WOC Presenters

WOC in Design Summit Speakers & Presenters


Lindsey Day of CRWN Magazine

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GaBBY of GABBY's Bows

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Chantel Massey

Chantel Massey is a poet, performer, teaching artist, and educator from Indiana. She is a College of Wooster Alum with a BA in English and Winter Tangerine 2019 Alum. Massey’s debut collection of poetry, Bursting At The Seams, published by VK Press LLC in 2018. Her work is forthcoming or appears in FAFCollective, Indianapolis Review, and elsewhere. Her current focus is on human rights, confessions and emotional honesty about: womanhood, sexuality, spirituality, and blackness. By day she is a special education teacher providing an equitable education to little humans. She also host Tea’s Me Cafe with poet, Eric Saunders every first Friday.

Manon Voice

Manon Voice, is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and is a poet and writer, spoken word artist, hip-hop emcee, educator, social justice activist and practicing contemplative. She has performed on many diverse stages in the power of word and song and has taught and facilitated art, poetry and spoken word workshops through organizations such as Women Writing for (a) Change, Regeneration Indy, Indiana’s WomIN’s Festival , Apollon Music, Southeast Neighborhood Center youth summer camp and Purdue University. She has been a featured poet and performer in noteworthy Indianapolis productions such as “The Wake” and “Village Voices Notes from a Griot”. Manon Voice has performed alongside Broadway singer and actress, Jennifer Holliday for Brothers United World AIDS Day Gala, Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka and has opened for acts such as WNBA Championship basketball player Tamika Catchings and Judge Joe Mathis at the Indianapolis Central Library. She has been featured in publications such as Indy NUVO, the Indianapolis Recorder and FAFCollective. She has been a panelist for Indianapolis based organizations, Indy10 Black Lives Matter, Don’t Sleep, Circles Indy and events such as IUPUI’s Social Justice Symposium, focusing on the intersections of race, gender, art and activism. Manon Voice is actively the Mentor Match Coordinator of Homelessness Prevention at the Indianapolis based non for profit, Trusted Mentors, which seeks to reverse homelessness and incarceration through the power of relationships. She is a proud board member of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, a private, non for profit organization whose mission is to ensure equal housing opportunities by eliminating housing discrimination through advocacy, enforcement, education and outreach. She has volunteered for organizations such as Life Bridges and Global Gifts, and has taught and facilitated hip-hop courses through Kuumba Academy, an organization that seeks to promote positive behaviors through the teaching of music and examination of musical influences. In 2017, Manon Voice co-founded the Hear Me Project, a project that centers powerful questions in civic dialogue to create spaces for individual and community healing In 2017, Manon Voice was awarded the Power of Peace Award from the Peace Learning Center of Central Indiana and in 2018 she traveled to Avila, Spain with the organization, Mystic Soul, to study contemplative practices through the lens of Saint and Mystic Teresa de Avila. Manon Voice seeks to use her art and activism to create a communal space where dialogue, transformation, discovery and inspiration can occur.

Kadari Taylor-Watson

Kadari Taylor-Watson is a Doctoral Candidate in American Studies. Her dissertation investigates the significance of African print in extending voice, creating counterhegemonic visibility online, and forging diasporic community for Ghanaian and African American women. Ms. Taylor-Watson describes herself as a scholar, designer, activist interested in the role of design in healing women.

Charlie Redd

Charlie Millard Redd is a Community Cultivator, E-200 RYT, and Owner of Haven Yoga Studio. In 2015, she completed her yoga teacher training at Yoga District, a donation based yoga community in Washington D.C. Her experience in community building and her lived experiences drive her passion for creating healthy, affirming, and inclusive spaces for all people. She saw a dire need for wellness spaces in Indianapolis that actively address systematic inequities and are welcoming to all people so she created Haven Yoga Studio. Haven is a social entrepreneurship who's mission is to be a brave and safe place for people to be their whole self with people who care about their wellbeing. She is a Y12SR Leader and member of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, Yoga Service Council, and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition.

Brittanie Redd

Brittanie Redd is an urban planner and community cultivator. Her passion for social justice shapes her philosophy of planning. Driven by the belief that people are a community’s greatest asset, her work centers on giving neighbors greater power and influence over the places they live and the decisions that affect them. Brittanie’s areas of expertise include--community planning, participatory design, coalition building, and asset mapping. She has collaborated with neighbors and community advocates on regional and neighborhood plans, design of public spaces, green corridor revitalization, and economic development strategies.

Shavonne Holton

Shavonne Holton is an author and founder of three businesses: VK Press (book publishing), Ladies Night Empowerment (podcasting & workshops), and Strength In Om (online yoga classes and in-person wellness events). Her work in book publishing is due in part to the life and legacy of her grandmother who spoke of publishing countless books about her childhood as a biracial girl born in the 1930’s and the cultural shifts she witnessed in her home town. Unfortunately, her grandmother passed away in November 2017 without recording the rich stories she had to share. It was then that the vision for VK Press became clear: to delve into neighborhood narratives and position their works on a global platform. To date, VK Press has published four books and has done consulting for future self-published authors.

