Andreena Leeanne is a leading self-care workshop facilitator and lived experience speaker, formerly named as the 2018 Black History Month Role Model winner. Sharing her personal experiences of sexual abuse, mental health, LGBTQ and homelessness, Andreena is a highly sought after diversity and inclusion speaker for events, covering topics of personal LGBT+ experience, the importance of self-care and identity.
Having experienced great adversity throughout her life, Andreena authored Charred: A Survivor Speaks Her Truth To Inspire. Writing about her personal experiences with sexual abuse, mental health, LGBTQ identity and homelessness, Andreena hopes that speaking out will help others who are struggling. Sharing over 40 years of lived experiences, Andreena is also a Trustee of Action Breaks Silence charity and a Violence Against Women & Girls Advocate. Andreena is also a self-care writing workshop facilitator, using her passion for writing to help reduce stress and decrease absence rates within corporate settings.
Harnessing creativity as her therapy, Andreena coped with the isolation of being a Black member of the LGBT+ community by creating poetry to voice her challenges. Andreena has since founded Adult Survivors Open Mic and established the Poetry LGBT Open Mic Night, safe places for individuals to share their creative talents. Highly commended for her work in diversity and inclusion, Andreena has been shortlisted for the 2021 Positive LGBT Role Model at the National Diversity Awards.
Passionate about spreading love, Andreena is now booked as a diversity and inclusion speaker to inspire audiences worldwide to voice their truths. Speaking candidly about her own experiences, from sexual abuse and LGBT+ identity to homelessness and mental illness, Andreena creates safe spaces for individuals of all walks of life to share their problems and overcome personal barriers. When looking for a speaker who champions diversity, inclusion and equity, look no further than Andreena Leeanne.
“Thank you so much Andreena for your talk! It was so encouraging for us to have 95 people across the company engaged and learning from you and I believe it will really help to make our company a more accepting and inclusive work place. So many colleagues have contacted me since to say how brilliant they thought you were, and people loved the videos and the poems – I even had a colleague say he teared up during the Homebound video. You have left us with a real buzz and eagerness to continue educating and to move forward in our journeys. Colleagues have since messaged to say that they were taking everything in and learning, and didn’t feel comfortable asking questions at the end but that they took a lot away from today.”
“It was fantastic having Andreena come into our office a few weeks ago to talk to our staff about her lived experiences, the impact this has had on her mental health, and her journey of writing poetry to help her manage what she’s been through. There was a huge buzz in the office after her talk and it opened up a lot of conversations about mental health and the importance of looking after one another. Overall it was an inspiring, emotional and empowering talk that gave us all something to think about, and we can’t thank Andreena enough for taking the time to come and speak to us!”
“Andreena’s talks went well and were well received and definitely gave lots of discussion with pupils post her talk. It was so important to address the subject and welcome her to Gresham’s and she said she felt very welcome, with everyone being very warm and friendly. Her talk resonated with many of the pupils, and they were delighted to meet her”
“Please pass on my sincere thanks to Andreena for today’s session. It was fantastic! Thanks.”
“Andreena was great to work with, very knowledgeable and personable. We had lots of great feedback from the event as a whole.”
“Please pass on our warm regards and thanks to Andreena, the event was really powerful – covered lots of grounds which is topical for us in force at the moment”
“Thanks again for arranging for Andreena to present a webinar with Sussex Police last week. This was a very powerful and impactful session. I’ve sent Andreena a message of thanks but also wanted you to know how much we enjoyed the input”
“What a great and informative + educational session!!!!!! Loved it!!! Thank you Andreena”
“Thank you for a very inspiring and informative session”
“thank you Andreena such a powerful session I’ve taken a lot from today”
“Hugely enjoyable – I have learnt so much from the videos and you. Thank you for being so open!”
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