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Thursday oct, 31

Daytime Programming

  • 10:00 AM: Feminine of Center Fireside Chat
  • 11:00 AM: Masculine of Center Fireside Chat
  • 1:00 PM: Find Your Brand, Love Your Brand with Amber's Closet
  • 2:15 PM: Group Psychic Reading by Lakara with the Gift
  • 3:00 PM: New Orleans Scavenger Hunt (Prizes Awarded at Mixer)

Evening Activities

  • 7:00 PM: Opening Reception and Kick Off Mixer

Nighttime Entertainment

Friday, Nov. 1

Daytime Programming

Enrich Workshop Track

  • 9:00 AM: Bootcamp with Carter the Body
  • 10:00 AM: Twerk til It Hurts Yoga with Leana Marie
  • 11:00 AM: Letters to our Masculinity with bklyn boihood
  • 2:00 PM: Managing the Trials & Tribulations with Meryl Franklin
  • 4:15 PM: Bounce Fitness with Moe Joe

Experience Workshop Track

  • 9:00 AM: "Art-repreneur" Panel
  • 10:00 AM: Aromatic Sensuality with Tailored to Bare
  • 2:00 PM: Passion Painting with The Muses

Expand Workshop Track

  • 9:00 AM: Mask and Mirrors with Paris White-Tyrell
  • 10:00 AM: Roots, Wounds and Words with Nicole Shawan Junior
  • 11:00 AM: Lez Hangout Podcast: Building Your Audience Through Community
  • 2:00 PM: MonogamISH: Exploring Non-Monogamy & Open Relationships with Dr. Monica
  • 4:15 PM: Queer Style as Visual Activism by dapperQ

Evening Activities

Nighttime Entertainment

Saturday, Nov. 2

Daytime Programming

Enrich Workshop Track

  • 9:00 AM: Guided City Run by Lynesia Carson
  • 10:00 AM: Boot Camp with Carter the Body
  • 11:00 AM: Tantric Yoga with Leana Marie
  • 12:00 PM: Sensual Essentials with Brooke Jay
  • 2:00 PM: The Code: How to be your best Dom, Sub and Switch with HonestlyNae
  • 3:45 PM: Unpacking Religious Baggage: Finding Freedom in Your Sexuality with Kim Daily and Shaquinta Richardson, PhD

Experience Workshop Track

  • 9:00 AM: LezNoire presents Bites and Bubbles
  • 11:00 AM: Self guided walks around New Orleans
  • 12:00 PM: Curating Sexy Cocktails (an interactive experience) with The Cocktail Nymph
  • 2:00 PM: Cooking Up Vegan New Orleans Style with Chef T
  • 3:45 PM: Desserts by Chef Shonda

Expand Workshop Track

  • 9:00 AM: Know Justice Know Peace: Unpacking the Role of Police in our Community with Michelle Nicole
  • 10:00 AM: (Re)Align with your Radical Purpose with Turtle Tank
  • 11:00 AM: Building an Inclusive Queer Economy with Cee Smith
  • 12:00 PM: Entrepreneurship Panel
  • 3:45 PM: Money Moves, Real Talk on Diverse Strategies for Securing Your Finances with Angelica Trumer

Evening Activities

Nighttime Entertainment

Sunday, Nov. 3

Daytime Programming

  • 9:00 AM: Private Personal Training Sessions with Carter The Body
  • 9:45 AM: Screening of "Don't Judge Our Love" by Barabino Productions
  • 10:15 AM: Faith and Spirituality Panel

Afternoon Activities

  • 11:00 AM: Screening of "Two for One" by BrandProductions
  • 11:45 AM: Family Planning Panel
  • 1:00 PM: TWS' Closing Brunch & Awards Ceremony (ends by 3pm)
  • 3:30 PM: 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, at Tulane University (ends by 6pm)

Departure Flight Planning

  • Select flights departing after 6pm if you plan to attend the Awards Ceremony
  • Select flights departing after 9pm if you plan to participate in the Basketball Tournament*

*Schedule subject to change - All times listed in CST

amber’s closet

Azmarie

 

carter the body

the muses

 

My love for music started at a very young age. From the age of 10 recording mixtapes on my boombox to the age 19 opening up different websites on YouTube to blend music at parties. Friends would start encouraging me to branch out into entertainment, so I officially started practicing with my CDJS in 2013, but didn’t start fully working until 2016. Through these 3 years of consistent hard work, I was able to work with people I admired as a kid from Bone Thugs And harmony’s Lazy Bone, Picalo, and Gunplay. I have opened up for H.E.R, Ella Mai, Xavier Wolf, and have done appearances in VH1s Black Inck Crew and hosted the grand opening for Her little secret boutique Sky’s store. I love what I do and it shows through my vibrant positive energy! When I’m in the building my presence is felt. Music and bringing a smile to people’s faces is what I love the most. Give me a mic and a crowed and I will ignite the stage. I know my journey has just begun and I’m enjoying every step of the way. The setbacks have always taught me lessons and have prepared me for my blessings. All the way From Miami Florida bringing my vibes to New York, New Jersey and now New Orleans! Catch me worldwide.

