Panel Discussion

Real American: A Conversation on Growing Up Black and Biracial in White Spaces with Julie Lythcott-Haims

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Real American: A Conversation on Growing Up Black and Biracial in White Spaces with Julie Lythcott-Haims

We sit down with New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims, winner of the 2018 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, to discuss her memoir "Real American" - the story of Julie’s journey from self-loathing to self-love as a Black and biracial woman living in predominantly white spaces. In sharing her path to self-acceptance, Julie also expresses the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered "the other."

Meet The Speakers

Julie Lythcott-Haims
Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims believes in humans and is deeply interested in what gets in our way. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the anti-helicopter parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult. Her TED Talk on the subject was one of the top talks of 2016, and in 2020 she became a regular contributor with CBS This Morning on parenting. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience as a Black and biracial person in white spaces. A third book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, will be out in April 2021. She also wrote the foreword for Writing Memoir, a book of writing prompts developed by Julie and The Writers Grotto for those hungry to share their lived experience. Julie is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, and she holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She serves on the boards of Foundation for a College Education, Global Citizen Year, and Common Sense Media, and on the advisory board of LeanIn.Org. She volunteers with the hospital program No One Dies Alone. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, their young adults, and her mother.

Sienna J. Brown
Sienna J. Brown

Sienna J. Brown is a Global D&I strategist at PowerToFly. As an educator, expat and entrepreneur her mission is to teach driven women how secure remote work opportunities aligned with their bigger mission and provide them with freedom and flexibility. Over the past 6 years, her focus has been working with companies and employees to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces that have a positive impact on their personal and professional lives. When she’s not working, she’s at home on the Mediterranean coast watering her plants, cooking a good meal or engaging in meaningful conversations with friends.