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You Grow Girl Summit | March 12, 2022

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Bellarmine University Rubel School of Business Lead Instructor | June 2021

Led the Social Media Marketing module for the Women of Color Entrepreneurs-Leadership certificate program for the Bellarmine University Rubel School of Business.

Circle of Change | Youth Leadership Conference in Los Angeles, CA | November 21, 2020 

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Love, Rage, and Grief: An Honoring of We. | May 1, 2010 

“Love is a roar.”
Today we honor mental health month in community— as a community. We honor all the parts of us. And we hold space for each other and the people in our hearts who have transitioned. Hosted by my dearest of friends we gathered to honor Love, Rage, and Grief: An Honoring of We. Mel, today marks your one year anniversary and we love you.
Let’s continue to see each other.
“In the center of this fire shines a hummingbird.”

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Women, Work, and the Challenges of Uncertainty | April 30, 2020 

GAEL Women in Business host a Women in Business Alumni Forum. We discuss how this pandemic has disproportionately impacted women. For example, we want to discuss how issues of unemployment, childcare, inequalities in domestic labor, and many more disparities that women face in times of crisis.

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Part II | Episode 72 Boundaries & Transparency | January 28, 2020

“As her instagram bio says, she reps 2.6% in tech. From Tesla to LinkedIn and from EMBA (executive MBA) to published author, Mona invites us to a glittery albeit at times constricting world where therapy, solitude, and vulnerability reign. Did I mention that some of those titles and positions were pursued together, yielding a precarious balance?! Precarious to me but not to her, as she likens it to a ‘full body workout.’ ‘The needle was only gonna move if I focused on all of these areas.’”

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Part I | Episode 66: From the Peace Corps , Nonprofits, and Tesla to LinkedIn | December 12, 2019 

Amina Olajide is the creator and host of Skive0 radio. Her core message for the radio show, Diversity & Inclusion is not propaganda. She is a Princeton University & University of Pennsylvania Alum. Amina created Skive0 radio to share the insights and behind the scenes that our communities aren’t afforded— from the community, by the community, and for the community.
Checkout Episode 66. 
In our interview we talk:

• Career path
• Tech ecosystem
• Navigating as a woman of color in professional spaces
• Defining moments
• Creating from dark spaces
• Self-care
• Imposter Syndrome
• Leadership
• Diversity and Inclusion

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Circle of Change  | Youth Leadership Conference in Los Angeles, CA | November 23, 2019 

Last year, I came to the Circle of Change Leadership Conference fresh off a flight from Ireland. I got to speak on a panel to diverse students from across the US. This year, fresh off a flight from Oakland, I spoke to the educators who work directly with the students. Anything I can share, I do. Thank you to all the educators who build our communities. The work you do is critical and does not go unnoticed. Supporting students in building their confidence, learning new skills, and having experiences that shape their interests (and future pursuits) is no easy task for underrepresented communities. Joshua, thank you for your vision and leadership. You and your team are always amazing! Circle of Change Leadership conference is an annual three-day national leadership conference in Los Angeles, California geared towards helping 300+ diverse student leaders.

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Afrotech in Oakland | November 8, 2019 

Day 1 at #afrotech is a wrap for me.

1. The energy of 10,000 people in community is incredible.

2. Adair Curtis graciously rocked with us. Checkout #stylinghollywood on Netflix. I love how much they love their Tesla.

3. Glad LinkedIn got to represent in the front row for Renee Reid’s presentation. Renee, you always inspire. I love how you lead.

4. I’m always grateful to see my friends in professional spaces.

See y’all tomorrow at #afrotech for my 9-5pm shift. I’ll be between the employee LinkedIn lounge and the expo floor booth talking to folks. Stop by and say hi 👋🏽

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I Write Letters in My Thoughts in a Workshop | October 3, 2019 

Last week, my writing was shared as an engagement piece at California State University-Los Angeles. Womxn of color gathered to talk about Mental Health through self expression and civic engagement. My dear friend and founder, Susie Parras of Heal Together shared her work and incorporated my writing during her presentation. Susie discussed reimagining healing through a critical race lens. This work is so important.

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Always Writing | Inside LinkedIn Stories | August 16, 2019 

Practice. Practice. Practice. 7 mins of raw, honest, memorized content I created. It was a first. Spoken word and telling my story from the heart. “Until the Lion Learns How to Write, Every Story will Glorify the Hunter.” -African Proverb

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Brown Bag Speaker Series in South Central LA | July 2, 2019

A Place Called Home offers a Summer Intensive Program for rising college, first year students. They invited us to speak as part of their Brown Bag Speaker Series to students associated with the summer course, Critical Research and Writing: Poetics and Social Justice. A Place Called Home provides a safe, nurturing environment with proven programs in arts, education and wellness for the young people in South Central Los Angeles to help them improve their economic conditions and develop healthy, fulfilling and purposeful lives. 

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Womxn in Leadership Panel | April 20, 2019 

The College of Business and Economics and the Career Development Center will be hosting a Womxn in Leadership Panel on Saturday, April 20th, 2019. This is a great opportunity for Cal State LA students and alumni to meet and network with great women leaders who are making a positive impact in the workplace and their communities.

