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Friday, October 20


Women Moving Money: The Leading Role of Women in Socially Responsible Money Management

Demographic changes and transfer-of-wealth trends are putting more and more investment decision-making into women's control. Groundbreaking women in the financial world are emerging at the forefront of movements to reshape values and practices and redirect capital into positive, socially constructive investments. Three such leaders from distinct segments of the financial world share their insights and strategies. Hosted by Catherine Chen, a Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) specialist, Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management. With: Ellen Dorsey, Wallace Global Fund Executive Director; Nancy Pfund, DBL Partners Managing Partner, a leading private equity manager.


Workshop Speakers
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Catherine Chen

Catherine Chen, CIMA®, AWM, Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management, has been advising clients on ESG investments since 2002. Before RBC Catherine worked at Piper Jaffray and at J.P. Morgan, and prior to that, as an analyst at Chinatrust Commercial Bank... Read More →
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Ellen Dorsey

Ellen Dorsey, Ph.D., the award-winning Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund, a private foundation focused on progressive social change, previously directed the Rachel Carson Institute and worked at Amnesty International and for the Heinz Endowments. On the board of Greenpeace... Read More →
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Nancy Pfund

Nancy E. Pfund, founder/Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm that seeks to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns, is a leading player in the field of impact investing. Ms. Pfund has been on or currently sits... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Showcase Theater


Making the Invisible Visible: Race, Environment and Embodied Knowing

Socio-political and ecological crises and racial and gender-based oppression can very often become internalized in our bodies as forms of trauma – physical, psychological and emotional. We’ll explore how to work to understand and begin to address these deep traumas within ourselves and in our work with others. With educators at Naropa University Jeanine Canty, Ph.D., editor of Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices, and Ramon Parish.

Workshop Speakers
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Jeanine Canty

Jeanine M. Canty, PhD, a professor at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, whose teaching intersects issues of social and ecological justice connected to the process of worldview expansion and positive change, is the editor of and a contributor to the collection: Ecological and Social... Read More →
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Ramon Parish

Ramon Parish, an environmental and interdisciplinary instructor at Naropa University, combines embodiment, mindfulness, deep listening and creative ceremony in his pedagogy. He is also committed to the revival of rites of passage and coming of age ceremonies through initiatives such... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Women's Leadership Tent
Saturday, October 21


A Truly Inclusive, Women-Led Movement: What’s Needed Next?

January’s Women’s March, the nation’s largest-ever demonstration, revealed great promise, but we have a long way to go before women of color, Indigenous women, LGBTQ people and people of all kinds feel welcomed. This panel of diverse leaders will explore what’s needed for this "movement of movements” to manifest its promise with power and sustainability, as well as the appropriate role of men in it. Hosted by author/activist Anneke Campbell. With: Lateefah Simon, President, Akonadi Foundation; Kate Kendell, leader of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; Betsy McKinney, founder/CEO of It’s Time Network; Alnoor Ladha, CEO of The Rules.

Workshop Speakers
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Anneke Campbell

Anneke Campbell has worked as a midwife, nurse, yoga teacher, English professor, poet and scriptwriter. The author of several books, including a novel, Mary of Bellingham, she recently co-authored (with Thomas Linzey) We The People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the... Read More →
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Kate Kendell

Kate Kendell, JD, leads the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), a legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public... Read More →
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Alnoor Ladha

Alnoor Ladha is an activist and author whose work focuses on the intersection of political organizing, storytelling, technology and culture hacking. A founding member and the Executive Director of The Rules (/TR), a global network of activists, designers, coders, researchers, writers... Read More →
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Betsy McKinney

Betsy McKinney, a philanthropist and social entrepreneur, manages Faraway Foundation, a 501c3 private foundation, and is founder/CEO of It’s Time Network, a community of people and organizations working to achieve gender equality, evolve democracy and build fair economies that regenerate... Read More →
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Lateefah Simon

Lateefah Simon, a nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and racial justice who has received numerous awards for her work, including a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, is President of the Akonadi Foundation, which supports and nurtures racial justice movement building... Read More →

Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
Sunday, October 22


Cultivating Women's Leadership (CWL) Gathering

Are you an alumna of CWL or a woman interested in strengthening your capacity as a change-maker? Come and visit together over lunch (bring your own) in the Women's Leadership Tent with Bioneers' and CWL co-founder Nina Simons, to connect, savor the field, share stories and explore women’s leadership.

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Nina Simons

Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and founding Director of its Everywoman's Leadership program (which includes "Cultivating Women's Leadership” intensives and CoMadres retreats), co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart. An award-winning... Read More →

Sunday October 22, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Women's Leadership Tent


Cultivating Women's Leadership (CWL) Gathering on Sunday

Are you an alumna of CWL or a woman who's interested in strengthening your capacity as a change-maker? Come and visit together in the Women's Leadership Tent with Bioneers' and CWL co-founder Nina Simons, to connect, savor the field, share stories and learn about CWL's work. 

