Hope Lehman

Founder and Chief Creative Officer
Fresh to Def Collective

Hope Lehman is a passionate social entrepreneur with 9 years experience in the non-profit, small business, and tech diversity sector. She is committed to creating a world grounded in equity through entrepreneurship, technology, and art. She is the founder of two companies in Oakland entitled Fresh to Def Collective and Just BE. Fresh to Def is a social justice accessories and business coaching enterprise that focuses on honoring women of color and inspiring social change. Just BE is a Black Women entrepreneurship community that creates safe virtual and face to face spaces for Black Women to grow their businesses.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Step Up, Lift Up: Women of Color Closing the Pay and Wealth Gap through Entrepreneurship

“I am a woman / fem of color, working job after job feeling unfulfilled, isolated, silenced, underpaid, and down right exhausted. Sound familiar? Black and Latina women experience a persistent wealth and pay gap despite college degrees + marriage. Nearly half of all Black and Latina women have zero or negative wealth in the United States. One solution cited to address this systemic economic inequality is to increase resources for women of color to start their own businesses. It turns out that Black and Latina women are the fastest growing business owners in the country. Are you an aspiring or established WOC entrepreneur? Join Fresh to Def Collective and Standing in Our Power (SiOP) to learn how to step into or grow your entrepreneurial spirit to turn your passion into a sustainable business that has you and your community’s back. In this session you will learn how to step into your vision, challenge your limiting beliefs, and set up a social enterprise one step at a time. This workshop is ideal for aspiring and established women of color, fem, AFAB trans and gender non-conforming identified peoples. Each participant will leave with a free digital copy of the Fresh to Def Business Handbook and SiOP Affirmations Guide.

Speakers: Hope Lehman, Taij Moteelall