WOMEN UNITING BY ACKNOWLEDGING WHAT DIVIDES US
A Conversation Series to Develop Empathy,
Deeper Connections and Ultimately heal our divides
Produced In Partnership with THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE
Join us on Wednesday, October 11th for the first gathering of Inclusive Conversations that will include a round table conversation, supplemented by guest performances from artists tackling these issues in their creative practice.
These events are open to women, non-gender binary conforming individuals, and allies.
Cat Del Buono
Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick
ABOUT THE SERIES
Racism harms everyone. Our inability to identify with each other and unite across race has prevented us from attaining equality and liberation for all women, and has created barriers to achieving our collective human potential, among other harms.
A group of passionate women have combined forces to bring women of color and white women to the table to discuss topics like white supremacy, racism, white privilege, discrimination, unconscious bias, inequality, and other topics with each other in front of live audiences in the New York City area.
This series of interactive events will bring women of color and white women together to learn how to relate across our differences as equals. The goals of facilitating these conversations are to build trust and empathy, unlearn racism, strengthen our power to break the chains of white supremacy together and empower ourselves, each other and our communities.
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laura aiisha | performer
In June 2014, Laura Aiisha released her debut solo album bringing to life a dream she’s had since she was a little girl: to share positive empowering messages with the world through words, sound, movement and music. In 2015 she released two additional original songs.
LAH's music and performances are uplifting audiences nationwide, and she regularly performs at large-scale women leadership events, empowering and inviting participants to claim their power, purpose and truth as they choose to consciously co~create the lives they truly desire to live and experience. She was also a featured speaker along with her twin sistar Sarah Haykel for TedxBuffaloWomen and is a regular performer at Sage Lavine’s 'Women’s Leadership Summit' in Monterey, CA.
Laura is also a consultant supporting small businesses nationally with new business development, podcast host and producer of ‘Ignite Intimacy,’ Mom to a 20 year young daughter, West African Dancer and world traveler. LauraAiisha.com Instagram/FB/Twitter: @LauraAiisha
Indhira Arrington | speaker
Indhira provides leadership in the strategic planning and execution of diversity sourcing initiatives and programs for the WIM and Wholesale Banking Divisions of Wells Fargo. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Indhira held several roles at Bank of America within the Global Diversity and Inclusion Organization. Indhira has over 12 years of experience in the securities industry specializing in derivatives and structured products. Indhira earned her BA degree in Economics from Rutgers University where she graduated summa cum laude. She holds a MBA in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business/ London Business School and is a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow, TOIGO Fellow and an INROADS alum. Indhira is also a Cornell University Certified Diversity Professional/Advanced Practitioner. She is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, Phi Beta Kappa, the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), PRIMER Network and the Council of Urban Professionals. Indhira serves on the Board of Directors of the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families and the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP). She also co-chairs the Corporate Circle for the International Center for Research on Women. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two boys.
ELLEN BOLOTIN | speaker
Ellen Bolotin is a graphic and textile designer living in Brooklyn, NY. Ellen also organizes with the Racial Justice Brooklyn arm of #GetOrganizedBK (facebook.com/RacialJusticeBK/ @racialjusticebk), which engages in anti-racism work through complementary means: open, honest conversations, addressing personal experiences of racism and acts of creative resistance, through art, education and community building. Ellen has supported community generated art events for the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Civic Festival, addressing both criminal justice reform and the impact of racism within families and communities. She has also helped plan and speak at GOBK: After Charlottesville and Racial Justice BK’s United and Resilient Against Hate, bringing multi-racial unity and community solidarity in response to the nooses found hanging in the streets of Brooklyn. Beyond actions, Ellen is dedicated to building understanding, creating genuine connection, and activating personal growth, even in the face of discomfort.
CAT DEL BUONO | speaker
Artist Cat Del Buono is a daughter of immigrants. She began drawing and filming at an early age, making her first Super 8 film at age 11. She received a BA from Boston College and received an MFA from School of Visual Arts. She also attended the prestigious graduate film program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Trained as a photographer and filmmaker, Del Buono creates video installations and public happenings that focus on social issues. Her works have shown in the US and abroad, including Bronx Museum, Vetlanda Museum Sweden, Fonlad Digital Arts Festival Portugal, Chashama, and MoCA Miami. “Voices,” her current installation and panel discussion, has been traveling to different cities since 2014. The project focuses on domestic violence and utilizes art as a focal point for an open public dialogue on this social problem.
Del Buono’s work has been featured in Jezebel, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, The Art Newspaper, and Miami Herald to name a few. She was also featured on the PBS show “Art Loft.” Del Buono has lectured on the topic of women in the media, has given numerous art talks, has been a panelist for art organizations and a mentor and thesis advisor for art students. She also works as a freelance Talent Manager on televised specials including the Super Bowl Halftime Show, In Performance at the White House, and the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize.
