thrive schedule

Saturday, November 5th // 10am — 7pm 

Location: The Shed Co

Calle Hermosilla, 48  Madrid, Spain 


What Can You Expect? 

THRIVE will be a day curated with diverse learning opportunities to help you live your best life, no matter where you are in the world. The full schedule will be announced soon but here are some of the topics that you can expect to see in panels, workshops and conversations. 

full schedule


10AM - 11AM (PATIO)

Registration, Networking, Breakfast

Welcome Message from the LMDES Team


11AM- 12PM


Sala Fenix

From Idea to Income: How To Start A Purposeful Business

Lead by Kay Fabella

Sala Ciervo


Sala Richmond

Identity and Female Leadership in The Arts

Lead by Erin Corine

12PM - 1PM


Sala Fenix 

PANEL: Engaging with Activism and Politics Abroad

Ryan Turner of Democrats Abroad, Fiona Govan of The Local Spain, Nicola Angela of Nicole Angela Travel and Taste 

Sala Ciervo

Honing Creativity Through Travel

Lead by Alyssa Aparicio of Flash The Abyss

Sala Richmond

Black Women In Art + Illustration — An Interactive Workshop

Lead by Lydia MBA

1PM - 2PM


Sala Fenix

PANEL: Entrepreneurship in Spain 

Ryan Day, Founder of Toast Cafe, Roll Madrid, Palma Brew, Slow Mex and Toast Tavern / Kay Fabella, Communications Strategist + Story Teller 


Sala Ciervo 

Self-Care for Women of Color

Lead by Judy M. Ford

Sala Richmond 

Taking The Leap: Making The Most of Living Abroad In Your 30's

Lead by Christina Haywood of Wonder Wander

2PM - 4PM

Lunch Break and Networking Opportunities 

4PM - 5PM


Sala Fenix

PANEL: Navigating Blackness in Spain (SPANISH)

Artist and Illustrator Lydia MBA, Alejandra Ntutumu of PotoPoto, Belinda Ntutumu of AfroMurcia

Sala Ciervo

Instagram + Authenticity: How To Grow an Engaged Community

Lead by Wesley Muchimwe of Much Bites Madrid

Sala Richmond 

Office Life In Spain: Contracts, Conditions and Culture

Lead by Stacey Taylor of Spain Guru and La Guiri Habla

5PM - 6PM


Sala Fenix

Self-Love and Representation Online

Lead by Nia of FroGirl Ginny

Sala Ciervo 

Learning Spanish Through Immersion

Lead by Mar Rodriguez of Escuela Entrelenguas

Sala Richmond 

Choose Your Own Adventure: Achieving Spanish Residency

Lead by Cat Gaa and Hayley Salvo of Como Consulting

6PM - 7PM


Sala Fenix

PANEL: Long Term Expat Life — Truths and Tips

Nicole Pearson of Nicole Angela Taste and Travel, Stacey Taylor of Spain Guru, Cat Gaa of Sunshine and Siestas, Ryan Turner of Democrats Abroad...

Sala Ciervo

Black Masculinity and Creative Exploration

Lead by Charles Synder

Sala Richmond 

Cultural Immersion Through The Kitchen

Lead by Corey Chancellor of Tapas Translated

7PM — Closing Remarks


9PM — Post Conference Networking Event (Details TBA)