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9:00 a.m.
Feminista Jones

Feminista Jones, an award-winning writer, activist, and social worker, will open the conference with a welcome address and a brief explanation of how everything works. With this innovative format, you’re sure to need a bit of guidance to navigate the conference throughout the day. Tune in to learn more about how the Women’s Freedom Conference came to be, its mission, and how you can experience it.

9:30 a.m.
Kathryn Finney

Founder of Digital Undivided, Kathryn Finney, encourages us to open our mouths and ask for what we want. We know that women of color are often excluded from opportunities because of gender and racial bias. However, we have to break out of the belief that we cannot have what we want, especially when we are too afraid to ask for it. “Closed mouths don’t get fed!”

9:45 a.m.
Tiffany Yu

You are a powerful business woman. As a former Wall Street investment banker and current corporate development professional, Tiffany Yu talks about ways she lives out that mantra in what is sometimes seen as the "old boys' club."

10:00 a.m.
Natalie Jeffers

Are our lives connected? Do we have shared experiences with those on the other side of the world? Is it possible to imagine and then build a better, fairer and more just society by participating in a global movement?

Natalie will share some examples of the innovative ways that movement-builders and organisers within the Movement for Black Lives are creating international networks that seek to elevate and strengthen our collective imagination in the fight for 'Intersectional Black Liberation'.

She will suggest that building networks across communities is essential for harnessing our collective power and transformational capabilities.

10:15 a.m.
Bassey Ikpi


Bassey Ikpi

Award-winning poet, Bassey Ikpi, shares her powerful poem, "Choices".

10:30 a.m.
Awuor Onyango

My wife (Kahira Ngige) wrote an essay on The Black Female Body in which she argued quite successfully the use of the headscarf as both an element of sexual repression and a halo of sainthood in the apparent British post-colony of Kenya. It was my understanding of the thing anyway that when it came to the turn of the century, the african woman, in this context, the Kenyan one, was no longer to be associated with the “primitive” bare-breasted scarification marked savage in loin cloth reliant on misknowledge of natural phenomenon, she was to be reinvented through the church and state into a sanctified maternal creature who relied on the good lord, her husband and her nation and served all three to her best. The headscarf was an act of resistance to the modern woman, who I have kindly named Miss Babe. The headscarf was also an erasure of the savage woman, it is in defiance of the bare-chested maiden who went for village dances and had the sexual freedom to try out different sexual partners. I want to talk about these three woman; the primitiveerotic, Mama Baby and Miss Babe and how at least for me, this helps me understand events such as the public strippings of “immodest” women in Nairobi last year.

10:45 a.m.
Lea S. Yu

In today’s global economy, women of color (WOC) are the invisible producers behind many of the things that we buy. Drawing on journalistic accounts as well as Lea’s experiences as a Chinese-American, this talk argues that WOC in the developed world (presumably, everyone who’s tuning in to this conference) are on the front lines when it comes to acknowledging how consumerism affects women of color in other parts of the world. We have a special strength and insight, but with that comes responsibility.

11:00 a.m.
Majora Carter

Class is in session! Join Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster, for a master class on her innovative ventures and insights into urban economic developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty.

Seats are limited, so register today!

11:10 a.m.

Q&A with Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani

Tune into a LIVE chat with Huffington Post Live broadcaster and host of the popular “Women Making News” segment as she discusses the political weaponization of feminism and answers questions.

12:15 p.m.
Mikki Kendall
Jamie Nesbitt Golden

Hood Feminism's Mikki Kendall and Jamie Nesbitt Golden talk about their favorite self-care techniques.

(Be sure to also check out our recent #WomensFreedomFriday chat on “Self-Care”)

12:30 p.m.
Mary Pryor
sarah huny young
Jamila Aisha Brown
Lisa Lee
Christina Morillo
Stephanie Morillo
Shannon Washington

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1:30 p.m.
Jemele Hill

As a woman of color in broadcast sports journalism, Jemele Hill has had to overcome significant hurdles. In this talk, she discusses the importance of stepping outside of your comfort zone in pursuing your own ambition.

1:45 p.m.
Karen Millsap

"I miss and love someone who has died, I am a griever. Society judges me and forces me to suppress my grief instead of imparting acts of empathy and grace.” Widows at Work is an organization raising awareness and innovating the proper support to help widows globally.

2:00 p.m.
Esmé Weijun Wang

Esmé Weijun Wang chats about her immigrant family of origin and the effect of cultural stigma on her life with schizoaffective disorder. In sharing her personal story, she explores stigma's effects on her family relationships, as well as how those relationships have since been transformed.

2:00 p.m.
Dior Vargas

Class is in session! Join Dior Vargas, an award-winning Latina feminist mental health advocate, for a master class on her dynamic activism and insights into how we can work to support and improve the access to resources for people living with mental health/psychiatric needs.
Seats are limited, so register today!

2:10 p.m.
Esmé Weijun Wang
Leslie Macfadyen

Tune into a LIVE chat with Esme Wang as she discusses the stigma women of color face when it comes to psychiatric disabilities.

