BostonTalks: Empowerment

THU, MAY 16, 2019 (1:03:26)

From empowering oneself to one’s whole community, this month’s BostonTalks speakers are sure to inspire. Hear how they have created the positive change needed to turn around their lives and inspire others.

Hear from Sara Minkara, Andrea Isabelle Lucas, and Kurtlan Massarsky. Hosted by Edgar B. Herwick III from WGBH’s Curiosity Desk.

+ BIO: Kurtlan Massarsky

Kurtlan Massarsky hates writing bios, which distinguishes him from absolutely nobody. However, he is proud to have been with the Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth (BAGLY) for nearly 8 years as their first Director of Development and Marketing. In this capacity, Kurtlan (who uses he/him/his pronouns) has had the pleasure of supporting LGBTQ+ youth leaders implement programs, policies, and systems that make Massachusetts, and the world, a better place to be. Outside of his work at BAGLY, Kurtlan is an advocate for animal rescue organizations, an active member of his UU congregation in Beverly, MA, and is involved in local politics (with no plans or desire to run for elected office). Kurtlan heartily recommends reading fantasy and urban fiction and listening to the Lizard People: Comedy and Conspiracy Theories podcast.

Kurtlan came to BAGLY in August 2011, and brings with him extensive experience as a fundraiser and development professional. He has been involved with many GLBTQ and non-profit organizations, including The Trevor Project, New York City Opera and most recently the Northeast Animal Shelter. While at Bard College, Kurtlan was an active crisis intervention counselor for issues surrounding domestic & sexual violence, with special attention given to GLBTQ relationship violence.

+ BIO: Sara Minkara

Sara Minkara is the founder and CEO of Empowerment Through Integration (ETI), a nonprofit fostering a more inclusive society through groundbreaking initiatives that empower youth with disabilities, challenge stereotypes, and promote respect for individual value. A Lebanese-American Muslim woman who lost her sight at seven, Sara transformed her unwavering passion for this work into innovative programs with a global reach. A graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard Kennedy School, she has been recognized by Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” the Clinton Global Initiative, and more.

+ BIO: Andrea Isabelle Lucas

Andrea Isabelle Lucas is the founder of the award-winning Barre & Soul® studios with 5 locations and counting, and Barre Guild Academy online fitness certification. As a women’s empowerment speaker, she has shared stages with Michelle Obama and Billie Jean King. She is a feminist writer who has appeared in Forbes, HuffPost, and Entrepreneur, and the author of Own It All: How to Stop Waiting for Change and Start Creating It. Because Your Life Belongs to You.

+ BIO: Edgar B. Herwick, III

Edgar Herwick is the guy behind WGBH’s Curiosity Desk, where the quest is to dig a little deeper into (and sometimes look a little askew at) topics in the news, and search for answers to questions posed by the world around us. His features can be seen on WGBH’s Greater Boston and heard on 89.7 WGBH’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He also appears regularly with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio. Follow him on Twitter @ebherwick3.

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