This deep-dive, personalized course, creative space, and incubator, is for the rising, unapologetic BIWoC* authority: emerging visionary leaders, activists, healers, and social and spiritual entrepreneurs who are ready to move through suppression, marginalization and underrepresentation. Women and femmes who are done with the gender and racial disparity and those ready to step outside of the cultural and societal norms they've been traditionally assigned to.
BIWoC Revolutionaries Take The Mic is for leaders fully ready to develop their message through a decolonial, revolutionary lens--so that we're not perpetuating oppressive, exclusionary concepts and narrow-minded views.
It's time to incite your self-authority, counter the current narrative with your traditional knowledge, personal history, and ancestral and Indigenous intelligence.
*Applications are open to trans and cis womxn and non-binary and gender nonconforming people who are open to being in femme centered space.
✔️ You know your work deserves a stronger spokesperson, but you're not quite sure how to step into that
✔️ You're ready to come out of social media and share your message with a wider audience
✔️ You're tired of being devalued & sidelined by the dominant culture, and fully ready to move past the roadblocks around suppression and discrimination
✔️ You have a message that will break ground and some illusions around gender norms and racial inequality
✔️ You are ready to be celebrated as a leading expert and an authority in your field
✔️ You are prepared to get crystal clear on your narrative, story, or idea, through a decolonial lens & speak on it
✔️ You are ready to give a TED/TEDx Talk, give a keynote at a conference, or give a radio/podcast/TV interview right away
✔️ You are ready to receive communal support in a nurturing, easeful space, away from the white gaze
✔️ You are ready to learn how to leverage speaking to enhance your business
✔️ You are prepared to master your public speaking voice and interview skills
✔️ You are revved up about bringing restorative justice, transformative social change and reimagine the culture with your message and your voice
✔️ You want authentic, unapologetic self-expression (You will learn to strengthen your throat Chakra)
✔️ You're excited about connecting with reporters and prepared to build your media platform
✔️ You're ready to get paid and book competitive speaking fees and attract a speaking circuit
Because this is a very hands-on, personalized, & immersive, 6-month course it is available for up to 12 participants only (1 spot left)
$400 a month
Having a distinct and cohesive talk is the primary and essential step to getting you out there with your message. This sequential process will get you crystal clear
It can be a challenge to find the balance between scripting everything and speaking with authenticity. These tips will help you do that in an embodied way
With the multiple and varied platforms available, you will identify the specific stage, event or pathway to finally deliver your message
A chance to receive individual, hands-on editorial support and guidance from me, of your talk, to ensure it is cohesive and ready to be delivered!
You get weekly, live, group coaching sessions, with plenty of opportunties for Q&A. Plus an additional, private, laser-coaching session with me
Pitching a talk to event organizers can be daunting. Learn how to strategically and easefully raise the eyebrow of the key decision maker to get you booked
Define your personal story, your lived experience, and your inherent wisdom to attract your rightful audience & create a social impact with your message
Be surrounded and engaged with a private community to ensure you are fully supported and grounded as you emerge with your message
Barcelona-based women'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.
First Nations leader & spoken word artist Mahlikah Awe:ri performed her powerful piece Tekatsistóhkwen’ne (Falling Stars) at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. 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. https://www.instagram.com/mahlikah_aweri/
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
Indigenous (Ojibwe) medicine woman 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
Commissioned by the world renowned London Southbank Cultural Centre, founder of POC in Nature, Karen Larbi, wrote a compelling piece entitled Six Ways to Overcome Eco Anxiety. Asked to respond to the events of 2020, her riveting stories around propagating plants and grounding with Mother Earth while navigating an anti-Black world, elicit hope for new ways of being in the darkest of times. www.instagram.com/whythedarkness/
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 and BIPoC. She spoke about her own Pakistani-Muslim immigrant roots, the cultural insecurities and norms we face, and the labels of "other" and "foreigner." www.nooridance.com
Aboriginal (Yorta Yorta) & African American holistic coach, Yolanda Finette gave her first keynote in Melbourne, Australia at the Formidable Voices all-BIWoC panel speaking event, about her personal history. She aired out a story she had been guarding close to her chest. www.yolandafinette.com.
I was sitting with a personal story, guarding it too close to my chest for over 8 years. Sure, I had shared it on occasion, in a few private spaces and with a handful of friends, but it often left me feeling vacant because I knew I wasn't making the actual impact I wanted.
After side-stepping it year after year and avoiding the inner-rumbling that it needed to be told, I accepted a nomination at the Hero Roundtable.
And so, to an audience of 400+ in San Francisco, CA, I spoke my truth. My side of the story. I wasn't prepared for the ripple effect of that experience--from the audience members who approached me afterwards, to the additional speaking gig and multiple clients that came my way because of it.
Not to mention the internal shift within my own self, a loosening of the grip that I hadn't felt in years.
There are so many good things that can happen from speaking up in this way. I felt lighter, somehow, and it dislodged me from playing a restrictive role online. And speaking up & speaking out in a public way, helps to position women and femmes as experts in our respective fields & makes us influential in the work that we do. Having a mic and a podium, shifts people's viewpoint of you. It's just how it goes — and it works!
About Your Guide:
Sonali Fiske is a Sri Lankan-American, woman-identified mentor & consultant to BIWoC. Her private and group courses teach those who are ready to take a bigger platform, speak truth to power, and share your story, to help inform, educate and reshape the emerging narrative.
Her recent masterclass on "Dismantling White Dominance in Women's Entrepreneurship" went viral, and centered the stories of BIWoC countering the current narrative in leadership and influence.
Sonali is also a TEDx speaker and radio talk show host, on Revolutionary Voices, centering all BIPoC on social justice, political & cultural issues of our time. You can find out more about her work at: www.sonalifiske.com.
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