See Jane Do is excited to bring you phenomenal women experts at Passion into Action™ 2014 and to introduce you to partners who will be bringing their stories not only to PIA but to webinars, online conferences, tele-seminars and events throughout the year.
Meet our Passion into Action 2014 Keynote Speakers!
Azure Antoinette: Called “the Maya Angelou of the Millennial generation”, Azure Antoinette is a poet, spoken word artist, freelance photographer, and youth and arts advocate whose performance poetry explores the ways social media is reshaping humanity. In 2011, she founded an arts-in-education program that provides custom workshops to excite and educate teen girls on how spoken word, performance poetry, and social media can make an impact on the world. For this project and many others, she was included in Forbes‘s 100 Most Powerful Women in the World issue in 2012 and was featured in a special section titled “Women Helping Women.”
Azure Antoinette is in high demand as a poet, arts-in-education consultant, speaker and workshop facilitator on youth poetic expression and creative writing as catharsis. She has been commissioned to write for Maria Shriver, Beats By Dr. Dre, Girl Scouts of America, The Documentary Group, California Arts Council, the late Lt. Colonel Lee Archer (Tuskegee Airman), American Cancer Society’s benefit Art 4 Life and many more. and Azure Antoinette recently with ABC Family developing new programming around the subject of teen voices and expression.
Antoinette is the creator of STUDIO:alchemy, an arts-in-education organization, operating curriculum in New York, Iowa and Los Angeles. Additionally, Azure established Aalchemik Press – an independent publishing house for poetry and narrative literary work in 2011.
Azure believes that we should all strive to do what we love for a living, she can be found living by a quote that she penned in 2010 – “Take it moment by moment, sometimes a day is too much.”
Azure Antoinette is a published author of 3 titles, BitterSweet, Commissioned, Comissioned:the Back Story and an upcoming title For the Sake of Brevity.
Katie Sabira Rubin: Katie toured her first comedic solo show, “Insides OUT!”, to venues across the country for 8 years. “Insides OUT!” received a nine week Equity production at The Sacramento Theater Company in March and April of 2006. It also had a 4 week run at Equity Theater, Foothill Theater Company in Nevada City. The show has toured to over 100 events and venues.
Ms. Rubin’s second solo show, “Amazing and Sage,” was commssioned by Capital Stage Theater Company (capstage.org).
Her third solo endeavor, “My Spiritual Death, a Comedy Show!” is currently touring the country, and her fourth show, “Everything, All at Once!” is on commission with The Cell Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (See the calendar page of this site for tour dates.)
Katie began her career as a Solo Show Performer at Amherst College with her first original piece, “PartyBoobyTrap.” Her second play, “Avoiding Less Blue,” was produced through the 2000 New York Fringe Festival. Additionally she was commissione by the UC Davis Department of Health to write two original plays.
Katie earned her MFA in Acting from UC Davis in 2005, and her BA in Theater and Dance at Amherst College.
She has studied classical, jazz, and musical theater vocal techniques for 15 years.
In New York, she studied acting at The Wynn Handman Studios at Carnegie Hall. In Los Angeles, she studied The Viewpoints and Suzuki Actor Training with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company.
Ms. Rubin’s most recent writing credits include the completion of an original 10 person play for Capital Stage’s annul fundraising event, and two plays commissioned by the Health Education Department at UC Davis.
Update: Due to a recent death in her family Meredith will not be able to join us this weekend. Our deepest condolences to Meredith and her family. Ashley Kuske of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls will be participating in her place.
Meredith Walker began her television career with Nickelodeon’s NICK NEWS. During her time there, the show won the Peabody Award as well as several Emmys. Working her way up to senior producer, Meredith traveled to all 50 states to interview kids who had interesting stories to tell. This would become the foundation for her deepening interest in the lives of young people. Next, she served as head of the Talent Department at the iconic Saturday Night Live, where she met her best friend, Amy Poehler.
Now living in Austin, Meredith offers her time as a mentor at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, gives speeches on how you can be a “smart girl” no matter your age or place in life, and devotes lots of her time and talent to what has become her passion: directing the organization she co-created with Amy Poehler, “Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.” It is a groundbreaking way to use the internet to inspire, encourage, and celebrate the lives of young women. In addition, Meredith leads the Smart Girls camps and workshops.
