Free Keynote Lecture: Intentional Empathy by Cecelia Nelson-Hurt
Empathy is our ability to put ourselves in the shoes of others and to understand what another person is experiencing. Remarks will focus on the role intentional empathy plays in fostering an environment that is inclusive for all.
Today’s environment is the most diverse in history, whether it is in terms of different geographies, ethnicity, religion, culture, gender, sexual orientation or even perspectives. The creative, fiber community is no exception. More than ever before crafters have the expectation that fiber events, industry publications, local yarn shops and guilds will create an environment where individuals feel a sense of support and belonging.
Cecilia Nelson-Hurt is a proud Afro Latina who was taught to crochet as a child by her Grandma Sophie. She learned to knit many years later by calling on a combination of books and the friendly assistance of her local yarn shop owner. Known to many in the fiber community as ‘Creative Ceci’ she is a global knitting and crochet enthusiast.
In her day job as a Diversity & Inclusion practitioner, Cecilia Nelson-Hurt has more than 15 years of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion experience. Currently, Cecilia serves as the Assistant Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at L’Oréal USA, where she is responsible for shaping diversity efforts through innovative initiatives that underscore the company’s commitment to creating an equal opportunity workplace. Cecilia is also responsible for the curriculum development and facilitation of all L’Oréal USA Diversity & Inclusion trainings, having trained more than 15,000 employees to date. Cecilia was introduced to the fiber arts by her maternal grandmother, who taught her how to crochet when she was very young. Cecilia later taught herself to knit and has been an avid knitter for more than 20 years. Combining her love for knitting and travel, Cecilia travels the world and visits yarn shops wherever she goes. To date, she and her “Yarn Husband” Jerome have visited more than 100 shops in the United States and abroad.