BEDI Summit: Keynote Speakers
Keynote Speaker #1
Eboné Bell is a business owner, speaker and trailblazer who shines bright in the world of entrepreneurship, LGBTQIA+ issues, media and activism. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Tagg Magazine and Tagg Communication LLC. After seeing a lack of LGBTQIA+ women represented in local publications, she decided to start a magazine and website to tell stories, provide resources and create events centered on LGBTQIA+ stories. In 2018, Eboné founded the Tagg Scholarship Fund — a scholarship created specifically for young, queer women of color who can’t afford to attend school. She was recently featured in Forbes Magazine as an “Inspiring Black Entrepreneur Changing Our World.”
In addition to running a successful business, she shares her knowledge and passion at conferences, festivals, schools and similar events across the country. As a keynote speaker, Eboné is well known for her warm energy and transparency. She is not afraid to have tough conversations. She encourages students to discover how they show up in the world. Her humor makes her approachable to students on and off-stage. Her commitment to connection is what makes her a dynamic and unforgettable speaker.
Keynote Speaker #2
Chevara Orrin believes in connecting passion with purpose to discover personal potential. She is a diversity and inclusion strategist, social entrepreneur, published author, social justice activist, independent filmmaker and public speaker. Her work lives at the intersection of gender parity, racial equity, LGBTQIA+ equality and arts activism. Chevara is a survivor of childhood poverty, incest, teenage pregnancy and domestic violence. Her personal journey of tragedy and triumph inspired Chevara to use her experiences and voice as a catalyst to ignite social transformation. Chevara is deeply inspired by the legacy of her parents who were both prominent figures in critical civil rights movements in the 1960s.
Chevara has more than 20 years of experience from senior management in the arts and higher education sectors to consulting with Fortune 500 clients. As chief creative catalyst for Collective Concepts, she conceived and co-created We Are Allies, a national advocacy campaign to support equality and inclusive policies to protect the LGBTQIA+ community. She created the #WhiteAndWoke, an initiative to raise awareness about racial inequality and promote equity through intentional action.