"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." ~ Maya Angelou
I love stories. I love reading them. I love writing them. And I love telling them. Simply put, storytelling is my passion.
As a writer and public speaker, I specialize in educating, inspiring and encouraging women to pursue and accomplish their personal and professional goals through authenticity, vulnerability and transparency (mixed with a little bit of humor and a lot of pop culture).
Invite me to speak, moderate a panel or lead a workshop for your organization or event. Popular topics include:
Trust Your Dopeness: How I learned to trust my talent and overcome impostor syndrome (and you can, too)
Pursuing Your Passion with a Purpose: Strategic steps to making your personal and professional goals a reality
Balancing Your Side-Hustle with Your Full-Time Job: Tips and tricks to start and sustain a side-hustle or passion project while working a full-time job
What Others Are Saying...
"L'Oreal is exactly what you want in a speaker -- engaging, genuine, friendly, and easy to work with. Not to mention she has an online and offline following who shows up to support. The amount of time and thought she puts into her talks is obvious, from her slides to her words to her physical demeanor to her outfit. She balances personal narrative with external resources to give that oh so impactful 1-2 punch of human'ness and expertness. It's refreshing to hear from someone who embraces vulnerability and transparency; we are all better off after hearing L'Oreal's shares. Not to mention reflective and inspired!" ~ Saya Hillman, Mac & Cheese Productions℠
“We have had the pleasure of hosting L'Oreal at several General Assembly events, and she continues to wow us every time. She has a natural stage presence and a powerful voice that is an inspiration to all, particularly females in tech. She is thoughtful and creative in her curation of content - balancing both personal anecdotes and invaluable advice. We are so grateful that L'Oreal is a part of our GA community!” ~ Caroline Schiff, General Assembly Chicago
"L’Oreal has been an integral community member in SheSays Chicago, an organization dedicated to the mentorship of women in the creative industries. She has shared her voice as a popular panelist and mentor on varying topics from career change and reinventing yourself to the shift in marketing roles in today’s workforce. Her honest insights as a woman of color have helped guide and establish our chapter’s approach to inclusivity, with a deep consideration of the diverse group of women and men who attend our events and join our social conversations. She is a well-rounded creative woman, powerful in her spoken words and writing, truly dedicated to her purpose and community. I am proud to call her a friend, mentor and colleague!" ~ Jen Lemerand, Director of SheSays Chicago
"L'Oreal's workshop on 'Balancing Your #SideHustle' at 1871 was a breath of fresh air in the startup space. She energized the participants and challenged them to push past the norms of freelance work. Even with the most efficient productivity tools that she uses to power her own schedule, L'Oreal's creativity and passion shined through. She is a role model, inspiring me and holding me accountable to achieve my freelance goals. Thank you, L'Oreal, for empowering me to create my own balance and share my voice!" ~ Mary Kesinger, Chicago author and fitness trainer
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Jan. 9: I Can’t: Land My Dream Job
Selected Previous Speaking Engagements
ACT-W Lite Keynote (November 2018)
General Assembly’s Women in Tech Breakfast (September 2018)
FWD Collective Summit (September 2018)
Ignite Chicago (May 2018)
Workshop: How to Become a Thought Leader (1871, April 2018)
Workshop: Balancing Your Side-Hustle and Your Full-Time Job (1871, August 2017)
Panel: Millennial Career Path (Ragan Communications, April 2017)
Workshop: Pursuing Your Passion with a Purpose (General Assembly, November 2016)
Panel: Remaking Me: A Conversation on Career Change (SheSays Chicago, March 2016)