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The Black Relaunchers' Perspective Panel

February 25, 2021 9:00 PM EST Virtual


Black Relaunchers Perspective

The Black Relaunchers' Perspective Panel

An iRelaunch and Mocha Moms, Inc. Event

At iRelaunch, we recognize that relaunching can be a difficult undertaking for everyone. However, we also acknowledge that other identities may intersect with your relauncher identity and can make relaunching an even more challenging journey.

In honor and celebration of Black History Month, we’re bringing you the advice and support of Black relaunchers who have been in your shoes and can give you guidance on the unique challenges that Black relaunchers face on their journey.

iRelaunch is thrilled to partner with Mocha Moms, Inc. on this event. Mocha Moms Inc, is an incredible national, non-profit organization that provides sisterhood, support and service for mothers of color. Mocha Moms' mission is to support, inspire, educate and advocate for mothers of color through strengthening marriages and families, promoting self-care, strong educational foundations, volunteerism, and activism.

About our Partnership with Mocha Moms, Inc.

What is Mocha Moms, Inc?

Mocha Moms, Inc. is delighted to partner with such an impactful organization as iRelaunch, and we look forward to providing resources and building a network for mothers of color relaunchers!

Join Mocha Moms, Inc. and become a part of an organization that provides sisterhood, support and service for mothers of color. Its mission is to support, inspire, educate, and advocate for mothers of color through strengthening marriages and families, promoting self-care, strong educational foundations, volunteerism, and activism.

When you join Mocha Moms, you become a member of our online and in-person community. We have nearly 1,600 members and 60 chapters in 31 states with an online community and social media following of more than 100,000.

Our chapters are returning to in-person programming, and with mandated safety protocols. Almost monthly, over the past year, we hosted virtual events on various topics, i.e., return-to-work, self-care, parent related, social justice, mental wellness, and more. Some of our chapters and National Office will continue to offer virtual events after summer hiatus.

To join Mocha Moms, Inc., there is a $50 annual membership fee. Please visit mochamoms.org for more information.

Join Mocha Moms, Inc. today!

Meet our incredible Mocha Moms moderator and panelists...

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Kuae Kelch Mattox

Moderator

Kuae Kelch Mattox is National President of Mocha Moms, Inc. and an Emmy-nominated journalist with more than 20 years of experience in the print, broadcast and online media. Currently she is an editorial producer booking high profile newsmakers for CNN's morning show 'New Day" with Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota. She has written for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and websites and has contributed to The Huffington Post. She was a contributing editor for Plum Magazine and is the former editor in chief of the national magazine Black Family Today. Kuae is a former producer for the award-winning newsmagazine Dateline NBC, as well as Headliners and Legends with Matt Lauer on MSNBC. Since 2010 Kuae has been National President of Mocha Moms, Inc., a non-profit organization with 100 chapters in 29 states and a fast growing online presence of 100,000+ dedicated to supporting mothers of color. Over the past decade, she has increased the visibility of Mocha Moms and highlighted the stories of numerous mothers of color. Mocha Moms has been profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Essence Magazine, and television segments have appeared on NBC Nightly News, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America and ABC’s Nightline. Mocha Moms was a stakeholder organization during the Obama administration that partnered with the White House on various initiatives, as well as the EPA, U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In August 2013, she was on the cover of the New York Times Magazine as part of “The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In” story by Judith Warner on moms returning to work after taking a career break. Kuae holds a B.A. in Print Journalism from Howard University and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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Kimberly Avis

Panelist

After graduating from Spelman College with a degree in Economics, Kimberly started her career in accounting, working in the mutual fund and hedge industry for various financial services companies including BNY Mellon, UBS and Credit Suisse. Kimberly’s role was impacted through a reorganization, two months before the birth of her son. After a four-year career break, Kimberly relaunched her career with the American Express Return to Work program, in partnership with iRelaunch. Kimberly has been with American Express for over two years in the Controllership organization, providing accounting support on key business processes and other financial reporting initiatives. She has recently taken on a new role, supporting and driving forward a variety of initiatives in areas of budget management, communications, development, strategy and other ad-hoc projects. Kimberly currently resides in Queens, New York with her partner and son. During the pandemic, she enjoys spending time with her family, testing out new food and cocktail recipes, while full-service dining is on pause.
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Danae Aicher

Panelist

As an experienced Equity and Inclusion facilitator, Danae has a gift for creating brave spaces for people to address difficult topics around race within their organizations. A former mass communications professional with a degree in History and more than 20 years of experience in news, politics and public relations, she utilizes humor and all of her experience to help teams understand how racist systems and policies replicate and perpetuate themselves in an ongoing cycle unless they are intentionally interrupted. In addition to facilitating workshops and trainings for school teams and non-profit organizations, Danae serves as the Equity Director at Rainbow Community School, a holistic independent school in Asheville, NC, and Rainbow Institute, the school’s adult and organization education counterpart. There, her focus is keeping the school family connected to each other and the broader community by expanding their understanding of, and commitment to, equity and inclusion. Over 30 years, Danae’s career trajectory has taken her from a political journalist to political operative to social/racial justice educator. She left her professional career for a few years to dedicate herself full-time to raising her young family, which prompted her to charter a local chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc., a national sisterhood, support and service organization for mothers of color. She now sits on the national Board of Directors as the National Director for Communications, Advocacy and Public Policy. She also sits on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, and served four years on the Board of Building Bridges of Asheville, the local anti-racism organization that brings together the community in a brave space to talk about race, racism, and how both show up in Asheville and the broader western North Carolina region.
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Ivory McGee-Perry

Panelist

A native of Englewood, New Jersey, Ivory wears many hats. She has been an educator in the Special Education field since 1999, and holds a Master's Degree from Bank Street College. She also attended Columbia University in New York City. She is a married mother of two as well as an entrepreneur and parental caregiver. In addition, she is the Vice President of the PTA at Sand Pine Elementary School, in Wesley Chapel, Florida, and the Founder and Co-President of the North Tampa Mocha Moms.

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The Black Relaunchers' Perspective Panel
The Black Relaunchers' Perspective Panel