Racial justice speaker and trainer, Monea Tamara Abdul-Majeed, led a talk called “Eliminating racism one heart at a time,” at The Leadership Summit: Dialogues on Race in 2019. She also led 70 high school students by creating a space to discuss racism and civic engagement, exposing them to servant leadership in the community. www.moneatamara.com
Barcelona-based womxn’s health coach & priestess, Jolinda Johnson, delivered her first keynote at the Be You Academy’s Inspiration Day in London last Summer. Jolinda boldly shared the many misnomers around “success” and how that distorts our work as womxn entrepreneurs and leaders in society today. www.jolindajohnson.com
World-renown Kathak artist and founder of Noorani Dance, Farah Yasmeen Shaikh delivered a powerful TEDx Talk in February, entitled “Neither Here Nor There,” about the inevitable cross-cultural code switching faced by many immigrants. She spoke about her own Pakistani-Muslim immigrant upbringing, the cultural insecurities and norms we face, and the labels of “other” and “foreigner.” www.nooridance.com
First Nations leader, spoken word artist and performer Mahlikah Awe:ri presented her powerful piece Tekatsistóhkwen’ne (Falling Stars) at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Ontario. Mahlikah was then also given the National Poet of Honor award at the Annual Canadian Festival Of Spoken Word. Mahlikah is the artistic director at Red Slam Collective, an indigenous hip hop fusion arts movement.
Indigenous (Ojibwe) medicine womxn and Hay House author Asha Frost wrote and delivered her talk on Kindness as Medicine at the Speaker Slam competition in Toronto. Also, her potent write-up, Dear White Woman Who Wants to Be Like Me, went viral and created a catalyst for deeper conversations around cultural appropriation. www.ashafrost.com
Yoga culture advocate, speaker and teacher Susanna Barkataki has been speaking out on the problematic ways of the yoga industrial complex. Her much buzzed about, soon to be launched book, Embrace Yoga’s Roots will educate, inform and share courageous ways to deepen your yoga practice without disrespecting ancient yoga philosophy. www.susannabarkataki.com.