11-12:15PM, Saturday: "Our Leadership is Needed"
Talk description coming soon.
Jane Fonda has been nominated for seven Oscars and won two of them during her legendary acting career. She now focuses much of her time on activism and social change - with much of her work devoted to the program she founded in 1995, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP). Fonda has long been known for activism and advocacy on environmental issues, human rights, and the empowerment of women and girls. Among the scores of community projects she has spearheaded is the Laurel Springs Children's Camp, a performing arts camp that builds self-esteem and cooperation among children of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Fonda is a member of the Women & Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations; the board of Women's Media Center, which she helped found in 2004; GreenStone Media, the women-owned, women-run national women's talk radio network which launched in fall of 2006; the Advisory Board of the Native American Rights Fund; and she sits on the V-Counsel of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. In 1994, she was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.
Fonda revolutionized the fitness industry with the release of Jane Fonda's Workout in 1982. She followed with the production of 23 home exercise videos, 13 audio recordings, and five books - selling 16 million copies all together. The original Jane Fonda's Workout video remains the top grossing home video of all time. In May 2005, Random House published Fonda's best-selling memoir, My Life So Far.
7-7:45PM & 8:30-9:30PM, Friday: Opening Ceremony
Glenis Redmond's love of words has carried her across the country for thirteen years. She logs over 35,000 miles a year bringing poetry to the masses. This Road Warrior Poet though steeped in Afro-Carolininan roots, speaks a universal tongue of love, loss, celebration, sorrow and hope. Her verse uplifts family, culture and community. Glenis is a gentle pen pusher as she encourages others at diverse venues across the country from prisons, universities, festivals, conferences, camps, keynotes, rallies, to schools.
She is a 2005-2006 NC Literary Award recipient and a Denny C. PlattnerAward winner for Outstanding Poetry awarded by the journal Appalachian Heritage. Glenis is a workshop leader with the Kennedy Center's Partnership in Education Program in Washington, D.C. Her work has aired on National Public Radio and she is a past winner of the Southern Fried Poetry Slam.
Glenis has been published most recently in Meridians, African Voices, EMRYS, Asheville Poetry Review, 2006 Kakalak: A Journal of Carolina Poets, Appalachian Heritage and the Appalachian Journal. Her manuscript Under The Sun was short listed by Autumn House Press.
7-7:45PM & 8:30-9:30PM, Friday: Opening Ceremony
Grandmother Red Leaf
Cherokee/Choctaw tribal elder, spiritual leader and storyteller Grandmother Red Leaf lives in the mountains of Yancey County, NC. Her Cherokee name is "She Who Soars Like an Eagle." Grandmother Red Leaf is deeply committed to sharing the beauty of her heritage with others and has taught Native American history, culture and art forms for almost forty years at all levels of education, from university to kindergarten. She has also spoken at many art centers, museums and civic organizations all over the country.
Grandmother Red Leaf has served as North Carolina's Curtural Consultant as well as a member of many other cultural and educational associations. She has received 34 awards for her contributions to education, including one from the United Cultural Convention of the United States of America. Among her numerous positions, she serves as Clan Mother for the Eastern Circle of the 7th Fire, and has been designated as a 'Keeper of the Fire' (She Who Remembers).
In her culture, Grandmother Red Leaf says, people learn that all things have a connection: "The earth is like a spider web. If you touch one corner, the entire thing trembles."
7-7:45PM & 8:30-9:30PM, Friday: Opening Ceremony
Debra Roberts has worked around the world, living and breathing arts and spirituality in service to life. In the 1990's, she met Hopi elder Thomas Banyacya, a messenger of Hopi prophecy who spoke about the vital importance of women stepping forward into the world. This meeting and a later trip to India resulted in a series of CDs called Prasad for Women, Talks for Fifth World Women Walking Upright (www.fifthworldwomen.com).Debra is a documentary filmmaker, the founder of Little Pearls (a non-profit that makes "tiny films that open hearts and minds" -- www.littlepearls.org) and is currently deep in The Honeybee Project (a children's educational project designed to raise awareness and engage children in the world they live in -- www.thehoneybeeproject.com). She does creative consulting, is a women's speaker, tends One Pen (a project she started in southern India that provides school supplies for girls), and is a happy beekeeper living with her family outside Asheville, North Carolina.
