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About US

Black Girls Gather, equips Black women graduates and entrepreneurs with the tools, strategies, and networks they need to realize their full potential We inspire our participants to become active agents in their own lives and successes.

Our programming provides participants with the tools, resources, and networks they need to turn their side hustles into successful start-ups and small businesses. We help our participants create a sustainable business model that can flourish and make an impact.

Get to Know Us

Black Girls Gather creates meaningful change in the community by encouraging and fostering entrepreneurship, business, and financial literacy among young, Black women entrepreneurs in Canada, specifically, the Atlantic Region.


Join Our Journey

Our exploration of entrepreneurship is based on the Nguzo Saba Principles. Namely, Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujamaa (cooperative economics) and Ujima (collective work and responsibility).

Principles and Values

All of our programming through Black Girls Gather is guided by the following principles and values:

Inclusion and Diversity

We believe that diversity is important, and we recruit, welcome, and respect individuals from diverse backgrounds, needs, abilities and identities.

Safe and Supportive

We provide space for everyone to take intentional risks and put themselves in their stretch zone to encourage learning.

Meaningful Contribution

We support participants in making a meaningful contribution to others and their communities.

Appreciative Approach 

We use a strengths-based approach that honours and builds upon the skills, talents, and resources that individuals and communities have.

Experiential Learning

We provide opportunities for participants and ourselves to learn and improve by practicing, experimenting, and playing.

Relationships and Partnerships

We believe that we go far when we go together.

If you’d like more information about our programs, get in touch today.

Our Team

Shakira Weatherdon

Founder and Lead

Shakira is a respected trainer with experience in sexualized violence, equity and inclusion. She provides subject matter expertise and leads the implementation of equity-related programs and services. She is also the founder of Black Girls Gather. 
Her passions include supporting organizations to create safer, more welcoming, and inclusive environments and cultivating Black Girl Magic and Black Boy Joy. 
Shakira received her MA in Gender and Peacebuilding from the United Nations mandated University for Peace and her Honors Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Development Studies from the University of Toronto.


YAA Kumah

Program Coordinator

Yaa was born and raised in Ghana and recently graduated from Cape Breton University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and Women & Gender studies.


While completing her degree, she gained experience by working, volunteering, and participating in two internships at a financial institution and on campus. Through this, she gained marketing, peer facilitation and administrative support skills.   


Yaa aims to support black women to improve their status in the community, by creating safe spaces for them to learn and grow to their best potential.

Outside of work, Yaa enjoys travelling, dancing, and exploring different cuisines from all over the globe.

Bridge Builders

Our Bridge Builders (aka advisory committee) are Black women leaders in their communities and who are committed to knowledge sharing and leveraging their relationships to advance the mission of Black Girls Gather. 


K-Lee Fraser (she/her)

K-Lee Fraser is from the community of East Preston, Nova Scotia. She is currently the Language Studies and Sociology Liaison Librarian at the University of Toronto Scarborough Library. As an early career librarian, she supports the teaching, learning, and research of the university community. Her research examines equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility, library anxiety, and sociolinguistics within academic librarianship. 

Liesl Mulholland CITP©/FIBP© is an International Trade Development Consultant and Entrepreneur with over fifteen years practical expertise in business, entrepreneurship, trade in services, and trade facilitation. Liesl is originally from the Caribbean, born and raised in Guyana before moving to Barbados with her family when she was 9 years old. She considers both Guyana and Barbados her home and continues to do work in these markets and the wider Caribbean.

Throughout her career, Liesl has developed, organised and led more than thirty (30) trade missions to countries in the Americas, Africa and the Caribbean. Her sector focus has been Professional Services, including the Creative Industries.


Liesl Mulholland (she/her)


Monica Njoku (she/her)

Monica is an inclusion, marketing, and project management professional with a zest for life. She helps organizations and groups tell their stories through digital marketing, community projects, and storytelling. After ten years of working across Canada on Olympic fundraisers, provincial health initiatives, and youth conferences, Monica moved to California to work for the University of San Francisco and pursue her dream of working internationally. Respected for her expertise as an engagement professional, Monica is a trusted leader and expert relationship builder skilled in working with marginalized communities. In her spare time, you can find her eating, thrift shopping, or cycling around the city.

Michelle is a career advisor at Dalhousie University and has been supporting Black Girls Gather since 2018.  Michelle works to empower students and mentees to discover their passions and develop their strengths to define and achieve successes.  As a previous program manager, Michelle supported Black high school and post-secondary students interested in seeking careers in health through the power of mentorship and experiential learning opportunities.  Michelle is a community volunteer, advocate for elimination of inequities, and believer in the power of mentorship.


Michelle Patrick (Treasurer)


Karen Mutyabule (she/her)

Karen has experience in facilitation, program development and program implementation. She believes in the importance of spaces that center black women and give them the skills and tools for success. Her educational background is in Commerce and Philosophy for her undergraduate degree and a post graduate certification in Public Policy and Management. 

During her light moments, Karen enjoys thought-provoking conversations, photography, painting and travelling.

Chanae Parsons is indigenous to the historical Black Heritage community of Lucasville and a loving mother to her son Cairo. She holds a Bachelors of Social Work degree from Dalhousie University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Adult Education with St. Francis Xavier University.

Chanae is an active member of the Nova Scotia Association of Black Social Workers, as well as, a co-founder of the community based organization ACCE (Arts, Community, Culture, Economics) where she provides support to a wide range of African Nova Scotians in vulnerable positions.

Chanae prioritizes youth led initiatives and is committed to ensuring that Black youth, specifically our young Black girls and/or women, see themselves reflected in leadership roles. She is both passionate and experienced working with diverse populations in areas of research, youth leadership, and program development to drive community growth.


Chanae Parsons (she/her)

If you’d like more information about our programs, get in touch today.

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