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bklyn boihood

 

Kymoura Terry Kennedy also known as "DJ Ksquared" hails from brick city New Jersey. Born in the city and raised in the dirty south of Atlanta Georgia her musical ear is nothing short of amazing. From the womb she has been an original "house head" and is a chameleon in the booth. Kymoura is currently a resident DJ at the Iconic My Sisters Room in Midtown. A host and performance DJ at Sex Down South Conferences every year, HRC Atlanta Advocate and DJ, Guest DJ at the Woods in NYC, Festival and Pride DJ for Sexacola in Pensacola Florida and Charolette Pride, and Silent Party DJ for Millenium Age just to name a few. Kymoura recently was featured at the Dames and Dregs Beer Festival 2019 and has many more upcoming events for the 2019 season.

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smallWORLD Collective is an artist incubator, consulting group and curating network based in Chicago. sWC’s goals consist of building community equity through intentional events and various fundamental developments. Founded in 2016 by married couple of 8 years, Jae and Tori Rice, sWC was established out of love and necessity. smallWORLD aims to fill the void of proper representation in the arts, business and political communities in Chicago. Through the curation of intentional events, artist management and outreach, grassroots marketing, and indirect activism, smallWORLD has become an essential actor in the advancement of QWOC.

Events such as E N E R G Y, their 2 year running weekly party for “women and their buddies,” encourage their goals of community building and well deserved space, and consistency for marginalized groups. In addition to curating an array of events, sWC also engages in multidisciplinary art forms, polyamorous awareness and education, and a variety of speaking engagements.

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Chloe Freeman is a British entrepreneur and actor, based in New York. She has recently launched and received investment for Boycott Entertainment - a production company focused on female and POC writers and directors. Outside of Boycott, she spends her time at Prehype (the venture studio responsible for Barkbox, Roman and Managed by Q) doing finance strategy and operations. You can catch Chloe in the recent Adidas, Google and Samsung commercials and her first feature film is out next year.

Chloe freeman

As a business owner and creative, Joy began hosting events for the Houston lesbian community in 2013. Realizing the need to bring women together she founded the first lesbian social group in Houston. She’s been an innovator and an invigorating force on the LGBT scene and has begun to extend her reach to other cities. Currently launching her new project, LezNoire, an app that aims to connect queer women of color looking for friendships, love, and events throughout their city, she continues to create space for dope women of color.

joy hawkins

 

Nyesha and Samantha Davis-Williams, are have been together a total of nine years and welcomed their baby girl in February 2018.

The duo are very passionate about representing for the LGBTQ community which led them to become first-time authors as they wrote a children's book titled Umi & Uma: The Story of Two Mommies and a Baby. The two pridefully represents women of color within the LGBTQ community, and was the first married same-sex couple of color who participated and won HGTV's hit game show Flea Market Flip.

Nyesha and Samantha survived their first year of motherhood and are both looking forward to many more years of experience with their daughter Abigail.

Nyesha & Samantha davis

Born in Brooklyn, Coke is a storyteller who enjoys putting pen-to-paper to capture the sacred and savage experiences of around-the-block black girls. Her work has been featured in Rigorous Magazine, For Harriet and The Feminist Wire, and has received support from Sundress Academy for the Arts, the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival, The Hurston/Wright Foundation, The Black Film & TV Collective, African Voices, amongst others. She is a black, Queer and poverty-born Womynxst, felon and former trial attorney.

A director and film producer, Coke directed and produced the documentary, Boundless: A Celebration of Black Women, as well as produced the web series, This. That. & the Third.

Nicole shawan Junior

 

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Jane Dupree began her musical journey in the church playing the guitar. In the college, she caught the Dance Music bug and soon began her first college radio mix show “House Nation” on WMTS. Learning on vinyl and honing her skills; Jane soon became a go-to name for House/Circuit/Electro in the LGBTQ and electronic dance scene.

