Stephanie identifies Biracial and she uses the pronouns she/her
Stefanie A. Smith personally believes change can occur through building effective leadership and diversity strategy including talent sourcing, business policy, succession planning, work-culture, and leader cultivation. As a Diversity and Inclusion Subject Matter Expert Stefanie partners with clients, agencies, corporate partners and brands to develop D&I initiatives and programs to maximize diverse representation in the creative industry. In addition, her work on a global scale develops pathways for elevating diversity to c-suite and industry-wide global diversity models and educational strategized programs.
Stefanie is a proud advocate for the multicultural and diversity spaces which in turn bases her projects in the needed research and policy suggestions on those cultures. She additionally, she sits on the board of a few boards including: Black Women for Black Girls a Harlem based program that celebrates and supports underprivileged first-generation college bound girls. She also serves as Chair of Governance and Programming for Blackboard a creative non-profit based in Cape Town South Africa with mission to pipeline diverse students into the field of advertising. Lastly, her longest board appointment is with the National Diversity Council/Tri-State Diversity Council as Advisory Board member and Chair of Membership where she helps direct the D&I strategy for the Tri-State area corporate and individual members.
With a few degrees in her sails, including her Bachelor’s degree in advertising from Salem State University, and two Master’s degrees, one from the University of Massachusetts – Boston’s Women in Politics and Public Policy program and the other from Baruch College School of Public and International Affairs, as a National Urban Fellow. Although originally born in Atlanta, Georgia Stefanie tends to collect experiences along her path and sees the northeast as her forever home. Mostly you will find her joking along with friends, family and spending time with her beloved warrior cat Spartacus.
Abel identifies as Latinx and uses the pronouns he/they.
Born in Lima, Perú and now finding his home in Ireland Rev Abel Arroyo Traverso is no stranger to the journey. Ordained as a Pastor in the Lutheran Church (ELCA), Abel embraces ministry and preaches God's love as a matter of justice.
You can find him channeling holy chaos these days as part of the board of Directors of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, an organization that advocates and support the ordination of LGBTQAI2+ individuals into the pastoral ministry, and as one of the creators of the Chaotic Bisexual Text Study, a podcast about 2 bisexual ministers and their musings about the Bible, theology, liturgy and how they decolonize and queer their faith one Bible reading at a time.
Arlene Identifies as an African Caribbean American and uses the pronouns She/Her.
Hi hi, I'm Arlene. The eldest of 4 children, I was blessed to be raised with them on St. Thomas, USVI. I will never be tired of learning new things, meeting new people and going on new adventures. I'm a song bird, poetess, crafter, baker and lover of a great story. Currently, my husband and I live in Queens, NY.
A relief fund to help the people of St. Vincent in wake of the volcanic eruption. Details on how to offer support coming soon.
David identifies as Asian and uses the pronouns He/Him
David Hu is Bronx Bred Storyteller based in Brooklyn. Ever since 2015. Storytelling has taught him about self-approval and self-assurance. While keeping the audience engaged by his endearing and comedic style on stage. David is a Moth Story Slam winner and his stories, have been featured on the hit podcast Risk!
Dashawn identifies as Black and uses the Pronouns He/Him
He is a free mind & creative from Seattle. Through his music he seeks to inspire & speak on every piece of reality.
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Viet identifies as 1st Generation Vietnamese-American and uses the pronouns He/Him
Mr. Viet is a Social Innovation Strategist from San Diego, CA who helps groups build peace and design impact through culture and conversation.
In addition, he is a career educator and spoken word artist, Program Facilitator with the Village of Promise Collective Mentoring Program, Co-Founder of Vincii, Inc., Creator of The Likehearted Method, and a Gen V RISE San Diego Urban Leadership Fellow.
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