When two black men were unjustly arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks while waiting for a friend, a viral video of the incident sparked a public dialogue on what racism looks like today. The women responsible for that video, Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene, share what they learned about why we need to leave shame and guilt behind and use the privilege we have for progress, and how the power of the individual has far-reaching implications for systemic change.
As speakers and conversation starters, they connect with audiences on a personal level, sharing their stories with vulnerability and openness. Participants leave the conversation with the inspiration and tools to effect change in their everyday lives.
Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene continue the conversation they started that day in the Philadelphia Starbucks as speakers who create awareness and inspire action. Their work at P2P has been featured on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk, NPR’s Radio Times and Code Switch, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, MSNBC’s AM Joy, and in numerous television, print and online outlets. They have spoken nationally to audiences ranging from 8 to 800 at corporations, conferences and events, universities and non-profit organizations, and are currently in the planning stages of the first annual P2P Show Up Summit to be held in Northern California in October 2020.
Boys and Girls Club
Friends Central School
National Small Schools Conference
Net Impact Philadelphia
Northern Nevada Black Cultural Association
Pennsylvania Prison Society
Return on Equality
Western Carolina University
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Tufts University Changemakers Summit
University of Nevada, Reno
University of Houston, Downtown