Presenters

We have presently confirmed the following women:

RIANE EISLER is a social scientist, attorney, and author whose work on cultural transformation has inspired both scholars and social activists. Her research has impacted many fields, including history, economics, psychology, sociology, and education. She has been a leader in the movement for peace, sustainability, and economic equity, and her pioneering work in human rights has expanded the focus of international organizations to include the rights of women and children.

Riane was born in Vienna, fled from the Nazis with her parents to Cuba, and later emigrated to the United States. She obtained degrees in sociology and law from the University of California, taught pioneering classes on women and the law at UCLA, and now teaches in the Transformative Leadership Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a founding member of the General Evolution Research Group (GERG), a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and World Business Academy, a Councilor of the World Future Council, and a commissioner of the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality, along with the Dalai Lama and other spiritual leaders. She is co-founder with Nobel Peace laureate Betty Williams of the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV), www.saiv.net and president of the Center for Partnership Studies, www.partnershipway.org, dedicated to research and education.

Dr. Eisler is internationally known for her bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future (now in 25 foreign editions) and her newest book, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics – hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking,” by Peter Senge as “desperately needed,” by Gloria Steinem as “revolutionary,” and by Jane Goodall as “a call for action” – proposes a new approach to economics that gives visibility and value to the most essential human work: the work of caring for people and planet. www.rianeeisler.com

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Elayne_pixElayne Kalila Doughty, MA, MFT, has been on a path of passionate service for the past twenty years, inspiring women around the world to unleash their leadership gifts and step into their full potential. She specializes in helping women tap into their deepest wisdom, enabling them to harness their own transformational power to be more effective and whole in every aspect of their lives. She is a psychotherapist, spiritual activist, best-selling author, speaker, soul midwife, and ordained priestess.

Elayne currently brings these teachings to The Soulful Women Wisdom School (www.soulfulwoman.com), where she and co-founder Devaa Haley Mitchell offer deeply experiential and highly transformative spiritual leadership programs. Elayne also co-founded The Gracias Foundation (www.graciasfoundation.org), which has a mission to empower and improve the lives of women, children and young adults through grassroots projects in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world.  The Gracias Foundation. Her work at Gracias led her to create The Safe Embrace Trauma Healing Program, which is the culmination of many years of work with women survivors of trauma and gender based violence. This program promotes trauma healing and empowerment for women across the globe. Elayne is currently implementing this program with Eve Ensler of The Vagina Monologues at the City of Joy in Bukavu, Congo. Elayne is the founder of The Queens of Transformation—Powerful Women Changing the World and is also a faculty member at The Shift Network (www.theshiftnetwork.com). She is the co-host of the Inspiring Women Summit (inspiringwomensummit.com), a virtual gathering of more than 70,000 participants from 160 different countries. Elayne is a best-selling co-author – along with Lisa Nichols – of “Unbreakable Spirit- Rising Above the Impossible”. She is currently working on her next book “Priestess on Purpose – Women in Passionate Service to Healing the Heart of the World.”

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Elayne is a speaker, spiritual activist, best-selling author, psychotherapist, soul midwife, and ordained priestess. Elayne graduated with a B.A. in Theater and Anthropology and an M.A. in Counseling from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

DANA HOW has a degree in in both School Psychology and Counseling. Dana completed a training program in Vibrational Healing through the Vibrational Gateways Institute in Kansas City, Kansas. She has extensive training in Vibrational Medicine, Energy Studies and Alternative Therapies.

Dana has spent years combining spirituality, science,psychology, and her intuitive abilities to develop Trans-Consciousness Therapies which emphasize unique Alchemical Processes. Dana utilizes these transformational therapies in her private practice, seminars, workshops and professional trainings.
www.trans-consciousnesstherapies.com

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SHEILA KELLEY is one of the most renowned and sought after global femme leaders today. She is a successful actress, author, speaker, philanthropist and mostnotably, the originator of the pole dance fitness and striptease phenomenon. Sheila is the premiere “4th Wave Feminist” of the modern era. Sheila Kelley, S Factor was launched in Los Angeles, CA in 2001 after Sheila discovered the physical and emotional benefits of pole dancing while researching a film role. Her classes offered uninhibited feminine movement without the taboo of shame or judgment. It’s popularity reached new heights as Sheila and her celebrity clients boasted the benefits of the S Factor methods on national broadcasts. Sheila Kelley S Factor now spans the globe, reaching women through studios, elite retreats, books, DVDs and workshops. Sheila is widely regarded as an authority on female empowerment as she tirelessly campaigns on behalf of all women unearthing their eroticism, beauty, potential and power.

