Kristen McCallum
Kristen McCallum
2018 Harvey Milk Alumnus Award Recipient | The University at Albany - SUNY

As a STORYTELLER, STRATEGIST and FACILITATOR -- I work with individuals, brands & organizations to create more intentional spaces/opportunities for meaningful and actionable connection, impactful collaborations and genuine communication.

By harnessing the power of storytelling and rooting my practice in authenticity, I am able to develop sustainable and scalable programs/practices to enhance lasting and effective engagement.

 
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I am the Founder & Lead Consultant at SafeWordSociety — Launched in early 2017, SafeWordSociety is a small Brooklyn-based consulting company committed to building equity, actionable inclusivity, non-performative access and proactive visibility.

SWS Original Products/Productions

  • The SafeWordSociety Podcast — Launched in 2017, used interviews & discussions with community members to build QTPOC+ cultural competency within the media landscape.

  • The Visibility Packs — launched in February 2018, a discussion-based card game to be adopted as a collective learning & engagement tool that initiates and enhances safe space discourse.

Some Past/Present Clients:

  • Peoplmovr - A communications and engagement strategy practice, centering equity and inclusion in community development and audience engagement.

    • The Mile-Long Opera (Content Development & Public Engagement Consultant)

    • The Public Theater (Public Engagement Consultant)

    • Museum of The City of New York (Committee Consultant)

  • Doreen Pierre - Brooklyn-based Photographer, Videographer, Fashion Blogger, Model

    • Dapperpenniless (Strategy & Content Consultant)

  • Rutgers University - Camden | Office of Diversity & Inclusion

    • Courageous Conversations (LGBTQ History Month Facilitator)

  • Lesbians of Color Symposium (LOCS) Collective , Inc.

    • 2018 Lesbians of Color Symposium (Community Media Outreach Partner)


I have had a working relationship with Kristen McCallum for several years. Day in and day out she continues to be my go-to strategy partner that always helps me take my brand to next level. She knows how to take ideas and make them larger than life. Kristen exhibits the utmost professionalism, confidentiality, and care when it comes to her work. You won’t be disappointed as she will treat your project as her own, putting in the time, effort, and research, to make sure that you’re set up for success.
— Doreen Pierre
 
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FACILITATING | MODERATING | SPEAKING

Shine Bootcamp | Vancouver, BC | 2018

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  Hosting | Red carpet @ Brooklyn Museum for DapperQ NYFW Show - Dress Code

Hosting | Red carpet @ Brooklyn Museum for DapperQ NYFW Show - Dress Code

  Keynote | 2018 Lavender Commencement Celebration at The University at Albany - SUNY

Keynote | 2018 Lavender Commencement Celebration at The University at Albany - SUNY

  Facilitating | Visibility Pack Learning Lab @ Weeksville Heritage Center   Photo by Alanna Fields

Facilitating | Visibility Pack Learning Lab @ Weeksville Heritage Center

Photo by Alanna Fields

  Hosting | The Revival: Women and the Word @ Brooklyn Museum for Target First Saturdays

Hosting | The Revival: Women and the Word @ Brooklyn Museum for Target First Saturdays

  Development | Create. Collaborate. Vybe Workshop Series | Ace Hotel New York

Development | Create. Collaborate. Vybe Workshop Series | Ace Hotel New York


PUBLICATIONS


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“WORD OF MOUTH”

What SafeWordSociety accomplishes and allows for is queer and trans people of color to control their own narratives; to talk about community specifics that are not only relevant but rare in other venues that treat QTPOCs as special interest groups to attend to every once in a while instead of a regular inherent point of focus.
— Trish Bendiz, Managing Editor of INTO
Kristen McCallum has emerged as a voice for QTPOC community through her podcast Safe Word Society an archivist of experiences, the people and the culture. Through her intellect, presence and curiosity she navigates the stories of those underrepresented with deep respect and humility ultimately creating greater visibility. She is a treasure to this community.
— Sontaia Briggs, Youth Advocate
Kristen McCallum has worked tirelessly over the last year to cultivate a brand and a community. The result? The SafeWordSociety, a podcast that’s changing the way queer and trans people of color view themselves, their peers, and their paths to success.
— TM Obscura, Writer

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