Dr. Antoinette N.T. Thornton

Plenary Speaker

The Gifts of Collaboration: How Faith Communities can reduce Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder Stigma

Dr. Antoinette N.T. Thornton (affectionally known as Innovative Influencer), is a dynamic and captivating innovative leader. Dr. Thornton is the owner of Innovative Option Incorporated. Innovative Options is a Behavioral Health Consulting Agency. Innovative Options assist individuals and organizations with identifying their inner strengths to maximize their potential to sustain positive change. She has over 20 years of extensive experience in mental health, leadership development, diversity awareness, and executive coaching with individuals and organizations. Dr. Thornton offers a unique blend of leadership, vision, and knowledge through the lens of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Life Coach.


​​​​Dr. Thornton is an Amazon 1 Best-Selling Author. She is a Certified Speaker, Trainer, Coach, and Certified Behavioral Analysis DISC Consultant with the John Maxwell Team. Dr. Thornton has a vast array of valuable tools she utilizes to innovate individuals to walk in their life destinies. Dr. Thornton has comprehensive

experience developing effective behavioral healthcare evidence-based programs. Her research interest includes women, trauma, leadership, and improving access to mental health services to reduce health disparities among vulnerable populations.