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About Dayna

Dayna Altman is an energetic and dynamic entrepreneur, author, and creator. The full force and sole operator of Bake it Till You Make it LLC, Dayna harvests her passion for mental health advocacy by using food and baking to create an authentic recipe for vulnerable storytelling. A nationally recognized mental health advocate, Dayna is a dual graduate of Northeastern University and an active Boston community member, Dayna has experience both working in the mental health field and with youth-based non-profits. Currently, Dayna is a touring mental health speaker and full time entrepreneur spending her time writing poetry and cookbooks, documentary filmmaking, and exploring new ways to change the world using her own story.Living with depression and OCD, as well as being in recovery from an eating disorder and sexual assault, Dayna Altman truly lives her message.


Academic Credentials  

Master of Public Health, Northeastern University 2018 

BS in Human Services and Psychology Northeastern University 2015 

Mental Health Certifications 

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Education 

Past Entrepreneurial Experience 

Life After and Erasing Excuses 

Directed, created and produced a short documentary about sexual violence and healing. Plans and executes public apperances and documentary screenings at universities across the country.

The BEA(YOU)TIFUL Project 

Founded a body positivity organization to inspire all people to embrace beauty at every size. Presents at conferences and speaks publicly about eating disorder history.

Mental Health Related Awards 

One of thirty young adults invited to the White House to join a mental health task force to address Youth Mental Health

Distinguished Alumni Award

Sole recipient for dedication to activism and the mental health field-National Active Minds Organization 2016-Sacramento CA

Lenny Bellino Award 

Sole recipient for outstanding compassion and patience toward residents/families- McLean Hospital 2016-Middleboro MA

Highlighted Speaking Engagements 

SoulCycle Headquarters 

Brown & Brown Insurance Company 

Duxbury Senior Center 

McLean Hospital 

Tufts University 

Providence College

University of Illinois: Chicago 

Northeastern University 

Merrimack College

Highlighted Media & Press Recognition

Youth Mental Health Action Forum Young Leader (2022) 

Recognized at the White House at the Inaugural Forum hosted by MTV and The Biden Harris administration.

Transformational Leader, Exelon Magazine (2022) 

Soberpreneur Podcast with Kelsey More 

No Shame on U Podcast 

A is for Anxious with Alyx Ang Podcast

All Bodies All Foods by the Renfrew Center

Experience Life Magazine

Canvas Rebel

Chronicle: WCVB

"31 Best Resilient Books to Read in 2019" 

2020 World Gourmand Cookbook Award Recipient 

A-List Magazine 

Billon Success

AERIE by American Eagle 

News at Northeastern 

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