In Episode 87, Kudakwashe Mushaike, Founder of Below The Surface, shares a brief and powerful talk from Empovia's (formerly Change Catalyst) third Icon Summit hosted by Icon Project Founder and Empovia (formerly Change Catalyst) Co-Founder, Wayne Sutton. In “Finding Freedom Through Vulnerability,” Kudakwashe tells us how authenticity, freedom, and love play a pivotal role in the journey of understanding vulnerability and how leaning into vulnerability can allow us to experience the world around us more fully. Vulnerability is important as we work to be good allies—and as we ask each other for allyship. We’re excited to share this special session with you.
About Kudakwashe Mushaike (he/him)
Kudakwashe Mushaike is a speaker, poet, software engineer, and the Host and Founder of Below The Surface.
Having lost his father at the age of one, Kudakwashe found himself looking to other men to set an example for him. Challenged by the fact that for most men, conversation merely touches the surface and ultimately, their pain and struggles are experienced in silence, he realized that there was work to be done to shift the culture around conversation amongst men.
Below The Surface was birthed from his mission to build stronger, more vulnerable communities of men through conversation and shared experiences.
In tune with his mission, Kudakwashe speaks to men about vulnerability, growth, and mental wellness
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