Here’s a press release for an innovative conference coming here on Dec. 7, featuring some of our most successful women entrepreneurs, political and civic leaders:
Popular KVMR talk radio program See Jane Do and the Insight Directory will present TEDxGrassValley, a regional version of the popular TED conference, Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at Unity in the Gold Country, 4:30-8:30pm. The independently produced event, operated under license from TED, is organized around the upcoming TEDWomen conference, on December 7 and 8, 2010 in Washington DC.
In an unprecedented partnership, TED and The Paley Center for Media will produce the first-ever TEDWomen: a gathering of global thought leaders and innovators in Washington, DC, connecting to thousands of online participants and self-organized events around the world. The cross-disciplinary, cross-generational program will focus on how women think and work, communicate and collaborate, learn and lead. The program will explore what this means and why it matters to all of us.
TEDxGrassValley will feature live streaming of the final session from the first day of TEDWomen. These talks include: The First Ladies of Africa – A moderated conversation with the First Ladies of Sierra Leone and Malawi, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who will address women’s leadership, Yang Lan who will talk about the future for China as being shaped by Chinese women, and a musical performance by Angelique Kidjo.
TEDxGrassValley will also feature a handful of the region’s leading women thinkers, innovators, artists, leaders and philosophers to address “how women and girls are shaping the future” in our community.
Guest speakers include:
Reinette Senum is one of the founders of APPLE (Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Local Economy) dedicated to educating the community on the effects of oil depletion/global warming and the benefits of strong, local economy. She is also a current Councilwoman and former Mayor of Nevada City, CA. Reinette’s work with the city has included energy audits on all city-owned buildings, as well as solar installments on city hall, Pioneer Park public pool and the city yard. She is also the first woman to cross Alaska on skis.
Ginny Woods comes from a family of healers. She is a mother, grandmother, registered nurse, Traditional Chinese Acupressure Therapist, certified Chinese massage therapist and instructor, Reiki master teacher, certified Feng Shui consultant, and an ordained Tibetan Buddhist nun. She has been a midwife, paramedic nurse, hospice practitioner, and created her own preschool.
Rainy Blue Cloud, was one of the youngest candidates to run for office in California during the 1998 elections. At just 19, Rainy made history running for a seat on the City Council of Nevada City. Her platform included advocacy for the arts, the environment and civil rights. Rainy’s story garnered national attention and she was featured on Democracy Now! She has been a youth representative to the United Nations and has since directed her activism towards indigenous and aboriginal issues. She is also the Captain of the North San Juan Volunteer Fire Department.
Poet and essayist Molly Fisk writes and teaches in Nevada City, CA. She’s the author of the poetry collections: The More Difficult Beauty and Listening to Winter; her latest CD of radio commentary is Blow-Drying a Chicken. Molly teaches Writing to Heal to cancer and cardiac patients and runs the well-known on-line workshop Poetry Boot Camp. She speaks nationally on poetry, innovation, feminism, and child abuse, and was recently featured at TEDxSanFrancisco.
Chameli Ardagh is a leading pioneer on contemporary feminine spirituality and the founder of Awakening Women Institute (http://awakeningwomen.com). She is the initiator of a global network of women’s groups, an online Women’s Ashram, and author of 3 books and a DVD series on feminine empowerment and spirituality. She also is the co-creator of the Deeper Love retreat together with her husband, Arjuna.
Elisa Parker is the co-founder, producer and host of the award-winning program, See Jane Do. As a social change organization, See Jane Do redefines media for women and the power of story to create positive change. Serving as an activist for women, social justice, and the environment, Elisa’s work takes her around the world to discover and share the extraordinary stories and solutions in each of us.
Suzie Daggett, has published the Insight Directory since 2002, a twice-yearly publication for the Sierra Nevada Foothills with listings of healing arts practitioners, products and services promoting healthy, sustainable living with a circulation of 12,000. In 2005, Suzie created Insight Lectures, offering three to five high quality lectures to the public featuring national wellness speakers.
Jesse Locks is the co-founder and co-producer of the award-winning program, See Jane Do. She has worked in independent music and publishing for over ten-years, most notably for the trailblazing and critically acclaimed Arthur Magazine. She is the Festival Director for the Nevada City Film Festival and the PR Director for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Jesse is also deeply involved in the community as a Master Gardener, a Board of Director for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, a Friendship Club Angel and a board member for the Sierra College Coordinating Council.
In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxGrassValley where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxGrassValley, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
TEDxGrassValley is produced with generous support from KVMR, NCTV, The FARM, Unity in the Gold Country, Kial James Design, Spiral Studios, and BriarPatch Co-op.
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