GRASSROOTS CHANGEMAKERS

YOUNG WOMEN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS ANNUAL RETREAT

FRI NOV 2ND- SUN NOV 4TH, 2018

SAUSALITO, CA

 

As each year comes to a close, we invite our community to a retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area for a weekend of workshops, talks, learning, and rejuvenation. This is an opportunity to connect with other women who are passionate about creating change through social enterprise and learning how to best put their passions into action.


This year's retreat theme is "GRASSROOTS CHANGEMAKERS", with a focus on inspiring each attendee to understand her opportunity and calling to build community and work locally as a means to make social and environmental impact close to home, and person-to-person. While not overtly political, this theme conjures the image of what's needed during this politically charged time. It will allow us to showcase those among us who are working within their own communities, which is the heart of social enterprise.

 
 

 

We are excited to showcase a few of the talented presenters: 

(please note: exact workshop titles and content are subject to change)

 
 
 PRIYA GUPTA   Priya Gupta is a consultant economist to Bay Area organizations in the areas of strategy and impact measurement. She is an active volunteer and Board member for local nonprofits that serve people experiencing homelessness. She is dedicated to helping the wider community understand the challenges of living on a low income in San Francisco and what they can do about it. Priya was previously a Chief of Staff at the Bank of England and Head of Economics at Save the Children UK. Originally from London, she has made the Bay Area her home, and lives in San Francisco with her husband and two young children.

PRIYA GUPTA

Priya Gupta is a consultant economist to Bay Area organizations in the areas of strategy and impact measurement. She is an active volunteer and Board member for local nonprofits that serve people experiencing homelessness. She is dedicated to helping the wider community understand the challenges of living on a low income in San Francisco and what they can do about it. Priya was previously a Chief of Staff at the Bank of England and Head of Economics at Save the Children UK. Originally from London, she has made the Bay Area her home, and lives in San Francisco with her husband and two young children.

Local change, global reach

Change does not necessarily have to take place at scale. It can happen through deep connections with just one individual. It can happen through a small local organization, working with only a handful of people. After all, a system is simply an aggregation of individual pieces. In this presentation, you'll learn how to create transformation at the individual level, how you can measure the impact of this, and how you can prove it is in service to the wider change that you seek.


The Optimizer: Leadership Through Affirmation

This talk explores the value of optimizing the power and potential of other people/organizations. By affirming others and their missions, we can encourage them to see their own power, potential and influence. Simultaneously, we develop our own leadership skills and scope of influence. The talk will be presented workshop style, with time for small group breakouts where participants can identify the potential in each other and develop tangible steps for helping one another bring that potential to life.

 JASMINE SINGH  Jasmine is a lawyer, a fitness instructor, an advocate for women's leadership, and a champion for inclusion, diversity and equity. As Commercial Counsel at Pinterest, she helps the company maximize the value of deals and implement processes to minimize risk. As a cycling instructor at Ride Oakland, Jasmine helps people find the connection between their mental and physical strength. Jasmine is on the Board of YWSE and the South Asian Bar Association, is the founder of Dincert (an effort to decentralize philanthropic giving while supporting local artists and non-profits), and is an advisor to the Jakara Movement Fellowship Program. She has been actively involved in organizations promoting equity and inclusion in the legal profession (including Street Law, Law Academy, the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, the Barrister's Club Diversity Committee, the Asian Bar Association mentorship program, the Asian Law Caucus, and pipeline programs).

JASMINE SINGH

Jasmine is a lawyer, a fitness instructor, an advocate for women's leadership, and a champion for inclusion, diversity and equity. As Commercial Counsel at Pinterest, she helps the company maximize the value of deals and implement processes to minimize risk. As a cycling instructor at Ride Oakland, Jasmine helps people find the connection between their mental and physical strength. Jasmine is on the Board of YWSE and the South Asian Bar Association, is the founder of Dincert (an effort to decentralize philanthropic giving while supporting local artists and non-profits), and is an advisor to the Jakara Movement Fellowship Program. She has been actively involved in organizations promoting equity and inclusion in the legal profession (including Street Law, Law Academy, the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, the Barrister's Club Diversity Committee, the Asian Bar Association mentorship program, the Asian Law Caucus, and pipeline programs).


 JEANETTE HUEZO ROSALES  Jeannette Huezo is the Executive Director & Senior Popular Educator at United for a Fair Economy. Jeannette just got promoted as the new UFE Executive Director after 14 years coordinating UFE’s popular education work and facilitating many workshops and Training for Trainers, in particular for Latino groups. Originally from El Salvador, Jeannette came to the US in 1989. She has spent her life working for justice and social change. By developing confidence and leadership skills in others, she has increased the number of activists in the struggle for social change, and has empowered women, immigrants and others facing injustice to participate in the decision-making processes around issues that affect their lives.

