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Conference Schedule

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JULY 21,2021 | DAY ONE

Coffee, Conversation, and the Collective

Kishshana Palmer & Dre Bown

Wednesday, July 21
10:00 - 11:00am EST

We're kicking off The Rooted Retreat with your hosts, Kishshana Palmer & Dre Brown! Tune in as they spill the tea about what it really means to come together as a collective and what this past year has taught them as women of color trying to survive and thrive in the midst of a pandemic, social injustice, and everything in between.

Who’s in the room? Speed networking session

Resource Alliance

Wednesday, July 21

11:00am - 12:00pm EST

The Rooted Retreat is for Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color social impact professionals all over the globe. Get to know who’s in the room!

Lunch Vibes

DJ Commish

Wednesday, July 21

12:00 - 1:00pm EST

Day one is packed with philanthropy-focused workshops. But before we dive into the work, we'll break for lunch with live music to get rooted in the spirit.

How to Identify and Pull From Your Philanthropic Bench: Tapping Into Gen Y & Z Donors

Dominique Calixte, Associate Director of Annual Giving & Special Events, YW Boston

Wednesday, July 21
1:00 - 2:30pm EST
Workshop

Philanthropy has been focused on the traditional old, white, and wealthy donor base. This thinking has nonprofits focus on Boomers and Gen Xers as donors and leaving other generations on the giving sidelines. Millennials are now a 1/3 of the workforce, and Gen X is moving into the workforce; now is the time to veer from that thinking. 

This training will prepare you and your organizations a step further because you will walk away equipped with the knowledge and resources to include Millennials and Gen Z in your fundraising strategy successfully.

Clarify Your Story to Align Your Purpose and Your Paycheck

Elizabeth Ngonzi, Liz Ngonzi Transforms / The International Social Impact Institute, Founder & CEO

Wednesday, July 21
1:00 - 2:30pm EST
Workshop

The pandemic has led many of us to ask ourselves questions such as “What is my purpose?”, “Does what I do for a living bring out the best version of me?”, and “Can how can I earn my paycheck enable me to fulfil my purpose?”

In this interactive, and hands-on session, Liz will guide you through the Liz Ngonzi Transforms ICAT (Inspire, Connect, Activate and Transform) Coaching Framework and the distinctive approach to storytelling (Problem, Solution, Impact and Ask) that it incorporates. 

To optimize your story creation experience, Liz asks that you have your LinkedIn profile, resume, cover letter or other storytelling tools handy during the session.
 

Cultivating your Personal Brand

Kia Young, Digital Marketer & Social Strategist

Wednesday, July 21

3:00 - 4:30pm EST

Masterclass

In this interactive and value-rich workshop Kia Young, Digital Marketing + Social Strategist, will guide you through bringing your personal brand to vibrant life in a way that deeply resonates with your target audience. You’ll walk away with a ready-to-implement strategy to build your dream community, filled with ideal clients who can’t wait to work with you!

You ARE a Writer: Building a Storytelling Practice 

Nicole Young

Wednesday, July 21
3:00 - 4:30pm EST
Masterclass

In this session, learn to carefully craft your storytelling with writer, Nicole Young.

Round Robin at the Roundtables

Dre Brown, EverGreen Host

Wednesday, July 21
4:30 - 4:50pm EST

Whew! What a day. Between furious note-taking in the workshops and the interactive learning inside the masterclasses, a debrief is much needed. Hop into these breakout rooms and unwind with us!

The ReCap with Kish and Dre

Kishshana Palmer & Dre Brown, EverGreen Hosts

Wednesday, July 21
4:50 - 5:00pm EST

Before we head into the After-Dark festivities, let’s recap! Join your hosts Kishshana & Dre as we switch up the vibe and head into the night.

Rooted After Dark: In the Mix with Moet Hennessy

Kishshana Palmer, Dre Brown & DJ Commish, EverGreen Hosts

Wednesday, July 21
5:00 - 6:00pm EST

It’s five o’clock somewhere! Join us for Happy Hour with DJ Commish on the one’s and two’s and libations courtesy of Moet Hennessy. Your VIP Retreat Box has a special Rooted Cocktail with your name on it. Mix, shake, and pour with us!

