Passion into Action Workshop Leaders
See Jane Do is honored to present 30 extraordinary women who will inspire us to engage, connect and ignite at the 3rd Annual Passion into Action Women’s Conference. Click here to read more about our workshop leaders and the PIA schedule.
PIA provides workshops, tools and access to experts who are cutting edge in their field to help shift concepts & ideas, into action.
Along with riveting keynotes, Passion into Action™ offers 30 workshops and two optional pre-conference intensives one led by The White House Project, who ignites the leadership of women in business and politics. The second intensive is a hands-on media tools training led by media & entertainment production experts Elisa Kresinger (Pop Culture Pirate) and Jeannine Glista (Biz Kids).
This inspired gathering of hearts and minds creates a space for women to tap into their passions, and through action, make them a reality.
Catherine Gray, The White House Project: Managing Mentors, Sponsors and Feedback Intensive: Personal Branding through Strategic Storytelling
When Catherine was nine years old, in her gym class, all the kids were asked to throw a softball as far as they could. The boys lined up on one end of the field, and the girls were on the other. When Catherine took her turn, she threw the ball past the end of the tape measure. Twice. The teacher marched Catherine and all the girls across the field to finish the class throwing with the boys…. And using the longer tape measure. That day, and ever since then, Catherine has been infiltrating boys clubs, breaking barriers and most importantly, motivating other girls and women to speak up, move up, and fire up.
Based in Minneapolis, MN, she currently serves as Director of Training at The White House Project. As the lead communications trainer for the organization, she has trained or coached more than 2,500 women, Catherine excels as a leader and motivational speaker, always drawing from her rich and varied life as an entrepreneur and innovator, and as an artist and athlete.
In 1998, Catherine attended Minneapolis College of Art and Design, which was a dramatic change after 18 years as an entrepreneur and a business owner in Houston. A screenwriter and filmmaker, Catherine has been the recipient of several awards, including The Barry Morrow Screenwriting Fellowship in 2000 and Jerome Media Arts Grant in 2004. She is an active member of the Screenwriters’ Workshop, Independent Feature Project, Women in Film and Television, and she serves on the board of TVbyGIRLS. Her other honors include being the recipient of a McKnight Fellowship in 2010.
Jeannine Glista: Show Your Story to Tell Your Story- Media techniques for getting your message across
Jeannine Glista is co-creator and Executive Producer of Biz Kid$, a national public TV series that teaches kids about money and business. Biz Kid$ won a Daytime Emmy Award and an Environmental Media Award, and had one of the fastest pickup rates by programmers in the history of American Public Television. Jeannine brings over 20 years of marketing and project management experience in the fields of educational broadcasting, marketing and communications, and web development. During her career she has worked with Fortune 500 companies, government and non-profit organizations, as well as technology startups. Leveraging her MBA with a passion for producing high quality educational media, she effectively combines entertainment and education in a way that appeals to kids.
Heather Donahue: Finding your Voice on the Page
Heather Donahue’s first story, about spider plant babies being severed from their mothers was an elementary school award winner. Still, she got a little bit sidetracked by acting, and after getting a BFA in Theater at the University of the Arts she appeared in the Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken, The Blair Witch Project, Always Sunny in Philadelphia and other things. Her first adult writing prize, as the winner of the Bust Magazine/Good Vibrations erotica contest, was definitely adult. In addition to Bust, her writing has appeared in Los Angeles Magazine, The Huffington Post, the Orange Coast Review and the interdisciplinary art show Men Without Names which is currently traveling through LA, Berlin, and elsewhere. She has participated in the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and studied with Jim Krusoe in Santa Monica. Her memoir, Growgirl, was published earlier this year by Gotham/Penguin. She is a member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto, where she teaches memoir writing. She’s currently at work on a novel called Bounds. There’s more at www.heatherdonahue.com.
Debe Fennell: Get Funded: Crowdfunding Can Bring your Ideas to Life
One of the founding partners of CrowdFundingLIVE, Debe Fennell brings to the company many years of marketing experience, including 15 years in the music industry as a journalist, record promoter, label executive, event planner, music consultant and as a singer, herself. Her years in the personal development field, as a publicist, affiliate marketer and publishing coordinator from concept to launch, Debe has managed teams and created a wide network of relationships in several industries, including her time working in Real Estate marketing for developers, agents and brokers. Discovering crowdfunding has given her an entirely new enthusiasm for entrepreneurs and working with her partners has deepened her appreciation for creating a business from the ground up. She leads the Women’s Initiative for the National Crowdfunding Association and is an officer with Entrepreneurship Nevada, a collective of entities and companies is north western Nevada, centered in Reno, NV. Debe serves as a board member of CFIRA, (Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates).
