Rozella the Creator
I’m Rozella Kennedy, the creator of Brave Sis Project. I use story, art, learning, and celebration to build cultures and communities of inclusion, cooperation, dignity, joy, and wellbeing!
I created Brave Sis Project in late 2019 and love creating new journals, content, learning materials, events, and community.
I am also the Director of Impact & Equity for Camber Collective, a global social impact consultancy, where I have the great honor of leading the team’s Impact, Equity and Belonging work, building towards an internal culture where everyone feels seen, connected, supported, and galvanized! (This work itself has a lot of Brave Sis spirit in it!) I also lead our external practice of influencing the humanitarian, development, philanthropic, and social impact sectors with our values of true equity (based in principles of Liberatory Design). I am truly blessed that both sides of my life hold hands so beautifully!
In past lives, I have been an executive in the cultural, environmental, and social service sectors. I started three nonprofits when I lived in Santa Fe, NM; I’ve run performing arts organizations, I was a fundraising professional for several years, and way back in the beginning, I worked in media, for NY1 News, and magazines ranging from Paris Passion to Sports Illustrated, Mothering, and Oxygen.com. I am also a published essayist, ghost writer, and copyeditor.
I grew up in New York City, which certainly influences my intercultural approach to life, and I also lived outside Boston for college, in Paris for several years, earning my master’s degree at the Sorbonne, 12 years in New Mexico, and a decade in the Bay Area. My daughters are GenZ powerhouses, living in New York City, and my husband is a celebrated composer and conductor in contemporary music and new opera. We live in the Pacific Northwest with our feisty, moody, beautiful Caribbean Potcake Dog, Pippa.
Find me on LinkedIn.
My life story (address to my alma mater, the Brearley School, April 2023)
I SPEAK, TOO
Contact us at email@example.com for information if you'd like me to come speak at your event.
Book Reading and Signing from "Our Brave Foremothers" with insights into any part of the Brave Sis Project that your group wants to discuss or explore
Brave Sis storytelling - Participants will learn the story of 1-3 foremothers and enjoy a participatory experience with prompts to help relate her life to yours (in small or medium group)
Workshops & Learning Experiences (see below) offered on a select basis.
These events work for all ages, cultures, genders, and maybe even cute, well-behaved dogs. :)
WORKSHOPS & LEARNING
Brave Sis #SistorySchoolin provides training and learning sessions that touch upon "DEI"-matters, specifically, the intersection of my work in the equity and belonging space, my lived experience, and the Brave Sis ethos of history, celebration, and decentering of default (whiteness) narratives.
These are appropriate for groups and teams trying to incorporate more authentic inclusion and equity into their life and practice, presented in a welcoming, highly participatory, joyful, and supportive, calling-in format. Some of the topics we've explored include:
- "Things to Say and Not ," a workshop on unintentional microaggressions ("why is it not good to call a BIPOC person 'articulate,'?" for example)
- The Privilege Staircase, an exploration of 20 or more levers of privilege, from race to body type, to voter status. Guaranteed to open eyes and inspire deep conversation and connection.
"Explaining intersectionality in one hour in a way that it's understood by a wide audience and sticks with you for the rest of your life and makes you want to liberate and/or become an ally is a tour de force!"—G.B., Business Owner
- The XYZ of DEI - from a 45-minute talk to a 3-day retreat experience, we look at 12-50 essential frameworks to help you better unpack race, equity, intersectionality, and more—all combined with co-creating, learning, journaling and inner work
Workshops and events can take place virtually and as health protocols permit, on-site.
If this is something you'd like to learn more about, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.