Break the Silence Speaker Series: Me Too Movement Founder Tarana Burke

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Break the Silence Speaker Series: Me Too Movement Founder Tarana Burke

March 14, 2019

Networking and cocktails: 5:00 PM-5:45 PM
Program begins: 6:00 PM
VIP Champagne reception immediately following

Renaissance Asheville Hotel

31 Woodfin Street

Asheville, NC 28801


$35 – individual

$10 – student

$100 – VIP Champagne Reception

VIP ticket holders receive special benefits and will have an opportunity to meet Tarana Burke at the reception! Enjoy a special entrance at the Renaissance Hotel, VIP check-in, VIP entrance to the Conference Center, and preferred seating for the program. Immediately following the program, please join us for the VIP Champagne Reception on the 12th floor of the Renaissance Hotel, in the newly remodeled Top of the Plaza event space, with a stunning view of Asheville at night. The VIP Champagne Reception is a catered event by the chef of the Renaissance Hotel, featuring passed hors d’oeuvres both savory and sweet, music, champagne and wine. Mix and mingle with friends, reflect on the evening, and meet Tarana Burke!

$25/10 – group rate

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About Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke started a revolution in 2006 when she first used the phrase Me Too in reference to her own sexual assault. More than 10 years later the Me Too Movement transformed into the viral #MeToo hashtag. Tarana was named a 2017 Time Magazine Person of the Year for her role in breaking the silence around sexual violence. The #metoo hashtag campaign has generated more than 13 million Facebook posts and tweets, emerging as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Tarana Burke began ‘me too’ with young black women and girls from low wealth communities. She developed culturally informed curriculum to discuss sexual violence within the black community and in society at large. Similarly, the ‘me too’ movement seeks to support folks working within their communities to attend to the specific needs of their community/communities, i.e. supporting disabled trans survivors of color working to lead and craft events/toolkits/etc. with other disabled trans survivors. Tarana works under the banner of the movement, which is housed at the Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity organization, where she serves as senior director.

For more information about Tarana Burke and the Me Too Movement, go to Click here to read more in the Mountain Xpress about the March 14 event.

Get inspired!

Hear more about the Me Too Movement from Tarana Burke herself:

Tarana Burke in the New York Times

Tarana Burke’s TED Talk

Tarana Burke on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Tarana Burke in New York Magazine video

Plan Your Visit

Visiting Asheville for the Break the Silence Speaker Series? Stay with our partners at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. Book now for a special Break the Silence Speaker Series room rate!

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We are grateful to our sponsors! Please joining us in thanking them by clicking on each logo to visit their websites and learn more. Thank you to our community for its support of this event!

Presenting Sponsors ($10,000)



Champagne Reception Sponsor ($7,500)

We are still seeking a sponsor for our VIP Champagne Reception. Add your name to our list of sponsors! Click here for more information about sponsorship.


Champion of Hope ($5,000)


Anonymous Donor


Silence Breaker ($2,500)








Patricia Robertson and Curry First

Custom ($1,500)

Advocate ($1,000)



Jennie Eblen

Yolanda and Gary Parker

Cynthia Yancey


Custom ($500)



Special Thanks To:

Partner with us to support Our VOICE! Click here for sponsorship opportunities and to download the sponsorship packet.

For more information, contact Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt at 828-252-0562 ext. 102 or email