Rooted After Dark: Collecting Courage - Perspective and Passion

Rooted Collaborative Members

Wednesday, July 21
6:00 - 7:30pm EST

Okay, let’s get real. Being a Black, Indigenous, or Woman of Color in the social impact sector comes with it’s fair share of obstacles. It’s why The Rooted Collaborative exists. Racism - both covert and overt - plagues the charitable sector. We all have stories. Hear from the authors of Collecting Courage: Joy, Pain, Freedom, Love as they share theirs.

Rooted After Dark: Round Robin at the Roundtables

Dre Brown, EverGreen Host

Wednesday, July 21
7:30 - 8:00pm EST

Let’s debrief! Hop into these breakout rooms and unwind with us!

Rooted After Dark: LOL! Comedy & Connections

Kishshana Palmer; Dre Brown & Janay Smith, EverGreen Host & Comedian

Wednesday, July 21

8:00 - 9:30pm EST

If you’ve ever been to a Rooted event, you KNOW there are tons of laughter (and tons of wine)! Let’s end the night with a comedy set by Janay Smith, and live music with DJ Commish.

 
JULY 22,2022 | DAY TWO

How to Balance Being Busy & Healthy

Eva Rodriguez, HR Exec and Holistic Health, Weight Loss & Mindfulness Coach

Thursday, July 22
7:30 - 8:30am EST
Health & Wellness

In this session, you’ll learn simple yet powerful steps to transform your body, your health, and your life. You’ll get step-by-step guidance on how to jumpstart your health and weight loss journey, whether you want to lose 5 pounds or 50 pounds. It’s absolutely possible to balance being busy and healthy and it won’t require spending hours in the gym or in the kitchen.

Learning how to prioritize your wellness empowers you to show up better prepared for whatever life throws at you and enables you to be a better partner, friend, mother and leader.

From Trauma to Transformation: A Financial Healing Experience

Mia Bradford, Financial Self-care Coach

Thursday, July 22

7:30 - 8:30am EST

Health & Wellness

If you’re feeling stuck, frustrated, or overwhelmed with your finances or just don’t know where to start when it comes to creating a strong financial foundation, it’s time to experience financial healing. We will begin to explore your financial story to uncover unhealthy patterns using yoga and aromatherapy as tools to release limiting beliefs and to begin moving you towards an empowering financial freedom narrative.

Round Robin at the Roundtables

Dre Brown, EverGreen Host

Thursday, July 22
8:30 - 8:55am EST

Let’s kick off the morning and meet up in the breakout rooms!

Welcome Address

Kishshana Palmer, EverGreen Host

Thursday, July 22

8:55 - 9:00am EST

Opening remarks from our Founder and your Host, Kishshana Palmer.

Breakthru Breakfast: The Future is Fat with Sonalee Rashatwar

Sonalee Rashatwar, LCSW MEd, Award-winning social worker, sex therapist, adjunct lecturer, and grassroots organizer

Thursday, July 22
9:00 - 10:00am EST
Breakfast Keynote

Join The Fat Sex Therapist as they are popularly known on Instagram for a conversation on ditching diet culture, learning pleasure principles, and how to come home to yourself.

Not Another Stretch Mark: Growing Fast in Your Space

Krysta Galeano, Communications Strategy Lead, Electronic Arts

Thursday, July 22
10:00 - 11:00am EST
Professional Development

With all the unspoken rules, weird vibes, subjective performance reviews, and no help in sight - that metaphorical career ladder we're trying to climb can seem reallll slippery. Together, we'll explore a framework that will help you grow fast in your field and feel inspired by the journey. It's time to stretch our skills, ditch the doubts, and fast-forward to the part where we get what we deserve. Ain’t nothin’ new here - just another stretch(mark)!

Finding Yourself After Workplace Trauma

Brooke Waller, CEO, Brooke Bold Media

Thursday, July 22
10:00 - 11:00am EST
Personal Development

During this workshop, attendees will learn strategies on how to overcome workplace trauma, how to advocate for a safe work environment, and how to speak up and report an incident in a confidential way. You’ll walk away with tools on how to set boundaries at work and a clear understanding of how to find a mentor and build resilience.

