Speak Truth Summit 2020
September 18-19 - Chicago, Illinois
“I was getting frustrated, leaving forum after forum, march after march, conference after conference ‘for women’ still empty, still wanting, because issues were being talked about superficially, or generally, usually from the perspective of white women only and not really acknowledging the differences and, more importantly, the disparities in experiences depending on the skin color, ethnicity, gender identification, or citizen status of other women. That’s when I said to myself ‘Time to create a platform where we can speak our truth’ and that is when Speak Truth was born.
Through our “Speak & Share” series we engage in salon-style, informal conversations with subject-matter experts facilitating the sharing personal experiences by attendees and providing self-advocacy guidance and feedback.
Speak Truth’s “We See You” events are a series of presentations and panels set to highlight “hidden figures” and “hidden struggles” of women of color.Topics range from women of color leaders in certain industries to the forgotten or invisible fights of incarcerated mothers or our trans sisters.
The Speak Truth Summit is a dynamic conference for WoC by WoC that aims to provide community and a space of healing but also self-advocacy skillsand self-empowerment to attendees. The Summit also provides a platform for vendors who provide goods and services particularly to WoC.
Short answer: Invest in and support women of color! Resources and platforms dedicated to the empowerment, community, and success of women of color are scarce. Across layers of society and systems, little investment is put into the improvement of the state of women of color in this country and globally. So, how can we move the needle? And, how can YOU help? By sponsoring, supporting, and donating to Speak Truth to enable us to do programming and provide resources that directly impacts girls and women of color and to support and collaborate with other organizations and initiatives, that align with our mission.
It takes a village” is not just a phrase for us here at Speak Truth but a concept by which we live and engage. If you would like to support Speak Truth and its efforts, donate here. Your donation is tax-deductible under 501(c)(3)
Become a Speak Truth Team Member
Speak Truth relies on amazing and gracious volunteers who contribute their time, expertise, and passion to help us fulfill our vision and mission. Speak Truth welcomes all who wish to help with various facets of Speak Truth, from graphic design to social media content and blogging content, website management and marketing. We’re also looking for interns. Join our team!