known to wear said tutu and a tiara just because she can.