August 17, 2016 – Shifting from a Chisel to a Bulldozer:
Exploring Transformative Leadership Development as a Tool to Strengthen
Personal, Organizational and Movement Capacity to Break Down Barriers.

Join us for a dialogue about building collective power and increasing impact
by centering the wellness, empowerment, and sustainability of social justice leaders.

Co-Hosted by The New York Women’s Foundation

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 PM

New York Women’s Foundation
39 Broadway, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Refreshments will be served

In May 2016, a collaborative of funders* who jointly provide capacity building to their grantees in New York City partnered with Standing in Our Power (SiOP) to launch an Empowerment Workshop Series (EWS) for social justice leaders who identify as transgender and cisgender women of color, and gender nonconforming people of color. This EWS was designed to support participants to become increasingly powerful and impactful social justice leaders.

Join us to hear from funders, facilitators and participants in this capacity building initiative, to ask questions and to engage in critical dialogue about what it will take to shift from trying to break down barriers formed by systemic oppression with a chisel to a demolition bulldozer. We will explore how Transformative Leadership Development that centers wellness, empowerment and sustainability is an essential component to that shift, helping to develop powerful leaders and a strong collective force capable of creating lasting change.


* The New York Women’s Foundation, The Scherman Foundation, North Star Fund, New York Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation and Stonewall Community Foundation


A Celebration of Women of Color Movement Makers on June 3, 2015

Standing in Our Power (SiOP) and internationally renowned artist, Julie Mehretu, hosted An Evening of Creative Intersections on June 3, 2015 in New York City. The event featured a dynamic mix of spoken word poetry, music and storytellling amidst the beautiful backdrop of Mehretu’s captivating paintings that awakens the imagination.

Hailed as the “most significant American painter of her generation,” Mehretu explains: “What I’m interested in, in painting at least, is our current situation, whether it be political, historical or social, and how it informs me and my context and my past. I am trying to locate myself and my perspective within and between all of it.” Born in 1970 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mehretu lives and works in New York and Berlin.  Winner of the McArthur “Genius Award” among countless other awards and accolades, she is best known for her densely layered abstract paintings, drawings and prints.

Award-winning spoken word artist and founder of The Body is Not An Apology, Sonya Renee Taylor, mesmerized guests with her poetic words that are a perfect mix of deep intuitive knowing, brilliance and sass.  Throughout the evening, leaders and members shared stories of their transformation and vision for the future of SiOP. Funds raised from the event supported SiOP’s 2015 programs for women of color moment makers.

Thank you to our Host Committee: Lakisha Adams, Alexa Aviles, Dyan Ferraris, Yaromil Fong-Olivares, Leslie Grant-Spann, Simone Devi Jhingoor, Diana Marie Lee, Nakisha Lewis, Casey Llewellyn, Dr. Sally M. MacNichol, Cristina Mendoza, Dawn C. Morris, Taij Kumarie Moteelall, Alex Nunes, Laju Obasaju, Esq., Mayowa Alero Obasaju, Karen Pittleman (List in formation)

Standing in Our Power (SiOP and Julie Mehretu welcomes you an evening of Creative Intersections