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Sisterhood Soirée

  • Calabash Tea 1847 7th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

This isn’t your normal networking meet-up. We don’t care where you work or what you do, we’re here for true connections.

Join The Melanin Collective and our special guest, Cristina Garcia, for Summer Soirée: a new kind of networking sisterhood rooted in our collective power.

White supremacy banks on women of color working against each other. In our separateness, our power is diminished. At Summer Soirée, The Melanin Collective is crafting intentional meet-ups where you can not only spotlight what you bring to the table, but meet, partner, and build relationships with other women of color with like-minded missions and purposes. This isn’t about name-dropping or “what do you do”-contests: Summer Soirée is about growing our collective power, one network at a time.  

On Friday, June 21 st, join The Melanin Collective and our special guest, Cristina Garcia, for some tea and conversation. Let’s come together to build a sisterhood of women building empires, organizing in our communities, remaking ourselves and supporting each other’s growth.

In collaboration with She Grows We Grow

We’re honored to hold space with Cristina Garcia, founder of She Grows We Grow, a community platform that helps connect, engage, and inspire women of color to define their identity, assert their voice and harness their individual and collective power. Cristina is a Woman’s Advocate, TEDx Speaker, and a fierce voice on issues of social justice and equality.


Calabash Tea & Tonic
1847 7th St NW, (SHAW METRO)
Washington, DC 20001

Location is wheelchair accessible.


Del amor no se come.” - Old Salvadoran proverb that means “you can’t live off love." Everything we do takes time, energy, and resources from something else. With that, we ask for $5 to save your spot to join us. We all have to be equally invested in the struggle but if paying $5 would be a financial burden, please indicate that when you RSVP. We’re working towards being accessible and providing everyone with an equal opportunity to join us.

This event centers the experiences of women of color and people with disabilities and seeks to be inclusive to trans, two-spirit, queer, and non-binary folks. Have questions? Check out our FAQ’s.

Special Guests

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Cristina Garcia

Cristina Garcia is an advocate for underrepresented communities and has a 10+ year track record in the nonprofit sector working on educational campaigns, program development, and policy advocacy. Her work has been largely focused at the intersection of immigrant justice and women’s rights. She has worked with diverse communities ensuring that underrepresented voices are represented in our democracy. Cristina has spoken on issues of equal representation of women, violence against women, migration, and immigrant inclusion at the national and international levels. Cristina has conducted workshops and served on panels for events and conferences around the country. She has appeared on several media outlets. Additionally, she has been able to leverage social media towards having a broader impact around fundraising, events, and national campaigns.

For many years, Cristina dreamed of starting an initiative that focused on girls and women, highlighting and discussing unique needs and challenges of women of color that are very often missing from the world of personal development. Important issues like focusing on who we are at our core and truest self, defining our own identity as defined by ourselves and not societal or mainstream standards, and using our inner resilience and cultural capital by going inward. By defining our own identity and elevating our stories we lead with our unique voice, stay rooted, and truly own our power. She Grows We Grow is born out of a passion for women to own all of who we are unapologetically and revolutionize the way we use our power individually and collectively.

Cristina is the granddaughter of Bracero migrant workers, and the daughter of Mexican immigrants. She holds Master’s degree from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University.

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Doris Quintanilla

Executive Director, Co-Founder, The Melanin Collective

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