2:45 p.m.
Jamila Aisha Brown

There are Black women throughout the African diaspora in communities that the mainstream media doesn't talk about. Black women in Palestine, Colombia, Australia, etc... who are reaching out to Black women in the U.S., who aren't always reaching back. This talk is a plea the case for a global sisterhood that amplifies and empowers our cultural, economic, and political livelihood.

3:00 p.m.
Alyestal Hamilton

Through the personification of natural hair in a spoken word poem, Alyestal explores the relationship Black women have with their hair. She further explores the impact of appropriation of black hair features and styles on the black female community, while speaking to the power of empowerment as a method to overcome the implications.

3:15 p.m.
Josefina Salazar
Maria Aguirre
Diana Vega

This presentation highlights three of the many women of color who lead the organization, Movement for Justice in El Barrio, as they struggle for freedom and against destructive displacement in their East Harlem, New York City community. As the women of El Barrio struggle for freedom, they are also building a new world in which many worlds fit. This is the powerful story of women of color coming together and constructing a new culture of resistance in El Barrio.

3:30 p.m.
LaLa Zannell

This presentation focuses on investing in the empowerment of trans woman of color is an important piece in helping to address the root cause of violence s trans woman of color are facing. Trans woman of color are at a “State of Emergency” right now and we as a community need to empower, and get to the systemic issues of this community. This talk explores how we must discuss ways to build and develop a leadership development model as well as talk about the barriers this community faces.

3:45 p.m.
Loryn Wilson Carter

What does it take to get more Black women digital media makers hired? Digital strategist and co-founder of Black Girl Digital Loryn Wilson Carter discusses being the power of being a #blackgirlindigital and what it takes to increase diversity in the emerging field.

4:15 p.m.
Katherine Thanos

When it comes to “coming out”, Latina lesbians are often caught in a double-bind due to our families’ “collective” dynamic and selective Roman Catholicism. In a community that is predominantly patriarchal and extremely talkative, “coming out” to your Spanish mother is like telling the entire family you don’t want kids, you don’t believe in God, and you aren’t a virgin – all within the same sentence. This monologue is an on-going project to dissect and discuss what Latina lesbians go through and how their identity is dealt with by their families, specifically their mothers.

4:20 p.m.
Whitney-Amanda Horsham

This discussion presents the pros and cons of being a dual-cultured expat in the Middle East and the culture shock associated with it. The video explores how working with Muslim women and and navigating the cultural differences have shaped her perception of being a Black woman in the world.

4:30 p.m.
LaNee Bridewell

Raising children by yourself can be challenging as you work to balance the demands parenting and surviving. To add to the burden, many of us are stifled because we believe the lies of those who have low expectations for single parents. Join LaNee` as she unravels 3 lies that smother our confidence and keep single parents from being everything we are destined to be!

4:45 p.m.
Nayasia Coleman

This segment includes a performance of a monologue from an original play entitled “YaYa's Geechee Tale”, and transition into a discussion about the lack of women of color representation in many artistic genres, specifically in science fiction and fantasy.

5:00 p.m.
Tina Zafreen Alam

Tina shares her poem “missing” and talks about her family and history and the impact of transgenerational trauma in her life as part of the Bangladeshi diaspora post 1971.

6:25 p.m.
Stephanie Morillo
Christina Morillo

Christina Morillo and Stephanie Morillo, tech professionals and founders of #WOCinTech Chat, will discuss their observations working as women of color in the tech industry, and how they sought to empower other women of color already in - or seeking to break into - tech via an online community centered on this overlooked demographic.

6:45 p.m.
Lourdes Hunter

Lourdes Hunter, Founder and Director, Trans Women of Color Collective, discusses her decades of work devoted to the empowerment of trans women of color. Learn how she began her advocacy, the current work that her organization does, and the state of the trans women community of color today.

7:30 p.m.
Simone “Boss Lady” Amelia

An Australia native and woman of Middle Eastern heritage talks about her love of Hip-Hop culture and her work as a Hip-Hop journalist. Being “one of one” has shaped her colorful experiences in the media and entertainment industries and pushed her to inspire a new generation of young women.

7:45 p.m.
Jonell Logan

What role does diversity play in museums? Why is it critical for women of color to occupy creative and leadership positions in the arts and cultural profession? Join collector and museum advocate Jonell Logan for this important conversation featuring artist Michaela Pilar Brown, PhD candidate and museum curator Porche Moore, and MuseumHue creator and Founding Director of the Museum of Impact, Monica Montgomery

8:00 p.m.
Chiamaka Mogo

This video aims to shed light on the violence that many Indigenous/Aboriginal women in Canada are prone to and how the present has been shaped by a colonial past - which entailed forced attempts to rid Aboriginal peoples of their culture, created systemic barriers that have marginalized this group and a past in which Aboriginal women were prone to abuse by European male settlers.

8:15 p.m.
Mikki Kendall
Jamie Nesbitt Golden

Hood Feminism’s Jamie and Mikki talk about how women of color can build a community in geek space.

8:30 p.m.
Melanie Dione

This talk explores the polarizing emotions elicited by the word feminism, as well as the vast misunderstanding of what feminism is and why. Is it a time for rebranding, or simply for a better understanding?