8:15-8:30PM, Friday: "Welcome Address."
Mayor Terry Bellamy
Asheville citizens elected Terry M. Bellamy to serve as Mayor of the City of Asheville in November 2005. Upon her inauguration, she became the youngest Mayor in North Carolina, the youngest Mayor ever elected in Asheville and the first African-American to serve as Mayor in Asheville. Since her election, Mayor Bellamy has shared her vision for a unified community that works together to address challenges and take advantage of opportunities for the future. She is known for her efforts to actively engage citizens in government decisions, and she has worked as a staunch advocate for senior citizens and children. She successfully spearheaded an effort along with citizens to receive the United States Department of Justice's Weed and Seed site designation for the West Riverside Neighborhood. She was also recognized by One Youth at A Time as their Volunteer of the Year for her work with disadvantaged youth.
Mayor Bellamy is a native of Asheville and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is married to her best friend, Lamont Bellamy, and they have two children, Seth and Imani.
8:40-9:30AM, Saturday: "Why It's Time For Women To Lead In America"
As women we have the numbers, talents, determination and willingness to lead and we are ready for the challenge. It's time we took the lead in business, politics, higher education, health care, nonprofits and philanthropy, and understand how these changes will benefit generations to come - both here and around the world. It's time women wake up to the fact that we are holding ourselves back by not using our power and numbers to progress and that we will only get ahead if we start working together to make it happen.
In this session you'll learn why women have the power and influence to lead now and why the history of the women's movement is America should be important to you. Women are the future for America and must take the actions necessary to lead.
Vicki Donlan is the author of HER TURN: Why it's Time for Women to Lead in America (Praeger Publishing, 2007). Most recently she is the founder and former publisher of Women's Business Boston, a 25,000 controlled-circulation newspaper devoted to women in business in the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island region. She is a regular guest discussing women's business issues on New England Cable News' Business Day. Donlan was the first Executive Director of The Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit organization founded by twelve prominent Boston women CEOs to assist women entrepreneurs in the growth of their businesses.
As co-founder and first Executive Director of the South Shore Women's Business Network and founder of The Alliance of Women's Business and Professional Organizations, Donlan has been instrumental in the growth of networking for women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. She has recieved numerous awards and honors for her continuing efforts to help women acieve business success, including most recently Bryant University naming her New England Businesswoman of the Year in 2005.
9:30-10:30AM, Saturday: "Healing Healthcare"
Our current healthcare industry is aptly named. Developed by and for the 70 kilogram white male, it has evolved into a powerful industry based on high profit procedures, expensive medications and drastic interventions. It only pays lip service to inclusion, diversity, prevention and care. This model is not sustainable as a healthcare system for all. Dr. Thomsen will discuss how women can be a positive force in healing the healthcare system and putting the "care" back into healthcare.
Kate Thomsen, MD
Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Thomsen was an environmentalist, a teacher and a chemist. She attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and completed a Family Medicine residency at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ. At UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, Dr Thomsen created the first Women's Health Fellowship in Family Medicine in the country.
She joined the faculty at the medical school and within a few years she was recruited to be the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York. There she became nationally known for her women's health presentations and policy work. Ultimately, her passion for women's health and clinical medicine persuaded Dr. Thomsen to open an innovative private practice in integrative health care for women in Pennington, NJ. For the past ten years, Dr. Thomsen has been combining her knowledge of family medicine, gynecology, women's health, herbal medicine, functional medicine, and genomics in the delivery of compassionate, comprehensive, and prevention-focused health care services.
