Glory Edim has grown her monthly Brooklyn-based book club, Well-Read Black Girl, into a cultural and social media phenomenon. What began as a means to bring together women of colour to celebrate the uniqueness of black literature and sisterhood now includes a digital platform and festival. Its mission is to increase the visibility of black women writers and initiate meaningful conversations with readers. Hear the literary activist and entrepreneur in conversation with Aminatou Sow about building communities and defining solidarity.

Glory Edim (International)

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Glory Okon Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, an online book club turned literary festival that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. Well-Read Black Girl’s mission is to increase the visibility of Black women writers and initiate meaningful conversation with readers. Brooklyn Magazine and Smart Girls called Glory the “future of reading”. She has worked as a creative strategist for over 10 years at start-ups and cultural institutions, including Kickstarter, the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Webby Awards. Her first book, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves is an anthology of essays by high-profile black female writers, including Zinzi Clemmons, Morgan Jerkins, and Tayari Jones, and will be published in 2018.

Aminatou Sow (International)

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Aminatou Sow is founder of Tech LadyMafia, a group that increases opportunities for women in Tech and the co-host of Call Your Girlfriend, a podcast that tackles the intricacies of pop culture and the latest in politics every single week. A digital strategist and writer, she was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Tech. She is also a member of the Sundance Institute Director's Advisory Group and previously led Social Impact Marketing at Google. She lives in Brooklyn.