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Courageous Conversations – The Black Woman Experience and How We Can Be an Allyship to PoC

Online • San Diego • July 16, 2020

We will learn what can we do to be an ally and contribute to the end of systemic racism, through a conversation with Elaine Swann and Lisane Basquiat.

Thursday, July 16, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM PDT

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Leveraging Ellevate Network’s playbook created in light of the #blacklivesmatter movement, we will lead a courageous conversation on the experience of two local, prominent, and successful Black women entrepreneurs. 

We will hear their personal experiences, how we have a long way to go, and what we can do to be an allyship.

Speaking tonight will be:

  • Elaine Swann, the leading and most nationally recognized lifestyle and etiquette experts in the country. She is the founder of The Swann School of Protocol, an institution committed to enriching the lives of individuals through the instruction of etiquette and social courtesies. As an authority on social etiquette and lifestyle practices, Elaine has appeared on numerous news and talk shows including the TODAY Show, Dr. Oz, CNN, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood, E Network, and more. She has been quoted in many top lifestyle publications in print and online. The New York Times dubbed Elaine Swann as “The Emily Post of the Digital Age.” Her latest book, Let Crazy Be Crazy, is on bookshelves now.
  • Lisane Basquiat is an advocate for supporting human beings in remembering who they are, why they are here, and discovering what they can accomplish externally when they commit to a healthy relationship with themselves.
    In 2008, she made the transition from corporate executive to building her own contribution through entrepreneurship. Today, she is the founder and CEO of Shaping Freedom, a personal growth company that trains individuals on how to gain empowerment through internal congruence and spiritual alignment with the goal of healthier and stronger familial dynamics and legacy. Shaping Freedom is also the parent to Shaping Sanctuary and Hera Hub Carlsbad. Shaping Sanctuary a brand aimed at providing products for the home and office/creative space. It launches in Fall 2020. Hera Hub Carlsbad is a female focused and gender inclusive community, co-working space, and business accelerator. Both are wholly owned subsidiaries. Lisane is the co-administrator (along with her sister) of the Jean-Michel Basquiat Estate, the role of which is to honor their brother by maintaining and caring for his legacy and to make his art more accessible to global audiences.
    No matter the endeavor, Lisane curates and holds space that integrates personal and professional leadership, spirituality, and personal connection.
    Watch her recent speech at the Encinitas 4 Equality Juneteenth Event here.

This conversation will be facilitated by Ellevate Network San Diego Membership Lead Jessica Hornbeck, President of Big Picture Results, MBA, QBO Advanced ProAdvisor, and Former Chapter President.

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Full Agenda

Introduction by Ellevate Membership Lead Jessica Hornbeck 

Speakers share their experiences, Jessica will facilitate with leading questions

Discussion – what can we do to be an ally and contribute to the end of systemic racism, when speakers to tell us how:

  • We can show up – words, actions, support
  • Engage in dialogue, ask questions, accept that we may screw up/be insensitive!
  • Drive change through our companies and employers by mobilizing all women especially women of color and Black women


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Kristy Wallace
Kristy Wallace

New York, NY

CEO at Ellevate Network

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Maricella Herrera Avila

VP Operations & Strategy at Ellevate Network

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