BEYOND BOLD AND BRAVE
Founders

ALYCE EMORY is  a professional development consultant for Michigan State University's African Atlantic Research Team, a group that specializes in addressing issues related to African descendants and other racial ethnic communities in the Americas.  She has also  managed event production, created programming and developed strategic partnerships for NYC Black Pride, Circle of Life Celebration and Pride Memorial, Third Wave Foundation, Harlem Pride Founding Advisory Board, Urbanworld Film Festival, New York State LGBTQI Advocacy Day, UNESCO and others. She advises African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change (AALUSC)  and is a member of the LGBTQ Women’s Survey Advisory Committee, Black & Latino LGBTQ Coalition in New York, Association for the Study of Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), ZAMI NOBLA Women Sweet On Women Film Festival Committee, Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  Alyce’s work and teams she’s led have received many accolades including proclamations from the Manhattan Borough President, Brooklyn Borough President and the New York City Council.  Alyce 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.