Dupree has played events with Lizzo, La Bouche, Brooke Candy, Morgan Page, Wilson Phillips, Questlove, Richard Vission, Bad Boy Bill, Junior Vasquez, The Crystal Method, Getter, Figure, Dieselboy, BT, Superstar DJ Keoki, Big Freedia, The Black Madonna and Vanessa Carlton to name a few.

Most recently she placed 2nd place at the 2018 Dinah Shore Weekend DJ battle. She makes it clear that she is not limited to only spinning dance. But whatever the selection, it’s guaranteed to move the dance floor.

While remaining on the cutting edge of hot tracks, she has become increasingly production-oriented as well; where she brings all those influences of her musical background to bare. Jane has also appeared on the hit show "Nashville" and is taking on more film and television projects. When not on the road, you can catch her at one of her many Nashville club residencies.

dj jane dupree

 

Ileana ortiz

Hailing from the "Bounce/Twerk capital of the world" - New Orleans, LA, Dj Vaughn Dutch is one of the most sought after "open format/cross genre" dj's across the southern region. With an extensive music catalog of over 500,000 songs, spinning everything from Top 40 to Hip Hop, Pop to Reggae, Old Skool Rock to to Latin to Today's RnB & Throwback Jams - this funky fresh mixologist is guaranteed to get the party started and keep it rocking to the early morning. Quickly becoming a household name, most notably, Dj Vaughn Dutch has performed as a featured dj on WGNO’s “News With a Twist” The Allstate Sugarbowl Crescent City Classic sponsored by Humana, The New Orleans Rock & Roll Marathon, 2017 Essence Festival and Carnival Cruiselines' “Carnival Dream” Cruiseship Resident Dj. Dj Vaughn Dutch can be found bringing the house down, spinning at the world famous Bourbon Street Pub & Parade Dance Club every Thursday - Sunday night!

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Dr. Lakara Foster is a proud native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She currently stars in the new YouTube show "The GIFT”, a web series following her life as a Medium, Minister, and Spiritual Teacher. She was nominated Author of the Year for her book The Grown Woman’s Guide to Greatness, a spiritual development tool for women seeking a more powerful existence. She has been featured in numerous publications and on several television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show (guest), VH1's Atlanta Exes as a Life Coach, and TV One's The Sister Circle as a Psychic Medium. Dr. Lakara Foster holds a Bachelors in Psychology, a Bachelors in Criminal Justice, and a Masters in Counselor Education from Florida A&M University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry from The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

dr. lakara foster

Kia, an Atlanta-based comedienne, producer, LGBTQ activist, advocate, and self-proclaimed “edutainer,” hosts unique and engaging lesbian events across the country. She has shared the stage with some of the greatest in her craft, has worked with Netflix, STARZ, LOL Network, and her work and writing has been featured in Curve and Glamour Magazines. As producer of the nationally touring “Andro Fashion Show,” which highlights masculine identified womxn and trans models and designers, “Lick Atl: Erotic Events,” and the “Lez Laugh” Comedy Tour,” Kia’s ultimate goal is to foster unity and diversity, not only within the LGBTQ Community, but also in all communities. Kia sits on the Her HRC Board for the Human Rights Campaign, the city of Atlanta’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, which is one of only 3 in the country, and was also instrumental in producing Atlanta’s 1st “Equality March,” in commemoration of the Pulse Orlando tragedy.

kia comedy

 

liliana cervantes

lez hang out podcast

 

brooke jay

pallavi gunalan

 

Elyse Ambrose is a black, queer educator and sexual ethicist. Her justice work, research, and art lie at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and spirituality. She is a Ph.D. Candidate at Drew University and the Creative Organizer of phoeniXspark, which offers workshops and retreats that center the experiences of queer and trans people of color (QTPoC) for healing of their sexual and gendered selves. She is the lead host of the podcast Black Queer Love, along with her co-hosts and partners, storäe and Jé.

ELYSE AMBROSE, PHD

The Haux Hive is a sex positive community for free people. We create safe spaces and experiences to express and educate yourself on all things sex and sensuality. The Haux Hive was created by Brooke Jay in response to a series of thought-provoking questions posted to Facebook with the hashtag #letstalksextalk. People were longing to open up about things long repressed which birthed our secret FB group.

haux hive

 

chelley chelle

jampacked podcast

 

Jade Foster is a spirit-led, femme-forward writer and filmmaker. The native Washingtonian has been featured in Essence Magazine, The Root, Vice, and named one of Go Magazine’s “100 Women We Love”. She's the creator and producer of queer women of color webseries, "195 Lewis" and film festival darling, "The Revival Movie," both projects establishing her as a champion for black lesbian friendships, collaboration and creativity.

