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Empowered Voices - Women of Color Telling Hard Stories or We All Benefit by Sharing Our Experiences

Empowered Voices - Women of Color Telling Hard Stories or We All Benefit by Sharing Our Experiences

Program features three women of color: Maria Ramos, Ayesha Mattu, and Sweta Chawla who have been shaped by a series of generational stories and current experiences that helped them respond positively to life challenges.

The authors will share select stories that demonstrate how listening to others life experiences can lead to improved self-esteem, offer positive life choices for unique and common challenges, develop the courage to own your own story, and more.


Author Bios-

Maria RamosA graduate of UC Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Maria was a fellow with the National Hispana Leadership Institute, where she attended the Center for Creative Leadership and Harvard School of Public Policy. She received her mediation training from the Center for Understanding in Conflict and her coaches training from the Coaches Training Institute.

In 2015 she launched the Butterfly Series, a writing and creative arts workshop for women who want to explore what’s next in their life journey. Her book, The Butterfly Series: Fifty-Two weeks of Inquiries for Transformation was published in 2018.


Ayesha Mattu believes that storytelling, radical love, and conscious relationships can transform communities and nations. Her first two groundbreaking books “Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women” and “Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, & Intimacy” were featured by media worldwide. Ayesha is an alumna of Voices of Our Nations writers’ workshop and her work has been featured in “Good Girls Marry Doctors: Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion”, The Washington Post, and the upcoming anthology “Once Upon An Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices.”


Sweta Chawla PharmD, MS is a Speaker, Author and Success Advocate for ambitious women and people of color who want more meaning and self-expression in their work. She is known as a “copy writer for the soul” and has a gift for getting to the heart of the matter. Dr. Sweta is author of the book I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…Now What? and contributor to the Anthology She’s Got This: Essays on Standing Strong and Moving On. She has published articles and essays in several journals, magazines and has spoken on many stages and panels, including the White House. In her signature workshop: The Provocative Path to Playing Full- Out, Dr. Sweta reveals how to awaken more purpose and passion in your life and career without hustling and holding it all together.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Edith Stone Room
Albany Library
  Adults     Older Adults     Teens  
  Education and Learning  

The Library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. For assistance, please contact your library or accessibility@aclibrary.org.  Events subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.

All Alameda County Library events are free.