Marilyn Rosenbrock Nyborg has been a spiritually based activist since the ‘60’s beginning with the civil rights movement. In the ‘70’s she turned her focus inward and began the journey to wholeness, integrating the masculine and feminine within and examining the unconscious attitudes and conditioning in her personality.
Recognizing the need for women to find their voices and claim their power, she began in the early ‘80’s to work through women’s circles and activities to bring feminine wisdom to bear on the world. In 2002 she became a co-founder of Gather the Women. Marilyn brought GTW home, and created Gather the Women of Nevada County. In 2009 she initiated a conversation about the major loss throughout civilization at the repression and degradation of women’s wisdom and contributions. This led to the birth to Women Waking the World. Marilyn is a visionary, an initiator of creative ideas. She fosters new thinking,
connecting the dots between people, ideas and projects.
Marilyn lives in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains in Northern California. She is dedicated to creating a world in which her grandson Dane can express his sensitivity and broad range of feeling without being seen as weak and her granddaughter Kayden can speak from her heart and her mind without being
seen as overbearing.
Mara Hoover is a young and very driven fempreneur. Mara has her contractor’s license and worked for six years as a general contractor building and remodeling homes. She is now pursuing a career in the financial services arena and has climbed to the top 10 in her company in only 6 months. One of Mara’s favorite accomplishments is becoming a published author. At the age of 5 Mara dreamt of writing a book and last October, on her birthday she celebrated the release of her book My Grumpy Husband. Mara looks forward to pursuing her passion of storytelling by continuing her book as a series that collects stories from men and women that celebrate the joys and difficulties of relationships, giving her readers a forum to share their own experiences. Mara is passionate about travel, has lived in Argentina , and traveled to 5 of the 7 continents including Antarctica where she swam among the icebergs. Mara loves to spend her free time volunteering with Soroptimist International supporting women and girls around the world, she is the president of the women’s group at the Oceanside Yacht Club, and has served for two years as a facilitator with Good-ol-Gals Women’s Business Connections. With a degree from Pepperdine University in Speech Communication, she uses her public speaking skills to empower and inspire her audience. Mara lives life to the fullest and can’t wait to share her story and her passion with you.
Lotus Levin: Dharma Yoga: Everyday Gems in Your Hands & Feet
Lisa Schrader: Sensual Esteem & Awakening the Goddess Within
Lisa Schrader, a sacred sexuality teacher and the founder of Awakening Shakti, has impacted the lives of thousands of women over the last decade. Her work has been featured on Oprah, Oxygen and VH1. She is the author of “Kama Sutra 52: A Year’s Worth of the Best Positions for Passion and Pleasure” from Quiver Books. As a certified coach with the International Coach Federation, she has been in private practice for over 10 years supporting women and couples with awakening their sacred sexual power.
