What do you see in the young generation today that makes you happy?
"I see creativity and innovation abounding in this generation! They have no limits and can imagine a world that they want to live in. I love being a witness to the hundreds of young people condemning hate and inequality, and becoming champions for change that affects all of us."
In the workplace have you ever had to explain or define something about being a black woman?
"A thousand times yes. Sometimes it is about our hair: how it changes or why it should NEVER be touched or petted (no matter how "fluffy" it looks). Other times I have explained why the workplace 'norms' and culture is demeaning and demoralizing to Black women. One instance is saying "women and minorities need different things to advance," as if women of color do not exist or are not important enough to consider our unique needs. I seldom go there and explain how other non-Black women (sometimes strangers) saying "heeeeyyy gurl," and "what's up" is also stereotyping and an ineffective way to be authentic."
As a black woman, what makes you hopeful?
"Black women are creators. I am hopeful in our ability to create space, create ideas, create love, and create a world where we can thrive as Black women."