WAM Theatre presents a special series of lively conversations with scholars, artists and community activists who will tell the true stories of Black and Indigenous Women who were Civil Rights pioneers. These FREE events will take place throughout Berkshire County and online. Please join us!
Saturday, September 24 at 3:00 p.m. the Stockbridge Library will feature storyteller and inspirational speaker Amber Chaud & Eden-Reneé Hayes, Ph.D.
Amber Chand is an inspirational speaker and storyteller, visionary life coach and mentor, author, artist and entrepreneur. Her Dream A New Dream programs and retreats today are designed to support her audiences in living into a new story from a place of courageous love, fearless imagination and enlivened authenticity, no matter how challenging and difficult the circumstances of their lives. As an Indian woman born in Uganda who was expelled from her country as a refugee and as a recent breast cancer survivor, Amber speaks on the power of the resilient spirit, one that weaves together the sacred and strategic, the contemplative and the visionary, the mystical and the practical. She asks: How do we bring the power of our intention, intuition and imagination to shape a new narrative for our lives? For two prior decades, Amber was involved in the world of global commerce and enterprise. Drawn to the marginalized, displaced and invisible – those without a voice – she focused on women’s entrepreneurship in vulnerable regions of the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Rwanda Her global work was publicized in various media including Marie Claire, Oprah Magazine, NPR, the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Awards: she received the Entrepreneur of the Month award by Inc. Magazine and was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame by Bay Path College. Current Work: Amber is working on her forthcoming book, The Boatwoman, which is part memoir, part musing, part fable, based on her acclaimed one woman show, Searching for the Moon (the book will be available in 2023).
Eden-Reneé Hayes, Ph.D. is the Owner of Pluralism Solutions, LLC. She has been involved in cultural competency, retention efforts, and inclusion in organizations for over 15 years. An expert in the social psychological factors related to bias, and the intersecting identities of race, class, and gender identity and expression, she has presented papers on her research at a number of conferences including, The American Psychological Association, The International Convention of Psychological Science, and The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and has published her research in various outlets including The Handbook for Feminist Diversity and Diversity Matters: The Color Shape and Tone of 21st Century Diversity. Dr. Hayes earned a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Wesleyan University, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Tulane University after which she earned a National Science Foundation sponsored Postdoctoral Fellowship. Before becoming a full time consultant she was a tenured professor at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Director of The Davis Center, a multicultural center at Williams College.
For more information about the events taking place at The Berkshire Athenaeum and the Clark Art Institute in collaboration with WAM please visit their websites: WAM, The Clark Art Institute and, The Berkshire Athenaeum