Artist & Keynote Speaker Aims To Decrease Bullying & Divisiveness with New Campaign
Artist and diversity & inclusion keynote speaker Mallory Whitfield is spearheading a new social movement that aims to decrease the amount of bullying, violence, and divisiveness plaguing our world. The week of January 27-31, she will lead a campaign to flood Instagram and social media in a collective movement called #TowardsTogether. The week-long celebration will kick off with a performance of Mallory’s one-person show, Towards Together: A Vision for a Kinder, More Inclusive World, on Sunday, January 26, in New Orleans.
“Our country and our world has become increasingly divided, and it can be easy to look at the news and feel hopeless,” said Mallory. “An overwhelming number of students have seen or experienced bullying, and according to the Workplace Bullying Institute, more than 60 million U.S. workers are affected by workplace bullying. But I believe that despite all of our differences, there are things that connect us all as human beings. I believe that curiosity, vulnerability, and sharing our stories can bring us closer together, so that we can stop bullying and start working towards solving the world’s most pressing problems.”
Participants of the #TowardsTogether social media campaign will share photos or videos of themselves online along with stories of feeling like they didn’t belong or feeling judged by other people. Those interested in participating can find more information and RSVP at: https://TowardsTogether.com
The upcoming public performance of Towards Together in New Orleans will take place on Sunday, January 26 at The Twilight Room at The AllWays Lounge & Cabaret (2240 Saint Claude Ave.). Doors open at 7:30pm and the show will start at 8:00pm. Tickets are $15 general admission and can be purchased in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/towards-together-a-vision-for-a-kinder-more-inclusive-world-tickets-86334363405
The weeklong celebration will also feature a Towards Together meetup at The Domino (3044 St. Claude Ave.) on Thursday, January 30 from 5:00-7:00pm. More information about this event can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1282925691905212/
Drawing on decades of experience on stage and more than 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur and digital marketer, Whitfield premiered Towards Together in July 2019. Last fall, she performed it as the keynote for Diversity Week at West Texas A&M University, and she plans to take her performance to more audiences in 2020, including conferences, associations, colleges and universities. Later this year, she is scheduled to speak at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin and the International Association of Business Communicators World Conference in Chicago.
Whitfield, a New Orleans-based artist, performer, and keynote speaker, has spoken at numerous conferences and events. In 2016, she was named one of Gambit’s 40 Under 40, which salutes innovators, artists, and professionals in New Orleans.