Kathleen McIntire: “Girlfriends Unite! Live Your Life Purpose with the Support of Your BFF’s” (presenting with Robin Milam & Mary Elizabeth Young):
Kathleen McIntire is a transformational teacher, speaker, and healer who is dedicated to bringing forth truth, liberation and awakening. Her focus is on restoring the feminine power. Kathleen is the author and creator of Guiding Signs 101, a set of divination cards and Guidebook using everyday road signs to tap into your intuition and own inner guidance. She is the steward of MoonBear Sanctuary, located on 28 acres in Northern California. The intention of the Sanctuary is to give birth to the New Paradigm – one of love and a world that works for all life on our planet. The retreat center provides cutting-edge workshops as well as ceremonies, study groups, and symposiums. Kathleen also leads sacred journeys with women. She has lead journeys to the Andes and rainforest of Ecuador and also to Guatemala, revolving around the 20-day Mayan Calendar. Her sacred women’s journey for 2012 will take place in Peru for 15 days over the Fall Equinox. Kathleen is the producer of two Mayan films. Mayan Renaissance which was made by PeaceJam, an international education program for youth built around leading Nobel Peace Laureates. This film was premiered in May 2012 in New York City by the United Nations. It has also been turned into an educational tool for 600 Indigenous Youth Leaders from around the world, which Kathleen is a part of. The other film is The Unification of Wisdom and 2012, this film premiered at the Rio Summit in June 2012. Kathleen had a successful career in business when she was younger. She is the mother of her son, Ben, who is a filmmaker in New York. Kathleen has lived abroad and traveled extensively around the world. Kathleen’s website addresses are www.SoaringInLight.com and www.GuidingSigns101.com
Karen Atkins: Taking Care of You in Ten Minutes a Day-Easy strategies for managing stress and rising above chaos in your life
Karen is an award-winning songwriter, photographer and healer. She has a DVD series called “Restore Your Soul” that helps overwhelmed women reclaim their energy so they can show up for those they love and start creating more of the life they want to live, including titles such as Your Healthy Kitchen and Beyond Yoga: Gentle Movement for More Energy. She has traveled all over the world performing, teaching and taking pictures in such far-off places as Brazil, Indonesia, Denmark, Sweden, China, England, New Zealand and India.
Karen is an Advanced Certified BodyTalk Instructor & Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Landscape Designer, Certified Wudang Qigong and Franklin Method Instructor, and trained in the Alexander technique. Her latest CD, Vibration Project, is available on iTunes and Amazon.com and comes with a book of uplifting photos and stories. You can learn more about Karen and the Restore Your Soul series online: RestoreMethod.com
Jennifer Cohen has studied the art and science of transformational coaching and facilitation since 1992 and is certified as a Master Coach by The Strozzi Institute for Leadership and Mastery. She co-founded Seven Stones Leadership Group, a company devoted to guiding individuals and organizations to face the most pressing questions of our time inside of exquisite sufficiency. From half day short workshops, to learning journeys lasting everywhere from six weeks to a whole year, Jen is masterful at designing deep dive learning opportunities where people can enter in complete safety to transform old patterns, heal old wounds, re-source their greatest wisdom and develop new skills that will serve their living and leading. She has taught everywhere from MIT to The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY and at conferences like Passion in Action in Northern California.
Jen has steeped herself equally in the practical as well as the esoteric. A devoted student of Vippasana meditation from the Theravada Buddhist tradition as well as a student of psychic practice, Tantric healing, and a mystery school student, Jen has cultivated her heart and spirit as the primary source of her teaching. In her passion for understanding the design of life, she has dedicated herself to understanding systems thinking and theory, has studied the neurophysiology of trauma, as well as communication theory and the architecture of masterful conversations and she has been teaching the Strozzi method of embodied leadership for well over a decade.
She is the author of the chapter “From Surviving to Thriving” in the book Being Human at Work, edited by Richard Strozzi Heckler. She has a master’s degree in Applied Psychology with an emphasis on systems theory from the Antioch New England Graduate School, and she did her undergraduate work in philosophy at Oberlin and Barnard. She is married and has a daughter.
Denise Reynolds: Cultivating Fertile Ground
Denise began leading women’s circles 12 years ago, after leaving a successful corporate career to start a family. Now a mom to 6 and 10 year old boys and a graduate student in Holistic Nutrition, she leads monthly women’s circles and fertility support groups. Denise has immersed herself in studies of the Sacred Feminine through midwifery training, serving as a doula and childbirth educator, completing an apprenticeship centered on women’s life cycles, and extensive self-study. Juggling the numerous roles we play as women and seeking to live into the fullest expression of self, Denise strives to create a balance of self-nurturance and play, nurturing others, and giving to community. Being passionate about creating space and time for self-care and cultivating vitality, Denise wants women to experience the renewal and expanded capacity that allows them to bring their gifts to the world without guilt or feeling depleted. The kitchen is her sacred-space and the natural world her greatest teacher. Her workshop, “Cultivating Fertile Ground” focuses on radical self-care. http://www.nourishingyourfertility.com
CHAMELI GAD ARDAGH is the founder of the Awakening Women Institute. She is a pioneer on contemporary feminine spirituality, and is inspiring women around the world through her breakthrough methods for awakening and empowering of women and girls. She is especially appreciated for her passionate love of mythology and storytelling as a method for illuminating our hidden strength and beauty. She is the initiator of a global network of groups for women, creator of two home study multi-media sets and author of 3 books on feminine empowerment and spirituality. Chameli was born in Norway and now lives in Northern California with her husband Arjuna and two sons. www.AwakeningWomen.com
Brenda Horton: How to Turn Your Passion Into A Real Business
Bio: Brenda Horton is on a mission to empower women in becoming successful entrepreneurs. She is a serial and social entrepreneur. She sold her first internet-based business for a profit in the late 90s. She is a community activist. She fundraised over $300,000.00 for Sierra Forever Families, a Nevada County non-profit for children. Her fundraiser garnered regional attention with her signature event, Festival in the Foothills, a gourmet food and wine tasting culinary extravaganza and live & silent auction, which attracted over eight hundred attendees, forty restaurants and wineries, and seventy-five local volunteers.
