Oni Durant’s message is, “It doesn’t matter what happened to you, it matters how far you’ve come.” She was born legally blind and didn’t have the easiest beginning, but it informed her world view and drive for excellence.
In her early years she worked at both the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and as a professional MMA fighter and instructor. She founded the first self-defense program for women at that school and the first self-defense class for exotic dancers.
She moved to New Jersey, paid her own way through college, and then built a career as a freelance marketing technology expert frequently seen speaking at events in the northeast of America. Her high-profile list of accomplishments include being a key leader in the simultaneous build and launch of Verizon’s iPhone and LTE Network as well as the initial LTE Android devices.
Today she is an elite project management professional based in Los Angeles and, thanks to surgeries in early 2016, has been given 20/25 vision for the first time. She is the founder of 3 family events which were rooted in inclusiveness of all genders and cultures as well as empowering artists and musicians. Oni is an expert trainer and leader when it comes to building and marketing emotionally-resonant creative communities and businesses from the ground up with minimal or no resources.
She is a sought-after freelance marketing professional and speaker on the topics of Marketing, Crowdfunding, Event Production, and Art/Music/Tech. She excels at teaching and inspiring people from many different backgrounds and experiences, including those who may have experienced hardship in their lives.
Oni has been frequently featured in many places such as CNN, Wired, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and too many print, radio, and TV media mentions to list. She drinks a lot of coffee and believes that either “Escape from New York” or “Big Trouble in Little China” is the best Chick Flick ever. She is currently studying pole and aerial arts as a way to manage her chronic pain.
You can hire her to consult on your project or speak at your event. Contact her to discuss the specifics.
Oni is available for interviews and media appearances. Please direct inquires to Oni Durant at Onezumi@Onezumi.com.