Nov 30 2023


6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Empowerment Collective

Empowerment Collective: Inspired Women, Elevated Conversations.

Join us for an in-person upscale networking and speaking series that highlights the remarkable stories of women who have defied odds, shattered glass ceilings, and triumphed in their personal and professional lives.

Our mission at Empowerment Collective is to provide a dynamic platform where accomplished women can unveil their transformative journeys. In hosting our events, we cultivate a community brimming with inspiration, knowledge-sharing, and meaningful connections—uniting women throughout every stage of their personal and professional evolution.

Experience a series that showcases the compelling stories of two exceptional women trailblazers. With unfiltered dialogue, they delve into the core of their experiences, uncovering the obstacles they overcame, the strategies that led to their victories, and the evolution of their mindset.

Jennifer Pickering, Founder and Executive Director of LEAF Global Arts

Jennifer Pickering founded LEAF Global Arts (LEAF) in 1995 and currently serves as the Co-Executive Director. In her role, Jennifer works to bring LEAF’s mission of “Connecting cultures and creating community through music, arts education, preservation, and experiences” to life locally through LEAF Schools & Streets and globally in 10 countries through LEAF International.

Throughout her LEAF leadership, she has produced 65 signature events, including the well-known LEAF Festival, presented over 20,000 performing artists from 106 countries, and the Cultural Arts programs have served over 85,000 local and global youth. LEAF celebrates its partnership with Buncombe Schools since 2018 and their recognition as a Kennedy Center Partner in Arts Education.

Jennifer’s entrepreneurial spirit has been and continues to be a driving factor behind LEAF’s creation of new pathways and standards for festivals, events, and arts education.




Tarah Singh, Artist, Designer, & Creator

Tarah Singh is a Guyanese American Artist who was raised in Western North Carolina. She is a visionary creative working in any media to communicate with the world around her. She often states words are NOT her medium, but relies on brushstrokes, color, and textures in paintings or sculpture to initiate conversations with her audience.

She is a multi-faceted creator with experience as a designer, stylist, consultant, chef, welder, painter, mother, as well as with her new project, Imprint Artists.

With her dedication to the plight of women globally and the uplifting of the creatives, Tarah strongly believes that artists are historians, creative problem solvers, and experienced curators.



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Mayani is a Maasai boy from longido Arusha. He went to boarding school at 6 years old and lost his Maasai language and tradition. Since joining the LEAF program, he has learned to sing Maasai songs, practiced the ‘jump’ tradition and wear Maasai shukas (traditional clothing). Mayani is extremely happy and is currently teaching other youth the culture.