Chanel Beebe

Chanel Beebe is a Ph.D. Candidate in Engineering Education and Industrial Engineering at Purdue University. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Chanel is a Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar with an Undergraduate Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Additionally, Chanel is the Founder and CEO of Beebe Arts LLC, a design firm focused on social and educational equity. Through this role, Chanel is the Thought Leader for an initiative through the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Association called the Cultural Hackathon. Chanel has a passion for informal learning environments that are culturally and topically relevant to marginalized groups and is interested in helping to expand public conceptions of who is seen as capable of engaging in engineering/design thinking. As a self-taught artist and performance poet, Chanel also utilizes art and design as a means to create social change and critical educational experiences.

Phyllis Boyd & LaShawnda Crowe Storm

Phyllis Viola Boyd is an artist and urban strategist. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Groundwork Indy, a non-profit organization the employs youth to work on community-based projects that equitably enhance environmental, economic, and social well-being. Before joining Groundwork Indy, Phyllis practiced landscape architecture and urban planning in the for-profit sector, where her work focused on sustainable design and planning and supporting the efforts of diverse communities to transform their built environments into meaningful, relevant, and life-enhancing places. Phyllis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Indiana University in Bloomington and is a two-time alumna of The University of Texas at Austin where she received her Masters of Arts in Botany in 1997 and her Masters of Landscape Architecture in 2006.LaShawnda Crowe Storm is a mixed media artist, activist, community builder and occasionally an urban farmer. Whether she is making artwork or sowing seeds, Crowe Storm uses her creative power as a vehicle for dialogue, social change and healing. Crowe Storm has worked with diverse communities to build collaborations, support community voice and creative approaches to addressing difficult dialogues and community organizing. At the core of Crowe Storm's creative practice is a desire to create community; any community in which the process of making art creates a space and place for difficult conversations around a variety of topics, with an eye to community healing. In her words, "If life were a photo, then my artwork would be the film negative, seeking to explore those aspects in our society that have been ignored or forgotten. By printing these negatives, I give voice to the marginalized and disregarded aspects of our society." Crowe Storm has an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in journalism and English / Creative Writing from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Selected awards include a 2016 Indiana Arts Commission, 2012 Emerging Vision Residency from Michigan State University, a 2011 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship (Arts Council of Indianapolis), a 2010 Arts for All Artist-in-Residence (Indianapolis Parks and Recreation). You can learn more about her art practice at www.LaShawndaCroweStorm.com and www.TheLynchQuiltsProject.com

Charlotta Tutt Holloway

Carlotta Tutt Holloway is a progressive marketer with 20 years of experience in the field of Marketing, Events, Media, and Advertising. Carlotta has held account management, experiential marketing, and media buying and planning positions for companies such as A&E Television Networks, NW Ayer and Partners, BBDO Detroit, Carlson Marketing, Momentum Worldwide, and GlobalHue. Her career consists of developing and executing marketing, digital, social media, traditional advertising, and event strategies for such high-level brands as Walmart, Chrysler International, Dodge, Ford, Lincoln, General Motors, BMW, McDonald’s, Verizon Wireless, Susan G. Komen, and the United States Navy. Carlotta’s career highlights include spearheading Walmart’s sponsorship of the ESSENCE Festival, the world’s largest cultural gathering of African Americans, raising $2MM for the activation, improving brand reputation and sales among client targets, and increasing sales by 200% for participating partners. She also managed Tavis Smiley’s America I AM: The African American Imprint national exhibition tour, supervised a Chrysler International multi-national advertising and catalog program for 57 countries, facilitated the international launch of the Chrysler minivan catalog and CRM initiatives, and implemented the largest collective of recognition programs in the world, the GM Dealer Recognition Programs. Additionally, Carlotta is founder and owner of True Root Marketing and The She Is Project, offering varied marketing and experiential services for brands such as Walmart, Tom Joyner/Reach Media, BMW and Ford, plus marketing, entrepreneurship, and branding education for women and youth for organizations such as BUILD Institute, Co-Starters, Detroit and Ecorse Public Schools, and the Michigan Science Center. She is a community influencer and volunteer with a true affinity for all things culturally inspirational, creative, and artistic and regularly provides educational, special event, marketing, promotions, and volunteer services for such organizations as the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History where she is a Museum Educator and Special Events Volunteer, the Mosaic Youth Theatre, American Black Film Festival, and other national and civic special projects and events. Carlotta is also a clarinetist and dancer and has directed dance troupes and taught dance and creative movement to both adults and children. Carlotta serves on the Board of Directors for both Detroit Garment Group and Living Arts non-profit organizations, is Co-chair for the National Business League Women of Color Entrepreneur Circle, Vice President and Program Chair for The Pierians, Inc., serves as BUF Connect (Black United Fund of MI) Vice President, and holds committee positions for the University of Phoenix School of Business Advisory Board, Orchards Children’s Services Women’s Leadership Committee, Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur Society (YES), and Women of Color STEM Conference. She has held membership in the National Urban League, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, National Association of Negro Business Professional Women Club, National Association of Women Business Owners, Adcraft Club of Detroit, Women in Communications, Michigan Association of Female Entrepreneurs, and Blacks in Advertising, Radio, and Television. Carlotta received a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Minor Degree in Advertising and Communications and African American Studies respectively from Purdue University.