Ashley Kuske is a writer & comedian based out of Austin, Texas. As a child, she moved over 26 times and lived in four states. After settling in Minnesota, she graduated from The University of Minnesota, Duluth with B.F.A. in Theatre. She then moved to New York City, where she spent three years studying and performing improv at The Upright Citizens Brigade. Now living in Austin, Texas,
she is Director of Social Media/Marketing for Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. Her other passions include giving improv workshops to Smart Girls of all ages, telling elaborate stories about her life as a 6′ 3″ tall woman, and listening to the sweet sound of Ira Glass on the radio. Check out her website: www.ashleykuske.com
Passion into Action Former Speakers
MARTHA BECK-Psychology Today, USA Today, and NPR have all referred to Martha Beck as “one of the best-known life coaches in America.” She is a columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine, has been a contributing editor for Real Simple, Redbook, and Mademoiselle, and has written for many other national magazines. She appears frequently as an expert on “life design,” on programs such as Good Morning America and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Having earned a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard, Beck taught social science and business at undergraduate and graduate levels, at Harvard and the American Graduate School of International Management.
Beck’s books include New York Times bestsellers Finding Your Own North Star and Expecting Adam. She published The Four Day Win in 2007 which explores the relationship between creating the right life, eliminating self-sabotaging behavior, and staying physically healthy from the brain outward. Her book, Steering by Starlight: Find Your Right Life No Matter What!, was released in April 2008.
GLORIA FELDT is the bestselling author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power; a teen mom and high school dropout from rural Texas who became a successful CEO and movement leader; an acclaimed expert on women, power, and authentic leadership; and an inspiring keynote speaker who motivates with heart and humor and provides practical “Power Tools” for life and leadership.
People magazine calls her the “voice of experience.” Gloria’s expertise in women, power and leadership comes from a deep well of personal knowledge gained on the frontlines. Her journey from teen mom to president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to best-selling author inspires both men and women. Named by Vanity Fair as one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers” and Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” she’s helped pave the way for women today.
Follow her on twitter @GloriaFeldt; connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.
FRANCES MOORE LAPPE’ is the author or co-author of 18 books including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. Her most recent work, released by Nation Books in September 2011, is EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want, winner of a silver medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Environment/Ecology/Nature category. Jane Goodall called the book “powerful and inspiring. “Ecomind will open your eyes and change your thinking. I want everyone to read it,” she said. She is the cofounder of three organizations, including Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education seeking to bring democracy to life, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances and her daughter have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide.
Frances appears frequently as a public speaker and on radio, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and Alternet. Articles featuring or written by Frances have also appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Harper’s, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, People, and more.
HOLLY NEAR is a unique combination of entertainer, teacher, and activist. An immense vocal talent, Near’s career as a singer has been defined by an unwillingness to separate her passion for music from her passion for human dignity. She is a skilled performer and an outspoken ambassador for peace who brings to the stage an integration of world consciousness, spiritual discovery, and theatricality.
Near’s participation crosses over many cultures and countries. Some samples of her work in the last few years include:
• One of the “1000 Women for Peace” nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005
• Joined Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, Sally Fields, Christine Lahti, and noted Mexican performers in Juarez, Mexico to protest the uninvestigated killing of hundreds of young women
• Participated in a two-day discussion with Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Harry Belafonte, and Pete Seeger that focused on political song, responsible citizenship and the effect that protest music has had on public policy
• Has received numerous awards including honors from the A.C.L.U., the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, Ms. Magazine (Woman of the Year), the Legends of Women’s Music Award, and Impact Fund
Near’s portrait hangs at The Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio along with those of other social change artists including Paul Robeson, Marion Anderson, Pete Seeger, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, and Woody Guthrie.
SISTA MONICA PARKER dubbed, “the lioness of the blues,” has performed with huge music industry stars including Indie Arie and BB King and is well on her own way to establishing a highly noted place in the blues and gospel genres. She has released nine CDs which include “Soul Blues & Ballads,” “Sweet Inspirations,” “Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down,” and “People Love the Blues.”