Brenda Horton is an environmental activist. In 2003 she built a straw bale home in Nevada County using reclaimed and recycled materials. She has hosted thousands of visitors and students through the International Solar and Eco tour over a ten year period. In 2010 she founded the largest Meetup group in Nevada County called Nevada County Online (NCO). With almost 200 local non-profit and business members, NCO is the only professional organization in Nevada County that focuses exclusively on online marketing strategies for the local business community. She has inspired other women to launch their own Meetup groups, most notably the very popular Garden Goddesses of Nevada County.
Brenda Horton is the president of Hware LLC., (Humanityware) a software company that designs and develops productivity software tools for entrepreneurs, small businesses and nonprofits. As of this writing, she is preparing to launch actionplanr, a goal-setting software tool designed specifically for female entrepreneurs. She has over 16,000 followers on Twitter and blogs about work-life balance on Hware’s website. Today she spends her time between Austin, Texas and Nevada City, California.
Beth Terry: Living Plastic-Free: 9 Reasons Our Personal Actions Matter
Five years ago, after stumbling across an article about how our plastic waste is polluting our oceans and how mother birds mistake plastic for food that they feed their babies, Beth Terry challenged herself to stop buying any new plastic. Since then, she has reduced her plastic waste to less than 2% of the national average and has made it her mission to help others do the same. Terry is the author of the popular blog, MyPlasticFreeLife.com and the new book, Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Skyhorse, June 2012). She gives presentations on plastic-free living and why, despite what critics assert, our personal changes do matter. Her work has been profiled in Susan Freinkel’s book Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, Charles Moore’s Plastic Ocean, Gloria Feldt’s No Excuses, and the award-winning film Bag It.
Alix Rager: Find the SweetSpot for Success: –For women on a mission who are ready to become unstoppable!
Alix Rager is a top entrepreneur mentor and success coach dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs (and other cool peeps) step into greatness and deliver their gifts to the world at a higher level. Her unique success journey, background, and hands-on work with hundreds of entrepreneurs has led to a crystal clear understanding of core mindsets, self-care, habits, skills and systems that must be developed to transform and up-level your life and business. She specifically focuses on these foundations as she delivers the HOW – to play full out with seeming effortlessness in what she calls “The SweetSpot”.
Over the course of 16 years as an entrepreneur, Alix has covered much ground in the transformations of her clients: beginning at the surface level as a makeup artist, deeper into nutrition and fitness as a trained expert and business owner, and further still as she developed leaders with a team of hundreds of entrepreneurs as a National Marketing Director.
Alix is a recognized leader, coach, mentor, author, and speaker who is excited to be expanding her reach by offering her trainings, mentoring and coaching programs to entrepreneurs worldwide. You can find her, and receive a free special report and video series at www.SweetSpotForSuccess.com.
