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Lilly Workneh is an award-winning storyteller, speaker and strategist who is passionate about creating meaningful and mission-driven media. She spent nearly a decade as a journalist amplifying underrepresented voices and stories in key leadership roles as the first-ever editor-in-chief of Black millennial news platform Blavity News, editor-in-chief of entertainment site Shadow & Act, and senior editor of HuffPost’s Black Voices. 


Lilly, who is a 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, currently serves as the Head of Digital Content at kids media and empowerment company Rebel Girls and is the editor of the popular kid’s book 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic. She is also an accomplished content consultant, helping change-making businesses and brands bloom through strategic storytelling. 


Lilly has spoken to audiences all around the country about a myriad of topics. She is a proud Ethiopian-American who wholeheartedly believes mindfulness and powerful stories can shift perspectives, expand imagination, and deepen understanding, helping to build a better future for all of us.



As an award-winning journalist and leading editor, Lilly has helped to shape the stories from some of your favorite media outlets as well as the writers who create them. She has written captivating cover stories, in-depth features, hard-hitting op-eds and recently edited and authored a children’s book titled 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic.

Lilly is an advocate of inclusive and intentional storytelling. Her writing and editorial work is focused on amplifying underepresented voices, stories and topics with the goal of making media more diverse and reflective of the real world. 


Lilly is a qualified leader and media content strategist who is committed to helping purpose-driven platforms, brands and businesses bloom through meaningful storytelling. She has nearly 10 years of experience growing and connecting to audiences through quality media and has helped to more than triple the web traffic and reach for every platform she has led.

From conceptualization to creation, Lilly loves to think outside of the box to develop creative ideas and discover content solutions to meet and exceed objectives.


Lilly is an experienced and captivating moderator and speaker who has appeared in settings across the country. From interviewing Oprah about her wealth of wisdom at her Santa Barbara home to unpacking the role of race in today’s culture and politics with prominent activists and storytellers, Lilly brings passion, substance, and style to every stage and speaking engagement. She has publicly spoken beside and interviewed stars like Oprah, Spike Lee, Trevor Noah, Issa Rae, Jidenna, and others. Lilly loves to discuss topics like diversity in media, leadership and inclusion, women's empowerment, Black excellence and creativity, the power of storytelling, and more. 

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic, edited by award-winning journalist Lilly Workneh with a foreword by #BlackGirlMagic originator CaShawn Thompson, is dedicated to amplifying and celebrating the stories of Black women and girls from around the world.


It features the work of over 60 Black female and non-binary illustrators; is designed to acknowledge, applaud and amplify the incredible stories of Black women and girls from the past and present; and celebrates Black Girl Magic around the world.​

Amongst the women featured from over 30 countries are tennis player Naomi Osaka, astronaut Jeanette Epps, author Toni Morrison, filmmaker Ava DuVernay; aviator Bessie Coleman, Empress Taytu Betul, journalist Ida B. Wells, and many other inspiring leaders, champions, innovators and creators. 

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"The resilience of Black women rings loudly in these stories and our power shines brightly in the stunning illustrations.


A visual celebration of Black women from around the world, these pages vividly showcase a wide array of contributions and cultures. I’m glad this book exists for a new generation of Black girls."

- Tarana Burke

Founder of the #MeToo Movement


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