Yelda and Keshia + Camel Assembly
Meet Yelda Ali and Keshia Hannam, founders of Camel Assembly, a team of diverse female leaders who create actionable content and events. At present, they're working across New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, Los Angeles and Hong Kong on a campaign that brings localized unique approach to gain insight into the global epidemic of mental health.
Why do you do what you do?
People need to believe in their own autonomy to change the world without reliance on outside forces or people. To facilitate this, we create safe spaces and communities to aid in the process of Being Healthy, Learning Something, Acting Now and Sharing Stories.
How do you balance your working relationship and your friendship?
Implementing Camel Assembly culture and embodying it ourselves–abundance, listening deeply, valuing health, and vowing to keeping learning about one another.
Tell us about a failure you're grateful for.
Failures occur when you stop. Setbacks have occurred for us when we focused more on new avenues and less on those which we do really well - particularly those that our audience wanted from us.
Where do you go to get inspired?
Inspiration seems to find us so organically and divinely on a day to day basis; sometimes it takes the form of a very present conversation with a friend and at a more extreme level, we go to the tops of mountains and bottoms of oceans to gain perspective.
When you were kids, what did you each want to be when you grew up?
Keshia wanted to be an explorer and forge new paths.
Yelda wanted to share stories and fight for freedom.
What's the biggest lesson you learned working together?
When to be Obama and when to be Biden.