Wherever you are in your life and business, Alix is committed to bringing you to a level of self-mastery that creates quantum yet graceful leaps into your unique SweetSpot of purpose-full alignment, clarity, performance, efficiency and balance; so that you can blissfully and fully engage in your business and life success process! www.AlixRager.com
Alexia Vernon: Share Your Story, Morning Glory: Listen to Your Voice, Sculpt Your Offering, and Deliver It with Moxie
Branded a “Moxie Maven” by the White House, since winning the Miss Junior America competition Alexia Vernon has been empowering companies, campuses and community organizations to build a new generation of heart-centered, high-impact communicators and ethical leaders. Alexia is the creator of Step Into Your Moxie, a women’s empowerment platform that teaches presentation skills, negotiation strategies, conflict resolution and interpersonal communication. Alexia has shared her advice with CNN, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, FOX Business News, CBS MoneyWatch, Mint.com, CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com and Forbes.com. She is the author of 90 Days 90 Ways: Onboard Young Professionals to Peak Performance and Awaken Your CAREERpreneour: A Holistic Road Map to Climb from Your Calling to Your Career. When not helping people and companies shift obstacles into opportunities, Alexia stays active in the sexual abuse prevention and rehabilitation movement, lets go through yoga and meditation and drinks a lot of green juice. You can learn more about Alexia and receive her 7 Biggest Obstacles to Success and the Sinfully Simple Formula to Shift Them Into Opportunities at www.AlexiaVernon.com.
Susan Gouveia: Garden Art Projects and Budget Gardening Ideas
Susan Gouveia, Founder of The Society of Garden Goddesses is on a mission to share with the community about organic and sustainable gardening and cooking methods. In 2010, she started local gardening group– The Society of Garden Goddesses (now a group of 400 men and women). “We share tips, recipes and lots of laughs!” She wanted to take the seriousness and chore out of gardening and cooking and get people excited about experimenting with food grown in one’s own garden.
Foodie from the Start: Susan grew up in a family where Spaghettios, Spam, Creamed Tuna on Toast—anything that would “stick to our ribs” dominated the weekly menu. “Mom grew up in a family of 10, so I see the importance of that theory; however, my taste buds craved something more! At the age of 8, I started gardening and experimenting in the kitchen. Initially following recipes, I soon felt a need to branch off and discover my own way based on my pallet and senses. So, I began writing recipes. I have been creating, cooking and entertaining ever since. One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “How do you stay in such great shape when you cook like you do?” I was healthy until I hit college and gained the “freshman 20”. Once I gave up ” fat free, sugar-free, low sodium, low calorie, diet foods” I lost 30 lbs. Now, I just eat what my body craves and use organic butter, sugars and good fats. I have even avoided 2 doctor ordered knee surgeries!”
Organic Gardening History: “I come from a long line of gardeners in the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom who recycled, reused and gardened organically before such common sense became chic. We continue to give back our abundance to the community, seek and share knowledge about gardening in locales as diverse as the Southwest desert and Upstate New York, the Sierra Foothills and Urban San Francisco Bay Area. Adapting to each microclimate, conserving natural resources, nurturing community and, above all, spreading joy, is a family tradition. I have a great desire to continue and extend the tradition within and beyond my family and community. ”
Community Outreach: The GG group offers over 35 events annually, including Monthly Garden Chats, Recipe Challenges, Co-ed functions, “Gardening Boot Camps” and Raw Food Challenge Weekends. We continue to create programs that provide assistance for seniors in their garden and teach children about the joys of gardening, cooking and working with the elders.
Susan’s Book: Currently researching and interviewing gardeners and chefs around the world who excel in “Garden to Table” original recipes.
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org GardenGoddesses.org 831-277-3961
Kelly Schrader: “How to Conquer Your Sweet Cravings and Take Back Control of Your Diet!”
Kelly is the owner of EVOLVE Yoga and Nutritional Wellbeing, which encompasses her Integrative Nutritional Practice and the Bikram Yoga studio in Grass Valley that she purchased two years ago. Kelly has a Masters in Integrative Nutrition from Columbia University and certificates from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating and the American Institute of Drugless Practitioners. She believes that nutritional counseling and yoga go hand in hand, and the that the synergy of these businesses joining has created more balance within her clients and students.
Lisa Levart: Find Your Goddess and Find Your Passion
Lisa is an award winning photographer whose first book, Goddess on Earth, Portraits of the Divine Feminine won the 2012 Gold Nautilus Book Award. Her images have appeared in numerous publications including: New York Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Time Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post, and been featured in exhibitions worldwide including The Kiek de Kok Photography Museum, Tallin, Estonia; Gallery Verita, Tokyo, Japan and The Alternative Museum, The Burden Gallery and Art in General, of New York City. Lisa writes a regular column for the Huffington Post.
