Kaleidoscope WV, a consulting firm founded by four young, queer women (Chela Barajas, Caitlin Gaffin, Ciera Pennington, and Amanda Schwartz) offers support and training to progressive small businesses, nonprofits, candidates, and individuals to build power, create change, and be more effective leaders in their communities. Kaleidoscope WV focuses on approaching work in an intersectional manner that lifts up marginalized voices and people, specifically women, people of color, those with low income, and LGBTQIA+ folks.
Jennifer Wells is currently the Director of Youth Leadership and Development with West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families as part of the organization’s Our Children Our Future initiative. A transplant from New Orleans, Jennifer is working to make her new home in West Virginia the best place to live and thrive for women and people of color.
Jacqueline Venus is an artist, feminist, abuse warrior, freethinker, and intellect who embodies each of those "labels" about herself with an exuberant amount of passion. She doesn't really abide by society's standards on how many are conditioned to live their lives; whether that's in relation to friends, family, romance, jobs, or the way society is taught to consume.
A Los Angeles-based writer, theater-artist, and teacher, Olivia Buntaine's passion is creating productions of Shakespeare and other classical works with the purpose of starting conversations about violence against women and other marginalized populations.
Pamela J. Peters is an Indigenous multimedia documentarian from the Navajo Reservation. Her multimedia work, which she call "Indigenous Realism", explores the lives and diversities of real American Indians and pushes viewers to critically analyze the psychological and historical structures of Native Americans in mass media.
Best known for award-winning LGBTQ-inspired web series Anyone But Me and Producing Juliet, writer and director Tina Cesa Ward’s latest feminist offering, comic book series Delegates, puts women of color in power and pops with political relevance.
Robin Cloud is a Los Angeles-based comedian, writer, and director. Her first narrative short, Out Again, premiered in March 2017 as part of Refinery29's Shatterbox Anthology. In 2016, Robin launched Cloud Creative Media, a production company focused on creating independent narrative and documentary films and series.
An artist raised on an Owens Valley Paiute reservation in California’s Sierra Nevada, Native American poet and performer Tazbah Rose Chavez draws inspiration from her Nüümü, Diné, and Apache heritage to create powerful, consciousness-raising poetry, film, and music.
Stephanie Hallett is a Toronto-born, Los Angeles-based lifestyle writer and the senior lifestyle editor at HelloGiggles. She was previously an editor at HuffPost and Ms. magazine, and moonlights as a hip-hop dancer and instructor.
Actor, writer, and self-taught filmmaker Mary Neely makes movie-making look easy, directing, editing, and producing her latest short PINK TRAILER, which premiered in North America at 2018's SXSW Festival.
With a focus on gender, third-culture identity, and family, visual artist Yasmine Diaz works with mixed media on paper, drawing, and collage to question and assert her unique experiences as a Yemeni-American artist and feminist.
Jade Phoenix is a fierce story and truth teller, a vulnerable yet dynamic performance poet and actress, aspiring comedian, an informative and engaging cultural producer, and activist that uses her platform and art to shift and change the conversations and dialogue, specifically for trans women/femme and gender non conforming people of color in the arts, academia, and film.
Best known for her fun, funny, and feminist takes on gender, race, and sexuality, stand up comic Janine Brito is currently crushing it as a writer on the third season of Netflix's socially-conscious sitcom One Day at a Time.
An award-winning film director, editor, and producer, Ambika Leigh joined the #MeToo movement in October 2017 when she, along with dozens of women, came forward to accuse Hollywood writer-director James Toback of sexual assault.
Together with four other funny women, Kelly Lohman, Amanda Troop, and Jessica Lynn Verdi make up Ripley Improv, an LA-based improvisation troupe that specializes in devising artful, long-form narratives about women who save the day, save the world, and save each other.
Cameron Airen is a coach who works with clients of all genders to help them better manage their mind and emotions, and get in their bodies so they can experience deeper intimacy, show up more powerfully, and live a more fulfilling life. In addition, she w
Following her 14-year battle with disordered eating, fitness expert Robbie Ann Darby founded RAD Experience, a radical fitness and wellness movement devoted to transforming not only bodies, but lives.
An award-winning choreographer and seasoned dancer from Brazil, Marina Magalhães's choreography draws from her unique background in Afro-Latin and Contemporary dance practices to create a dance theater grounded in subversive politics and deeply personal.
Musicians Emma McCall, Arden and Eva Baldinger make sweet music together as Moonrise Nation, a young, fresh pop-folk ensemble currently touring the U.S.
Best known for her “Courage Has No Gender” campaign, LA-based street artist Meg Zany transforms global cityscapes into fiercely feminist works of public art that draw attention to issues of gender inequality in the hopes of inspiring the world to crea
Inclusive, multicultural stories take centerstage at Bag O' Bones, an art collective dedicated to creating socially-conscious, multimedia visual and performance art content in Los Angeles. Founder Tinks Lovelace and creative partner Francesca Gámez, the
In 2008, author and activist Winnie M. Li was working as a film producer in London when she was violently attacked and raped by a teenage boy while traveling in Northern Ireland. Today, Winnie dedicates her life and career to addressing the issue of sexual assault through the media, the arts, and academia.
Romance novels and feminism? The two may seem like strange bedfellows, but for Bea and Leah Koch, the book lovers behind America’s sole romance-only bookstore The Ripped Bodice, the connection is real.
Best known for her laugh-out-loud performances including her hilarious portrayal of Mitzi Fitzsimmons in the web series Rods and Cones (which she co-created with longtime collaborator Beth Lisick), writer, comedian, and actor Tara Jepsen flips the feminist script with rad projects like Pave The Way, a skateboard design company that celebrates queerness, and her forthcoming debut novel, Like A Dog, a Sister Spit imprint of San Francisco's famed City Lights Publications.
After years of studying and performing theatre in the United States and South Africa, actor, playwright, and activist Brittanie Richardson founded Art and Abolition, a freedom movement and nonprofit organization that uses art as a vehicle to free, heal, and empower young survivors of sexual slavery in Kenya.