Panel Discussion

Creating Safe Spaces

This event has ended. You can watch the recording here.
Creating Safe Spaces

Join our roundtable of women leaders including Alexandra Nicole Rivera Day, Consultant; Natalya Davis, Vice President, Pick Six Records / The Shalizi Group; Kasara E. Davidson, Esq., Founder/Managing Director, Diaspora Travel & Trade; and Alissa Mayers, Public Programs Manager & Baker, Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute & Born and Bread, Inc. in conversation with PowerToFly co-founder Katharine Zaleski about creating safe spaces within workspaces and beyond.

Meet The Speakers

Alexandra Nicole Rivera Day
Alexandra Nicole Rivera Day
Consultant

Originally, from the Bronx, NY, Alexandra Nicole has decades of experience within operations, marketing, and logistics. She holds a wealth of knowledge of navigating a variety of spaces having worked for Fortune 500 companies, global logistics operations, and, now, her role within the public sector. Her educational background includes bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Business. Her graduate background includes an MBA and a certification in nonprofit management. Currently, she is completing her Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Natalya Davis
Natalya Davis
Vice President, Pick Six Records / The Shalizi Group

Natalya Davis is Vice President at independent record label Pick Six Records. As a veteran executive, Davis has garnered wide success in the music industry in her formidable 15+ year career. She has worked on campaigns for artists including Beyoncé, J. Cole, John Legend, Maxwell and Rita Ora.

Upon graduating from Harvard College, Davis worked as a management trainee at Epic Records/Sony Music. Over an eight-year period sat Sony, she earned four promotions within the US and International marketing departments concluding her time as a global product manager at Columbia Records.

Davis has consulted with artist management companies including Turn First and Benchmark Entertainment. At Paradigm Talent Agency, she was instrumental in the development of the Artist Strategy team and featured on Billboard’s Hip Hop Power Player list in 2019.

In addition to her career in music, Davis has a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She also serves as a labor doula.

Kasara E. Davidson, Esq.
Kasara E. Davidson, Esq.
Founder/Managing Director, Diaspora Travel & Trade

Kasara E. Davidson, Esq. is the Founder and Managing Director of Diaspora Travel & Trade. She has almost 15 years of corporate legal experience and over 20 years of consulting experience in business development and program/project development and management. Throughout her career she has been dedicated to socially responsible business practices and therefore has an understanding of business entities beyond their products and services, and an appreciation of their potential beyond their profit margin.

To follow or learn more about Kasara and Diaspora Travel & Trade visit:

  • Instagram: @diaspora_travel_trade
  • Website: DiasporaTravelTrade.com
  • Personal Facebook: Kasara E. Davidson
  • Facebook Group Page: Diaspora Travel & Trade Network
  • Twitter: @diaspora_tt
  • Alissa Mayers
    Alissa Mayers
    Public Programs Manager & Baker, Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute

    Alissa Mayers is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Africana Studies. Her graduate work focused on Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology, earning Masters degrees from The George Washington University and the University of Maryland, respectively. While at the University of Maryland she with youth and families and educational opportunity programs. Her focus was to understand the psychological factors that contributed to student achievement and create programs to meed students at their point of need. Working at Pre-College Programs at the University of Maryland as the Research Coordinator started her off in the direction of educational outreach and she now works with the Zuckerman Institute at Columbia University as the Public Programs Manager where she continues that work. Additionally, she has a deep love and appreciation for baking and culinary arts and created an online bakery called Born and Bread. She specializes in premium home-style desserts and supplies desserts for other commercial businesses. She has been able to combine her love of baking and educational and enrichment based programming during the pandemic by developing mindful baking classes with a good friend who is a mindfulness consultant for teacher and student leadership and wellness.

    Katharine Zaleski (She/Her)
    Katharine Zaleski (She/Her)
    CoFounder and President at PowerToFly
    I'm the Co-Founder and President of PowerToFly, the largest platform companies use to engage women in tech, digital, sales and marketing. I love working with Fortune 50 enterprises to fast-growing startups that are adapting to be more inclusive and diverse. At PowerToFly, we've honed two distinct work streams to build diverse pipelines of underrepresented women in tech, sales, digital and marketing that are creating measurable results for talent acquisition leaders to show their C suites. From events that garner lead lists of mid to senior women in tech to media campaigns for sales roles, we're unlocking how to build truly diverse hiring pipelines. Thanks to the methods we've pioneered at PowerToFly, I was also named as one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business. I frequently write and contribute to The New York Times, Quartz, Business Insider, Fortune and Forbes on how companies can solve their diversity hiring challenges. I also blog frequently at https://blog.powertofly.com/. Before I decided to cofound PowerToFly to tackle gender disparity, I was in media, where I started my career as the sixth employee of the Huffington Post. I left in November 2009 to take a role at The Washington Post as Executive Producer and Head of Digital News Products. Before co-founding PowerToFly, I was the Founding Managing Editor of NowThis.