The Voices Project exists to train and promote leaders of color. During the Voices Conference, labs are designed to provide leaders with peer-to-peer collaboration and equipping preferably, though not exclusively, within our 6 domains of culture – the arts, business, church, education, entertainment/media, and governments/politics.
The Voices Conference accomplishes our mission of training leaders of color to influence culture through our collaborative lab sessions. Labs embody our core values of diversity within communities of color; the voice of the marginalized and isolated; the tools of critique and the power of influence; integration of history, faith, and action. We believe that one of the best ways to equip our attendees is by utilizing the skills and expertise of our practitioners to train other practitioners.
What is the Voices Project?
The Voices Project is a leadership development organization that elevates the point of view of leaders of color, individually and collaboratively, to ensure culture shifts in a way that benefits communities of color. Please visit our organizational website to learn more about The Voices Project.
The Voices Conference is committed to institutional impact, therefore the target audience for our conference is people with power and influence who identify as leaders in their respective field. We expect hundreds of intergenerational leaders from around the country who influence culture as artists, authors, business leaders, educators, entertainers, pastors and political activists.
Can non-BIPOC allies attend The Voices Conference?
The conference is an open public event that unapologetically centers the voices and celebrates the cultures of BIPOC communities.
What Makes the Voices Conference Different from Other Conferences?
The conference experience is created by leaders of color for leaders of color. We acknowledge that many leaders of color work alone in majority culture organizations and consequently feel a burden to represent their ethnic people group. Additionally, these leaders are responsible for shifting unhealthy perceptions of their culture. Though tired, they are hopeful that their vision for their community can still be realized. Therefore, intentional effort has been made to create a safe space for leaders of color to be known as their authentic self and collaborate with other cultural influencers.
Plenary speakers are leaders who have a track record of leading from their experience for the benefit of communities of color.
Labs are facilitated to generate collaboration through conversation from participants and will represent influential areas of culture (activism, business, church, education, government and media).
Relaxed scheduling is structured to promote rest and acknowledge the unique communal culture of communities.
How Are Speakers Chosen?
Speakers are both local and national leaders who represent 6 domains of culture and are chosen by the conference staff.
How are Sponsors and Exhibitors Chosen?
The conference doesn’t choose sponsors or exhibitors. Both are paid level ways of engaging with the conference and are initiated by like-minded organizations desirous of partnering with The Voices Conference.