My name is Ryann Richardson. I'm a former tech executive, an Uber alum, and these days, a social entrepreneur and Miss Black America. You can read my full bio here.
2019 was a transformational year for me. I turned 30, left a bad job, founded a new startup, and spent six months traveling the country as a keynote speaker talking with groups of mostly women and people of color about life and lessons learned as an underrepresented minority, a leader in tech, and as Miss Black America.
Perhaps the most significant message I carried with me on tour was the product of facing one of my greatest obstacles and is my challenge to marginalized people everywhere, "Take Up Space". My story, of shrinking and muting myself to survive environments in which I wasn't welcomed, resonated with audiences across America because, ultimately, it was their story as well. I've learned to deliberately Take Up Space and made it my mission to empower more of us to do the same.
If you haven't heard the story yet, you can check it out in the video below.
The TAKE UP SPACE MVMT
I welcome you to the next evolution of a passion project-turned-social action campaign. This is the TAKE UP SPACE MVMT. Together, we'll curate our own content platform, resource hub, and branded boutique to unify advocacy work and inspiring stories being shared by members of our community all around the world.
Here, we commit to affirming the right of marginalized populations (people of color, women, LGBTQ persons, and those living with disabilities) to exist wholly and unapologetically in any environment.
We commit to extending support, education, and solidarity.
We commit to empowering our members to TAKE UP SPACE in their professional, personal, and civic lives.
We commit to creating our own culture of inclusion.
WANT TO JOIN THE MVMT?
Share your ideas and expertise with the community
The TAKE UP SPACE MVMT is comprised of passionate advocates like you and me. And our content platform and resource hub is a reflection of our lived experiences.
We're all experts in something valuable. Here, we can all leverage our hard-earned wisdom to empower other members of our community.
Join us by contributing your voice as a MVMT Leader. Write thought-provoking and inspiring pieces that challenge and equip our members of our community to boldly move out of the margins and to TAKE UP SPACE.