Proud to say, Loud made its first Bay Area pit stop in Oakland, CA, convening an intimate group of strong and powerful women who did minimal digging to find themselves in a comfortable and welcoming environment. It's far too common for women - like us here in Loud Oakland, to deeply internalize the insurmountable pressures that tag our day to day - whether it's culturally or ethnically, we stretch ourselves too thin. So when I learned there was a platform to meet other women who just wanna speak their truths to elevate and find common ground, to connect and ultimately uplift, I knew Loud was the agent that would enable a movement that as a brown woman, I've needed for some time now. I can't wait for what is to come.

Lizzy Joelson