How might we create a kinder, more inclusive world?

How might we rid our workplaces, schools, and communities of all of the bullying, violence, and divisiveness?

Those are the questions Mallory Whitfield sets out to answer when she takes the stage.

Mallory Whitfield is a diversity & inclusion keynote speaker who brings plenty of energy and fun to her role. Drawing on decades of experience on stage, she empowers audiences to rediscover their authentic voice, be more compassionate to themselves, and more inclusive of others.

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"Mallory is a dynamic, fascinating storyteller who inspires deep thought."

Dr. Frances Lucas, 2019 President of National Speakers Association, New Orleans Chapter

Mallory has decades of experience performing on stages of all shapes and sizes, across the United States. She has participated in extensive speaking, acting, and performance training with Heroic Public Speaking, The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, and The New Orleans Drag Workshop, to name a few. (Fun fact: she was one of the first professional "faux" drag queens to perform on Bourbon Street!)

Mallory also has 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur and in digital marketing & communications. As Director of Marketing at the New Orleans tech company LookFar, she spearheaded the expansion of the 3rd & 4th annual Ada Lovelace Awards, which honors women in technology from across the Gulf South region. She also curates and publishes LookFar’s Southern Startup Report, a twice-monthly newsletter covering the latest tech startup happenings in the American Southeast.

In July 2019, she wrote, performed & produced the world premiere of her one-person show about diversity & inclusion, which offers a sequin-filled, entertaining perspective on how we can spread joy, hope, and allyship for a kinder, more inclusive world. This performance offers empowering alternatives, delivered in an entertaining show that's part stand-up, part TEDx Talk, part puppet show, part dance party and all fun.

 
 

She produced and hosted the Badass Creatives podcast, which featured interviews with a diverse range of artists, makers, and creative entrepreneurs. In 2016, she was honored to be included in Gambit’s 40 Under 40, which salutes the brightest innovators, artists, and professionals in New Orleans.

As Featured In…

Mallory has been featured in numerous tv appearances, podcasts, books, and print publications, including BUST Magazine, WWL-TV, Forbes, VICE, Gambit Weekly, Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM, The Times-Picayune, and many more.

 

more fun facts…

  • Mallory got her start as an entrepreneur selling her handmade clothing and accessories at craft shows. She later wrote a book about what she learned during 10+ years of selling at craft shows.

  • She won 3rd place in Etsy’s nationwide Upcycling Contest in 2007 for an outfit she made using FEMA blue tarp leftover from Hurricane Katrina.

  • She's performed in Mardi Gras parades and at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience as part of Noisician Coalition, an eclectic marching band comprised of homemade musical "noise" instruments.

  • She was once one of the subjects of a documentary for French public television about Carnival and Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

  • She's also been a member of the 501st Legion, an international fan-based organization dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate Star Wars costumes.