Talesha Wilson is a native of Louisville, Kentucky who has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to self-awareness, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement.
Living by the motto “Connection before investment,” Talesha strongly believes in connecting with people through shared experiences. She is committed to educating all people, with special attention to children and women and girls of color. Her educational mission is simple: self-awareness, love for oneself, and individual and collective empowerment.
Throughout her collegiate career at the University of Louisville, Talesha participated in several organizations and initiatives that strengthened her knowledge and skills around issues facing women and girls. These programs included Empowering Ladies Together (ELT), which organized on events and discussions focused on women’s empowerment, and the Inclusion and Equity Program, which provided her with the facilitation skills to lead difficult dialogues about diversity and issues of social justice. Additionally, Talesha worked as a LGBT Ambassador for UofL’s LGBT, which allowed her to interact with LGBT and allied students and help them navigate campus life. As a Sexuality and Healthy Relationships coach in the Health Promotions Center, she educated college students about consent and safer sex practices through interactive workshops.
In 2014 Talesha created Diversity At The Table (DATT), a program that bridges the gap between campus and community. Through DATT, she facilitates bi-weekly conversations that encourage community members to examine social issues through the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality.
Since graduating in 2016, Talesha has continued serving her community through volunteer work, speaking engagements and involvement with community organizations like Black Lives Matter Louisville. Her current work is centered around self-love and body positivity. In additional to her current projects, Talesha’s future plans include creating interactive community events that center the needs and experiences of black women and girls, author her first book, and open a community center where women and girls can safely and unapologetically be themselves.