Leveraging the Power of Habit in Life and Work

Sabrina Joy Watkins, Chief Encouragement Officer, Tending Habits LLC

Thursday, July 22
11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Professional Development

The quality of your habits determines the quality of your life. In this workshop you will learn the initial steps to creating a Habit Plan to take yourself to the next level - including a crash course on how habits work and how you can design a system to make your habits work for you.

Where Beauty & Wellness Meet

Rachel Zeigler, Licensed Cosmetologist and CEO, Naked Chemistry Skincare

Thursday, July 22
11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Personal Development

This session will discuss the importance of wellness and how it closely connects to beauty with a licensed Cosmetologist.

The Lunch Mix with DJ Commish

DJ Commish

Thursday, July 22
12:00 - 1:00pm EST

Get moving! Enjoy lunch and live music with DJ Commish.

Let's Burn Some Shit Down: A Conversation With Kish and Vu

Vu Le & Kishshana Palmer, Founder, Nonprofit AF

Thursday, July 22

1:00 - 2:00pm EST

Lunch Keynote

While we love our sector, there's a whole lot of things that are not work. Kishshana and Vu will have a casual conversation (probably full of cussing), about some things we need to burn down. Boards? The way we do fundraising? The inequity of our hiring process? How philanthropy has been treating communities-of-color-led nonprofits? We need to unlearn and let go of archaic, ineffective practices so that better ones can take root.

To Cert or Not to Cert... That is the Question - CFRE Panel

CFRE Panelists

Thursday, July 22
2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Professional Development

Have you been thinking about obtaining your CFRE credential? What’s stopping you? If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Hear from these women of color fundraisers about why getting certified was a smart move for their careers.

The Baggage We Carry: Prioritizing Mental Health While We Fight the Good Fight

Shayna Zeigen & Jerralyn Davis, Publicists, Mixte Communications

Thursday, July 22
2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Personal Development

Exploring what it’s like to be young, WoC in a predominantly white industry during a social justice reckoning, this session will focus on the speakers’ personal experiences and the ways they’ve prioritized their own mental health while simultaneously fighting for racial justice and finding their place in the professional sphere.

Dismantling Imposter Syndrome

Tania Bhattacharyya, Founder, Lumos Marketing

Thursday, July 22
2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Ally Track

In this presentation, we will question the credibility of the current Eurocentric, masculine, and heteronormative leadership style and introduce a new concept called “lived leadership” (valuing lived experience above all) as the ultimate predictor of competence. The social sector will continue to excel as we support professionals who belong to the  community served – with lived experience that mirrors their journeys. We will offer scripts for boundary setting and building agency within an existing power structure to call out problematic behavior, as well as “imposter syndrome thought” reframes and affirmations.

It's all in the Q.  Defining Your CQ (Cultural Intelligence)

Danielle Henry, Organization Development and Project Management Consultant

Thursday, July 22
3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Professional Development

You've heard of IQ and EQ. But what's your CQ? CQ, or cultural intelligence, is more than just a kitschy catchphrase for cultural competence. In this workshop, we explore this new approach to leadership.

How to Improve your Life and your Career by Taking a Break

Roshida Dowe, Career Break Coach, Shida's On The Loose

Thursday, July 22
3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Personal Development

In this session, you’ll learn how taking a career break can improve your life instead of ending your career.

Making Equity Work, In Practice

Alli Myatt, The Equity Practice, Co-Founder

Thursday, July 22

3:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Ally Track

In this session, participants will learn a strategic framework to help their organization move BEYOND CONVERSATIONS about race to be able to take ACTIONS for racial equity.  Participants will hear about a case study of the framework in action and identify ways they can apply the framework at their organizations.

Round Robin at the Roundtables

Dre Brown, EverGreen Host

Thursday, July 22
4:00 - 4:20pm EST

What a day! Let’s meet in the breakout rooms and debrief.

The ReCap with Kish and Dre

Kishshana Palmer & Dre Brown, EverGreen Hosts

Thursday, July 22
4:20 - 4:30pm EST

Before we head into the After-Dark festivities, let’s recap! Join your hosts Kishshana & Dre as we switch up the vibe and head into the night. 

HeadsUP Happy Hour: Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting Into the Business

Tulaine Montgomery, Co-CEO, New Profit

Thursday, July 22
4:30 - 6:00pm EST

It’s gonna get real. Grab your drinks and your journal because you’ll want to take notes in this Happy Hour conversation with Tulane Montgomery.

