Through her shape shifting mantra, Oakland-raised Zakiya Harris challenges you to search deep for your inner self. Zakiya provides you with tools for transformation – be your own superhero, claim your mission, and build a tribe around it.
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About the speaker
Zakiya Harris is a Cultural Architect, Artist and Educator working at the intersections of entrepreneurship, 21st century education and creative transformation. Zakiya is a co-founder of nationally recognized projects Impact Hub Oakland, Grind for the Green and a Fellow of Green For All and Bold Food. Currently, she is the Chief Education Officer at Hack the Hood a technology program for low-income youth of color and winner of the 2014 Google Impact Challenge. When she is “off the clock” you can find her singing her heart out onstage, reading Octavia Butler or cooking with her 10 year old daughter.
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We need super extraordinary humans to be able to solve these extraordinary challenges we're currently facing. You can't say that you care about the planet, that you care about your community if you're not being a superhero. — Zakiya Harris
And we’re in this dark time…but the cycle of life, the sun rises everyday and it goes back to darkness. You were born in the light and then you go back to the earth into the dark. After food is done and life is going back to its compostable state, it goes back to the dark. That is the natural cycle, the only thing that can happen after darkness is light. The only thing! — Zakiya Harris
It doesn't matter how much money you have, it doesn't matter how successful you become; if you are not living your mission, you are not happy. You are not fulfilled. You are feeling a void and it's never going to go away if you don't claim your mission. — Zakiya Harris
You can’t get to the light without first going through the darkness. The only reason you know what light looks like is cause you were first in darkness. — Zakiya Harris
So I just kind of put my hands up and I asked the universe to help me. I said, "I want to be my authentic self, I want my light to shine. I need help." — Zakiya Harris