Keynote Speakers

Nadya Okamoto

March 24th, 2022

Nadya Okamoto is the co-Founder of August, a lifestyle period brand working to reimagine periods to be powerful. She is also the author of the book PERIOD POWER: a Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement, and founder and former Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, PERIOD. Outside of her work in the menstrual health space, Okamoto is also a mental health advocate and known as a Gen Z marketing expert. She recently graduated from Harvard College, class of 2021.

Ibtihaj Muhammad

March 27, 2019

A powerful symbol of America's tolerance and diversity, Olympic sabre fencer Ibtihaj Muhammed inspires others to challenge the status quo. A three-time All-American and the 2005 Junior Olympic Champion, Ibtihaj, wearing her hijab, jousted her way into the history  books as a member of the U.S National Fencing Team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, ultimately helping the women's fencing team earn the bronze medal. 

Sandra Kim 

March 14, 2018 


Sandra Kim is the Founder and Executive Director of Everyday Feminism, an educational platform for personal and social liberation. Launched in June 2012, Everyday Feminism has become known for having one of the most popular feminist digital media sites in the world, with a readership of millions of monthly visitors from over 150 countries. Sandra will be speaking on the following topic: 

  • Bringing Intersectionality and Inclusiveness Into Our Daily Feminist Work – While most feminists and feminist organizations agree that it’s important to be intersectional and inclusive, it is less common to find it authentically incorporated into our work. It too often is limited to adding a few token issues to the agenda. And for some, identifying differences can feel divisive and counter productive. Instead, we need to fundamentally change how we view, discuss, and tackle feminist issues in order to make sure all people who are targeted are represented and addressed. This presentation help you understand how to apply an intersectional lens to your work, wrestle with the challenges of being intersectional on a personal and organizational level, and identify how to work in solidarity with others.

Kyla Lacey 

She Fest 2018: March 17th 7pm 

Kyla Jenee Lacey is a poet from Chilando… which is Chicago, Orlando and Atlanta. She has performed at over 200 colleges in 40 states.  She has been a finalist in the largest regional poetry slam in the country 4 times.  Kyla, a budding cat lady, also blogs for various sites including Huffington Post, as well as hosts and emcees multiple events.  Her poetry has garnered millions of views on Facebook and YouTube.  She’s won and been nominated for numerous awards including, but not limited to, APCA’s Poet of the Year and Campus Activities Magazine’s Best Female Artist. She was featured on Golden Mic TV, a show featuring the hottest spoken word artists from all over the country, and is currently working on her first book.

She has facilitated workshops in high schools as well as colleges and would be a perfect addition to festivities for Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Domestic Violence Awareness, Women’s Issues programming, and writing workshops. Kyla has an innate ability to balance heavy issues with her biting humor.  She is her parents’ favorite daughter, as well as their only daughter and would be a great edition to your school’s programming calendar.

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Jessamyn Stanley

Febuary 7th 4-5pm Yoga & 7-8pm Keynote Speech 


Jessamyn Stanley is a yoga teacher, body positivity advocate, and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. Jessamyn uses high energy vinyasa flow as a way to move past mental and emotional barriers. Her classes provide a body positive approach to yoga which celebrates students’ bodies and encourages them to ask “How do I feel?” rather than “How do I look?” when practicing yoga.

Jessamyn studied with Kimberley Puryear of Asheville Yoga Center’s 230-hour Teacher Training Program and her eponymous yoga lifestyle blog and Instagram attract thousands of followers daily, offering tips and advice for other yoga practitioners while documenting her home yoga practice. Jessamyn contributes to Mind Body Green, Wanderlust, & Elephant Journal. She's been featured and profiled by a variety of International and National media outlets including Good Morning America, The Daily Mail, New York Magazine, The Sunday Times, New York Times' Women In The World, & People, among others.

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