JEANETTE HUEZO ROSALES

Jeannette Huezo is the Executive Director & Senior Popular Educator at United for a Fair Economy. Jeannette just got promoted as the new UFE Executive Director after 14 years coordinating UFE’s popular education work and facilitating many workshops and Training for Trainers, in particular for Latino groups. Originally from El Salvador, Jeannette came to the US in 1989. She has spent her life working for justice and social change. By developing confidence and leadership skills in others, she has increased the number of activists in the struggle for social change, and has empowered women, immigrants and others facing injustice to participate in the decision-making processes around issues that affect their lives.

Popular Education as a Tool of Transformation

The skill with which you are able to facilitate a training, workshop, presentation or small groups is sometimes as important as the agenda design. Popular Education provides the tools to help your facilitation center the experience of the participants, and their stories of struggles, resistance and resilience. The methodology invites real dialogue full of honesty, respect, and inclusivity, looking towards personal transformation as the a main goal, which helps the group move towrads collective healing.


 VIRGIE TOVAR  Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture, and started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight. She pens a weekly column called Take the Cake. Tovar edited the ground-breaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012) and The Feminist Press will be publishing her forthcoming book of non-fiction, You Have the Right to Remain Fat (August 2018). Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, Tech Insider, MTV, Al Jazeera, NPR, Yahoo Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine Online, Bust Magazine, and French language magazine Madame Figaro. She lives in San Francisco and offers workshops and lectures nationwide.

VIRGIE TOVAR

Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture, and started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight. She pens a weekly column called Take the Cake. Tovar edited the ground-breaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012) and The Feminist Press will be publishing her forthcoming book of non-fiction, You Have the Right to Remain Fat (August 2018). Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, Tech Insider, MTV, Al Jazeera, NPR, Yahoo Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine Online, Bust Magazine, and French language magazine Madame Figaro. She lives in San Francisco and offers workshops and lectures nationwide.

Bringing Feminism to Business: Values, Boundaries & Intuition

"After speaking with other feminist social entrepreneurs I discovered how dissatisfied we were with how we'd been taught to do business. We want to sell our services in a way that isn't exploitative, have a relationship with money that honors our values, center joy and fulfillment, and build something meaningfully - sometimes turning away opportunities that are high financial reward but don't feel right."

In this presentation + discussion, Virgie Tovar will share her experiences and realizations from talking with other social entrepreneurs, followed by guided dialogue among participants.


 SAMIA KARIMI  My family was forcibly displaced from Kabul, Afghanistan and were granted asylum in the US in 1980. 40 years later I reconnect to my culture through Afghan music and dance while running a world dance program for youth called DanceVersity. My goal is to bring connection and understanding across cultures through dance and empower local and diaspora youth to work towards a community that embraces the rich tapestry of world cultures. Part of our outreach efforts is to work with immigrant communities, such as Oakland International High School in the East Bay as well as refugee centers abroad. I bring my love for cross-cultural engagement and strong project management skills from the biotech world into an "art as humanity" vision for evolving generations.

SAMIA KARIMI

My family was forcibly displaced from Kabul, Afghanistan and were granted asylum in the US in 1980. 40 years later I reconnect to my culture through Afghan music and dance while running a world dance program for youth called DanceVersity. My goal is to bring connection and understanding across cultures through dance and empower local and diaspora youth to work towards a community that embraces the rich tapestry of world cultures. Part of our outreach efforts is to work with immigrant communities, such as Oakland International High School in the East Bay as well as refugee centers abroad. I bring my love for cross-cultural engagement and strong project management skills from the biotech world into an "art as humanity" vision for evolving generations.

Become the Dance

A movement/dance workshop, "Become the Dance" is a metaphor for stepping into the unknown in order to connect with a higher conscience and become the one with the dance (or flow of your life purpose).


Experiential team building workshop

This workshop offers a fun, activity-driven approach to strengthening team collaboration and communication. Using applied improvisational techniques, communication science, and management theory, we offer a transformative group experience that will help teams develop a different working paradigm. In this highly interactive workshop, we will focus on topics such as: presenting ideas with confidence and passion, learning how to help support others with their ideas, and exploring ways to foster meaningful connections in every interaction.

 MALLORY PENNEY  Mallory Penney has a passion for improvisation and organizational development. She is a member of the Applied Improvisation Network and holds a B.A. in Theater and Performance Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. As a team strategist, Mallory helps her clients strengthen communication & leadership skills through applied improvisation team building programs. Mallory is a firm believer that “fun” is the operative word when it comes to peeling away inhibitions in the workplace to allow collaboration and effective communication to emerge.

MALLORY PENNEY

Mallory Penney has a passion for improvisation and organizational development. She is a member of the Applied Improvisation Network and holds a B.A. in Theater and Performance Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. As a team strategist, Mallory helps her clients strengthen communication & leadership skills through applied improvisation team building programs. Mallory is a firm believer that “fun” is the operative word when it comes to peeling away inhibitions in the workplace to allow collaboration and effective communication to emerge.


