founder & Creative Director
Lauren Ash is a multifaceted creative entrepreneur and visionary most-recognized for her leadership prioritizing black women in the wellness and editorial fields. As the Founder and Creative Director of Black Girl In Om, she promotes holistic wellness for women of color through BGIO’s online publication, wellness sessions, podcast, creative agency, and award-winning social media platforms. As co-founder of Lifestyle with Ivory + Ash, Lauren creates inspiring and educational affirmations on lifestyle goods for women of color. And as co-founder of award-winning Party Noire, she celebrates black womanhood through Black Joy centered parties and community gatherings.
Lauren currently sits as an artist-in-residence with Arts and Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. She is also a consultant for women of color led startups and guides group and private yoga and meditation. Her dedication and sustained attention to representing and unapologetically centering black women across all of her projects has garnered the attention of NYLON, Saint Heron, Vice’s i-D, Thoughtfully Magazine, ESSENCE, and many other platforms where she is recognized as a trailblazer and creative to watch. Lauren earned an MA in American Studies from Purdue University and a BA in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas.
morgan h. Walker
Morgan H. Walker is a non-profit professional, brand strategist and freelance event producer living in the Bay Area. Morgan's passion lies in non-profit youth development work in communities of color in conjunction with assisting non-profits, small businesses and creative entrepreneurs build capacity. Morgan most recently founded Make·Do, an event series for black women creative entrepreneurs held in Oakland, California. She joined BGIO two years ago because she believes in the work. Contributing to the success of a team of women of color while working to create space for other women of color is important to her.
Originally born in Washington DC, Chante’ Dyson is now a graduating senior from Rutgers University in New Jersey majoring in Communication and Digital Media. She has followed BGIO for a while now, and was recently drawn to the opportunity to bring her editorial skills that she’s developed in the fashion industry to the wellness space, particularly for women of color. Chante’ is passionate about women’s empowerment and believes that the work of BGIO will positively uplift, inspire, and raise the consciousness of her sisters globally. Her self-care go to is reading nonfiction and self help books. (She also loves exercise and the Headspace app). Something interesting about her is that she got her start in fashion by modeling, and figured out that she could combine this experience with her love for writing, thus leading her to the publishing field.
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Dronile Hiraldo is a New York city born and bred writer with a love for donuts, Michael Jackson and the stories women of color tell. She credits her alma mater, Vassar, for empowering her to explore her identity and take deeper interest in the experiences of women of color and their representation in pop culture. As a senior in college, she accidently fell in love with running, cooking, and horseback riding. Dronile founded the little dominican, her digital culture and lifestyle diario, to share her challenges as a woman of color learning to love her body, eat healthy and become a full-time creative: writer, filmmaker, photographer. As Social Media Intern for Black Girl In Om she hopes to help other women of color discover themselves, re-connect with their passions and love themselves fiercely. Her self-care go-tos include bullet journaling, meditation and hip hop dance classes at Alvin Ailey.
Deun Ivory is a Chicago-based creative entrepreneur most-recognized for her minimalist aesthetic as a photographer + illustrator. As the Art Director for Black Girl in Om + Co-founder of Lifestyle with Ivory + Ash, she cultivates communities and experiences that promote self-care, women empowerment + affirmation for women of color. She is also a visual consultant for small businesses in need of creative direction and branding. Her eye for compelling imagery, authentic story-telling + elegant use of minimalism has garnered the attention of Essence Magazine, Instagram, Vsco + other major brands who've declared her an influencer + an artist to watch.
Teniola Odunsi is a Chicago-based writer, non-profit professional and mama. Her interest in writing, marketing and alternative media have lead her to stints at Jezebel.com and The Chicago Reader and she is currently working on a book of poetry and short prose. She works as the Podcast Coordinator for Black Girl In Om because she believes in the power of the spoken word to connect and empower BGIO’s vibrant online community. Her go-to self-care practices include large cups of herbal tea, elaborate skin care rituals, and volunteering at her son’s school.
Chelcee Johns is a digital nomad, Detroit native, editor/content strategist and word & world-loving soul. She is based between Harlem and Detroit, and recently called Bali home for a year. Her passion for the power of the written word & highlighting often policed narratives has led her to work in publishing for the past 7 years with organizations such as Moguldom Media Group, Serendipity Literary Agency, the New York Times and writing for the likes of Ebony. In a rupturing political climate and blooming social change, BGIO is the place Chelc is able to create a community of safe space in our collective stories as Editor. She is empowered by the (inner)work! With that said, her self-care go to is journaling, prayer and meditation. And something a tad interesting... she's often a performance poet by night & tech nerd.