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Podia’s Black Creator Council

Doing our part to amplify Black creators

June 2020 brought a watershed moment in American history. The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor highlighted the tragic level of racism that still exists in this country.

As a business that serves thousands of Black creators, we realized that we needed to do more to contribute to the campaign against racism.

Part of the plan we created was to launch a Black Creator Council to amplify Black voices in the Podia community.

Podia’s Black Creator Council exists to ensure that Podia is serving Black creators with its product, messaging, and content. The Council is comprised of Black Podia customers who are asked for feedback on new and ongoing initiatives, messaging, and content, to help guide us in our mission to become better allies, both within the company and in the larger community.

Our goal is that the Black Creator Council can make meaningful contributions to the Black community, both by supporting existing creators and empowering new ones.

Council updates

July 16, 2020

Our first council meeting was held on July 16th. It started with introductions, and we began to brainstorm ways that we could work together to push our mission forward.

Download meeting notes

Council members

Sebastian, FL

Raphaele Wagner

Raphaele is building a community for child-free women, with members from all over. She’s on the council with the hope of getting to know the group and serving her own community.

St. Louis, MO

Monica Wisdom Tyson

Monica is a messaging strategist, storyteller and writer and founder of Black Women Amplified, who helps help Black Women honor their voice, share their story and be heard. Monica has been an activist most of her life, and wants to help create and cultivate safe environments.

Prince George’s County, MD

Karima Williams

Karima runs Karima.Digital, building sales funnels for solopreneurs and people who sell digital products, along with marketing strategy for influencers. She’s a big advocate of building communities. Karima engaged Podia on Twitter about our efforts and that led to her agreeing to join the council.

Pembroke Pines, FL

John Saunders

John is the founder of 5four digital, a web design studio in sunny South Florida. He gives back to his community by building resources (like Black Illustrations), and is also here to learn, develop, and grow.

Tallahassee, FL

L.Michelle Salvant

L.Michelle runs LMichelle Media, and is located in Tallahassee, FL. She is here to work behind the scenes to be an active participant in pushing this conversation forward.