Friday, December 3, 2010
Following the inspirational speech of Mr. Green, the afternoon provided another opportunity to meet another remarkable woman. Linda Villarosa is a journalist, author, editor, and now novelist. For several years, she edited the health pages for The New York Times, working on health coverage for Science Times and for the newspaper at large. She was also the executive editor of Essence magazine -- two different times -- where she wrote or edited a number of award-winning articles. In her speeches and lectures, Villarosa addresses topics including "coming out," HIV/AIDS in the black community, women's health and wellness, LGBT workplace issues, and parenting. Her humor was combined with words of wisdom that really resonated with me - the idea of multiple identities "crashing" into each other at key points in our lives; and how to pick up the pieces, integrate and get whole again.