The Blues babe’s list of awards has been growing and includes a 2012 Blues Music Award nomination for “Best Soul Blues Female Artist” by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee. She was awarded “Artist of the Year Award” for all of Santa Cruz County, in California for both her talents and community service in which she spearheaded a Tsunami Relief Benefit Concert that raised thousands. In 2002 she received the “Artist of the Year Award” at the 17th Annual Monterey Bay Blues Festivalwhich joins her to the ranks of the legendary Buddy Guy, BB King and Etta James in receiving this prestigious award. Most recently with a placement on the Fox Television network’s hit show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” Sista Monica has proved that she’s a force to be reckoned with.
She is a captivating and dynamic performer, speaker and producer. Today, Sista Monica is one of the most admired women on the international festival music scene.
JENSINE (Yen-See Nah) LARSEN is a social media expert, international journalist, and recognized leader in the movement for global women’s empowerment. At age 28 she founded World Pulse – an action media network bringing women a global voice– after working as a freelance journalist covering indigenous movements and ethnic cleansing in South America and Southeast Asia.
Today 40,000 women in over 185 countries are connecting through World Pulse and producing a multiplier effect of change. Women previously unknown by the global public are having their stories picked up from World Pulse by the BBC, PBS, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, the UN, and the Huffington Post and beyond. In addition, by networking through World Pulse’s website grassroots women leaders are finding job opportunities, starting new programs and businesses, launching women’s cybercafés, and finding international speaking opportunities that are changing their lives and lifting their communities.
With her finger on the pulse of women’s voices globally, Jensine is increasingly sought after for inspirational keynotes, current affairs lectures and radio programs and has appeared on NPR and PBS and presented keynotes and panels at TED, Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship, Bioneers Global, Digital Earth, WebVisions, Women in Technology International, the Women’s Funding Network, and the Conference on World Affairs, to name a few.
Jensine has been recognized with several leadership awards including being honored as a contemporary woman spiritual leader by the Auburn Seminary with a “Lives of Commitment Award”following in the footsteps of Alice Walker and Jane Goodall. In addition, she was selected as a“Woman Who Inspires” by Donna Karan alongside such luminaries as Susan Sarandan, Fatima Bhutto, and Uma Thurman. Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney has selected Jensine as one of six “Next Generation Changemakers” under 40 in 2011.
OSPREY ORIELLE LAKE, MA, is the Founder/President of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus where she is working nationally and internationally with grassroots leaders, policy-makers, business people, and scientists to promote resilient communities, foster a post-carbon energy future, while also addressing societal transformation. She is an international advocate for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and has traveled to five continents studying ancient and modern cultures while making presentations at international conferences and universities. Her book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature (White Cloud Press) won a 2011 Nautilus Book Award.
LISA KIVIRIST is a social and business entrepreneur, an author, and a leader in the growing rural renaissance and sustainable living movement. She is the co-founder of the Rural Renaissance Network, which provides educational resources and information to individuals, families and communities wishing to support more ecologically mindful and socially responsible living in rural communities.
She is the author of Kiss Off Corporate America: A Young Professional’s Guide to Independence (Andrews McMeel) and co-author, with her husband John Ivanko, of three books, Rural Renaissance: Renewing the Quest for the Good Life, Ecopreneuring: Putting Purpose and the Planet Before Profits, and Farmstead Chef.
Kivirist and her husband are innkeepers, organic growers, and partners in a contemporary approach to homesteading, conservation and sustainable living. She is a Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, an advocate for women in sustainable agriculture, and director of the Rural Women’s Project for the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service.
CHI YVONNE LEINA works as a freelance reporter for television, radio, and various newspapers in Cameroon. She currently specializes in covering the health and religion beats. Prior to going freelance, Chi spent four years as a reporter/on-air presenter at Equinoxe Television, Cameroon’s leading private TV and radio channel. In addition she has served as editor of the environmental magazine Cameroon Birdline and a World Pulse Correspondent.