Ronita Johnson: “Coming to Forgiveness – Prelude for Illuminating a Light of Well-Being”
Ronita Johnson is dedicated to the principles and life practice of circle with a sacred center. She is the creator of “Celebrating Our Inner Queen”, a rite of passage and ritual ceremony for women to honor and claim the transitions in their lives. She is the author of Coming to Forgiveness: A Daughter’s Story of Race, Rage and Religion, and believes forgiveness, as key to self-worth, living a holistic life of body, mind, and spirit and sustainable world peace. Ronita draws on her rich background as Inclusion/Diversity Consultant, Integral Life Coach, and 60+ years of living to invite women and girls into sacred spaces that transform. She convenes women’s circles, public forums, and retreats on love and forgiveness around the world. She loves music, movement, deep listening, meditation, humor, reflection, experiencing new cultures, and storytelling.
Ruth Schwartz started Mordam Records in 1983. By the time Nirvana hit the pop charts and Green Day went platinum, Schwartz was running a ten million-dollar music distribution company. In 2012 Schwartz chronicles her success in The Key to the Golden Handcuff’s – Stop Being a Slave to Your Business. The book gives entrepreneurs and business executives insight into shifts that can be made to create a transparent, open-book company. Today, Schwartz in an internationally certified business coach, motivational speaker, and the facilitator of business mastermind boards. She owns High Performance Advocates, a management development and marketing company.
Rachel blends her background in community health, women’s health, medicinal herbs, and sustainable living practices to inspire and promote home-scale herbalism. She teaches out of her home garden in Grass Valley, and is a guest instructor at the Regenerative Design Institute, Esalen, and other Northern California locations. Rachel holds a master degree in Health Psychology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she worked for several years as university instructor in women’s health and directed public health programs for women and children in Northern Arizona. She also lived and worked at The Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California, for four years, studying regenerative living practices and working as the organization’s Program Manager. She now lives in Grass Valley, California, where she creates Sierra Botanica herbal products and offers wild food and medicinal herb classes with her husband, Matt Berry.
Samantha Hinrichs: DIY Mud and Pearls
Samantha Hinrichs built her own straw bale home, ran a cultural center, and has been producing events since she was 12. She loves to teach others how to make beautiful, sustainable projects. In 2011 Sam opened Mud and Pearls, where she is able to tie together the resources she has gathered over the years. Mud and Pearls presents workshops, demonstrations and class time so that you can look good doing it. Contact her at http://www.mudandpearls.com
Shiana Seitz: Ignite Your Inner Fire
Shiana is an Eclectic Expressionist – a facilitator of workshops, an artist, and a writer. She has been inspired by training under role models who represent the expressive, older, wiser woman: Anna Halprin, Paula Shaw, and Nine Wise, to name a few. Her work of collage with original photography is currently on display in the North Bay.
She is the author of two books:
First You Let it Go, a travel-memoir about a middle-aged woman’s solo trip around the world and her search of self and adventure as she moves beyond challenges to experience the freedom and acceptance of living in the moment.
Experiencing Joy, a compilation of photographs, observations, and reminders, to stimulate what we already know, but sometimes forget, about bringing joy back to our lives.
Suzie Daggett: My Intuition Has Led Me To…
Suzie Daggett, constantly curious about the mysteries of life, produces INSIGHT Lectures and is a columnist with the Nevada City Advocate.
Since 2005, Insight Lectures has contributed to our rich cultural/spiritual fabric by producing events for well known best selling authors and speakers who present leading-edge information and progressive thinking in the areas of health & well-being, spirituality, scientific discovery and cultural trends.
In Suzie’s interview column with the Nevada City Advocate, she writes about local health practitioners presenting a wide variety of choices in healing.
In 2002, Suzie created the INSIGHT Directory. She recognized the need to provide a compendium of information, education and deeper awareness of the variety of choices offered in the arena of new, emerging, alternative and complementary health and wellness options. She sold the Insight Directory in 2011 to concentrate on her Lecture business.
Torie Henderson is a teacher, speaker, and life coach for parents. She helps parents stay sane in the land of crazy with her popular blog, classes, and life coaching practice.
Zoë St. Clair has more than 20 years of Marketing Communications and Design experience in Fortune 500 companies. She has delivered creativity workshops to leading businesses and organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, Oral-B, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Mills College. Zoë currently works with entrepreneurs and start-ups to help them generate greater focus and creativity for innovative solutions.
