Upcoming Events

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Discount Code: Fearless

10:00 am Opening Remarks

Paulaska Ramirez, Founder & Executive Director

10: 15 am Session 1

Maintaining Healthy Relationships While Working Through Your Personal Challenges

with Amina Mostafa & Natalia Claytor

Navigating relationships can be challenging when we try to work through years of baggage and unhealed trauma. In this conversation, we hope to share ways to spot our triggers, develop the tools we need to begin the healing process, and develop healthy relationships.


11:15 am Session 2

Creating Your Fearless Tribe with Tara “Coach T” McCaskill

A strong support system is not only what gets us through the tough times but also encourages and empowers us to be the best version of ourselves. In this conversation, Coach T will share how to build your Fearless Tribe with those that will support you in your journey and not let you settle for anything less than you deserve.


12:15 pm Keynote

Owning My Journey & Strengthening the Woman Within with Azaria Cunningham

Closing Remarks

Clara M. Diaz, Founding Board Member


Keynote Speaker Azaria Cunningham

Azaria Cunningham is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at The Pennsylvania State University. Formerly, she worked as a science teacher in the K-12 public school system for six years. Her Bachelor’s, Master's, and supervisory certification all were earned from William Paterson University of New Jersey. Her undergraduate degree is in K-6 elementary & middle school science education with Integrated Mathematics and Science. She completed her Master's degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Leadership Studies.


Azaria formerly served as the National Holmes Council vice president for the past two years. She has been a part of Holmes since 2015, where she was one of two of the first inaugural Holmes Masters students. At PSU, she has had the pleasure to serve as the College of Education delegate for the Graduate Professional Student Association (GPSA) for two years. She still serves on the President's Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity (CORED). CORED was formed to advise the Office of the President on equity issues at the university. The commission is charged in providing recommendations that will enhance diversity, inclusion, and incorporate PSU's values. Last year, she was the Curriculum Instruction Graduate Student Association president. Also, Azaria is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated. She is a co-host of a podcast named “Coldpress Knowledge,” which airs on Facebook live every 19th of each month. The podcast centers on two Black women in a PWI doctoral program and their life experiences.


Azaria currently works as a research assistant on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant under the direction of her advisor. The project investigates Early Field Experiences for Prospective STEM Teachers: Scaling the University Teaching Experience (UTE) Model. The purpose of the investigation is to gather evidence on whether the UTE model is a better instrument to utilize in developing preservice teachers into high-quality mathematics educators. Azaria in the past has taught middle school science methods course tailored for preservice undergraduates. Azaria’s research interest resides in understanding how pre-service and teacher educators learn from within school contexts through teacher-driven mechanisms such as “real-time” coaching. In addition, she is interested in the ways the learning of these educators is intentionally supported through mentoring and supervision practices.


Natalia Claytor

Natalia Claytor was born and raised in Paterson, NJ. During her high school years, she went to school in San Jose Costa Rica where she learned how to read and write the Spanish language. She returned to New Jersey to get her Bachelors in Science with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Economics from William Paterson University. She has worked in many HR functions for companies like JPMorgan Chase, LeGrand North America, and currently for Meredith Corporation as the HR Director for their Local TV Station in Las Vegas.


Tara "Coach T " McCaskill

Tara McCaskill, “Coach T” is the founder, owner, and operator of TFitness, where “Fitness Isn’t A Race, It’s A Journey.” In 2017, Coach T made the decision that would change her life forever. She is a gastric sleeve bariatric patient losing over 150lbs. While on her journey to become healthier, she discovered so much more. She discovered that she was transitioning into someone who did not mind sharing her journey and story with others. She began giving advice and tips on how one can become better one step at a time.


With the help of her sister, friend, and Pastor Najiyyah Alexandre, Coach T became a Certified Life Coach under the leadership of Dr. Cheryl Hardy, LLC., from this and with the help of an important person and Brand Manager, Sister and Friend, Villo` Fiddler TFitness was birthed!


While on her journey, Coach T has sat alongside some wonderful women. She has served

as a board member for Paterson Task Force for Community Action, Passaic County African American Women, Inc., past and present Chairperson of the Women’s Empowerment Summit, and currently, the organization’s Assistant Recording Secretary. She is also a board member and a past Debutante` Cotillion Chairperson of the Michael G. Rivers Scholarship Foundation. This is a foundation that is instrumental in assisting young women to attend college.


Coach T is a native of Paterson, NJ, graduate from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in African American Studies. She completed her Master of Arts in Human Behavior from Capella University. Coach T has completed the requirements to become a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor, preparing to sit for her exam in 2021.


The Goal for a TFIT Queen is for women working to reach their greatest potential. Although the physical results will be amazing. The real work begins on the inside and that will be your greatest reward.

Fearless Conversations is a Virtual Table Talk on matters that concern and interest first-generation women. It is a safe space to express feelings, experiences, and ideas. Join us and let's talk about it!


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June 2, 2021 at  7pm


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July 7, 2021 at  7pm


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August 4, 2021 at  7pm

Past Events

Fearless Conversations:

  • Breaking Barriers: Navigating Careers & Spaces: As first-generation women, we have a unique experience as we navigate career choices and overall workplace dynamics. Join us as we share our experiences and what we can do to start breaking the glass ceiling. Conversation led by Alma Diaz & Diana Hoffmaster!

  • It's Not You, It's Me: Let's be honest who doesn't have a complicated relationship with money?  The spending, saving, investing, and gifting. But did you know that our relationship with money directly correlates with our upbringing and life experiences? Join us as we explore family roots and our money personality.

  • Progress Not Perfection: Who hasn't been feeling overwhelmed, stuck, and discouraged these past few months? Putting goals on hold and all. Join us and let's talk about it! How can we re-energize, re-calibrate, and get to where we want to be; because you might not be as stuck as you feel!

  • Why do I feel so guilty?: Let's chat about why we as first-generation women feel guilty around success, choosing when to have a family, financial independence, and much more.