Jade foster

Angelica Trumer, CFP® is an Atlanta-based financial planner and social chameleon. A graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, Angelica is a Certified Financial Planner and Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual, specializing in holistic planning, risk and investment management. Her work in consulting clients about personal finance has introduced her to a wealth of people, perfectly integrating her love for community. She is a member and Ambassador of the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and has intentionally built her planning practice around the importance of financial education and being inclusive of marginalized communities and those with unique planning needs, including people of color, queer and trans people, non-monogamous individuals and families, and women. Outside of her work, Angelica fills her time with West African drumming and dancing, football, and family.

angelica trumer, cfp

 
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chef shonda

After working for television networks such as OWN, VH1, USA and WETv, as a producer, Diamonde Williamson made it her mission to redefine what we know as reality by building a customized experience for women of color to find and watch curated and original content at Blossom. Blossom focuses on video content around entrepreneurship, tech, motherhood, our journeys, LGBTQ, sports, travel, beauty, global perspectives, and music. Since Blossom launched in 2016, they’ve appeared in Forbes, Delta Sky Magazine, The Atlanta Voice, Creative Loafing and Madame Noire. In 2018, Diamonde left Blossom to focus solely on developing video content for clients at Majority Women.

diamonde williamson

 

marissa “moe joe” joseph

turtle tank

 

HonestlyNae is a sex and sexuality expert who loves talking about pleasure, kinks, and fetishes. While pursuing a degree at the University of Missouri, she served as a campus Sexual Health Advocate Peer Educator. It is here that she discovered a passion for sexual education and her adept ability to present these topics with her unique flair and engaging personality. She is dedicated to removing the stigma and taboo that come from talking about and enjoying one's sexuality. Facilitating conversations on these topics has allowed her to manifest the destiny she strives to create for herself: to see those around her thrive and become the humans and sexual beings that they wish to be.

honestlynae

Dr. Monica Lyn is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia who has worked in the mental health field for over ten years. She founded her private practice, Lyn Psychology & Associates (LPA), in 2016 with the desire to make a decade of specialized trauma experience accessible to queer people of color. LPA represents the culmination of her passion and dedication to bring quality, inclusive mental health education and treatment services to queer communities of color. She proudly identifies as a queer black womxn who enjoys good adventures and exploring the world. Lyn also engages in casual chats and formal education about mental health, sexual health, and non-monogamy.

DR. MONICA LYN

 

Deja is a basketball player turned coach with a passion for seeing others grow and develop in life. You could say she was born for financial planning; she has the heart of a true coach which compels her to help others reach their potential. She’ll tackle it with a tenacity and commitment to your success. Born and raised in Memphis, Deja is currently pursuing a Master’s in Financial Planning and Counseling from the University of Alabama. She also serves on the Financial Literacy and Empowerment Committee for the Memphis Urban League.

deja foster

Jeanette is a finance manager at Numi Organic Tea, a founding B Corp member, where she provides strategic guidance to ensure profitable growth for the company. A longtime advocate of food justice, her side hustle is advancing the holistic health movement via nutritional counseling. She received her bachelor’s from Smith College, and Nutrition Consultant certification from Bauman College. Her happy places are farmer’s markets and early morning hikes with her wife and furbaby.

JEANETTE ROJAS

 

Kim Daily is a corporate trial lawyer from Houston, Texas. Kim was raised in the church, trained to be a campus minister, and delayed coming out for 16 years due to what she was taught to believe about sexuality and Christianity. Kim is passionate about helping others find freedom in their faith and embrace the fullness of their sexuality. She is a member of the Unfit Christian Congregation (www.unfitchristian.com) and enjoys theology.

KIM DAILY, JD

Leana Marie (E-RYT & YACEP) was born and raised in South Mississippi. She has a BS Degree in Health Informatics and Information Management from the University of Mississippi, Medical Center and Master’s of Health Administration from Belhaven University. Leana has completed power yoga vinyasa training, yoga sculpt, hot
power fusion, and yin yoga training. Leana was introduced to yoga as a therapeutic practice after she was injured in a car accident and diagnosed with chronic neck and back pain. Leana’s goal is to provide healing and relaxation to others. Leana enjoys bringing a new flare to yoga and her personal practice. She’s definitely not your average yogi!

