Despite an increasingly digital and remote work environment, our physical presence in the workplace impacts how we feel and create, says Colleen T. Reese in this body positivity talk.

Despite an increasingly digital and remote work environment, our physical presence in the workplace impacts the we way we feel and create. This is especially true for professionals of color, and for professionals who identify as women/femme, trans men and women, non-binary or within the LGBTQA+ community. Drawing largely from her personal experience transitioning into a leadership role, as well as a survey from Philadelphia creatives on body positivity in the workplace, this talk explored what it means to brave an industry that can sometimes feel exclusionary to a huge population of its community. We shared stories submitted from the survey and discuss how the creative community can empower a message that puts empathy, curiosity and compassion first.

About the speaker

Colleen T. Reese is a size 18 and she’s not sorry for it.

During the eight short years of her life as a creative professional, Colleen has learned one thing: no matter her size, a tough broad is not to be trifled with. She’s a self-taught content and UX strategist who got her start as a digital copywriter, and takes pride in being the kind of no-nonsense professional who can roll up her sleeves and weed through the muk.

Colleen balances artistic madness and data-driven methodology to develop high-impact content at every scale. Her diverse experience runs the content gamut, including deep roots in B2B, SaaS and creative leadership for various brands. By day, she takes pride in mentoring junior talent and stewarding ideas from concept to execution. By night, she’s an ink-totin’ urban gardener usually found hanging out with her husband and friends or reading on her couch with her dog, Snoop, and cat, Majora.

She prefers gin to whiskey, only wears black and has wildly romantic opinions about the city she can’t get enough of: Philadelphia. She never omits the “T.

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