{Nov. 7} Young Womyn of Strength3 – Establishes 21st Century Leadership Paradigms

Young Womyn of Strength No, not a typo, but intentional.



nonstandard spelling of “women” adopted by some feminists in order to avoid the word ending -men.

Embarking on it’s third annual conference at Brooklyn Friends School, we asked founder Orinthia Swindell, Director of Diversity and Institutional Equity at BFS, about the beginnings and the goal of tomorrow’s YWOS3 conference. “The goal of the annual conference is to provide young womyn with educational space to feel empowered, find their voice and trust their own instincts to be the author of their own story – with no edits. We want young womyn to embrace who they are” This dynamic event started with a generous donation from a parent who believed that there should be a program that educates and develops young womyn into womynhood , offering a mirror to ask herself, “who is this womyn?” 

Chances are that if you are a family currently enrolled in a NYC area independent school your child may have been extended an invitation from BFS to attend. If not, please email Orinthia – oswindell@brooklynfriends.org and register today!  it’s FREE!! Onsite registration welcomed.

Snapshot of past Conference themes:

Theme Year One: Educate, Inspire, Empower

Theme Year Two: Naming, Claiming and Establishing Our Identities




9:00 a.m.­ 4:00 p.m.

116 Lawrence Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

#2,3,4,5 Borough Hall / M, N, R, F, A, B Jay Street

Establishing 21st Century 

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All young womyn and young people who identify as transgender, gender­queer and/or gender nonconforming are warmly invited to attend.

Keynote Speaker: 

Ms. Anitra Washington “Creating Our Own Definitions Of Leadership”

Workshop Descriptions:

-Play Reflect & Write
Facilitator: Yalini Dream

As a facilitator YaliniDream has worked with a wide range of communities fighting for their rights including war affected communities in Sri Lanka; domestic workers in Queens; youth in South African townships; and TLGBQ people of color in Brooklyn. Using play, reflection, and writing, this workshop will explores issues of marginalization, isolation, and access. Participants will delve into complexity while cultivating the creativity needed to address these issues.

Facilitator: Shireen Soliman

Each of us is a co-creator of our Identity and our Story. We express these ideas through our choices around how we dress and appear in public. We will look at the meanings and role of fashion through the lens of the Muslim-American experience and explore how trends such as the “Modest Movement” and the “Hijabistas” are breaking new ground and empowering women to tell their own stories and forge a new collective aesthetic.

We will consider and explore how our increased awareness around perceptions and narratives can empower us as we move into leadership roles in our communities, and create new paradigms and vision.

-Taking the Lead, and Leading from the Center
Facilitator: Sarah Hartwell

Workshop Description: Leadership with Empowerment, Leading by Listening, Leading from the Community instead of for the Community. Learn nine powerful tools of leadership to use as young womyn in your communities, your schools, your families and careers. Learn from examples of community based leadership, and representative youth leadership in organizations. Step away with a stronger sense of yourself along with new tools and skills to use as a conscious leader.”

Facilitator: Jendog

Workshop Description: Jendog will facilitate an informative, fun, interactive workshop demonstrating writing techniques used for writing Hip Hop lyrics as a tool for community empowerment, “artivism”, and social justice. She will discuss the basics of Hip Hop Culture and the music that grew from it and share her science of lyricism, the basics of composing a song, writing bars, and the Art of a Hip Hop Cypher (Cypha). In addition, Jendog will talk about her journey as a runaway on the streets of New York City as a teenager and finding her Self. This is a group-participation workshop that demonstrates various creative methods and techniques that Jendog Lonewolf implements for writing verses, choruses, songs, and freestylin’.

Come ready to write, move, reflect, work together, and share!

-Leading with your Authentic Self
Facilitator: Samantha Galarza

This workshop is an exploration of what we’ve been conditioned to think versus answers that are rooted in self-truths. Through writing, brainstorm poetry, exercises, and discussion, we will: share some of the every day barriers and pressures that keep us from being our authentic selves, break down concepts such as gender, race and perfection that can stifle authenticity, name the many faces that leadership has, and practice techniques to become more confident in our ability to lead ourselves and others. It is premised on the belief that everyone has a leader inside of them; your inner-leader emerges when you form habits that allow you to trust, follow, and speak your most authentic voice.

Who Are Our Heroes
Facilitator: Danielle Clarke

A critical discussion on womyn leaders in today’s society. We will evaluate the impact of various womyn on our society, and specifically, look at how their ‘leadership’ has helped/hindered the advancement of all womyn.

Who I Am: Finding the Leader in You
Facilitators: Ana Duque and Naomi Louise Cohen­Thompson

In this workshop we will work together to reveal the leader in you. This looks different for everyone. Through group brainstorm and conversation as well as an art therapy project, we will explore the personal and universal experience of finding your own leadership qualities.

Facilitator: Drunia Duvivier

In this leadership workshop, we gain insight to creative leadership by exploring the life of billionaire Sheila C. Johnson. As CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, a hospitality company she founded in 2005, Ms. Johnson oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties, including three in Florida. Ms. Johnson is Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and President and Managing Partner of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. She is the only African-American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. Ms. Johnson has long been a powerful influence in the entertainment industry, starting with her work as founding partner of Black Entertainment Television. She has served as executive producer of four documentary films.

A fervent supporter of education and the arts, she serves on the Board of Governors of Parsons The New School for Design in New York, and is a member of the Leadership Council at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership (CPL). She is also a board member of the Sundance Institute and the ANNIKA Foundation, as well as founder and chair of the Middleburg Film Festival, a celebration of independent film that opened to sell-out crowds in October 2013. In 2006, Ms. Johnson was named global ambassador for CARE, a leading humanitarian organization that combats global poverty by empowering women. Since 2011, she has served as a member of Accordia Global Health Foundation’s International Council, rallying support for the foundation’s efforts to overcome the burden of infectious diseases in Africa. An accomplished violinist, Ms. Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Illinois, as well as honorary degrees from numerous other institutions. She lives in Middleburg, VA, is married to the Honorable William T. Newman, Jr., and has two children.


-Interactive Closing Workshop: Her Walk Ain’t Your Walk
Facilitator: Mia Pollard

This discussion will help attendees uncover the tools of how to avoid the trap of comparing yourself to the people around you by focusing on your journey and what is yours to do. The goal is to help you to realize that we are all here for a purpose and focusing on her walk, will not help you in your walk.

Location: Brooklyn Friends School 116 Lawrence Street Brooklyn, New York 11201

For More Information Please Contact:

Ms. Orinthia Swindell ­ Director of Diversity & Institutional Equity oswindell@brooklynfriends.org (718) 852­1029 ext. 378

Mr. Russell Marsh ­ Associate Director of Diversity & Institutional Equity rmarsh@brooklynfriends.org (718) 852­1029 ext. 315

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