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    Panel Discussion: The Power of Black Women

    After their individual interviews, the members of the “A Seat at the Table: Finding Equal Footing Through Storytelling” Talk join host Robin Givhan for a panel discussion on being visible as successful black women, their responsibility as role models and what stories move them. From rocking big hair (“the bigger the hair, the better” is Welteroth’s motto) to promoting designers who are women of color, they also discuss how their personal style can be a form of activism and a source of empowerment. Finally, they talk about how the hopes and struggles of their ancestors are with them and how they take that energy forward to make the world a better place for the future generation.

    Lena Waithe
    Emmy Award–Winning Writer & Actress
    Bozoma Saint John
    Chief Brand Officer, Uber
    Robin Givhan
    Pulitzer Prize–Winning Fashion Critic, Washington Post
    Elaine Welteroth
    Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue

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    Here are a list of things you can do before and after the event to join the conversation.

    • Read about how Bozoma Saint John is bringing her whole self to Uber. 
    • Have an opinion? Don’t be afraid to voice it on social media.
    • Check out Master of None on Netflix to explore work by Lena Waithe.
    • See some of the fantastic work by women of color by adding Dear White People, Insecure and Brown Girls, among other programs, to your watch lists.
    • Spend the day listening more than speaking.
    • Delve deeper into Lena Waithe who Buzzfeed named “What The Future of Hollywood Looks Like."
    • Take a look into how white directorship impacts Hollywood’s top-grossing films.
    • Try some creative writing and place yourself as the protagonist. What does your story tell?
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    A Seat at the Table: Finding Equal Footing through Storytelling

    Listen to how fearless women are transforming their industries.

    Lena Waithe
    Emmy Award–Winning Writer & Actress
    Elaine Welteroth
    Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue
    Bozoma Saint John
    Chief Brand Officer, Uber
    Robin Givhan
    Pulitzer Prize–Winning Fashion Critic, Washington Post

    Storytelling is the backbone of our civilization and yet, in this country, not all stories have been given equal weight. At this Talk, we’ll look at the burgeoning storytelling power of women of color, hosting a group of women who, using grassroots projects of their very own, share their stories with the world and revolutionize industries in the process. They have created their own avenues to success by sharing their truths, even if people aren’t ready to listen. Learn how these bold and fearless individuals create inspiring work by never shying away from the truth.

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