Babes Helpin' Babes is a workplace diversity consulting firm focused on addressing, discussing, and solving issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the creative industry.
In this 90-minute workshop, we will discuss the unique experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the creative industry, learn best practices when it comes to practicing allyship, and discuss what allyship looks like within our companies.
The goal is to leave this meeting with a clear foundation and shared vocabulary around how to be effective allies to BIPOC while providing a safe space to build community and ask vulnerable questions.
**Masks are strongly encouraged for this event.**
Abby Kallenbach is a creative and workplace diversity consultant here in Kansas City, Missouri and the founder of Babes Helpin’ Babes. Abby started BHB as an employee resource group for the women of Signal Theory and, after three years of growing the group internally, she decided to leave Signal Theory to work on BHB full-time. Today, Abby works to bring DEI classes, coaching, and consulting to companies who are looking to challenge their culture and hire, promote, and retain diverse talent.
Edwing Mendez is a freelance designer, art director, and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) consultant based in Kansas City, MO. His six years of experience in advertising and marketing have led him to advocate for a more diverse creative industry. He is currently serving as Chair of DEI for AigaKC and he’s been working with BHB since August of 2021.
William Sandiford is currently working as a Designer at AfterPay and as a DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) consultant with BHB. He started his DEI journey with a nonprofit based in St. Louis called Cultural Leadership which educates high school students to be the next generation of activists and change-makers. William has experience speaking on the 2020 AAF KC Juneteenth panel and has launched a handful of educational initiatives such as a monthly DEI newsletter, panel discussions, and open forums in addition to consulting with C-suite executives.
Maddy Best is a first-generation Vietnamese American designer. Born on the east
coast but raised in the Midwest, she currently spends her days in the Kansas City area. Her current role as Lead Designer at Propaganda3 gives her the freedom to work as a
multidisciplinary designer with a focus on accessible and inclusive digital products. Her passion for DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) goes beyond her day job, which is why you’ll often find Maddy doing design work for Babes Helpin’ Babes or supporting the group at classes and events. In her free time, you can find Maddy knitting, reading, listening to the same emo playlist on repeat, and playing video games.