Let's Talk: A conversation with Ariela Suster and Jamira Burley



Date: February 24, 2021

Time: 9:30–10:30 a.m. Pacific/11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Central/12:30–1:30 p.m. Eastern

Location: Virtual Presentation (access instructions emailed upon registration.)

Contact: Dorsey Breslin
dbreslin@nixonpeabody.com
202-585-8397

Grab a cup of coffee or lunch and join us for a new installment of NP’s Let’s Talk series on Wednesday, February 24, featuring Ariela Suster and Jamira Burley, social entrepreneurs, activists, and co-founders of I Am Here To, a community dedicated to turning personal struggle into a force for good. We’re thrilled to sit down with Ariela and Jamira to hear about their career journeys and the life experiences that led them to where they are today.

Speakers

  • Ariela Suster, Founder/Creative Director, Sequence Collection
  • Jamira Burley, Head of Youth Engagement and Skills, Global Business Coalition for Education
  • Rachel Winkler, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP (Moderator)

About Ariela:
Ariela Suster is an inspiring speaker, activist, and award-winning social entrepreneur of SEQUENCE, a handcrafted accessories company that employs young men and women who are vulnerable to gang recruitment in El Salvador. Born and raised in El Salvador, she saw firsthand the harrowing effects of war during a period that included the kidnapping of her brother, military invasions, shootings in her home, and car bombs in her neighborhood. After college in the United States, she moved to New York and forged a name for herself in the fashion industry, holding senior editorial and stylist positions at Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky, and Instyle Magazine. Driven by her personal mission to combat the violence that had once affected her family in El Salvador, SEQUENCE was born in 2011. In addition to creating employment opportunities for youth, particularly young men, in the most violent communities, she also developed support programs that focus on her employees’ personal and professional development, forever breaking the cycle of violence in their communities. SEQUENCE has collaborated with industry leaders including Microsoft, MAC Cosmetics, Universal Pictures, Bank of America, Deloitte, and Vital Voices. Ariela is a Fellow with the Aspen Institute’s Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI), a recipient of the 2018 DVF Award by designer and activist Diane von Furstenberg, and recipient of the 2017 Economic Empowerment Award by Vital Voices. In 2021, Ariela co-founded I Am Here To.

About Jamira:
Recognized by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change and a Forbes Under 30 Honoree in Law and Policy, Jamira has made it her mission to employ her personal experiences as the driving force to improve the lives of others. She implemented anti-violence programs throughout the City of Philadelphia when she was just a high school student, and spoke and facilitated training in over 23 countries as an appointee to the United Nations Global Education First Initiative, Youth Advocacy Group. Jamira’s ardor for personal and social advancement is undeniable. She leads with substantial expertise on issues related to social justice, civic participation, human rights, youth, and philanthropy. In 2018, Jamira was the first United States citizen awarded the Global Leadership Award for Vital Voices and selected as an MIT Media Lab Fellow. Today, she works as a next-gen social impact consultant and Head of Youth Engagement and Skills for the Global Business Coalition for Education. Before the Global Business Coalition for Education, Jamira was the National Deputy Millennial Vote Director for Hillary for America, and a former manager at Amnesty International USA overseeing the U.S. justice portfolios addressing gun violence, police accountability, and criminal justice reform. In 2021, Jamira co-founded I Am Here To.

About “Let’s Talk!”
NP’s “Let’s Talk!” series showcases dynamic female leaders across all industries by inviting them to speak about their career journey and path to leadership—their ups and downs and key moments that made an impact on their lives and careers.

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