The Wins and Struggles of Black Women Creatives | Dr. Joan speaks with Oby Chiapa Part 2

Black female creatives have been on the rise in recent years. More women are starting businesses, putting their work out there, and gradually gaining visibility. As we consider Elevating the visibility of women creatives during Women’s History Month, we also have to shed light on some of the struggles Black women creatives face such as getting past the gatekeepers and access to funding. Black women are less likely to receive external funding and are more likely to fund their businesses with personal or borrowed funds.

In this episode of Hey, I’m Listening, Dr. Joan speaks with  Oby Chiapa about the wins and struggles of Black Women Creatives

Oby Chiapa is an Operations Manager at a New York Based Project, Program, and Construction Services Consulting firm. She is an agent for progressive change and believes that people will do better if they have the right resources and encouragement to see them through. In June 2020, she launched a podcast called On the Matterr and her mission is to humanize success by sharing authentic stories of people actively working on their goals.

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What you can expect from this episode

00:25 The major wins of women creatives

04:59 Struggles of Black creative women | Access to capital

07:08 Solution for capital funding for Black women

10:25 Gaining Access

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About Dr. Joan

Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis, Ph.D., is an award-winning Canadian speaker and authority on trauma recovery, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Joan has specialized in promoting the mental health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities for over a decade through her groundbreaking trauma recovery strategy, The Forgiveness Method.

Her career as an individual, couples and family psychotherapist has helped countless people heal from their past, transform their mental health, overcome challenges, and reclaim their lives.

In 2016, she founded Becoming Inc., and in 2020 she founded the Village of Peace not-for-profit organization. Dr. Joan is the author of 490: Forgive and Live fearlessly, Forgive: Master The Art of Letting Go, and Becoming the Journey to Love, and the mind behind the revolutionary new therapeutic modality and certification “The Forgiveness Method” launching in 2023.

Dr. Joan is a Jamaican-Canadian Toronto native who lives in the beautiful community of Kamloops, B.C., alongside her loving husband and family.

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