10. Working Towards Wellness: Mind, Body and Soul - The FOLD

10. Working Towards Wellness: Mind, Body and Soul

Virtual Event

Description

Three American writers — Morgan Harper Nichols (Peace is a Practice), Betheney Wilkinson (The Diversity Gap: Where Good Intentions Meet True Cultural Change) and Dija Ayodele (Black Skin) discuss personal and professional wellness, tackling practical solutions and strategies to the trials and challenges of everyday life.

Date: May 3, 2022
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm ET

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Featured Speaker(s)

Photo of author Bethaney Wilkinson--a Black woman with long dark hair, sitting down in a lush green field
Bethaney Wilkinson
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Dija Ayodele
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Morgan Harper Nichols
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Damali Fraiser
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Photo of author Bethaney Wilkinson--a Black woman with long dark hair, sitting down in a lush green field

Bethaney Wilkinson

Bethaney Wilkinson is a facilitator and champion of race-conscious leadership. She has dedicated more than a decade to exploring the intersections of community, racial justice, and social change—specifically in the organizational context. As author and founder of The Diversity Gap, Bethaney loves helping teams and leaders pair their good intentions for diversity with true cultural change.

A Black woman with long light brown ombré hair, wearing a dark blue dress with large white abstract patterns over it.

Dija Ayodele

Dija Ayodele is the author of Black Skin, out now with HarperCollins.Dija is a Skincare Expert and founder of the award-winning Black Skin Directory. She is a contributing writer to Glamour Magazine, global corporate consultant and an advocate for inclusion and diversity at all levels of the British beauty industry.

A Black woman with long curly dark hair smiles softly. She stands against a multi-colouted painting in the background.

Morgan Harper Nichols

Popular Instagram poet and artist Morgan Harper Nichols has created her life’s work around the stories of others. She also hosts a podcast, The Morgan Harper Nichols Show, where she shares daily reflections on finding meaning and peace in life and work. Morgan is often creating, teaching, and performing, in hopes of spreading her unique inspirational message and inviting others into her creative process. Her latest book, Peace is a Practice: An Invitation to Breathe Deep and Find a New Rhythm for Life, will be available nationwide February 15, 2022.

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Damali Fraiser

Damali Fraiser (she/her/hers) is a Kettlebell Instructor and Nutrition Coach passionate about exploring fitness from an intersectional lens. She began her strength and nutrition journey from a passion for Muay Thai as an amateur fighter for 3 years. Founder of Lift Off Strength & Wellness Damali is a compassionate coach and student of strength. Damali’s coaching has evolved to practice safe evidence-based kettlebell training, body-positive fitness and sustainable nutrition that supports you in starting wherever you are and confidently moving forward to where you want to be.

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Field Guide to the North American Teenager is my first novel and FOLD was my first Canadian literary festival. While American and Canadian culture overlap quite a bit, especially when it comes to bookshelves, Canadian literature is unique and I was very heartened by to be embraced by that community I consider home despite residing in the US. It was a homecoming I didn’t know I needed!

Ben Philippe, author of Field Guide to the North American Teenager

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Kathy Page, author of Dear Evelyn, winner of the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Wherever I go in Canada and find another writer of colour, we eventually end up gushing about how great the FOLD is, how by normalizing diversity it liberates us to talk to audiences about craft. It’s hard to imagine the literary landscape returning to a prehistoric pre-FOLD era.

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Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out On The Ground

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