VOICETRESS

1. One who speaks what she is thinking in any given situation.

2. One who is forward in giving his or her opinions.

3. One who is opinionated.


CAPTIVATING SPEAKER, MULTISENSORY FACILITATOR, SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCATE

Shaashawn is the Founder of Voycetress Media LLC: Putting Your Voice in the Foreground. Voycetress Media provides services that affirm and empower individuals and organizations via workshop facilitation and training on leadership, diversity, inclusion and social justice topics, advocacy for LGBTQQIAAPS-2+ communities, event planning, poetry (arts) performance, and vocal services such as voiceovers, keynote speaking, speech writing, and mistress of ceremonies.

Shaashawn is the creator of at least twenty-five original workshops on diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion, leadership, self development, teamwork, branding, advocacy & more. Shaashawn creates multi-sensory edu-taining experiences for workshop participants and audience attendees.If you’re looking to bring a captivating speaker and/ or multisensory facilitator passionate about social justice to your campus and/ or organization; book her today.

CERTIFICATIONS

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) by Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council

LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTE) by National Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

LGBTQ Academy Gay Alliance Safe Zone Train-the-Trainer

Racial Justice Institute Foundation Workshop:Cultural Bridges to Justice & YWCA Lancaster

Gay Wedding Institute Certificate Program Gay Wedding Institute by 14Stories

Diversity Leadership Academy, Dr. Nathaniel Gadsden and Michael Sand

LGBT Center Trainer's Cohort 2014 - present

ADVOCACY for LGBTQQIAAPS-2+ COMMUNITIES:

Facilitator LGBTQQIAAPS-2+ ALLY Training LGBT Center of Central PA 1/2016

Guest Speaker HACC York Campus Intersections via Cass’ Model of Identity Development 11/2015

Speaker Naval Supply Systems Command Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month Program: Celebrating Victories that have affirmed freedom and fairness 6/2015

Co-facilitated program for House of Representatives and Democratic Caucus & Inclusion Council of PA 4/2015

Panelist LGBT People of Color Panel Silence the Hate Week Millersville University 4/2015

International Drag King Extravaganza (IDKE) Columbus, Ohio Workshop Creator/ Facilitator October 2008 Co- Planned, organized and facilitated a workshop for approximately 500+ attendees at the tenth annual 3 day conference. Title of workshop: And They Call You…An Exploration of Our Collective GenderQueer Legacy in Language. The interactive workshop will ask, What are the terms we’ve used to identify our collective gender-queer/ King identities? Does our language build trust, inspire action, sell an idea or encourage conflict within our gender-queer/King community? Are those differences included in the collective language legacy? If not, where are they documented?

WORKSHOP FACILITATION & TRAINING:

Day 2 Teambuilding/ Getting to Know Each Other Deeply, PA Developmental Disabilities Council Harrisburg, PA 11/19/2016

Voice is the New Black PSU Altoona 03/02/2016

Inclusive Hiring Practices YWCA of Greater Harrisburg 12/2015 & 1/2016

Classism & Poverty for Resident Assistants York College 4 & 8/2015

Co-creator/ co-facilitator 90 minute workshop titled Green Is the New Black Rainbow Connection Conference West Chester University 4/2015

Co-creator/ co-facilitator 90 minute workshop titled Green Is the New Black 8th GSA Leadership Summit 2/2015

Facilitator for Diversity Development Seminar series York College 11/2014

Co-Facilitator of the YWCA Greater Harrisburg and the LGBT Center of Central PA “Let’s Talk: A Conversation about Race”. 10 & 11/2014

Creator/ Facilitator Workshop Safe Zone Training III Central Penn College 8/2014

Creator/ Facilitator Workshop Safe Zone Training II Central Penn College 7/2014

L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. 101 Workshop Facilitation and q & a Exelon Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station SMBI-3 6/2014

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s (NSVRC) Second Annual LGBTQ Summit at Penn State Main’s campus in State College. 5/2014

Workshop: Inclusion 101 for faculty Best practices for faculty, staff, and students for inclusive actions towards self-identified LGBTQIA student 3/2014

Imagine All the People Multiculturalism Training for Occupational Therapy Assisting Program Central Penn College 1/2014

Imagine All the People Multiculturalism Training” for Medical Psychology Physical Therapy Assistant Program Central Penn College 7/2013

On Second Thought (O2T) Peer Education Program Mechanicsburg, PA Facilitator of Public Speaking Leadership Training June 16, 2008 Helped train youth who are empowered to facilitate sessions which are designed to encourage their peers to protect themselves from situations that could change the quality of their lives. The youth educate on topics such as peer pressure, self esteem, trust, sexual assault, depression, abortion, HIV/AIDS, Drugs, Choices, and relationships.

Women of Color Leadership Conference Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA October 2004 Co- Planned, organized and facilitated a workshop for women of color professionals at Harrisburg Area Community College. Title of workshop: Open Door Policy

Leadership Workshops for Female Students of Color Harrisburg, PA Harrisburg Area Community College March 7,21,28 2003 Planned, organized and facilitated three workshops for female students of color at Harrisburg Area Community College. Create, implement, and execute internal and external publicity for the event. Title of workshops: Creating the Brand Called You, Healing Sacks, and Leading with Soul.

SistahFrineds Expression through Creative Writing 3/2/2002 Workshop Educator

Who Will End the Silence Mural Project 8/14/2001 Workshop Educator

TENS Program 6/11 - 8/13/01 Workshop Educator

EVENT PLANNING:

Strengthening Our Roots as a City & Region 10/2016

P. Johnson 50th birthday 7/2014

Early-Warren Wedding 10/2010

Hinton-Byrd Wedding 9/2009

Russell-Farmer Wedding 2/2009

“A Celebration of Survivors” Harrisburg, PA Event Coordinator October 27, 2000 Planned, organized and facilitated three hours of an open mike poetry reading, sharing through song, and dramatic interpretation of the mental, physical, and spiritual experience of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and the experience of family members of victims and survivors touched by violence. Cultivated contacts in the community to serve in various capacities. Served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Created, implemented and executed internal and external publicity for the event.

Writing for Your Life: 1st Annual Writer's Conference;s Wordshop Member Planning committee 6/29-30/01

POETRY PERFORMANCE:

Featured poet Holiday Jamboree @ HMAC 12/2015

Founder and host 4th Friday Open Mic Night LGBT Center of Central PA 2013-2015

A featured poet at Amani Festival Poetry Corner 5/2015

1 of 3 featured poets for HACC’s DIVERSE in VERSE program 4/2015

VOCAL SERVICES:

Emcee, Strengthening Our Roots as a City & Region 10/2016

Master of Ceremonies Diversity Forum 2.0 Welcoming Refugees 02/18/2016 YWCA of Greater Harrisburg 12/2015 & 1/2016

Panelist on Structural Violence YWCA of Greater Harrisburg Diversity Forum 2.0 12/2015

Master of Ceremonies Fall Achievement Benefit (FAB) LGBT Center of Central PA Facilitated first live ask for organization raised $12,000 in 30 minutes 11/2015

Master of Ceremonies Fall Achievement Benefit (FAB) LGBT Center of Central PA 11/2014

Mistress of Ceremonies (MC) at Annual DOERS Awards African American Chamber of Commerce of Central PA 10/2014

Sports Announcer for Female & Male Home Basketball Games 10/2010-2-2014

Proctor-Branam Wedding Reception MC 5/2009

Duquesne University Diversity Forum (Capital Region Campus) Wormleysburg, PA Panel Member “The State of Diversity in Central Pennsylvania” June 21, 2008

Capital City Poetry Slam 1/11/2003 Hostess

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