Valerie Weyland – Purpose in Perth

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Valerie Weyland (formerly Valerie Ogoke) is an explorer at heart, always open to what life may bring. She is a business owner, meditation facilitator, health + wellness coach, and a reiki healer. She is Nigerian-American and was born and raised in Inglewood, California. Currently residing in Perth, Western Australia, she founded Brown Girl Bloom in 2017. Brown Girl Bloom curates safe spaces for women of colour to thrive with a focus on holistic well-being. She is also the co-founder of Ayune Hair, an ethical South East Asian human hair extension business that focuses on celebrating the layers of beauty. Her passion lies in being in complete alignment with her truth, living a purpose-full life, developing soul sister connections, and community empowerment. She is an avid lover of all things spiritual. She believes that there is an abundance of beauty all around us, we simply need to open our heart to truly experience it.

Valerie’s Blaxit Blueprint:

1. Lead from the Front: Whether on or off the court, Valerie’s focus, determination, and skill have enabled her to lead a purpose-filled life. Through the guidance of her mentor, she relocated from California to Perth, Australia.

2. Bloom Where You Are Planted: Valerie’s commitment to championing issues for Black and Brown women, led her to create Brown Girl Bloom, a safe space for women of color with a focus on holistic well-being. She also founded Ayune Hair, a company that produces ethically-sourced human hair extensions.

3. Activist and Advocate: Valerie stayed true to herself beginning her time in Australia by connecting with the Aboriginal population. Through those interactions, she learned about the Stolen Generations. She’s become an activist and advocate for the rights of Aboriginal people and sees similarities between the plight of Aboriginal Australians and the Black Lives Matter Movement in the U.S.

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Chrishan Wright is an award-winning digital marketing expert and creator of Blaxit Global. She is a loving mother to two children, an avid traveler, and an aspiring expat. Since creating Blaxit Global, Chrishan's been featured in The New York Times, Huffpost, PBS, InStyle Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, Travel Noire, and more. Chrishan is the recipient of the "40 Under Forty" award from The Network Journal Magazine. In 2019, Chrishan was recognized for her work on the Advil PM brand with the Gold ARF David Ogilvy Award.

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