“A significant number of Black people experience inequality and sexism in all aspects of life, and for Black women, these experiences are amplified. As we know it, the Black and Brown communities are going through hard times right now with police brutality, racial injustice, and systematic racism. We want to shed light on racial issues and actively educate ourselves and others on how to become aware, mindful, and how to properly uplift and empower the Black community. For Series One, we will offer a space to discuss mass incarceration among Black folks, mental health and racial trauma.” – An Empowered You, event host
Randa Quraan is the founder of An Empowered You and Socially Loud. She is obsessed with everything marketing and bringing the magic sauce back to others’ lives. Randa is a mom of three, a serial entrepreneur, and has turned parts of her life that were messy into a positive message to empower others. She is passionate about empowering women on their journey to self-love and care.
Valeria Orsini is a health and wellness influencer. Her passion lies in helping others find their voice, in life as well as in business. She has consulted with some of the biggest brands across the country and is an advocate for women around the world.
Panelists: Blair Amadeus Imani is a critically acclaimed historian, outspoken advocate and activist, and dynamic public speaker. The author of two historical books: Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018) and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and The Black American Dream (2020), she centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ+ community. She is a member of the Black Lives Matter movement and is known for protesting the shooting of Alton Sterling and Executive Order 13769.
Therapist Jardin Dogan‘s work is grounded in intersectional social justice and has won several local and national awards. She seeks to help heal Black people break down barriers and stigmas related to mental health and wellness within Black communities. You can find more of her work at jardindogan.com.
Jondae Scott is a multifaceted educator and supervisor in the cannabis industry, in addition to being a community advocate. She is an instructor and member of the Education Committee for Chicago NORML and contributes to the dispensary agent training curriculums. Jondae’s mission is to extend leverage to people of color in cannabis, especially in communities directly affected by the war on drugs.
Skyler Hunt is the Community Outreach Liaison for Trulieve, a multi-state operating cannabis company, founded in Tallahassee, FL. She is passionate about making effective change within our communities and will help to guide us on the resources that are available.