BEYOND BOLD AND BRAVE
Founders
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ALYCE EMORY (she/her/hers) is an award-winning production and community engagement expert who designs and implements innovative events and programs for corporate, academic and non-profit entities. Some of her clients included The Apollo Theater,  Urbanworld Film Festival, HBO, Harlem Circle of Life Celebration and Pride Memorial, Third Wave Foundation, African Atlantic Research Team of Michigan State University, and UNESCO. She serves on advisory committees for The National  LGBTQ Women’s Survey, Black and Latino LGBTQ Coalition, African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change and was a Founding Advisory Committee member for Harlem Pride and Kitchen Table Giving Circle. She has participated in discussions and presentations on her community work for Schomburg Center LGBTQ Pride Month, Black Youth Project 100, Langston Hughes Black Film Festival and others. Alyce’s received the 2021 Griot Circle Changemaker Award and she & her teams received proclamations in 2018 from the Manhattan Borough President and in 2013 from the New York City Council. Alyce is a member of Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Sociology from Georgia State University with further studies in Multi-Cultural Marketing from the New School of Social Research in New York City.

KIM FORD i s an activist and non-profit consultant with experience working with community-based, and national nonprofit organizations.  She is the founder of Kitchen Table Giving Circle: A Black/African Descent Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Women Philanthropic Initiative; co-founder of Black Lesbian Conference 2016: Beyond Bold & Brave – The Evolution of Our Community; and currently serves on the board of the Audre Lorde Project. Kim’s experience with grassroots organizations includes: African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change; NYC’s annual LGBTST Kwanzaa celebration; NYC’s first Black Pride; Arms Akimbo: NYC's first-ever Lesbian, Bisexual, Two-Spirit and Transgender Women of Color Organizing Institute; and NYC’s People of Color Pride Weekends.  Kim has also worked with Third Wave Foundation, Stonewall Community Foundation’s Racial Equity Initiative, Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues, African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and Zuna Institute.  She has facilitated workshops; moderated and spoken at various events, panels and readings; and presented on various topics including organizing in the LGBTST POC communities, racism within LGBTST communities, women’s health and wellness, and sexuality.