Speak Truth Summit 2021
The Reset: Creating the Best New

STS21: Creating the Best New

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.
 
Due to the current pandemic, we made the difficult but clear decision to postpone the Summit to March 20, 2021, primarily to protect the safety and health of our participants, panelists, and vendors, but also to honor the spirit and purpose of the Summit. Additionally, because of these unprecedented times, the Speak Truth Squad wanted to create a summit that would speak to the current realities that people of color are facing right now and how they will continue to be impacted by this pandemic. We look forward to sharing more about this mindshift over the coming months but, in the meantime, hope that you are all able to stay safe and healthy.

Conference Snapshot

We are currently reframing the Summit given what this entire globe is experiencing right now but we will share more developments over the next months.

Special Guest

We are honored and excited to have Minda Harts as our special guest at Speak Truth Summit 2021. 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.

Speak Truth 2021 Sponsors

Speak Truth 2021 Community Partners

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Want to Speak at STS21?

Would you like to be considered as the STS21 keynote speaker or panelist at the 2021 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 2021 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 STS21, 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 STS21 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. STS21 will be our second year. In October 2018, we hosted our inaugural Summit with about 100 attendees and over 50 panelists.

Where will STS21 be held?

STS21 will take place at “The Forum," formerly known as the David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago, located at 1201 East 60th Street in Chicago, Illinois

Are donations and sponsorships to STS21 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 2021. 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 STS21?

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