Franchesca Ramsey

2018 Session | Authentic Activism: Creating Change from 9-to-5…and Beyond

Whether you work at a startup, a large corporation, or for a small non-profit, turning your personal mission into your purpose at work can lead to great change in your life and in the world. Purpose can be found in any position because it’s not about your job title, it’s about your approach to your work. Anyone can spark change by integrating your mission, authenticity, passion, and giving back into one’s career and life. Online sensation Franchesca Ramsey, will share how she transformed her “viral moment” into a platform for social justice and ultimately became what she describes as an “Accidental Activist”. A panel of pioneers will discuss their personal journey to a forging a life of meaning. They will offer practical tips for driving change–even if you aren’t in charge of policy. We will explore what it means to be an authentic activist; how to create a clear vision, inspire supporters, and persuade decision makers. Read More

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Career Lessons from a YouTube Star

When a video goes viral on YouTube, a lot of luck is involved for sure. But that luck is often in combination with even more hard work.

At least that was the case for Franchesca Ramsey, a video blogger with more than 29 million views on YouTube. When her video “Sh*t That White Girls Say… to Black Girls” went viral in 2012, she had been writing, filming and posting for more than six years—when she wasn’t entering standup comedy contests, trying to get acting auditions or working at her day job in web design. Read More