Denise Shanté Brown, MA (she/her) is a Holistic Design Strategist + Founding Director of Black Womxn Flourish. As a queer disabled entrepreneur, holistic design strategist and creative healer, Denise brings forth abundant possibilities for wellbeing with Black womxn through collaborative creativity and community-led practices. Her life's work integrates design as a liberatory tool for healing, health, justice and radical imagination. Throughout her design practice which began in 2012, Denise has deepened her experience in creating spaces for communities who are most impacted by systems of health injustice to design pathways for personal and collective wellbeing. Denise manifested Black Womxn Flourish in 2017 after receiving her Master's degree in Social Design and pioneering the first cohort experience of its kind, Design for the Wellbeing of Black Womxn, fall of that year. In 2019, she was invited to be a panelist at Harvard’s Black in Design conference, “Black Futurism: Creating a More Equitable Future” to share her work on creating spaces for wellness and joy. Her process and practice are grounded in design justice and healing justice principles, emergent strategy, nature, womanism, and the feminine economy.
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