Twanna Hines

• Award-winning sex educator & healthy relationships advocate for the #MeToo & #TimesUp era

Twanna A. Hines, M.S. is an award-winning sexual health educator, healthy relationships advocate, and entrepreneur. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Sirius, CBC (Canadian National Radio), Paris Première (French Television) and in documentary films. She has written for many magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Time Out, Mashable, Fast Company andThe Huffington Post. She has been interviewed by outlets from coast to coast, from the San Francisco Chronicle to The New York Times.

Twanna has been called a gifted storyteller by The Washington Post. She speaks at colleges, conferences, nonprofits and other events, including 92Y Tribeca, South by Southwest (SXSW), MoCADA, Museum of Sex, and Create Good. Harvard University, Wellesley College, Northwestern University, and others have brought her to their students to talk about respect and communication.

From the bedroom to the boardroom, Twanna is a fierce advocate for healthy interpersonal relationships. She is Chief Relationships Expert at FUNKY BROWN CHICK, Inc., a creative social enterprise that produces artistic projects to spread sexual and reproductive health education through storytelling and the arts.

Having lived in New York City, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, The Hague, and Washington, D.C., she is fluent in Dutch and English. [📁 Twanna's Press Kit]

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Social Change: Living in a World Where No One Will have to Say “Me Too"

Twanna is actively building a world free of sexual violence and shame. She gives you the tools to increase teamwork, safety, and communication — whether in personal relationships or workplaces. Drawing from her experiences as an award-winning sex educator, she takes you to the front lines of anti violence education. Twanna trains audiences how to de-escalate tensions, fighting, and arguing as inspires all to increase the amount of joy in their daily lives. The Washington Post calls her “cheerful, spirited, and charming.” Strive to live in a world where no one will have to say “me too.” Invite Twanna to speak at your next event.

Note: This talk can be tailored to different groups and adapted to various formats — including, but not limited to, keynote speeches, virtual presentations, half-day workshops, three-day workshops, and panel discussions.

Understand Gender in All Places and Spaces. You’ve Got This!

The recent United States Supreme Court ruling bans LGBTQ discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or transgender status. To create more inclusive workplaces and campuses, and to decrease the likelihood of getting sued, organizations are adjusting their workplace policies and practices. In 60 minutes or less, Twanna will train your group how to navigate the new cultural landscape, which common pitfalls to avoid, and how to understand the intricacies of gender pronouns, gender expression, gender identity, sexual practices, and more. Avoid feeling overwhelmed or behind the curve when it comes to gender? Bring in Twanna.

Note: This talk can be tailored to different groups and adapted to various formats — including, but not limited to, keynote speeches, virtual presentations, half-day workshops, three-day workshops, and panel discussions.

TRUTH TO POWER: USE YOUR VOICE TO NAVIGATE CONFLICT, CULTURE & COMMUNICATION

From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo, organizations are joining activists in demanding a world without injustice. Twannna has more than 20 years of experience in cultural communications, with a particular expertise in addressing topics often considered sensitive or taboo. She will teach you how to authentically speak truth to power in storytelling and digital media. Given speaking up may trigger immediate, public — and, sometimes, negative — responses on social media or news outlets, she shares tips and best practices for building rapid response strategies. She will teach you how to effectively craft and deliver powerful messages that can help create a better world for everyone.

Note: This talk can be tailored to different groups and adapted to various formats — including, but not limited to, keynote speeches, virtual presentations, half-day workshops, three-day workshops, and panel discussions.

SEX, SECURITY, AND SAFETY: SHAPE YOUR POLICIES, SHAPE THE WORLD

As intimate partner violence, sexual abuse, and exploitation are on the rise during COVID-19, many children and adults are trapped at home with their abusers. Twanna helps police departments, municipalities, and other groups counter spikes in domestic violence and child sexual abuse. As an award-winning sexual health educator, for the past 15 years, she has been actively building a world with less sexual violence. She will share with your group her tips, strategies, policy papers, and case studies from around the U.S. and other countries. Work with her to counter violence in your community.

Note: This talk can be tailored to different groups and adapted to various formats — including, but not limited to, keynote speeches, virtual presentations, half-day workshops, three-day workshops, and panel discussions.

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