About the Inspiration: Past Generations of Mothers, Grandmothers and Great-Grandmothers
Telos Training, Inc. is my community passion. I’m passionate about supporting an often overlooked community of grown women pursuing what I call a “3-D Life.” I’m passionate about supporting women’s reclamation efforts of the self, a self often ignored and patronized, often by the very people bemoaning patriarchy. The irony of much of the feminist movement and it’s fight against patriarchy is that often the traditional, powerful work and insight of grown women is discarded, disregarded and viewed with disdain, often by the very beneficiaries of all that power, all that work and all that insight. Just as the irony of much of the civil rights movement and it’s fight against systems of racism is that often the traditional and powerful work along with the much of the amazing insight of women is disregarded, discarded, and viewed with disdain, again often by the very beneficiaries of all that power, all that work and all that insight-again, the ones bemoaning microaggressions.
Objectively speaking, one would be hard-pressed to identify a singular demographic cohort subjected to more disrespect while developing phenomenal and evolutionary coping mechanisms than older black women, the descendents of the original African diaspora to the Americas. Those mechanisms, that strength, that insight, that power…I am committed to the recognition and replication of all that for the good and betterment of an often unconscious and ungrateful humanity-seriously!
I grew up watching my great-grandmother, my two grandmothers, my mother, multiple aunties-plus the grown women friends of those grown women. I married a man whose mother and grandmother were cut from the same grown woman cloth. Telos Training, Inc. basically takes those grown woman skills, insights and powers once shared and transmitted via oral tradition and observation within community, and makes them available across new boundaries. It’s still a fledgling official enterprise…we just received our official 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS in 2011 but the work of Telos Training, Inc. began in earnest in 2005 and its inspiration is ageless.