Rooted After Dark: Dating Smart, Protect Your Heart - Dating with Friends

Kishshana Palmer; Dre Brown & Casandra “Coach Cass” Henriquez

Thursday, July 22
6:30 - 8:30pm EST

Sis… be honest. How’s your dating life these days? When we’re out here making the world a better place through our work, we cannot possibly entertain the dating shenanigans!

But the truth is - cultivating healthy relationships outside of work is important to your wellness. Join Coach Cass, the Love Coach with #receipts!, and let’s talk about dating with friends. 

Rooted After Dark: Game Night with University of Dope

Kishshana Palmer & Dre Brown, EverGreen Hosts

Thursday, July 22
6:30 - 7:30pm EST

It’s game night, y’all! And at the Rooted Collaborative, things get competitive. So bring your A game and join our RC Ambassadors for a live game of University of Dope™: A disrespectful party game for hip hop lovers.

Rooted After Dark: Werk Stories

Kishshana Palmer & Dre Brown, EverGreen Hosts

Thursday, July 22
6:30 - 7:30pm EST

Work stories… we all have them. Consider this session the virtual watercooler. Come on in and spill the tea. In partnership with Werk Stories, this is a (safe!) space for women of color to share it all - the frustrations, angst, trauma, and triumphs. Breathe in, and let it all air out.

 
JULY 23,2022 | DAY THREE

Hip Hop as a Culturally Sustaining Tool for Healing, Connection, and Expression

Janei Maynard, Executive Director, 5th Element Center for Dance

Friday, July 23
8:00 - 8:50am EST
Health & Wellness

This session will explore the importance of culturally sustaining approaches, specifically the liberatory possibilities of hip hop pedagogies, to wellness and spaces for practicing wellness. Throughout the session, we will actively learn, appreciate, and explore our expression and artistic selves as vessels for healing, connection, pleasure, and power. We will interrogate what it means to create and build power and how to hold that sacred in a world that commodifies and exploits both our joy and our suffering.

Welcome Address

Kishshana Palmer

Friday, July 23
8:50 - 9:00am EST

Kick off DAY THREE with opening remarks from our Founder and your Host, Kishshana Palmer.

Breakthru Breakfast: Meditation for Liberation: Keys for Inner Freedom, Calm and Resilience w/ Jenée Johnson

Jenée Johnson, Mindful Movement Builder and Thought Leader

Friday, July 23
9:00 - 10:00am EST
Breakfast Keynote

Racism is a public health issue. And mindfulness is one of the many tools women of color can call on to protect their inner freedom, protect their calm, and protect their resilience. Join Jenée Johnson in this breakfast meditation for liberation.

Round Robin at the Roundtables

Dre Brown, EverGreen Host

Friday, July 23

10:00 - 10:30am EST

Let’s debrief! Meet us in the breakout rooms before heading into our final day of sessions. 

Leadership Today: Elevate Yourself, Your Career, and Joy

Julie Ha Truong, Founder & CEO, Leadership Savvy

Friday, July 23

10:30 - 11:30am EST

Professional Development

Now more than ever we need strong, diverse leaders. We need leaders with agility, tenacity, with passionate hearts and minds. We’ll walk through approaches vital for successful leadership today. Gain insights for not only leading yourself, a team, but also for broader community impact. Reframe your experiences and develop a narrative that will position you for future success. Find your leadership potential while bringing joy to your life and others. We’ll share a framework for reflecting on and building upon your leadership and career trajectory.

Battling Racial Battle Fatigue

Crystal Bennett, CEO & Founder, THRYVE, LLC

Friday, July 23
10:30 - 11:30am EST
Personal Development

Professor Alvin Poussaint described the cumulative impact of microaggressions as death by a thousand nicks. What might seem small and insignificant can become ingrained into the very fiber of one”s being, causing the body to live in a constant state of alert. This constant state of hyperarousal can lead to depression, anxiety-related symptoms, diminished psychological wellbeing and ultimately impact one's physical health.

During this presentation, Crystal will share her personal experiences with internalized oppression and the fight to overcome racial battle fatigue.  Participants will engage in techniques for healing and recognize the importance of safe spaces and brave spaces for communities to transform and begin the healing of racial trauma.

