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Panelist at the #SpeakTruth Summit – A Conference For Women of Color By Women of Color

October 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am - October 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


Jenn will be on a panel on Thursday, October 20th entitled “Supporting Problematic PoC.” (10:20 AM)

This panel will explore the possible reasons of why women of color seem to support men of color in the public realm (i.e. R. Kelly, Bill Cosby) as well as in their personal lives who have proven harmful. This panel will unpack the “We must support our own at all cost” phenomenon, its roots and causes. ​

Event Summary:

The Impact AllianceChicago Black Women in Tech, and Womanist Words invite you to join us for our inaugural #SpeakTruth Summit from October 20 and 21, 2018, at Chicago State University.

The purpose of Speak Truth Summit is to provide women of color a platform to discuss issues that are often left out of mainstream women’s rights and issues forums. The summit seeks to bring women of color together to identify how to navigate and overcome issues, hurdles, and traumas they face in the many systems they live and operate in on a daily basis.

This two-day summit has a three-fold purpose: to restore, to build, and to empower. The first day will be spend in discussion and action-step design on several topics. Over 30 diverse summit panelists and workshop leaders from the public and private sector, community movements, academia, business and other industries will address perspectives on topics such as physical violence against women of color, reproductive justice as it relates to childbirth, intersectional feminism, religion and feminism, hostile work environments, internalizing and defining womanhood, entrepreneurship, and running for office. The first day will conclude with an afternoon of self-care sessions and a spoken word celebration at The Silver Room in Hyde Park, sponsored by Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery – Hyde Park. Day 2 will shift our focus to action-taking through workshops in entrepreneurship, finding one’s purpose, and running for public office.

The Keynote address will be given by Ms. Alicia Garza, an Oakland-based organizer, writer, public speaker and freedom dreamer who is currently the Strategy + Partnership Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. She is the Principal of the Black Futures Lab, an initiative aimed at transforming Black communities into constituencies that build power in cities and states. Garza, along with Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, also co-founded the Black Lives Matter network, a globally recognized organizing project that focuses on combating anti-Black state-sanctioned violence and the oppression of all Black people. Since the rise of the BLM movement, Garza has become a powerful voice in the media. Her articles and interviews have been featured in Time, Mic, The Guardian, Elle.com, Essence, Democracy Now!, and The New York Times.

This #SpeakTruth Summit and platform will have a significant impact on those in attendance but also on the wider community. And, while the summit was created for and is geared towards women of color, all are invited to be part of this to grow in solidarity, understanding, compassion, and alliance.


General Admission is $75

Student Admission is $35


October 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am
October 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


Chicago State University