A Native New Yorker who has resided in Paris, Santa Fe, and now the Bay Area, Rozella (Rozie) Kennedy is the creator and owner of Brave Sis Project, LLC, which she describes as a “message and a movement of wellness and intercultural sisterhood.” Through publications, events, and lifestyle brand assets, Brave Sis uplifts impactful Black Women and other Women of Color in history as a way of fostering awareness, creativity, and intercultural sisterhood that puts WoC in the center of the narrative.
Her passion for bridging awareness and well-being among women across communities has led to Brave Sis Project. "It came to me in a dream; the voices of the Foremothers igniting me with a fire to share their story and help us all find our voices to tell our own."
As the project has grown, it is finding a devoted global community of women across ages, demographics (and even some men) using the guided journal, day planner, and analog "life hack" to discover history and themselves. In short, a Brave Sis (or bro) is:
A Black Woman using history to better know & love herself—& other Women of Color.
A Woman of Color embracing story & intercultural joy.
A white woman entering a circle of learning, de-centering & celebration.
Women & Womxn who dare to be brave.
Us changing ourselves & the world.
Over the years, Rozella has held executive and fundraising roles in the arts, environmental, and social service sectors. She lived in New Mexico for 12 years, starting up three nonprofits (the award-winning Santa Fe New Music, Creative Santa Fe, and the New Mexico Centennial). In her early career in media, she worked for magazines ranging from Paris Passion to Sports Illustrated, Mothering, and Oxygen.com.
She is a first-gen collegian, a proud graduate of NYC’s Brearley School, Tufts University, and the Université de Paris, Sorbonne, where she obtained her M.A. in French Caribbean Women’s Literature. She is also a published essayist, ghost writer, and copyeditor. When she is not attending to Brave Sis, she works to build philanthropic partnerships at the intersection of climate innovation and equity with Elemental Excelerator.
She is a devoted friend, colleague, life partner to her husband, composer/conductor John Kennedy, and mother to two young adult daughters, and one adored Caribbean Potcake Dog, Pippa.