The S Factor experience is based on Sheila’s vision of women nurturing and developing a relationship with their untapped Erotic Creatures. She creates an environment for women to reclaim and redefine their natural and sexy feminine shape, energy and movement. S Factor teaches women the language of their bodies through Sheila’s method of Fluid Feminine Movement. Her core concept of The Erotic Creature Journey leads women through the awakening and cultivation of their unique and complex femininity. With a strong scientific foundation highlighting the differences between the genders, Sheila’s mission is to recapture the raw, untapped power of the feminine. Her emphasis is on creating an empowered female perspective able to hold balance in relationship to its powerful male counterpoint. Her ability to establish a supportive community of women celebrating their beauty has been revolutionary.

Sheila has studied ballet, anatomy and movement physiology at the NYU’s Tisch School of Arts. Her vast educational background also includes women’s studies, psychology and female neurology, all of which have influenced her curriculum and philosophy. With over 11 years of hands on experience, Sheila has worked with tens of thousands of women walking their feminine path. Sheila continues to write, teach, speak and perform as one of the foremost experts on female movement and empowerment. The world’s leading authorities in personal development including Tony Robbins often reference the depth and poignancy of Sheila’s findings. Sheila has appeared multiple times on numerous television shows including Oprah, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Martha Stewart Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 20/20, 48 Hours and The View. http://www.sfactor.com/

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JOAN MARLER is the founder and executive director of the Institute of Archaeomythology, an international, interdisciplinary organization of scholars dedicated to fostering an archaeomythological approach to cultural research with particular emphasis on the beliefs, rituals, social structure and symbolism of ancient societies. Joan worked closely with Lithuanian/American archaeologist Marija Gimbutas whose excavations of Neolithic sites in southeastern Europe indicate that the earliest agrarian cultures of “Old Europe” were peaceful and egalitarian. A rich profusion of symbolic artifacts and thousands of female sculptures reflect an enduring devotion to domestic rituals honoring the regenerative powers of nature in which female imagery is central.

As Marija’s personal editor (1987-1994) and authorized biographer, Joan Marler lectures internationally on Marija’s life and work. She is the editor of The Civilization of the Goddess (1991) by Marija Gimbutas, From the Realm of the Ancestors: An Anthology in Honor of Marija Gimbutas (1997), and the Journal of Archaeomythology ( www.archaeomythology.org). Her long-term work is to complete Marija’s biography.

“Agricultural people’s beliefs concerning sterility and fertility, the fragility of life and the constant threat of destruction, and the periodic need to renew the generative processes of nature are among the most enduring. They live on in the present… The Goddess-centered religion existed for a very long time… leaving an indelible imprint on the Western psyche.” – Marija Gimbutas (www.belili.org/marija)

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DEBORAH EDEN TULL is a mindfulness and meditation teacher and sustainability consultant who teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. She has been traveling to, living in, or teaching about sustainable communities internationally for the last 20 years, including seven years as a monk at the Zen Monastery Peace Center in Northern California. She is the founder of Mindful Living Revolution and offers workshops, retreats, consultations, and mindfulness-based personal coaching to help people cultivate the practice of engaged awareness. Her work focuses on the integration of compassionate awareness, personal freedom, and sustainability.

Eden’s approach to sustainable living is a unique combination of Zen awareness practice and environmentalism that emphasizes the interconnection between personal and planetary well-being and teach people how do do the inner work and outer work at the same time. She has been an organic gardener and farmer for many years, including at places such as Green Gulch Farm in Marin County, California, at Arcosanti in the Arizona desert, at the Zen Monastery Peace Center, and in urban gardens in the San Francisco Bay area and in Los Angeles. Certified in Permaculture Design, Bio-Intensive Organic Gardening, and Compost Education, she offers consultations,workshops, and retreats nationally that integrate mindfulness and sustainability. She is also a facilitator of The Work That Reconnects as created by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy and she is a graduate facilitator of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. She is the author of The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution(Process Media), and is currently working on her second book, Mindful Living Revolution: How to Live Sustainably Inside and Outwww.deborahedentull.com

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