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CMX Masterclass: Prioritizing DEI in Your Community Building Strategy | Abbiola Ballah

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SPEAKER
Abbiola Ballah
Abbiola Ballah
Abbiola Ballah
Equity & Inclusion Consultant, Mentor & Speaker; Founder @ Phern Education Studios LLC

Abbiola Ballah (she/her) is an Equity & Inclusion Consultant, Mentor & Speaker, and Founder of Phern Education Studios. She founded Phern Education Studios to be a catalyst for change in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) space by prioritizing not just learning but taking action.

In her signature mentorship program, Taking Inclusive Action, she guides values driven business owners, professionals and community leaders to go beyond simply stating their stance on inclusion and instead building practices and policies to create online & in-person environments where people feel like they belong, no matter their identities.

Abbiola also offers one on one Equity & Inclusion coaching as well as private consulting and workshops for organizations.

Previously, Abbiola applied an equity & inclusion lens to help revise the Standards of Good Practice of Education Abroad in collaboration with the Forum on Education Abroad which is recognized by the US Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission— as the organization for setting the standards for education abroad programs internationally.

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Abbiola has lived internationally in Japan, the USA, and Belize for 20+ years and worked as an educator and program designer for 17+ years, giving her a unique lens through which she approaches equity and inclusion.

Abbiola has spoken at the CMX Summit: Thrive, Yellow Co. Values Summit, Wealth and Wellness Network Summit, and at private universities, in business masterminds, and online communities. She has been featured in Feminist Entrepreneurs Magazine (FEM) as well as on several podcasts such as the Excited 4 Equity Podcast, All the F*ck In Podcast, Transcend Your Dichotomy Podcast, Badass Business Podcast, and the Career Resilience Podcast to name a few.

She studied International Education Management at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Applied Linguistics & TESOL at the University of Leicester in the UK, and Communication Arts at St.Francis College, New York.

Abbiola is an avid reader, travel nerd, theatre buff, and Japanese karaoke queen.

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Abbiola Ballah (she/her) is an Equity & Inclusion Consultant, Mentor & Speaker, and Founder of Phern Education Studios. She founded Phern Education Studios to be a catalyst for change in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) space by prioritizing not just learning but taking action.

In her signature mentorship program, Taking Inclusive Action, she guides values driven business owners, professionals and community leaders to go beyond simply stating their stance on inclusion and instead building practices and policies to create online & in-person environments where people feel like they belong, no matter their identities.

Abbiola also offers one on one Equity & Inclusion coaching as well as private consulting and workshops for organizations.

Previously, Abbiola applied an equity & inclusion lens to help revise the Standards of Good Practice of Education Abroad in collaboration with the Forum on Education Abroad which is recognized by the US Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission— as the organization for setting the standards for education abroad programs internationally.

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Abbiola has lived internationally in Japan, the USA, and Belize for 20+ years and worked as an educator and program designer for 17+ years, giving her a unique lens through which she approaches equity and inclusion.

Abbiola has spoken at the CMX Summit: Thrive, Yellow Co. Values Summit, Wealth and Wellness Network Summit, and at private universities, in business masterminds, and online communities. She has been featured in Feminist Entrepreneurs Magazine (FEM) as well as on several podcasts such as the Excited 4 Equity Podcast, All the F*ck In Podcast, Transcend Your Dichotomy Podcast, Badass Business Podcast, and the Career Resilience Podcast to name a few.

She studied International Education Management at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Applied Linguistics & TESOL at the University of Leicester in the UK, and Communication Arts at St.Francis College, New York.

Abbiola is an avid reader, travel nerd, theatre buff, and Japanese karaoke queen.

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SUMMARY

In the past few years, as social injustice after social injustice have flooded the media, there has been a lot of focus on creating communities that are “welcoming to all” and “safe spaces”. But, what exactly does it mean to create a safe space when you can’t really guarantee safety for everyone? How do you intentionally build that into your community strategy? In this masterclass, we will explore what is needed to shift your perspective from creating safe spaces to creating safer, brave spaces, and implementing tangible practices into your community strategy that center equity and inclusion.

After the Masterclass, participants will be able to:

-Align their intention of creating an equitable and inclusive community with their actions

-Discern what equity and inclusion practices work and what don’t work when building their communities

-Audit their community building strategy through an intersectional, DEI focused lens

-Vocalize their doubts and struggles that arise as they start creating and implementing equitable and inclusive practices into their community structure.

SPEAKER:

Abbiola Ballah Phern Education Studios LLC Equity & Inclusion Consultant, Mentor & Speaker; Founder

Abbiola Ballah (she/her) is an Equity & Inclusion Consultant, Mentor & Speaker, and Founder of Phern Education Studios. She founded Phern Education Studios to be a catalyst for change in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) space by prioritizing not just learning but taking action.

In her signature mentorship program, Taking Inclusive Action, she guides values driven business owners, professionals and community leaders to go beyond simply stating their stance on inclusion and instead building practices and policies to create online & in-person environments where people feel like they belong, no matter their identities.

Abbiola also offers one on one Equity & Inclusion coaching as well as private consulting and workshops for organizations.

Previously, Abbiola applied an equity & inclusion lens to help revise the Standards of Good Practice of Education Abroad in collaboration with the Forum on Education Abroad which is recognized by the US Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission— as the organization for setting the standards for education abroad programs internationally.

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Abbiola has lived internationally in Japan, the USA, and Belize for 20+ years and worked as an educator and program designer for 17+ years, giving her a unique lens through which she approaches equity and inclusion.

Abbiola has spoken at the CMX Summit: Thrive, Yellow Co. Values Summit, Wealth and Wellness Network Summit, and at private universities, in business masterminds, and online communities. She has been featured in Feminist Entrepreneurs Magazine (FEM) as well as on several podcasts such as the Excited 4 Equity Podcast, All the F*ck In Podcast, Transcend Your Dichotomy Podcast, Badass Business Podcast, and the Career Resilience Podcast to name a few.

She studied International Education Management at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Applied Linguistics & TESOL at the University of Leicester in the UK, and Communication Arts at St.Francis College, New York.

Abbiola is an avid reader, travel nerd, theatre buff, and Japanese karaoke queen.

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SueJean Kang Bevy Senior Events Manager

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