Speak Truth Summit 2020
Speaking Truth to Power

STS20: Speaking Truth to Power

Speak Truth Summit was off to a great inaugural start in October of 2018, bringing together over 50 speakers, 20 providers and vendors, and several wellness providers for 100 attendees over 2 days with 12 panels and 4 wellness workshops.
 
COVID19 UPDATE: We are closely monitoring the local, national, and global development of this pandemic and are exploring options in regards to Speak Truth Summit 2020 and the shape it should take. We are very mindful that at this time people everywhere are trying to adjust to a new normal that for some means less income, added anxiety, and certainly less social interaction, so we want to come up with an intentional, inclusive, and impactful way of still creating the space that the Summit is meant to be. So, bear with us and stay tuned and connected for further information on that front.

Conference Snapshot

Join us for a day-long conference as we engage in a full-circle exploration and experience of self-liberation and self-advocacy in the different aspects of our lives such as the personal and professional spheres as well as systems such as healthcare, education, economy, and communities to which we belong.
 

Through our “Power Panels" and activations, we will unpack the impact of false narratives of women of color – self-created and imposed. We will then practice how to make our “asks" of our various systems and circles and how to have difficult conversations to advocate for our needs and truths. We will also address how to take deliberate and intentional steps and allow ourselves to shift from surviving to thriving. To end this exploration, we will activate around leaning into our liberation and protecting our continued growth and evolution towards an unapologetic, uncompromising, and authentic life while still being part of our communities and navigators of systems.

Speak Truth always strives to make intentional space for healing and self-care. If we still hold this year’s Summit in a physical venue, we will offer our Queen’s Market, a holistic resource and vendor showcase focused on the needs and support of women of color. We will also have healers and others practitioners of various disciplines providing opportunities for wellness support.

Special Guest

We are honored and excited to have Minda Harts as our special guest at Speak Truth Summit 2020. Minda Harts is the CEO of The Memo LLC, a career development platform for women of color. She is the best-selling author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table. Minda is an Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner. She has been featured on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Fast Company, The Guardian, and Time Magazine. Minda frequently speaks at companies like Microsoft, Levi’s, Google, and Bloomberg on topics such as Leadership, Managing Diverse Teams and Self-Advocacy. She also hosts a weekly podcast called Secure The Seat.

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Want to Speak at STS20?

Would you like to be considered as the STS20 keynote speaker or panelist at the 2020 Speak Truth Summit? Or, do you want to lead one of our Self-Development workshops? We would love to hear from you! Please fill out the form below and a team member will be in touch with you promptly.

2018 Info and 2020 Request

The inaugural Speak Truth Summit in 2018 featured 54 speakers, and 100 attendees and 20 vendors at our Queen’s Market. Our sponsors’ companies included NBC5 Chicago, Lyft, The Silver Room, Chicago Foundation for Women and Women Employed among others.

For STS20, we welcome all vendors and providers who provide value, products, resources, and services specifically for girls and women of color.

It always takes a village and therefore we rely on the support of sponsors and donors. Join the Speak Truth Village’s supporter circle by becoming a STS20 sponsor.

To become a vendor or sponsor, fill the form below and a team member will reach out promptly.

2018 Speaker and Topic Data

Our inaugural Summit covered an amazing array of topics and featured over 50 leaders across sectors, industries, and missions. Topics included titles such as:

  • The Disposable Woman
  • Oppression Olympics – Barriers to Intersectional Feminism
  • The WoC Vote – Why and Should We Always Be Saving Everybody Else
  • The Workplace Struggle
  • Why Do We Keep Dying? Reproductive Health Justice
  • Internalizing Womanhood – Self-Image Distortions By Ourselves and Others
  • Supporting Problematic People of Color
  • Why We Do and Why We Need to Stop Religion and/versus Feminism

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors & Community Partners

FAQs

Is this Speak Truth's first Summit?

No. STS20 will be our second year. In October 2018, we hosted our inaugural Summit with about 100 attendees and over 50 panelists.

Where will STS20 be held?

For now, we are closely monitoring the current fluid dynamics and may change the setting of the conference accordingly. Stay connect to get receive updates on this point.

Are donations and sponsorships to STS20 covered by 501(c)(3)?

Yes, Speak Truth is a program of The Impact Alliance NFP, a 501(c)(3) organization. 

Are ticket sales final?

Yes. All tickets are final and non-refundable except in the event the Summit is cancelled for unforeseen circumstances.

Who is this year's Summit's special guest?

We are honored and excited to have Minda Harts as our special guest at Speak Truth Summit 2020. Minda Harts is the CEO of The Memo LLC, a career development platform for women of color. She is the best-selling author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table. Minda is an Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner. She has been featured on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Fast Company, The Guardian, and Time Magazine. Minda frequently speaks at companies like Microsoft, Levi’s, Google, and Bloomberg on topics such as Leadership, Managing Diverse Teams and Self-Advocacy. She also hosts a weekly podcast called Secure The Seat.

I would like to speak at this event or know someone who will be a great potential speaker. How do I reach the Speak Truth Squad?

We would love to hear from you. Please fill out this form and a team member will follow up with you promptly.

How do I become a partner/sponsor or get a vendor table at STS20?

We would love to partner with you! Please fill out this form and a team member will follow up with you promptly