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Nina Simons

Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and founding Director of its Everywoman's Leadership program (which includes "Cultivating Women's Leadership” intensives and CoMadres retreats), co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart. An award-winning... Read More →

Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Women's Leadership Tent


Women and Regenerative Design in Challenging Times

There have been prominent women in the Permaculture and sustainability movements, but there are still barriers to full participation by women, Indigenous people and other often disenfranchised frontline communities. How can the sustainability movement become more inclusive and better support struggles for human rights and social justice in these trying times? An interactive panel with: Starhawk, Marisha Auerbach, Wanda Stewart, Pandora Thomas, Delia Carroll, Maya Blow, Karen Taylor and Jasmine Fuego.


Workshop Speakers
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Marisha Auerbach

Marisha Auerbach is a Portland, OR-based, internationally recognized permaculture educator and designer, and an avid gardener and herbalist specializing in food production, ecology, and useful plants. She has lived and practiced permaculture extensively in both urban and rural environments... Read More →
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Maya Blow

Maya Blow, an herbalist and classical homeopath practicing at the Emeryville Health and Wellness Center, is owner of Soul Flower Farm (producing organic fruits, vegetables, medicinal herbs, honey, eggs and milk) and directs the Soul Flower Farm School of Earth Medicine, Herbal Studies... Read More →
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Delia Carroll

Delia Carroll, a lifelong resident of the Bay Area dedicated to bringing forth a balanced and integrated approach to the art and practice of Permaculture, is a founding member of the 13 Moon CoLab, a co organizer of the West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gatherings and curates the... Read More →
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Jasmine Fuego

Jasmine Fuego, a Bay Area-based youth educator, singer, dancer, and “ARTivist,” is the co-founder of the arts and ecology-bridging Permaculture Action Network. Her music blends soul, pop, folk, and conscious hip-hop to create a genre she calls soul-pop, and her educational efforts... Read More →
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Starhawk, author or coauthor of 13 books on earth-based spirituality and activism, including the classics The Spiral Dance, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, and the visionary novels The Fifth Sacred Thing and City of Refuge, directs Earth Activist Trainings... Read More →
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Wanda Stewart

Wanda Stewart is a renowned urban farmer, educator and leader in the movement to educate and inspire urban dwellers, especially African Americans, to grow their own food and communities. Drawing from her conviction that the skills to grow food and medicine, maintain a healthy being... Read More →
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Karen Taylor

Karen Taylor, introduced to Permaculture Design 20 years ago, has been practicing, designing and teaching it ever since, focusing on community building, water and waste systems and healthy natural living. She transplanted to southern Oregon in 2009 and co-founded Siskiyou Permaculture... Read More →
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Pandora Thomas

Pandora Thomas, a designer, teacher and facilitator at several Permaculture and ecological design schools and programs, has lived in a dozen countries and has 25+ years’ experience in ecological design. Co-founder of the Black Permaculture Network, Pandora, a passionate global citizen... Read More →

Sunday October 22, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Women's Leadership Tent


White Women Wake Up: Confronting Inner and Outer Racism and Patriarchy
How can white women become genuine allies with people of color? How do we counteract "white fragility"? How can we use our privilege and power to counter racism and patriarchy in our homes, companies, places of worship, neighborhoods? And do it with a sense of joy? Author and activist Courtney Martin leads a conversation about the intersection of modern, progressive whiteness with others’ diverse realities, with friends: Mia Birdsong, anti-poverty activist; Natalie Foster, tech organizer; Allison Cook, environmental storyteller. Come be informed, challenged, and inspired to make personal and political change.

Workshop Speakers
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Mia Birdsong

Mia Birdsong is a “family visionary” who has devoted 20+ years fighting for the wellbeing of families in all their diverse forms. As Co-Director of Family Story, she is updating the outdated picture of the family in America. Her TED talk “The Story We Tell About Poverty Isn’t... Read More →
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Allison Cook

Allison Cook, Director of Engagement at The Solutions Project, which works to make 100% renewable energy accessible and affordable to everyone, works at the intersection of storytelling, design, and psychology to push for a better world. As founding member of the Story of Stuff Project... Read More →
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Natalie Foster

Natalie Foster, an expert on the future of work, currently Co-Chair of the Economic Security Project and an advisor to the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative, previously founded Peers.org, was CEO of Rebuild the Dream, served as Digital Director for President Obama’s Organizing... Read More →
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Courtney Martin

Courtney E. Martin, co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, Valenti Martin Media and FRESH Speakers Bureau, is Editor Emeritus at Feministing.com, a weekly columnist for On Being, and author or editor of six books, including: Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists and... Read More →

Sunday October 22, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Larkspur Room