We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracie Jae and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracie, what matters most to you?
The work I do in the world centers on authentic, grace-filled conversations. It matters to me that humans interact with each other in a way that honors each other’s lived experience and recognizing their own biases along the way. I noticed, mostly through failed relationships, that the cornerstone to healthy relationships is conversations. It seems like a simple solution, but it is often the simplest solution that we overlook. It is my fundamental belief that if conversations can heal our close personal relationships, they can also heal our larger systemic issues.
What should our readers know about your business?
The Quiet Rebel incrementally and organically shifts the status quo using conversations, laced with love, as instruments for change. Our primary work in the world is curating space for grace-filled, authentic conversations around difficult subjects. Beginning in February 2020, before the world shut down and then cracked open, we have been focusing the lion share of our work on discussing race and culture centered on lived experiences. Our first 100 Voices: Women’s Dinner Dialogue on Race and Culture took place on February 29,2020. At the time, we thought we would offer this event annually for Houston. We had no idea that this event would open the door to continued conversations in communities and organizations throughout the country. Since that first event, we have invited over 700 participants into this conversation. We are grateful for previous participants who see value in our work and extend invitations for further interaction. In the first quarter of 2021, we look forward to bringing The Voices Project to two local high schools that are teaming together to provide their students with an experiential learning opportunity; additionally, we will curate a Voices conversation for the Saybrook University community. The Quiet Rebel, LLC can customize a virtual Voices experience for groups as small as six and as large as several hundred. We can guide you through our process, or serve as a conversation strategist – assisting you in creating the conversation that will most serve your organization.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The people who know me best, know that I have a motto of #feedthehappy. Often, that looks like finding the best food to satisfy a current craving. Sometimes, though, it means checking in with your heart to understand what it really desires in the moment. Silence and solitude are important parts of my life, so most mornings I walk along Brays Bayou. I also frequent the Historic Freedman’s Town Labyrinth. You cannot come to Houston and not have the breakfast klub and Crumbville at least once. I also love breakfast tacos from Brothers and Tex-Mex from El Tiempo. In pre-COVID days, I would have likely also recommended a few spots for Happy Hour, but now we stay in and keep the party safe.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There is a tribe of women who have rallied behind me and my work. I don’t want to call names for fear that I will inadvertently leave someone out.
B/W image and photo in pink shirt – Thomas Phoenix II In-person group images – Stacia Frank