Pilar Audain is associate director for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Greater Chicago, housed at The Chicago Community Trust. When one asks Audain how she sees herself within the context of the community, she will immediately respond, “I am a mother, a sister…a soldier on the front lines who creates safe spaces for my people to heal.” As a Veteran of the United States Navy where she served as an Operations Specialist on the USS Haleakala and the USS Mount Hood, her love of details, process, systems and strategy led her to the social service aspect of the health/human sciences.
For seven years, Audain worked for the Chicago Department of Public Health/CDC as an Infectious Disease Community Epidemiologist. Desiring to have a more hands on healing impact within the community, the next decade took Audain on a magical journey through entrepreneurship; opening a healing shop featured on ABC7’s 190 North and HGTV which led to her being selected to represent Dove-Unilever in the internationally acclaimed “Real Women, Real Beauty” Campaign.
Her signature Gele, or headwrap, was so inspiring to women across the globe that a movement was formed launching Gele Day, an annual celebration of healing for women of color, which led to the launch of Audain’s Chicago-based non-profit organization, Wrap Your beYOUty Movement (WYBM) in 2015.
Through her agency, Audain served as Chief Planner for the Third World Press 50th Anniversary celebration week pushing literacy in the Black community, working with Haki Madhubuti, Nora Brooks, Cornel West, Sonia Sanchez, Haile Gerima, Maulana Karenga and many members of the original Black Arts Movement. In 2018, Audain served as Operations Director for the Amara Enyia mayoral campaign and appears in the historic Chicago Mayoral Documentary, City So Real.