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SEBA'S Gael Women in Business Club Presents: Women's Alumni Forum Event | April 8, 2019 

The panel will consist of 5-6 SMC women alumni and will discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in the world of business.

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Living that #LinkedInlife Live Webinar | April 3, 2019 

Featuring speakers from across the business to talk about their experience of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.

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Talent TEDx LinkedIn | March 27, 2019 

Topic: Technically, who defines my diversity?

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3rd Annual Haas Undergraduate Diversity Symposium: Together We RISE: The Power Behind Our Diverse Stories | March 15, 2019 

The primary focus for #HUDS2019 is storytelling and how we can use our diverse backgrounds to impact, inspire and in true Berkeley Haas culture - redefine the way we do business. Workshop facilitator around virtual professional presence, #KeepinItReal: Your Authentic Self Online

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International Women's Day | March 8, 2019 

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Join us for an enlightening panelist discussion with exceptional female leaders in the Bay Area! Q&A to follow. Panelists include: Devorah Fruedigar (Equator), Mona Khalil (LinkedIn), and Leslie Santos (Self). Moderator: Moh Palizi (WeWork). Light bites from Urban Remedy will be provided. All are welcome!

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LinkedIn's User Experience Design (UED) Sprint Lightening Talk on My Story of Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace | January 28, 2019 

Determine how to create a space of inclusion where everyone feels empowered to share their thoughts.

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Guest Speaker at WeWork's First All ERG Event in San Francisco | January 23, 2019 

Creating a safe space to have a conversation about how we are celebrated and challenged by diversity in the workplace. Providing audience members with advice and tips on how to make change within the organization to propel more representation and diversity.

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9th Annual Circle of Change  Leadership Conference | December 1, 2018 

LA, I’m excited to see you for a hot second on Saturday, December 1st! I’ll be joining 4 panelists speaking to 300+ diverse student leaders. We’ll be talking about our professional experiences in tech. I’ll be referencing poetry from my book and professional journey in hopes to connect and inspire you on your own path.

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LinkedIn Open Mic | October 26, 2018 

LinkedIn recognizes that diversity in our strategic workforce is vital to new ideas and innovation, as well as achieving our company vision of creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce.

Based on the success of our first event, we are excited to announce LinkedIn will be hosting the 3rd Engineering Open Mic Night on Friday, October 26th at our San Francisco office!

Come mix and mingle with diverse engineers in the Bay Area, listen to engineering thought leaders, and be prepared to be entertained by LinkedIn’s fun and unique open mic, where both our guests (YOU) and LinkedIn employees will have the opportunity to showcase skills that are not listed on their LinkedIn profile.

Performances include singing, spoken word, dancing, playing instruments, and more! Check out the video below for a sneak peak from our last event. Food, drinks, and professional headshots will be available for your enjoyment.


Please RSVP by 3:00pm on Thursday, October 25th 


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Miss CEO Summer Leadership Academy Speaker | July 27, 2018 

I was fortunate to be a speaker at Miss CEO's Summer Leadership Academy at Stanford University. 

Miss CEO offers world-class leadership education, mentorship, and career exploration opportunities to empower young women and inspire them to become great leaders. 

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Saint Mary's College of California | School of Economics and Business Administration | June 19, 2018 

Sharing my trailblazing journey with ~80 La Salle BCN students visiting from Barcelona, Spain at Saint Mary's College of California, School of Economics and Business 

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Oakland High School Guest Speaker | March 9, 2018 

Guest speaker at Mr. Jenkin's, “Mastering Our Cultural Identity" class at Oakland High School.

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Meet the Pros | February 23, 2018 

Meet and share space with Mona Khalil, daughter, sister, and friend in diaspora at this FREE and exclusive BRIDGEGOOD Event. Mona is a first-generation Egyptian-Guyanese-American. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco working in youth and community development. She has worked diligently at fostering welcoming and supportive environments while empowering people of color to embrace their full selves. Mona is the Founder and President of Tesla's Intersectionality Employee Resource Group. As of 2017, Mona self-published I Write Letters in my Thoughts, a collection of introspective poetry rooted in strength, vulnerability, and courage.

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Empowering Womxn of Color Open Mic Series | February 9, 2018 

Sharing from her collection of introspective poetry rooted in strength, vulnerability, and courage.

This marks the 2nd of a 3 part open mic series on Celebrating and Empowering Womxn of Color. This series is presented by La Peña Cultural Center and the UC Berkeley Womxn of Color Initiative. Come and support! Thank you to everyone contributing to our created spaces. 

Location: La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley 
Date: Friday, February 9th
Time: Doors open at 7:30p/Performances start at 8p
Cost: This is a free event by the community, for the community with a suggested $5 donation.

Oakland Poetry Slam | January 11, 2018 

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Wonder Women Tech Conference | August 18-20, 2017

Exhibiting #iwritelettersinmythoughts at the 3rd Annual  Wonder Women Tech Diversity & Inclusion in STEAM Conference Aug. 18-20 in Long Beach! #WeAreChangeMakers #WomeninTech#DiversityinTech

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Book Launch and Signing | July 1, 2017 

Hosted in Downtown Los Angeles | Photos by Porterhouse Los Angeles