The People's Supper is the brainchild of Faith Matters Network, The Dinner Party, and Hollaback!. Our conversations began long before Election Day about a need we each felt within and across our organizations, and the opportunity each of us had to serve it.
- Faith Matters Network: A people of color led collective working to equip 21st century faith leaders with the tools to build healthy, equitable communities.
- The Dinner Party: A community of mostly 20- and 30-somethings working to turn loss from a conversation-stopper into a conversation-starter, and to transform our most isolating experiences into sources of meaningful connection and forward movement.
- Hollaback!: A movement to end harassment in public spaces, both online and in the streets.
Rev. Jennifer Bailey
Faith Matters Network
Jennifer is an ordained minister, public theologian, and emerging leader in multi-faith movement for justice. Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress, she is the Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network, a new interfaith community equipping faith leaders to challenge structural inequality in their communities. Jennifer is an Ashoka Fellow and Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow having earned degrees from Tufts University and Vanderbilt University Divinity School where she was awarded the Wilbur F. Tillett Prize for accomplishments in the study of theology. She writes regularly for a number of publications including Sojourners and the Huffington Post. Her first book, tentatively titled Confessions of a #Millennial #Minister is currently under contract with Chalice Press. Rev. Bailey is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
The Dinner Party
Lennon is the daughter of a middle class working mom, who taught her and her brother they could be anything they wanted to be, provided they were passionate about it; a woman who grew up poor on a tobacco farm in eastern North Carolina, and reminded them that the line between their world and one of endemic poverty was thin. She’s the product of a stepfather who worked in the arts and later raising money for quality foster homes throughout the state, and who modeled his values through daily deed. She’s the product of a Republican father who runs a sandwich shop, who taught her how to fish and how to articulate why she believes what she believes. She’s also a sister and a Tar Heel and a lover of North Carolina barbecue (vinegar-based, of course), and the co-founder and Executive Director of The Dinner Party. She has written for CNN, YES!, Forbes, Open Democracy, EdWeek, and Fast Company. She is an Ashoka Fellow and an Aspen Ideas Scholar, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.
Emily is an international leader in the anti-harassment movement. In 2005, at the age of 24, she co-founded Hollaback! in Brooklyn. In 2010 she became its first full-time executive director. Emily has won 11 awards for her work and been featured in over 200 news media outlets including People Magazine, the New York Times, and NPR. Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University, a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics, and is a Prime Movers Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow.
Micky ScottBey Jones
Faith Matters Network
Micky – the Justice Doula – is a womanist contemplative activist, healer, nonviolent direct action organizer and consultant who facilitates conferences, workshops, pilgrimages, retreats and online conversations. She writes & speaks on a variety of topics including healing justice, communal self-care, contemplative activism, intersectionality and theology from the margins. Micky has an M.A. in Intercultural Studies and is an Associate Fellow of Racial Justice with Evangelicals for Social Action. She is the Director of Healing Justice at Faith Matters Network and an activist-in-residence at Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, TN. Micky was named one of the Black Christian leaders changing the world in Huffington Post. You can interact with her work and collaborations at www.mickyscottbeyjones.com
Faith Matters Network
Margaret is a faith-rooted organizer who anchors her work in relationship, imagination, and the unique places and histories that form us. She has experience bringing faith communities together for economic, racial, and immigrant justice in Nashville and Philadelphia, including with the PICO Network-affiliated group POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild), the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and Nashville Community Defense. In the process of seeking ordination in the United Church of Christ, Margaret finds her ministry in the sacred work of supporting others to become leaders and create the communities they dream of. She holds a special commitment to activating fellow white people to take action against racism in ways that are accountable to movements led by people of color and grounded in personal work to disrupt white supremacy from within. Hailing originally from the Northeast, Margaret is now living in and learning from the South as she pursues a Master's of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School. She keeps singing and laughing at all costs.
The dinner Party
K serves as the Community Manager for The People's Supper. An avid journaler and self proclaimed master of the cupid shuffle, K, (yes, just the letter), sees herself as made for life around the table. The table has been the space where she has learned what it means to be human, and where she has seen profound connections made between the most unlikely people. Driven by a conviction that people should have consistent space where they are welcomed in, K launched an open community meal in her hometown a few years ago that continues today. Her love of people has led her to a number of different work spaces, including addressing sex trafficking with She Has a Name in Columbus, Ohio, living as a fraternity house director in Atlanta, Georgia, and working as a chaplain in a maximum security prison. She first heard about the dinner party at a conference in Princeton, New Jersey, and has never looked back! K is currently working towards her Masters in Divinity in Washington, DC.
LaWanda is the Founder and President of Sustainable Outcomes, LLC, a coaching, business consulting, leadership development, and healing arts organization. Her background as a Ph.D. scientist, business leader in a Fortune 100 company, and Master Somatic Leadership Coach has uniquely shaped LaWanda’s professional career. She combines her expertise in executive management, biomedical sciences, traumatic stress studies, somatics/holistic practices, and action-oriented communication skills to help individuals and organizations to make long-lasting, sustainable differences in the world. Her areas of business expertise include: Executive Management; Regulatory Compliance; Strategic Planning; Operational Excellence; Talent Management; Employee Engagement/Empowerment; Diversity & Inclusion; Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (Social & Environmental). LaWanda has a B.A. in Chemistry and Biology from Talladega College and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Pathology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also holds numerous certifications and is currently a MBA Candidate (2018). She is the recipient of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association’s 2014 Rising Star Award in recognition of her exemplary leadership.
Nicole is an undergraduate student at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she is studying ‘Female Narrative’: The intersections of gender, storytelling, and sociology. While at Gallatin, Nicole has had the privilege of learning about social justice from many amazing change-makers and educators. She was able to spend a semester facilitating art workshops with the youth incarcerated on Rikers Island in Lyrics on Lockdown taught by Piper Anderson; this is also where she gained her love for facilitation and a deeper understanding of storytelling as the heart of justice. Nicole incorporates her interests in social justice and gender equality into her career as a movement artist, storyteller, and professional dancer for JKing Dance Company, Nadine Bommer Dance Company, and in projects at the 92nd street Y.