Speak Truth Summit 2020
Speaking Truth to Power

September 19 – Chicago, Illinois

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.
On September 19, 2020, we will convene again in the South Side neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago, where women of color will speak their truth to their own power and advocacy during this intersectional, inclusive, and impactful experience!

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. This year, we are excited to offer our Queen’s Market again, a holistic resource and vendor showcase focused on the needs and support of women of color. Additionally, healers and others practitioners of various disciplines will provide opportunities for wellness support.

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Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors

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

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.

2019 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.


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?

Speak Truth Summit 2020 will take place at the David Rubenstein Forum located at 1201 East 60th Street, on the University of Chicago campus at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 60th Street, just south of the Midway Plaisance, in Chicago.

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.

How much will I save if I purchase an Early Bird Ticket?

The ticket price is $175 for Regular Admission and $250 for VIP Tickets. Early Bird Tickets are $125 for Regular Admission and $175 for VIP.

What value does the VIP ticket option have?

With your VIP ticket you get access to all the workshops and healing sessions, the Queen’s Market and Resource Fair as general admission does. As a VIP attendee you will also interact with the keynote speaker during an intimate Meet & Greet and Q&A session. You will also receive a signed copy of the keynote speaker’s book.

Who will be speaking at the event?

We are working on an impressive line-up of speakers. The keynote speaker and Power Panel leaders for STS20 will be announced once confirmed.

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

Do I qualify for a student ticket?

Student Tickets are available for individuals up to and including the level of undergraduate senior. When purchasing your ticket online, you must use an email from your educational institution. You will also be required to present a valid student ID at STS20 during check-in

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Student Admission
  • Swag bag (including keynote speaker’s merchandise)
  • Access to all Power Panels
  • Free Networking Lunch
  • Seat at the Keynote Address
  • Access to Queen’s Market & Resource Fair
  • Access to Self-Care Opportunities
  • Invitation to the STS20 After-Party
General Admission
  • Swag bag (including keynote merchandise)
  • Access to all Power Panels
  • Free Networking Lunch
  • Seat at the Keynote Address
  • Access to Queen’s Market & Resource Fair
  • Access to Self-Care Opportunities
  • Invitation to the STS20 After-Party
$175 (Regular)
VIP Admission
  • Swag bag (including keynote speaker’s merchandise and complimentary STS T-Shirt)
  • Access to all Power Panels
  • Free Networking Lunch
  • VIP Seating at the Keynote Address
  • Keynote Q&A Session and Book Signing Opportunity
  • Access to Queen’s Market & Resource Fair
  • Access to Self-Care Opportunities
  • Invitation to STS20 After-Party
$250 (Regular)