The future of diversity includes transformation, connection, acceptance, and real change. Eboné Bell doesn’t want to just create change, she believes in creating intentional change. She encourages people to discover and explore how they show up in the world.
- Black History
- Diversity Equity & Inclusion
- LGBTQ+ Focused
- Race & Racism
- Social Justice
GETTING TO KNOW
Eboné Bell is a business owner, speaker, and trailblazer who shines bright in the world of entrepreneurship, LGBTQ issues, media, and activism. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tagg Magazine and Tagg Communication LLC. After seeing a lack of LGBTQ women represented in local publications, she decided to start a magazine and website to tell stories, provide resources, and create events. 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 people to discover how they show up in the world. Her humor makes her approachable on and off-stage. Her commitment to connection is what makes her a dynamic and unforgettable speaker.
Black History is American History
Many people—of all ages—don’t know or understand Black history. Most of America can count the number of Black changemakers and historical figures they learned about in school on one hand. But why are most of us limited to this knowledge of Black history? After all, Black history is American history. Black history continues to exist to expand American education and this keynote presentation was created to do just that.
By using the art of storytelling and relatability, Eboné creates a unique way of exploring Black historical figures, experiences, and important events that have shaped our past and present. It’s time to go beyond the Black history basics because knowing your past, helps open the doors to the future.
- New stories about Black culture and historical figures
- How Black history has shaped our future
- We all have more in common than we think
Diversity Without Tokenizing
Time and time again we hear people say they want more diversity in their organizations, companies, board rooms, and events. Well, how do you accomplish this? This keynote starts with defining the term diversity and what it means in regards to reaching your goal. In addition, Eboné shares ways to make sure your messaging is authentic as opposed to being a second thought. Through humor and experience, she also shares situations of being tokenized in various ways and how you can learn from it.
Eboné is often quoted as saying, “It’s one thing to have good intentions and another to be intentional.” This keynote dives into the difference between intention and intentional, and why deciphering the two is the building block to achieving diversity.
This keynote pushes attendees to make sure they feel empowered around the subject matter. And, participants will share their own diversity goals while they work through the best ways to tackle it.
- The foundational definition of diversity
- How to accomplish increasing diversity within your groups/members/guests/etc.
- The difference between having good intentions vs. being intentional
- 5 strategies to reach your diversity goal
How to be a Good Ally
We get it. You have Black and Brown friends and colleagues you adore. You exclaim, “Black Lives Matter!” For your LGBTQ friends, you believe “Love is Love”, and you post supportive images on your social media…but is that enough?
This program dives deeper into ways you can show up as an ally, not only during social justice movements but also in everyday life. Participants will take a hard look at how they currently show up in these spaces and how they can do better (with the right tools). Eboné will share ineffective vs. effective ways of ally activism. Participants will also look at breaking through uncomfortability and standing in their purpose. Now more than ever your voice is needed, no matter who you are!
- An understanding of why allyship is important
- Identifying forms of ally activism
- How and when to speak up
- How to be empowered (and confident) around uncomfortable conversations
LGBTQ+ History & Pride
As we celebrate Pride month, this is a great time to assess how you show up for the LGBTQ+ community (and other groups who need your support). Your allyship is important now more than ever. But understanding why it’s important means understanding the history of the LGBTQ community. In this special Pride Talk, Eboné discusses the LGBTQ community past and present, and different ways you can be in action as an ally within your organization and amongst friends and family. No matter who you are or how you identify, we can all show up and be better allies Pride 365 and beyond.
- Obtaining a better understanding of the LGBTQ movement
- Understanding LGBTQ terms and lingo
- Why the LGBTQ community needs your support
- Identifying forms of LGBTQ allyship
Level Up Leadership
Regardless of who we are or where we come from, each one of us possesses the potential to be a leader. Yes, you!
From starting as a young leader to spearheading her own business, Eboné Bell has directly witnessed that leadership doesn’t always demand the traditionally taught skills and qualifications. Her firsthand experience highlights the truth that every one of us holds the potential to be intentional leaders. Through conversation and real-world examples, Eboné will share the key traits of intentional leadership, while focusing on important aspects such as uncovering and overcoming fear and recognizing the value of belonging and authenticity in leadership.
This program is designed to empower participants to enhance their knowledge and skills needed to embrace intentional leadership and positively impact their community. But most importantly, it serves as a reminder that intentional leadership extends beyond individual efforts and encompasses the collective leadership of all. It acknowledges that while leadership begins from within, it is not solely about “me” but rather about the leadership of “we.” Because when WE level up, we all feel empowered.
- Learn the key traits of an intentional leader,
- Learn how to recognize the fear that prevents growth and opportunity,
- Learn to create a culture committed to empowerment and belonging,
- Learn to leverage the power of your voice to advocate for yourself and the community around you, and
- Learn the importance of authenticity and empathy.
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Eboné Bell is amazing. We have hosted her for our employees multiple times and we get such great feedback from our employees. She is very engaging and relatable and goes above and beyond to provide a great experience.
— Patricia Hollingsworth
Keter Environmental Services