8:30-9:30AM, Sunday: "Stirring The Fire"
According to UN statistics women produce half the world's food but own just 1% of the farmland. UN statistics also show that if you give $100 to a woman in the developing world she invests $90 in her family and subsequently into her community while for the average man the same figure is $40.
In 2004 world-renowned photographer Phil Borges partnered with the international humanitarian organization CARE to create an exhibit and book highlighting the importance of empowering women in the developing world. For 2 1/2 years Phil travelled to countries in Asia, Africa and South America, where he met women who were breaking through their cultural 'glass ceilings' to not only transform their own lives but transform their communities as well.
Phil's presentation brings us face to face with these remote and mostly unknown women who are on the vanguard of a slow but steady transformation, bringing social and economic justice to women and girls worldwide.
For over 25 years Phil Borges has been visiting and documented indigenous and tribal cultures around the world. His photographs have been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and his award winning books have been published in four languages. Phil was presented the Photo Media Magazine "Photoperson of the Year" award in 1998 and a Lucie Humanitarian Award at the International Photography Awards in 2003. He teaches and lectures internationally and is co-founder of Blue Earth Alliance, a nonprofit that sponsors photographic projects focusing on endangered cultures and threatened environments.
Phil's exhibits and award-winning books include Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion, (focused on the people of Tibet, marginalized by the Chinese occupation of their homeland), Enduring Spirit (celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and The Gift (documenting the work of medical volunteers in the developing world.) His current project, Women Empowered, introduces some of the extraordinary women in the developing world who are breaking through gender barriers and conventions in order to enhance their well being and that of their communities. His website is www.philborges.com.
9:30-10:30AM, Sunday: "Women Take Action: Using The Insight of Feminism To Change The World"
War, global violence, environmental degradation, social injustice... these are hard times for women, children, and all who hold compassionate and caring values. Nurturing and many other qualities and activities associated with women are devalued, while force and violence are held up as models of strength. But women represent a different vision of strength. Women-initiated and women-led actions have a special energy and power. That power comes not from excluding men--we welcome men as participants--but because of the joy and visionary potential that arise when women work together to fiercely defend the values of life. In this talk, Starhawk speaks from her experiences as an organizer with Code Pink: Unreasonable Women for Peace; her work with Jewish and Palestinian women in the West Bank and Gaza; and her many years as a leading innovator in the Goddess revival and eco-feminist movements. How can the insights of feminism help us out of the mess we're in today?
Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern Earth-based spirituality. She is well-known as a global justice activist and organizer, whose work and writings have inspired many to action. She is the author or coauthor of ten books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, the now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing, and the award-winning Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising. Her latest is Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and are often found in college curriculums.
Starhawk consulted on and contributed to the popular trio of films known as the Women's Spirituality series, directed by Donna Read for the National Film Board of Canada: Goddess Remembered, The Burning Times, and Full Circle. Starhawk and Read recently formed their own film company, Belili Productions (www.belili.org). Their first release is Signs Out of Time (2004), a documentary on the life of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, a scholar who made major discoveries about the Goddess cultures of Old Europe. Her website is www.starhawk.org.
3:45-4:30PM, Sunday: The Sustainability Panel: "Women's Role in Saving the Planet"
Personal responsibility is the foundation for global transformation and healing. This panel will address where/how/why people can take the energy and information from the conference back into their lives in a transformative way ... connecting it to earth activism. Each panel member - Starhawk, Julia Butterfy HIll and Janell Kapoor - will share from a personal place as to what moves them in their activism, what sustains them as women, and what aspects of their work have been most inspiring. In addition to taking questions from the audience, they will specifically address the concept of sustainability and earth activism from a women's perspective.
Julia Butterfly Hill
Julia Butterfly Hill is known for climbing a 1,000 year-old redwood tree in 1997 when she was 23 years old, and remaining there without touching the ground for two years, as part of a successful effort to call worldwide attention to the destruction of California's ancient redwoods. Since then, she has addressed the U.N., lobbied Congress, and continued to stand on the front lines of environmental and social justice issues all over the world. She is the author of The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods and One Makes the Difference: Inspiring Actions That Change Our World.