Emma’s revolution is the duo of award-winning activist musicians, Pat Humphries and Sandy O. Called “Inspiring, gusty and rockin’”, the duo is celebrating the release of their third cd, “Revolutions Per Minute”, an electrifying soundscape of “rousing and soulful” songs of social conscience, in settings from intimate acoustic to full-on funk. Grand Prize winners in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the duo’s songs create new standards in the art of social justice. Their songs “Peace, Salaam, Shalom” & “Keep on Moving Forward” are sung around the world, and their music has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Pacifica’s “Democracy Now!”
In 2010, See Jane Do organized the first ever sold out Passion into Action Women’s Conference and expanded the event in 2011 to include an extremely well received Teen program. Former keynote speakers include Gloria Feldt, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Nina Simons, Kathy LeMay, Tiffany Dufu, and Linda Tarr Whelan.
April 29-30, 2011 • BeInspired, Be Motivated, Be Moved
“Be the kind of woman who, upon getting up in the morning, places her feet upon the ground and the Devil says, ‘Oh crap. She’s up!’” ~Kathy LeMay
It began to the beat of one drum as over 250 women joined together at the 2nd Annual Passion Into Action™ Women’s Conference in Grass Valley, CA. From the moving performance by the Feather River Singers, to opening up with Nina Simons, crying & laughing with Kathy LeMay, being authentic and ready to lead with Tiffany Dufu, bringing women into circle with Jean Shinoda Bolen plus 17 amazing presenters, we are forever changed by this experience & thank each of you who participated in the event.
Nina Simons’ passion for cultivating women’s leadership and enhancing the planet is contagious and inspiring. She did an incredible job of engaging the participants and providing a safe space for them
to open up and share. We so appreciate her ability to listen, her honesty and her sincerity.
Kathy LeMay wowed us with her presentation. We especially loved how she engaged the participants through her personal stories, out-of-the box thinking and sense of humor. She has redefined philanthropy and how we can utilize our passion to be of service to each other. While she has raised over $500 Million dollars for organizations she reminds us that giving to the greater good doesn’t require millions.
Tiffany Dufu, new President of The White House Project is striving to train 8,000 women to take the lead in the United States and there is no doubt that she will achieve that goal! We especially appreciated her attention to authenticity and action in her presentation. It was such an honor to include Tiffany and two of her incredible team members, Liz Johnson and Nevada Littlewolf in the Passion Into Action line-up. Liz and Nevada were extremely inspired and moved by the energy, enthusiasm, and passion of the attendees.
2011 Passion Into Action Workshops included 4 tracks — Defining You, Taking Care of You, Green Living, The Value of You, Leading Your Life.
Defining You: From Fear into Freedom-Riding the Waves of the Seven C’s – Kathleen McIntire; Tapping into Your Passion – Patt Lind-Kyle; Telling Your Story: How to Write a Powerful Memoir – Linda Joy Myers
Taking Care of You: How to Kick Ass Without Kicking Your Own Ass- Shawn Tuttle; Fitness Made Simple: Three Steps to a Healthier You- Carole Carson; The Possibility of Relationship: Creating Relationships That Call You to Rise! – Sonica Tinker
Green Living: Upcycle Your Life – Jessica Reeder & Amber Clisura; Uniting & Igniting Communities Around Green Issues – Kim Stravers; Plate to Politics- The White House Project with Elizabeth Johnson and Nevada Littlewolf
The Value of You: The Girlcott: 5 Strategies for How Women Can Change the World in 2011 – Stacy Malkan; Raising Money in Rural Communities – The White House Project with Elizabeth Johnson and Nevada Littlewolf: Navigating a Path to a Car
eer in Public Service- A Roadmap for Creating Social Impact- Alexis Schroeder and Jeanne Dasaro of New Prosperity Initiative
Leading Your Life: Blueprint for Change: The White House Project with Elizabeth Johnson and Nevada Littlewolf; Exquisite Sufficiency: Source Your Passion and Move to Effortless Action- Jennifer Cohen of Seven Stones Leadership, Everything Begins with One Step: Discover the Power of Commitment- Chameli Ardagh