LEANA MARIE

 
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brandy lane

Shaquinta Richardson, PhD

 

Meryl Franklin, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive training and experience utilizing trauma-focused evidence-based practices utilizing a harm-reduction and anti-racist approach. For the last few years, she has worked as a trauma therapist working with individuals and families of all ages, helping them understand, process and heal from their traumas. She currently serves as the Director of Youth Services at the Center on Colfax in Denver, where she runs programming to support LGBTQ+ youth.

MERYL FRANKLIN, LCSW

Michelle Nicole is a writer, speaker and criminologist on a mission to empower change and help communities achieve a richer understanding of effective policing. As a doctoral candidate for a PhD in Criminal Justice and Criminology, she researches issues related to public mistrust of the police. Recognizing the gap between public outrage at police injustice and the scientific knowledge to properly combat such issues, Michelle founded Passion & Power - a public scholarship initiative with the goal of engaging everyday people in critical thinking and knowledge-based advocacy at the intersection of community and policing.

MICHELLE BLOCK

 

Taylor is a queer black writer, photographer, and reiki practitioner from Long Beach, California. She has been practicing yoga since 2012, and has taught workshops on trauma-informed grounding meditation in Chicago, the Bay Area, and London. Andrea is a passionate yoga teacher and crystal healer. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at The Tree LA in South Los Angeles, California. A proud native of Chicago, she seeks to provide tools to marginalized communities to empower them on their journey of healing. In 2018, Andrea completed a sound healing training, two crystal healing certifications, and a 15-hour Yoga Nidra continuing education training.

ZAMI + CHI

Tailored To Bare... An idea born out of a passion to make people feel better naked. In 2016, after 20 years of crafting handmade skin care for friends and family, Chanta Hunter finally decided to open her own online Boutique of luxury spa essentials. Tailored To Bare’s hand-poured candles, hand-ground scrubs, hand-whipped butters and so much more have contributed to woo-sahs and ohhhhhhhs from Cali to NYC.

chanta hunter

 

chef t

Dark Garden founder Autumn Adamme became known as the Godmother of Modern Corsetry after launching the business in 1989, reviving corsets for a modern body and audience. Autumn made her first corset at 12, having already developed an abiding interest in historical costuming and alternative aesthetics. Shortly after reaching the age of majority, she turned the crafting of custom corsets and ensembles into the groundbreaking business which established many of the techniques and standards observed by corsetmakers across the world today. Dark Garden’s creations have gotten much coverage over the years, including being seen in the Smithsonian museum, at the Met Gala, and in their annual theatrical production at San Francisco’s Edwardian Ball.


Autumn Adamme

 

Paris White-Tyrell, The NOLA Mystic, is a proud New Orleans native, currently residing in beautiful Gwinnett County, GA. As a child, she often saw, sensed, heard, and interacted with Spirit. It was her "normal." Early in her life, Paris decided to become a student of her gifts and experiences, setting out on a beautiful journey of sacred personal and Ancestral discovery. Later learning that her paternal lineage has had generations of healers, shamans, rootworkers, and High Priests, she began to understand her calling and assignment to live sacred practice as her vocation. In 2002, Paris began committing herself to Christian ministry, as that was the tradition that her parents exposed her to. As she examined Christianity through the lens of her personal beliefs and Divine experiences, she acknowledged that she was journeying on a more Indigenous path. The foundation of her sacred practice is the veneration of her Ancestors, honoring nature, valuing her parents and elders, exercising soul care as self care, and contributing to her community in meaningful, healing ways. Paris is a fierce advocate for the health and wholeness of women, particularly Black and Brown women, and queer women of color. She is a Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Crystal Reiki Master Teacher, Ancestral Intuitive, Empathic Medium, Energy Healer, and Sacred Coach. She's the grateful owner of PWT Sacred Salon, in Peachtree Corners, GA and C.R.O.W.N. Coaching. Whether she is serving her private clients or conducting workshops and classes through her Mystic Olive Academy, Paris continues to be a student of Spirit and Self. She is always ready to use her gifts to support the healing and expansion of women everywhere.

paris white-tyrell

amy kern

 

crist guzman

 
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Host hotel: Le PAvillon

New Orleans is an eclectic mix of neighborhoods - from the funky, bohemian Bywater all the way to the oak-lined Garden District. There's something for every type of traveler in each part of town, whether you're seeking authentic live music, historic (and quite photogenic) architecture, or a vibrant nightlife scene.

Address: 833 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

The Hotel is now sold out. Most of our workshops will be held here, but please research area hotels for lodging.