25 : The Voice That Empowers People In Color | Kriselle Gabriel

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“Thrive, not survive. Break free from the mentality of survival and not settle with the bare minimum” is what they always say in Empowered In Color. 

Discover a movement where you can identify with people like you, have a safe space to be heard, get the support and the resources to help you become the person you want to be, and not be limited to what other people tell you.

Everyone has a unique story, and a unique perspective and you are no exception to that. If you are someone who feels that systemic oppression is in one way or another hindering what you are able to achieve in this life, listen to this episode.

What we learned from Kriselle in this episode:

  1. Why positive social representation helps people of color to thrive in their own ways
  2. How Kriselle and Empowered In Color get past the challenges they have encountered along the way.
  3. The need to remind people of color that they have options and choices and that there are people who are willing to help them make their dreams happen.
  4. Making resources, connections, and a safe space available for people in color so they can thrive and not just survive.


“Believe in yourself and all that you are; know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.”

“Thrive. Not survive.”

About the Guest:

Kriselle Gabriel is a writer, social entrepreneur, and the Empowered in Color movement founder who made it her mission to provide equity to people of color who want to make a life of their own outside of what people think and say they are or should be. 

The idea grew inside her while growing up in an immigrant neighborhood and realizing how much less privileged other people are inside her community.

She believes that if people of color have a positive representation and are taught entrepreneurship, it can be a powerful vehicle for them to achieve social justice. 


02:06 The lack of representation of people in color that led Kriselle Gabriel to start Empowered In Color 

05:18 The personal and external that made it challenging to produce resources for people of color

07:57 How Empowered In Color managed to take off and now,  working on scaling up.

11:19 Getting professional help instead of doing it alone in order to reach more people and be able to put service first on top of other things.

12:18 Serving people of color in order for them to have a choice in life and just settling with what is available in front of them.

14:09 Operating from a place of diversity and inclusion and understanding that people are complex human beings.

17:34 Kriselle’s advice to people of color looking to start their podcast is “manage their expectations with the legwork involved.”

19:53 Creating a campaign on Kickstarter to crowdfund the early stage of the podcast.

22:33 Encouraging people of color to pursue their career paths of choice through resources and positive representation.

24:45 Kriselle’s advice to anyone who has doubted himself because of what people tell them what they are or should be.

27:34 Kriselle’s advice on how to thrive and not just survive by living and exploring options and choices, and finding the people who are willing to help.

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