Janell Kapoor is the founder of Kleiwerks International and the Ashevillage Institute, both of which empower people with hands-on sustainable living skills and natural building. Janell is an avid mud mama, community organizer, and visionary with hootzpah! Since 1997, Janell has worked with people from 25 countries, and has led projects in Thailand, Argentina, Brazil, New Zealand, Canada, India, and the United States. She is dedicated to the grassroots, to the champion within each of us, and to the possibility that we may learn to live in more balance with ourselves, each other, and this most beautiful planet we are blessed to inhabit.
11-12PM, Sunday: "Village Power... Drawing on the Power of Others."
Many of us have the mindset that we must do it all by ourselves or that we are the only one doing it, so it wont make much difference. The expectation of being "self-made" or I can do it myself or even Im just one, what can I do? are debilitating untruths untruths or embedded life stories that prevent many individuals, organizations and even leaders from tapping into the most powerful resource of all people they already know.
Learn four truths that will help you shift from the damaging beliefs that you are alone to the empowering belief that together we can accomplish whatever we desire. Leave ready to plug into your community and make it happen.
For 20 years now Cheri Britton has been working to help individuals and organizations make a positive difference. Beginning in public health, and then moving into the business world, she has witnessed the power - and destructive potential - of beliefs. She has committed herself to meeting the challenges of pessimism head-on and to help individuals and organizations break free from their limiting beliefs.
As a professional speaker, consultant, coach and trainer, Cheri speaks to and coaches business owners, executives, managers, employees, and entrepreneurs. She helps people transform by changing their negative, harmful thoughts to ones that are positive, uplifting, and inspirational,
In 1997 Cheri launched her own consulting business, Whetstone Consultations, to work with state-funded and nonprofit organizations. Her speaking career began in 2000 which led to the birth in 2004 of BOOM Thinking, a speaking and consulting firm that ignites and empowers leaders and organizations to Break Out of Old Mindsets. Her book BOOM Thinking™ is due out in 2008.
Cheri lives in Asheville and her website is www.boomthinking.com.
4:30-5PM, Sunday: Closing Ceremony
Linda Stout, director of Spirit in Action, has been a grassroots organizer and activist for three decades. A thirteenth-generation Quaker born to a tenant-farming family, Linda founded a successful grassroots organization in 1984 in a conservative region of North Carolina. The Piedmont Peace Project worked successfully to forge extraordinary alliances across race and class lines and won major public policy changes. The project also won the National Grassroots Peace Award.
Linda's own awards include a Public Policy Fellowship from Harvard University, Honorary Doctorate for Allegheny College, and the Freedom Fighter Award of the Equal Rights Congress. She is the author of Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing, published by Beacon Press.
Spirit in Action (www.spiritinaction.net) is a non-profit organization that supports, sustains, and connects those who are passionate about justice, peace, love, equality, creativity and sustainability to work collectively for deep and lasting social change and for the protection of the planet.
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Corrie Woods, Our Self Care Weaver
Women's Author, Motivational Speaker, Retreat Leader, and Personal LifeCoach, Corrie Woods is a creative partner, collaborator, and "way-outside-the-box" thinker. She challenges women to see new possibilities, to shift from negative to positive priority living, and to become vitally engaged in life. Working in collaboration with women to dramatically expand the view of what's possible in living a fully expressed and fully loved life is Corrie's passion. From her home in Tryon, NC she offers coaching services to clients nationwide. She is the author of the new book, The Woman's Field Guide to Exceptional Living, and the creator of www.womansfieldguide.com, an inspirational and resource-filled website for women. She is the owner of WindRiver Coaching and Consulting, a Graduate of CoachU Coach Training Program, a Certified Retreat Coach, a Member of the International Coach Federation, and a Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator Administrator.