"Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.” 
Sue Monk Kidd

Stories that matter

Dr. Tammira Lucas is a vibrant leader that values hard work and notices the gifts of others around her. She also has a confidence that is clearly hard fought through learning and personal and business growth. Her presence and leadership inspires people. She is one of the The Witness Fellows this year and in addition […]

“Moving past a scarcity mentality”


”Now I’m confident I have rights and appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the Collective.” It is powerful to be in the presence of a woman who knows her value and worth. Vivian Cecilia Quisquina Coj greets us with a warm smile and an open door to her home. I was able to interview […]

”all women are able and given space to share equally”


If you ask students at Manning Elementary School they know Fridays are a special day for recess, “It’s so cool when they (the Manning Mentors) come!” Alex Cousins, a 5th Grader at JT Manning shares his reflections on the new Manning Mentors program that involves parents coming into the school to lead activities, build relationships, […]

“being a community builder”


Stanley Frankart immediately commands attention in a room but in a humble and inviting way with a laugh that is contagious. Once you hear more of Stanley’s story it is clear his joy is deep, genuine, and hard fought through trials and seeing the beauty of God’s redemption plan for his life. He now pours […]

“be all in for me like you were all in for the streets”


Recently the gym at Manning Elementary is full of activity and the noise of students calling out who they are passing to and dribbling basketballs.  Many days after school it is filled with students learning and practicing basketball skills with Mr. Mike Rose. But it is also about more than basketball. What makes Coach Rose stand […]

“Don’t quit- especially in a moment of failure.” 


From the first day with the women of the Collective Mujeres con Capacidad de Soñar a Colores (Women with the capacity to dream in color) in Sololá, Guatemala, it is clear this group invites community, vulnerability, authenticity, inclusivity, and healing. Every activity; even a sunset boat ride, mythical forest theater activity, and a dance party […]

“even dancing is a political act itself” Guatemala Assignment


Joi McGowan is a force of tenderness, joy, deep emotions, and she gently but powerfully invites others to feel, show empathy, compassion, and heal. She is the cofounder of Resilient Black Women, a podcast host that works to demystify mental health for Black women, and a mental health professional. She has a passion for advocating […]

“I have to cry because she was not able to”


The Styles 4 Kidz Gala was held at The Nineteenth Century Club in Oak Park, Il this year. They celebrated a decade of serving their clients, impacting families, and creating an amazing community in the salon. I was invited to visit the women at the salon for updated stylist images and group images before everyone […]

Styles 4 Kidz Gala 2022 celebrating a decade of change


I have absolutely been loving partnering with other women building a photography or storytelling brand and business. I offer mentorship sessions in person or online (or a combination of both!). This was a natural extension for me because a core value of mine in life and business is being FOR others. I love offering and […]

Ekemini in Chicago & Mentorship