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A Note from Melinda

“Historically, women are seen as naturally disruptive.”

Those are the words of the late Toni Morrison, the immensely talented writer and storyteller who passed away last month.

I quote them here because Toni Morrison has been on my mind lately—and also because this month on Evoke, we’re exploring the theme Disrupt.

A disruption is a radical change. It’s transformative. It rejects the status quo and replaces it with something new, bigger, and bolder.

We often associate disruption with Silicon Valley—but disruptive thinking is everywhere you find people challenging old norms and offering innovative new ideas for making our world better.

That’s exactly what the people we feature this month are doing. I hope you find them as inspiring as I do.
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