Be Present, Inc.’s roots are traced to nationally recognized trainer and social change activist Lillie P. Allen’s groundbreaking Black & Female: What is the Reality?® Workshop at the First National Conference on Black Women’s Health Issues held in 1983 in Atlanta, GA. In 1988, a group of African-American women trained by Ms. Allen as self-help group facilitators invited white women and other women of color activists to participate in Sisters & Allies®, an 18-month leadership training project. This initiative formed the foundation for Be Present, Inc., which incorporated as a non-profit in 1992. Men and boys began participating in trainings in 1996; and as of November 2008 are part of Be Present Inc.’s organizing and governance structures – our Regional Organizing Core Groups and National Board of Directors. This decision completes Be Present Inc.’s vision to include all people in all aspects of the organization.
We are a diverse network of people willing to risk being different with one another, our families, communities, workplaces and organizations.
We are committed to a process that builds personal and community well-being on the strength of self-knowledge rather than on the distress of oppression.
Because we believe that enduring progressive change begins with and is sustained by persistent personal growth, we bring to people a model for personal and organizational effectiveness which replaces silence with information, assumptions with a diversity of insights, and powerlessness with a sense of personal responsibility.