 ALINA BALL  Founder and director of the Social Enterprise & Economic Empowerment Clinic at UC Hastings College of the Law, an in-house corporate law clinic that is a unique blend of transactional lawyering while critically examining issues of economic and social justice. Author of legal scholarship that focuses on the intersections of social enterprise law, community lawyering, clinical pedagogy, and critical race theory. New mother, not-so-new wife, and lifetime daughter and sister. Actively engaged community member who serves on the board of various nonprofit boards.

ALINA BALL

Founder and director of the Social Enterprise & Economic Empowerment Clinic at UC Hastings College of the Law, an in-house corporate law clinic that is a unique blend of transactional lawyering while critically examining issues of economic and social justice. Author of legal scholarship that focuses on the intersections of social enterprise law, community lawyering, clinical pedagogy, and critical race theory. New mother, not-so-new wife, and lifetime daughter and sister. Actively engaged community member who serves on the board of various nonprofit boards.

Perspectives on Community Lawyering

This talk provide an overview of community lawyering theory, a theoretic model for how attorneys should partner with marginalized clients to advance social change. The community lawyering model assumes the lawyer is representing individuals instead of companies. This conversation would be a unique opportunity to situate community lawyering in the context of a corporate lawyer representing a social enterprise company. Some of the questions the presentation will address are: what does effective anti-subordination, anti-poverty corporate lawyering look like and how can social enterprises access it?


 SACHI DOCTOR  Sachi Doctor is the founder of Elemental Alchemy, offering handcrafted Ayurvedic products and personalized wellness services to support those navigating their way towards sustainable health. She is an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga teacher and tea maker from a lineage of Indian healers and doctors and has been imbued in both Eastern tradition and Western medicine since childhood. Marrying the wisdom of these two worlds, Sachi blends Ayurvedic principles and yogic philosophy with physiology and functional nutrition to help individuals understand their mind-body composition and empower them to reclaim agency for their health.

SACHI DOCTOR

Sachi Doctor is the founder of Elemental Alchemy, offering handcrafted Ayurvedic products and personalized wellness services to support those navigating their way towards sustainable health. She is an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga teacher and tea maker from a lineage of Indian healers and doctors and has been imbued in both Eastern tradition and Western medicine since childhood. Marrying the wisdom of these two worlds, Sachi blends Ayurvedic principles and yogic philosophy with physiology and functional nutrition to help individuals understand their mind-body composition and empower them to reclaim agency for their health.

Cultivating Inner Wisdom [or "self-trust"] in an Outer-Directed World

In our world of abundant information, rather than always looking outside of oneself for instruction — a loop that’s confusing, complex, and disconnected from self — learn techniques to cultivate the inner wisdom that keeps us rooted in our own experience, even as we seek and learn new information.


Cacao Medicine Ceremony to Connect with Your Heart & Purpose

Enjoy a delicious cacao ceremony to connect more deeply with your heart. The process will help remove blocks and encourage you to drop the ego allowing for those creative juices to flow. In short, you will access energy that will give you clues to express your purpose more fully. This ceremony will also include share outs and support from fellow sisters.

 LAURA Y PEREYRA  I'm a (tech) communications professional, women's business coach, meditation teacher, and cacao ceremonialist. I help women of all ages remove blocks to create more fulfilling lives, launch businesses, and find peace through challenging life transitions. Through coaching, facilitating women's circles and retreats, teaching nourishing rituals, I support women's career and lifestyle evolutions.

LAURA Y PEREYRA

I'm a (tech) communications professional, women's business coach, meditation teacher, and cacao ceremonialist. I help women of all ages remove blocks to create more fulfilling lives, launch businesses, and find peace through challenging life transitions. Through coaching, facilitating women's circles and retreats, teaching nourishing rituals, I support women's career and lifestyle evolutions.


Engage Your Community: Planning Your Launch

A hands-on workshop to build a practical, integrated plan that reaches your community with the messages, tools and timing to drive engagement and excitement around what you are doing in the world.

 MELISSA GRIMSHAW-VARGAS  Melissa Grimshaw-Vargas is Founder and CEO of Launchwise, a Marketing and Strategy Firm that launches products, brands and businesses that matter. A Cal Poly grad with continuing studies at Stanford, Melissa has led or supported over 100 launches and serves as the Program Director for the National Association of Women Business Owners Silicon Valley. Her firm also trains early stage entrepreneurs through its Launchwise 100 program, which provides 100 steps to launching a product, brand or business.

MELISSA GRIMSHAW-VARGAS

Melissa Grimshaw-Vargas is Founder and CEO of Launchwise, a Marketing and Strategy Firm that launches products, brands and businesses that matter. A Cal Poly grad with continuing studies at Stanford, Melissa has led or supported over 100 launches and serves as the Program Director for the National Association of Women Business Owners Silicon Valley. Her firm also trains early stage entrepreneurs through its Launchwise 100 program, which provides 100 steps to launching a product, brand or business.