Leona Maple (she/her) is a South Asian queer intersectional feminist and diversity consultant. She is all about making space for her fellow BIMPOC (Black, Indigenous, Mixed, and People of Color) folx and queer folx, through building communities and streamed shows aimed at growth in these marginalized communities, as well as through consulting work.
Leona’s first brush with intersectional feminism was in a Facebook group, where other women of color educated each other on important concepts to reduce each other’s emotional labour. Since then, she has eagerly researched and read countless articles on intersectionality, including works by bell hooks, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and WEB DuBois.
Leona’s passion for building safe spaces for BIMPOC and similarly marginalized communities stems from experiencing the healing effects of these spaces herself, in a BIMPOC only group that would meet in person in a private room. Having an opportunity to let your guard down as a woman of color is incredibly rare. Now, Leona actively seeks out people of color – and questions when this community is missing from a space. She is most proud of building a thriving BIMPOC community with Welcome To The Party, where Leona is a community discord moderator.
In addition to her experience in inclusion and diversity, Leona also has a communications background. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Communications in 2019. Her degree gave her opportunities to examine the crossroads of intersectionality, feminism, and communications. She has worked with magazines, marketing teams, nonprofits, and small businesses on a wide array of things – press releases, marketing, event management, social media marketing, consulting, writing, and publishing.
As a member of her local South Asian community, Leona is intimately familiar with South Asian diaspora’s cultural behaviours, Hinduism, Indian history and culture, and much more.
Leona’s passion is working with clients on intersectionality and diversity, particularly in the TTRPG community. Her wide array of prior experience means that Leona is able to advise in a variety of ways. She is available for one-on-one consultations, consultations on community building, making an organisation, setting, or TTRPG game more inclusive, and more. Leona’s rate for all of her work is $50 CAD per hour and is happy to work with you to figure out where she can best assist your project to help it blossom.
For the same rate, she is also available for sensitivity readings, and can provide advice to all clients both in person and over video calls.
She always welcomes questions, if you have any!
Where You Can Find Leona
Leona runs Vibrant, Visible, Victorious, an all BIMPOC oneshot series on Welcome To The Party’s Twitch channel on Saturdays at 8:30 PM ET. She can also be found there for A Storm of Four – A D&D Princes of the Apocalypse module on Friday nights at 9 PM ET.
If you would like to get in touch, Leona can most easily be found in the Welcome To The Party Discord, or on her Twitter.
Praise For Maple Consulting
@TheLeonaMaple was incredibly professional and I would recommend her for your diversity facilitation needs any day.https://twitter.com/TwokNikk/status/1199678953247645696?s=20
Just finished a sensitivity check on some of my artwork with @TheLeonaMaple. Trust me, you want her checking your work. Personable, professional and affordable. Couldn’t ask for more. Hire her to keep yourself from getting dragged for not doing your research.https://twitter.com/aaron_radney/status/1227389831140888576?s=20
Just finished a great chat with @TheLeonaMaple about a project I am working on. An absolutely brilliant experience, it was full of wonderful ideas to help with representation and inclusivity! Can’t wait to work with her more. More on the project coming soon!https://twitter.com/Finn_AugustArch/status/1230565844607885313?s=20