Thee Renee creates a space & listening experience for regal authentic impactful wrap sessions about Tech, Design & Culture with industry leaders & innovators who authentically share their stories to inspire & galvanize listeners -which are affectionally called The Royal Court.
Wrap Session 16 Welcomes the amazing Jen White Johnson, Design Activist and Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design & Digital Media Art at Bowie State University, the oldest HBCU in Maryland.
Jen shares her personal journey to understanding her son's disability as well as her own while creating & designing a new narrative in how Black and Brown disable lives are portrayed in society. She also shares with the Royal Court how she would like to see companies seek out and work with HBCU Design programs.
Her photography and design work has been featured in numerous print, online publications and creative collaborative projects, including Print Magazine, The Washington Post, Maryland State Education Association and the 2019 Women’s March on Washington, and in two grammy-nominated visual art designs.
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Wrap Session 15 | Director of the B2B Institute at LinkedIn and Founder of the TransformHER conference, Tyrona "Ty" Heath, takes the Royal Court on a guided journey through her personal & professional journey to leadership as the former president of the Employee Resource Group, Black Inclusion Group (B.I.G) to the creation & growth of the popular TransformHER event. The premier conference is dedicated to supporting professional Black women & women of color in technology and their allies. Listen to the gems Ty drops as she shares insights on leadership, showing up fully in spaces as a Black Woman & gearing up for the free virtual conference taking place on Friday, March 19, 2021
Register for TransformHer: https://www.linkedin.com/events/transformher-216765434658609078272/
Wrap Session 14 is power-packed with personal stories, gems & hard truths spoken with unapologetic passion by the incredible Antionette Carroll, TED speaker & fellow, designer & redesigner for Justice and Equity. Antionette is the Founder & CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit organization based in St. Louis, Missouri but also having global impact and influence. The organization empowers Black, Latin and Indigenous youth to be creative equity leaders helping to design the communities they live in & beyond.
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Wrap Session 13- Founder & Executive Director of Inneract Project, Designer & Leader Maurice Woods joins the Royal Court to authentically share his personal journey to Design and discuss his work leading Inneract Project; the nonprofit that empowers underrepresented youth through design education and links them to opportunities to explore design in career and life.
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2020 has introduced a lot of things good bad and ugly. One of the brightest experiences has been the birth of the virtual DJ that has helped people get through these times by creating a sense of community through music. DJ M.O.S. and his virtual experience, Club Insomnia takes followers on a journey through music that will leave you feeling nostalgic and euphoric.
In this wrap session, DJ M.O.S. shares his journey making the pivot to streaming his DJ sets on Instagram & Twitch , his relationship with DJ DNICE, the strong DJ community, his experiences playing in Abu Dhabi and Sean Combs (Diddy) birthday party.
Affectionately known as the Talent Genie, Maisha Cannon brings "oodles of creativity" and tons of resources to the Talent Acquisition industry. This International speaker and leader in the recruiting and sourcing space shares her gems on her industry experiences through Entertainment and Tech, best practices for Job Seekers, and why showing up authentically is a process.
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From her humble roots in Jackson, Mississippi, to obtaining a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech and later becoming the CTO of a startup (PartPic), lead by Black women and acquired by Amazon; Dr. Nashlie Sephus is on a mission to ensure her community is empowered and equipped. In this wrap session, Nashlie shares her experiences as an AI Leader from college to startup life and now Amazon and also drops gems on the importance of rooting & planting tech seeds back home through her nonprofit The Bean Path.
Rhonda Allen was recently named and CEO of /dev/color, a nonprofit organization whose mission and movement is: " To empower Black software engineers to help one another grow into industry leaders". From her international experiences living and teaching abroad to her southern roots in Jacksonville, Arkansas, Rhonda shares gems from her career journey as well the important work of /dev/color, their members, and the organization's impact on the tech industry.
For more information on /dev/color and to join or partner visit LinkedIn | Twitter | FaceBook | Instagram | Medium Blog
The South London raised Eddie Opara jokingly admits he should be a Chelsea Futbol Club supporter but actually roots for Tottenham who's motto "To Dare is to Do" has become a way of his design life. Eddie is one of 25 Partners at the world-renowned design firm Pentagram which has created some legendary and popular pieces of work including most recently, Saturday Night Lives opening title sequence.