ALETHEA FITZPATRICK | speaker
Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick is a women’s leadership and photography coach. She founded her company, Photosanity (http://photosanity.com), to help ambitious, mission-driven women shift the narrative so they can increase their personal and professional impact as leaders without sacrificing themselves in the process. She does this through a transformative coaching process that helps you look holistically at all areas of your life, and uses photography as a powerful tool for finding joy, courage, and connection, and deepening your values, mission and leadership voice. She seeks to create collaborative, non-hierarchical, diverse and inclusive paradigms of leadership that end the zero sum game and create a better world for all.
Alethea is certified with the Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership and was previously an architect with almost 20 years of experience in NYC designing and managing workplace strategy and corporate interiors projects for major brands. Born and brought up in the UK, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and 8 and 5 year old boys. http://photosanity.com
KAREN FLESHMAN | Moderator
Karen Fleishman is the founder of Racy Conversations. Her mission is to inspire the first majority anti-racist generation in American history. Karen facilitates workshops nationwide and online and dedicate much of my time to police accountability activism.
FUNMILAYO MARTINS | PERFORMER
Funmilayo Martins was born in Lagos, Nigeria and migrated to Houston, Texas at age 8. She has been writing since a young age, particularly focusing on poetry, short stories and essays. She is currently working toward her degree in English Literature and is deeply influenced by Maya Angelou and Chimamanda Adichie.
KIMBERLEY MITCHELL | speaker
Originally from Rural Hall, North Carolina, Kimberley Dalton Mitchell is a winner of the ABFF NBC Universal Star Project.Currently, a cast member in the choreoplay SHE (Ethical Society Oct 20th and 21st). In LA, As a member of the NBC Diversity showcase Kimberley booked her first recurring role on Days of Our Lives. Kimberley's love for creating feminist comedy screams through her stand up comedy as well as her first sketch comedy web series. "FabulousnessNess with Clea + Jordan", competed as finalists in the Funny or Die Make'em LAFF (Los Angeles Film Festival) competition. Her 2nd short film, The Openers, won best short in Broad humor festival and featured in Cannes Festival Short Film Corner. The Openers is an all improv Mockumentary that chronicles the hilarious journey three stand-up comediennes take as they produce their very own HBO style stand-up special in their living room.
Margenett Moore-Roberts | speaker
Margenett has enjoyed a career in Digital Media for more than 15 years, holding senior roles across Sales, Operations and Human Resources. She has been an early employee in several Start-up companies and worked for a large Tech company for more than five years where she built successful strategic business units from the ground up. These roles and experiences gave Margenett broad visibility and robust experience across the entire Product and Operations lifecycles, experiences that have propelled the evolution and progression of Margenett’s corporate career.
Margenett was the GM of Video Monetization at interClick when the company was acquired by Yahoo. After joining Yahoo, Margenett lead the development and growth of Yahoo’s network video advertising business, a business that grossed close to $90M in revenues over 3.5 years. In early, 2016 Margenett took on the new challenge of establishing and leading Yahoo’s Office of Inclusive Diversity. As the Global Head of Inclusive Diversity at Yahoo, Margenett lead efforts to develop a more inclusive culture and promote diversity as a mission-critical business imperative for the company. Under Margenett’s leadership, the Office of Inclusive Diversity partnered with executive leadership and other key groups across the company, to leverage the power of diversity to activate new markets, unlock innovation and maximize value for Yahoo.
Now, Margenett is joining the speaking circuit to help spread messages of inclusion and love.
C. Zawadi Morris is the founder of The Original Media Group and the publisher of The Brooklyn Reader. Born and raised in Chicago, Ms. Morris is a 20-year resident of Brooklyn with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and Spanish from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Ms. Morris also has worked as bilingual press director for NY Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, a senior account executive for Shandwick Public Affairs and Cohn & Wolf Public Relations and a media director for The Vox Collective.
In 2000, Ms. Morris founded The Original Media Group, LLC (OMG!), a bilingual media relations agency, three-times M/WBE-certified to do business with the City of New York. In 2013, under OMG!, Ms. Morris launched BK Reader (www.BKReader.com), the area’s first independent online news daily covering Central and East Brooklyn and that offers geolocation news search. Since its launch, BK Reader quickly has grown to be a trusted daily community news source, with more than 50 registered bloggers, columnists, reporters and videographers.
Ms. Morris is a member of LION Publishers (Local Independent Online News); is a Torey Burch Fellow and a board member of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Spark Prize. Ms. Morris has been recognized by The New York City Council with an award of excellence and presented, in recognition of BK Reader, a citation of excellence from the Brooklyn Borough President’s office.