Mary Elizabeth Young is a women’s rights activist, writer, speaker, Hospice RN, and mother who has created and led a number of personal development workshops for women. As part of her activism Mary Elizabeth traveled with her family of seven to the historic UN Conference on Women in Beijing China in 1995, and is a founding member of Gather the Women Nevada County. She is the author of the memoir, Finding Your Light in the Dark. (www.findingyourlight.me)
Robin Milam: Girlfriends Unite! Live Your Life Purpose w/the Support of your BFF’s!
Administrative Director for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, Robin Milam is a social entrepreneur with a broad business and internet marketing background. Robin’s passion is re-aligning human consciousness and restoring natural balance through the worldwide implementation of Rights of Nature.
Robin is spearheading a global grassroots Rights of Mother Earth campaign to present 1,000,000 signatures calling forth the universal acceptance of Rights of Nature at the Earth Summit 2012/Rio+20 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil June 2012. Robin participated in the 2011 UN Convention on Climate Change (COP17) in Durban, South Africa and 2010 People’s Conference on Climate Change in and Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Robin has lived in Grass Valley for over 14 years with her husband Tom. For more information about Robin’s work visit www.RightsofMotherEarth.com and www.TheRightsofNature.org.
Sharon Riegie Maynard: “What’s Next? Women’s Work is to Change Outcome!” (Marilyn Nyborg)
Sharon Riegie Maynard is a mystic shaman. She sees that the multidimensional aspects of human life require we understand and work within what is not seen, i.e. spirit, emotion, and thought in order to impact our physical situations. Her passion has been to restore women to their rightful position as leaders, agenda setters and policy makers for those to whom they give life.
She is the founder of the TAG system of Transformation, an energy system based on quantum physics and inner teachers. It provides processes and understandings to bring individuals into their desire for lives of meaning and contribution.
Sharon Riegie shares her knowledge internationally as she lectures, teaches, mentors, and works one on one in TAG energy sessions.
She is the author of two books with a third in editing.
She has hosted an online radio show, Weaving the World, for nine years. Sharon Riegie is currently planning a national tour for 2012. Called Women’s Grassroots Congress, it will create a space for women’s voices to set the agenda of values and policies, and to create a movement of women of influence to achieve those goals.
Skyler Myers, CAS, PKS, CMT, RYT: Ayurveda- The Science of Self Care
Skyler Myers, CAS, PKS, CMT, RYT has been on a yogic path for about 10 years. She was inspired to study a medical tradition with over 5000 years of practice after her mother was in a coma for 3 weeks. Some of the best doctors in the US could not identify a cause or a treatment. (Her mother recovered, agruably, through pure strength of will.)
Skyler received her Hatha Yoga certification (RYT) with 500 hours in Restorative and Vinyasa styles in 2003 from the Shiva Center of Yoga and Ayurveda; in Swedish and Asian Massage (CMT) with 775 hours from Mueller College in 2005. She taught at the Chopra Center and La Costa Resort before opening San Diego’s first green yoga studio, Yoganic, which ranked in the top five yoga studios in 2007 by San Diegans in the Channel 10 A List. She moved to the San Juan Ridge in 2008 and graduated in 2011 as a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist (CAS and PKS) with over 2,000 classroom and internship hours from California College of Ayurveda.
Skyler has taught yoga and given massage to clients from all over the world at Mar de Jade Resort in Chacala, Mexico, The Spa at Sugarbowl Ski Resort in Tahoe, and Blue Sage Ayurveda Sanctuary on the San Juan Ridge, in addition to Ayurveda for clients in her private practice with the Om Collective. She has taught yoga at Shuniaa/ Inlakesh and Wild Mountain Yoga in Nevada City and currently teaches at South Yuba Club in Nevada City, the yo’garage at Willow Springs and the Senior Center in North San Juan.
In 2011, Skyler founded Women SAVVY, where for over year, she has devoted several hours a week teaching yoga and Ayurveda classes and giving massage in local women’s shelters and addiction centers. She also completed the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition’s Peer Counseling Training in December 2011 and is on the crisis line. Visit womensavvy.org for more information or to sponsor another woman to receive invaluable life affirming practices and create the causes that will help her avoid another destructive relationship.