“Inclusion is an attitude to consciously be open to ideas that come from outside of our settled ways of thinking or feeling. It’s about making a decision that comes from a place of love, of caring for others.”
This wonderful quote outlines the theme for CreativeMornings Fargo this month: inclusive.
To dive into this theme, CreativeMornings Fargo welcomes Rachel Stone to the stage at 8 a.m. Friday, April 26 at Drekker’s Brewhalla to share her journey on how she discovered her primary purpose of encouraging and empowering others.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Chicago native Rachel Stone moved to Fargo-Moorhead 16 years ago and has been on an adventure ever since. She has been married to Timothy Michael Stone for 21 years, and is the proud mother of 3 teenage sons: Immanuel, Samuel, and Gabriel Stone. Rachel made history when she became the first African-American woman to be crowned Mrs. North Dakota International in 2006. She was a national spokesperson for Sendcaa Headstart, traveling from state to state to share her story. This great opportunity opened up doors for her to pursue her modeling career, but she felt that there was more that she wanted to do. Working with our young girls in Fargo and Moorhead Schools reminded her of her childhood years, and how she had vowed to help others break cycles in their lives. Determined to fulfill her vow of being a big sister and mentor others, Rachel created her own nonprofit called P’s & Q’s Etiquette, which focuses on teaching leadership skills to youth from all walks of life.
Rachel has volunteered at a diverse range of organizations in our community, and also has worked for both Fargo and Moorhead public schools. She is a PK (Pastor’s kid), and has spent over 35 years serving in her church ministry. Rachel credits her success to her parents, Gloria and Paul Shields, who taught her the importance of giving back and helping others grow.
In addition to teaching students leadership and etiquette skills, she is a recording artist, professional model, and cosmetologist. Rachel’s strong faith in God and passion for empowering others is what drives her. She recently ventured out into deep waters, ran a campaign, and is the newly elected Moorhead School Board member. Rachel’s favorite saying is “born for someone else” and she believes that life is about purpose because we all have the power and ability to make things happen.
ABOUT THE THEME:
When different people come into our lives, they bring gifts.
We can blend the best of our wisdom with the best of theirs. We can teach and learn from each other to produce closer circles that foster community and commit to diversity. People who include with intention, raise their hand to do the work of embracing what is unfamiliar.
Inclusion is an attitude to consciously be open to ideas that come from outside of our settled ways of thinking or feeling. It’s about making a decision that comes from a place of love, of caring for others.
When you place inclusivity at the center of how you live, it has great power to heal, elevate new voices, and change the narrative of who belongs. As diversity advocate Vernā Myers once said, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.”
CreativeMornings Fargo takes place every last Friday of the month at Brewhalla and features a different speaker each time. The morning is always full of free coffee from Stumbeanos, pastries from Sugarplum, a make and take, and good conversation with amazing creatives in our community. If you’d like to learn more, you can read the feature we wrote in the Fargo Forum when CreativeMornings Fargo started in the community!
Admission is free, but registration to the event is required. Tickets will be available starting at 10 a.m. Monday, April 22 on www.creativemornings.com/cities/far. We hope to see you there!
All photos are courtesy of CreativeMornings Fargo.