In this wrap session, Eddie shares his design wisdom and speaks on his projects including Pyer Moss, Samsung, and having former First Lady Michelle Obama where the brand identity he created for re-inc , a brand founded by members of the US Women Soccer Team.
After this wrap session, be sure to check out the Pentagram episode Eddie mentions on Abstract: The Art of Design, featuring partner Paula Scher.
Immediately upon meeting, speaking, and hearing Love Beach you cannot help but fall in love with first, her name of course, but also the person.
As the VP of Brand at Blavity, Inc., the largest network of platforms, experiential, and lifestyle brands serving the multifaceted lives of Black millennials, Love is responsible for brand management and leads the creative & digital production teams.
In this episode Love shares her very personal candid stories of navigating life & her career paths, finding success being an executive of strategy, and how Blavity, as well as herself, are both thriving during the pandemic.
In this special edition of Tech Wrap Queen, the recent viral sensation, Ashkia Trujillo aka Self Made Warrior, takes us on a journey through Native American & Indigenous Tradition, Heritage, and Culture. A video shot by PhotoJournalist Sharon Chischilly, of him dancing on a downtown street in Alburgque, New Mexico after elections results were announced, has been viewed over 5million times.
In the midst of the celebration, with cars bumper to bumper and honking horns, Ashkia jumped out of his vehicle with a Red Chicago's Bulls hat in hand and danced a Men's Northern Traditional Pow Wow dance and won the hearts of a global community.
This month is Native American Heritage Month and this episode is rich in culture, emotions, and much learnings. For All.
Mike Nicholls- Founder, Creative Director, Designer, Graphic Artist, Editor in Chief & Mastermind behind UMBER MAGAZINE magazine drops life and career gems as he shares his personal & professional journey from the East Coast to the West Coast while schooling the Royal Court on the importance and beauty of Print Media.
A staple of the Oakland Black creative community and beyond, @thisisumber visually tells the stories & captures vivid imagery of the Black diaspora in music, design, culture, movement, and more. If you have ever felt, read or just flipped through an Umber Magazine, you know that you are experiencing a unique piece of print media. If you haven't yet, you will want one after listening to Mike's energy, laugh, and passion for his craft.
LISTEN. If you are a UX Researcher, Designer, AI enthusiast, heck if you just want to hear from a Powerhouse Black Woman in these UX, HCI, Design streets from the South Side Chicago, you definitely want to tune in to this Energy, Knowledge and Real Talk packed Wrap Session with Principal Creative Director Ovetta Sampson.
We talk Design Research, how knowing what NOT to design is important, her career journey to the world-renowned design firm & genesis of design thinking IDEO to a Design Leader at Microsoft and the importance of supporting each other as Black Women in Design Research.
All of this built on Ovetta's mission which she shares- to WIDEN THE NARRATIVE.
In this wrap session, Sabry Tozin takes us through the pressures he encountered during college to the pressures & successes of being a Black Silicon Valley Executive. He drops gems on life and career lessons learned from having a different perspective on failure, shares insights on leadership, Jordans, and makes us laugh reminiscing about throwback video games like the classics Command & Conquer and Galaga.
Get ready to be Inspired
KAI FRAZIER Founder and CEO of KAI XR, a VR EdTech company, takes us on an incredible candid personal journey from her days in DC working with several museums such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, all the way to the tech streets of Oakland where she is now building the most inclusive and accessible, educational VR platform where kids can explore, dream, & create.
KAI has created VR experiences with the Obama Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery to Jennifer Doudna at UC BERKELEY, one of the scientists responsible for the scientific breakthrough CRISPR which was recently awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
So many Gems in this Wrap Session. Enjoy.
In this energy-packed inaugural episode of Tech Wrap Queen, Renee "The Queen" Reid introduces listeners to the journey they will be on as she prepares to take them through the soon to be released Episodes of Season 1 of Tech Wrap Queen; wrap sessions on the intersecting worlds of Tech, Design & Culture.