Round Robin at the Roundtables

Dre Brown, EverGreen Host

Friday, July 23
11:30 - 12:00pm EST

Let’s debrief! Meet us in the breakout rooms for a quick midday reset.  

How to Build an Influential Brand

Larnell Vickers, Career Coach and Executive Recruiter

Friday, July 23
12:00 - 1:00pm EST
Professional Development

In this session, you'll learn what it means to have your own unique brand, how to define it and practice sharing it with others.

Also, you'll learn how to market yourself, capitalize and communicate your skills and strengths, and how to integrate your unique brand to increase and expand your impact

How to Embrace the Art of the Pivot

Timi Komonibo, Life Consultant

Friday, July 23
12:00 - 1:00pm EST
Personal Development

There is an art to the pivot that we can embrace and master. It’s a delicate dance because the way we navigate our life's pivots can determine the course of our lives. We have all gone through different stages and versions of what we thought our lives were going to look like. In these moments of transition, we might have felt like we were scrambling to make sense of it all. While life pivots are necessary for growth, transitions do not need to be traumatic or even chaotic. Instead, they can be approached with a measure of grace and intentionality. The session is intended to give you guidance in navigating the transitional periods so you can walk into your life pivots more confidently.

The Lunch Mix with DJ Commish

DJ Commish

Friday, July 23
1:00 - 1:30pm EST

Get moving! Enjoy lunch and live music with DJ Commish.

In the Mix: Can We Really Be Evergreen?

Alexandra Bernadott & Kishshana Palmer, Founder & CEO, Beyond 12

Friday, July 23
1:30 - 2:30pm EST
Lunch Keynote

To be Evergreen is to weather the storms, face the challenges, and to fight like hell to stand tall and proud. And while we’d all like to think we can withstand every lemon life throws at us… can we really be evergreen? What happens when we allow ourselves to fail? To fall? TO break? In this conversation with Alex and Kishshana, we explore these questions and more.

Employee to Entrepreneur: 4 Steps to Making the Big Shift

Lavonzell Nicholson, Director of Finance and Operations, Taylor Center for Social Innovation & Design Thinking/EIH Consulting

Thursday, July 22
2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Professional Developmen

Running a successful business or side hustle requires more than just knowing your product or service; you'll need to make the shift from an Employee Mindset to an Entrepreneurial one. In this session, we'll introduce and explore the four areas that will guide your transition: Mindset, Finances, Team, and Marketing. Understanding the relevant factors in each area will help you chart a path that's right for you. 
 
When you leave this session, you'll have a framework to assess these four areas in your business or side hustle, as well as a process to help you begin to make the big shift.

Leading from the Heart

Christian Murphy, Chief Development Officer, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Friday, July 23
2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Professional Development

The past year created angst and fear for many. This session will share how the power of gratitude and vulnerability helped to create strength in myself and my team to allow new and richer opportunities to take root. Real life examples will be shared with insight on how to cultivate these learnings into more richness in the future.

Round Robin at the Roundtables

Dre Brown, EverGreen Host & DJ Commish

Friday, July 23
3:30 - 4:00pm EST

In this presentation, we will question the credibility of the current Eurocentric, masculine, and heteronormative leadership style and introduce a new concept called “lived leadership” (valuing lived experience above all) as the ultimate predictor of competence. The social sector will continue to excel as we support professionals who belong to the  community served – with lived experience that mirrors their journeys. We will offer scripts for boundary setting and building agency within an existing power structure to call out problematic behavior, as well as “imposter syndrome thought” reframes and affirmations.

One Cause Study

Jenna Jameson

Friday, July 23

4:00 - 5:00pm EST

Professional Development

In this study, OneCause explores how to activate millennials of colors as donors.

Cosmically Charged Ways to Realign Your Day

Rowena Winkler, Cosmic Catalyst Coach & Realignment Strategist, Journey2Consciousness LLC

Friday, July 23
4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Personal Development

Using the spiritually-grounded techniques I use with my clients, I will provide some practical tips on how to get back into alignment with your soul purpose.

The WrapUp with Kish and Dre

Kishshana Palmer & Dre Brown, EverGreen Hosts

Friday, July 23
5:00pm - 5:05pm EST

And… that’s a wrap! Closing remarks from your Hosts, Kishshana and Dre.

 

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