So let’s start at the very beginning – Who Are You?
Skye Latimer (she/her)
Purpose – Lightmaker, community, advancement and liberation, joy, dance, marketing, DEI.
Titles – Wife, Mom, Entrepreneur, VP of Innovation at We The People
I help people and organizations tell their story in a more creative, connection-driven way that focuses on representation, and accessibility. I advocate for historically excluded and marginalized communities through work with our local pride organization, our historically Black district, Juneteenth, various restorative justice organizations, women’s civil rights and local political campaigns.
I’m also a social media content creator/influencer, dancer, avid reader and podcast listener.
What makes you dope?
I’m an Enneagram 9, the Peacemaker, so basically my whole existence is thinking outside the box to make sure everyone in my digital and physical spaces feels seen, heard, loved, valued and respected.
Who was your first inspiration and how did you first learn about them?
This is embarrassing – My first inspiration was Ben Carson. I wanted to be a pediatric neonatal brain surgeon and was given his book “Gifted Hands” as a child.
What’s your happy place? Your favorite thing to do to bring yourself joy?
I’m re-focusing on finding that. Motherhood and entrepreneurship has taken that balance from me for a few seasons. One small thing that is consistent and brings me joy is cooking dinner with a glass of wine and music, an audiobook or podcast playing.
Where do you get your energy and motivation?
Community. When I see the fruits of my labor through joy, events, knowledge-sharing etc… on people’s faces. That recharges me and centers me if I’ve strayed from my path.
What does balance mean to you and how do find it?
Balance to me is equal distribution of home responsibilities, parenting and time for self. If either of the first two are too big, then I pull from the reserves of self. Balance is equal parts pour in and pour out.
What sacrifices did you have to make or struggles did you face to get here?
Setting boundaries with my mother, leaving toxic jobs, discrimination, sexual assault, advocating for myself and a very hard labor and delivery. I can talk about anything here. When my therapist did my trauma experience questionnaire I scored off the charts. A+ lol
What is the early advice you didn’t listen to that you wish you had? Or what advice would you give your earlier self?
I wish I could tell/prepare my younger self for white supremacy, cis-, het-, patriarchal standards and the ways it would be engrained in every facet of life. I think I would have been more prepared and experienced far less disappointment to know how steeped power dynamics are in education and professional experiences.
What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from it?
My greatest failure was not once, but TWICE when I tried out for the Oklahoma City Thunder dance team, and both times, no matter what round I got to, I was eliminated after freezing mid-dance.
Dance, joy, love and social media marketing are what come most naturally to me in life. So, with this very public failure, I had to assess the real reasons I wanted to be a Thundergirl. I had to learn that my purpose was not to be seen, dolled up, and performance ready, but to lead, encouraging women from across the state to show up as they are to the safe space we created at the dance studio I later taught at.
This was a long lesson and a journey I’ll never forget. My power was in leading others to slay, werk, breathe, shine, push through, get brave and show up.
What was your proudest moment to date?
BIRTHING A HUMAN
How Can The Community Help You Today?!?!
People can connect with me on social media for marketing, DEI or dance. I’m open for remote full time work and be sure to vote/stay engaged on local elections.
What Are You Currently Conquering?
I’m currently conquering my anxiety about not being productive. I’m in a season of rest, repair and restoration. 2023 has NOTHING in the works lol.
@HeavenlySkyes on IG/TikTok
@HeavenlySkyes_ on Twitter