Eboné Bell

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 students to discover and explore how they show up in the world.

Topics

▪Diversity & Inclusion ▪Social Justice ▪Leadership ▪LGBTQ+ Focused

Keynotes

▪Diversity Without Tokenizing
▪How to be a Good Ally
▪So You Want to be an Entrepreneur

Eboné’s Bio

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 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.

“Eboné Bell is a charismatic speaker that can command a stage, and engage an audience with her compelling business, and media experience. Her passion and professionalism are in equal abundance.”

Jennifer Crawford

Founder of DC PodFest

“I have had the opportunity of working with Ms. Eboné Bell this year through our NBC Pride and Protest special. Eboné definitely met our expectations! Her segment gave insight on the timely topic of social activism and pride. Her knowledge was not only educational but also imperative. What I find most admirable is her friendliness and engaging personality off-stage. Her ability to relate to people of all backgrounds makes her a great speaker in any setting. And, her smile is infectious.”

Matt Kwiecinski

NBC News Video Producer

Keynotes

Diversity Without Tokenizing

Time and time again we hear people say they want more diversity in their organizations, school groups, events, etc. 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. Students will leave with tangible tools that they can implement today!

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • The foundational definition of diveristy
  • 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
Social Justice: 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!

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • 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
So You Want to be an Entrepreneur

In 2018, 15.8 million people were working as entrepreneurs and the number of entrepreneurs and small businesses continues to grow. We are now starting to see more colleges and universities offering entrepreneurship courses.
People want to become entrepreneurs for various reasons: being inspired by successful entrepreneurs, not being happy in their 9-5 job, wanting to change the world, and other various scenarios. Everyone’s journey to entrepreneurship is different, however, there are tools you can put in place to help set yourself up for success. Through storytelling, Eboné opens up about the things she “wish” she implemented prior to starting her business, as well as the decisions that proved successful. This is a great opportunity to learn from someone else’s mistakes, failures and triumphs. Arming yourself with knowledge is one of the smartest things you can do before launching your business. This presentation gives students a head start with planning their entrepreneurial journey, and beyond.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • 3 things to do before launching your business
  • How to identify your audience/clients
  • How to be comfortable with failure and finding strength in failure
  • Learning about free resources to get you started