How Do You Celebrate Women’s History Month?

 

How Do You Celebrate Women's History Month?

Thank you Bixel Exchange for hosting the Tech Salon: Diversity in Innovation Event on March 1 at General Assembly Downtown.

What is Bixel Exchange? Bixel Exchange is Los Angeles’ Center for Innovation and Technology. We are hosted at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. We cultivate talent and empower entrepreneurs with the goal of creating a more prosperous Los Angeles. We do this through our two core programs: the L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline & Startup LAunch.

I enjoyed the Special Art Piece and Creative Exercise by Maceo Paisley, Founder/Executive Director, Citizens of Culture so much that I asked him if I could publish it here. Please find it below.

The Keynote: The Importance of Diversity in Creativity was given by S. Jimmy Gandhi, PhD, California State University, Northridge

The Panel Discussion: From the Boardroom to the Homeroom: Diversity in Innovation at all Levels

How Do You Celebrate Women's History Month?Included Panelists:

 

How Do You Celebrate Women's History Month?Spoken Word Piece by Maceo Paisley

Two sides to every coin, six sides to every story. Infinite voices in our universal chorus.

 

Let’s just be objective! 3-Dimensional measures are valued over the subjective.
The subjective is too easy to attack, its too abstract. So lets just take a step back and be selective,
About the criteria we apply when appraising our approach to fulfilling our directives.

 

There’s a lot of people talking about thinking out side of the box.
But’s what so wrong about this object?
Everyone in it wins, and everyone outside of the box spins
Our into abjection, depending on your adjectives.
The adverse effects of this prescription are part and parcel

To creating safety and protection for those whom we have affection.

It doesn’t make us evil. Just practical. Its a matter of scope.
Some people are a clear “Yes” and other people are a “Nope”

But we should be willing to explore the criteria we use when deciding when we open our doors.

Two sides to every coin, six sides to every story. Infinite voices in our universal chorus.

What is “normal” anyway?!

In 1960 it was normal for black people to move to the back of the bus to make room for white folk.
In 1970 it was normal for a 2 year old to ride in the front of a car without a car seat.

In 1990 it was normal to carry a pager. Normal changes.

Normal is average, or majority, or decided by the authorities.
It speaks not to what is idea, the best, or even most important.

I’d rather be responsive, we have to acknowledge context.

We have to listen,  and to listen we have to hear.
We have to be near and connect.
We have to reduce proximity, reach for empathy, and allow for trust in instances where proof doesn’t exist yet.

At some point normal shifts.

Like ships on the sea, so the captain needs to see as far as they can see in every direction.

So up in the crows next they gain new perspective and come down to make calculations about course corrections

People collaborating in a dynamic frame, with a common aim.

Has the social potential to change the game.

Two sides to every coin, six sides to every story. Infinite voices in our universal chorus.

 

Thank you for an incredible event. Happy Women’s History Month!

 

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”

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