Let's Talk About Our

Lady Business:

Feminine Health & All Things Sex

 Let’s Talk About Our Lady Business: Feminine Health & All Things Sex

Join Melanin Squad on Friday, September 18th for our half-day virtual conference to learn from doctors, sex educators, midwives, doulas, and feminine hygiene entrepreneurs on how to advocate for your healthcare needs, embrace your sexuality, and learn all things VAGINA self-care. Come spend the day with us and learn how you can embrace the “empowered” queen you are in a world that doesn’t teach us how. 

Beatrice Dixon,

Co-Founder & CEO of The HoneyPot Company

Dr. Anne Hussain, ND.,

Naturopathic Doctor, birth doula, and period literacy advocate

Dr. Nadine Thronhill Ed.D,  

Sex Educator & Speaker

Cheryl Neufville Etiang, 

Student Midwife & Doula 

Michaëlle Martial aka. The Caribbean Nightingale,  

Poet & Spoken Word Artist 

Candida Duran Taveras, 

Birth Worker & Documentary Filmmaker

Sheela Zelmer,  

Canadian Pelvic Physical Therapist and Women’s Health Coach

Lateisha Golub, LCSW,

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Carla Belliard, Birth Doula, Yoga Instructor, & Student Midwife

Katherine Aguilera, Director of Advocacy Services at Rape Recovery Center

THE PROGRAM 

9:00 AM

Conference Kick-Off

Welcome and Conference Rundown from Sarah Vaughn, Founder & CEO of Melanin Squad

9:15 AM

Intention Setting & Poetry by Caribbean Nightingale 

Enjoy stories about sexual exploration and liberation told through storytelling and poetry.

9:30 AM

Opening Keynote by Beatrice Dixon, CEO & CO - Founder of The HoneyPot, Feminine Wellness & Entrepreneurship

Representation Matters, especially in the arena of feminine wellness and entrepreneurship. The Honey Pot Company, a black- owned feminine care line of washes, wipes, and pads. The Honey Pot Company’s mission is to educate, support, and provide womxn around the world with the tools and resources that promote feminine health and wellness. 

 

Co-founder & CEO, Beatrice Dixon will discuss the importance of feminine health and wellness in the black & brown communities and how she has changed the landscape of feminine health as a womxn of color entrepreneur.

 

You’ll come away with the tools on how to  put your feminine health first, pursue your liberation, own your superpower as a womxn of color and your journey to your own entrepreneurship.

10:15 AM

Viva Vu Vulva by Sheela Zelmer, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist & Women Health Coach

Do you want a more intimate relationship with your lady business? Hear from Sheela Zelmer about the importance of taking care of your vagina and knowing your body, your garden, and your choice. She will teach us some of the common issues womxn of color experience when it comes to sex and intimacy, why kegels aren’t the answer, and so much more.

11:00 AM

Self- Advocacy & Reproductive Rights Panel

Did you know that you, as a womxn of color will receive less medical intervention for pain management and if you are a Black womxn you have a much higher chance of dying during pregnancy or while giving birth? Disparities in healthcare quality affect all womxn of color.

Learn from doctors, doulas, & therapists about how to advocate for all of your healthcare needs and how they are making a difference for womxn of color in the healthcare world. 

 

  • What are your medical and reproductive rights? 

  • How to advocate for yourself in medical environments? 

  • What these womxn are doing to make a difference for womxn of color in the healthcare system and how you can support them and other womxn of color in this cause?

Panelists include: Dr. Anne Hussain, Naturopathic Physician (Moderator), Cheryl Neufville Etiang, Doula & Student Midwife, Lateisha Golub, LCSW, & Candida Duran Taveras, Filmmaker & Birth Worker. 

11:40 AM

LUNCH BREAK 

12:00 PM

Healing from Sexual Trauma & Finding Intimacy After Fireside Chat

More than 1 in 3 womxn experience  sexual violence involving physical contact during her lifetime. Sexual violence impacts health in many ways and it can lead to short and long-term physical and mental health problems. Therefore, it’s difficult at times to find intimacy after sexual violence. Hear from Carla Belliard how she reconnected to her sexual freedom and processed her past trauma.

12:45 PM

Sexual Liberation by Closing Keynote Speaker, Dr. Nadine Thronhill, Ed.D & Sexual Educator

Your body is yours. Let’s say it one more time -YOUR BODY IS YOURS!  White supremacist patriarchy wants us out here, believing that we must earn access to pleasure, attention, and affection by performing “womxnness” in specific ways. But those things are your birthright - and sexuality can be an excellent way of exploring what it feels like to be free!

 

Together we’ll investigate how to connect to our desire and embody sexual liberation. We’ll talk about why rejecting the notion of “normal” empowers womxn, and explore how virtually any sexual choice from abstinence to an open relationship can lead to a happier, healthier existence!

1:25 PM

Closing Remarks

Closing remarks by Sarah Vaughn, Founder & CEO of Melanin Squad

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