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   Samia Karimi came to the US at the age of five, seeking asylum along with her four siblings and parents after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.  Life since then has always been a dance between her Afghan culture and the new world.  A little over a year ago, Samia resigned from her 15-year career in Biotech to run DanceVersity, a nonprofit that engages Bay Area dance artists to bring world dance traditions to youth in the East Bay.  The transition has been both challenging and overwhelmingly invigorating.  As a dance artist, Samia reconnects with her Central Asian roots by dancing with Ballet Afsaneh and Nava Dance Collective. You will get a taste of some Afghan pop in today’s workshop.

SAMIA KARIMI

Samia Karimi came to the US at the age of five, seeking asylum along with her four siblings and parents after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.  Life since then has always been a dance between her Afghan culture and the new world. A little over a year ago, Samia resigned from her 15-year career in Biotech to run DanceVersity, a nonprofit that engages Bay Area dance artists to bring world dance traditions to youth in the East Bay.  The transition has been both challenging and overwhelmingly invigorating. As a dance artist, Samia reconnects with her Central Asian roots by dancing with Ballet Afsaneh and Nava Dance Collective. You will get a taste of some Afghan pop in today’s workshop.

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).

Although this is a “dance” workshop we are not here to learn choreography or certain dance moves.  This workshop is really about helping us get comfortable with the rhythm of our own breath, embracing the joy of dance and using dance as a metaphor to build community. Please note that this workshop was designed to be accessible to all with the hope that you will each walk away intrigued and inspired to incorporate somatic arts into your practice.



Free play: Connecting through improv

This workshop offers a fun, activity-driven approach to strengthening group collaboration and communication. Using applied improvisational techniques, we offer a transformative experience that will shift ways of thinking; both about ourselves and as a collective whole. In this highly interactive workshop, we will focus on ways to approach situations with confidence and passion, learn how to help support others with their ideas, and explore ways to foster meaningful connections in every interaction. Wear comfy clothes that are easy to laugh in and bring your “yes, and” attitude.

 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.

Core Connection: Guided Mindfulness to Ground & Recenter

It’s natural to be influenced by the things and people around us, but a problem arises when we forget we have an inner guide we can trust to steer us in the direction most aligned with who we are. In our world of over-abundant information, it is all too easy to lose our mooring—to lose connection with our innate wisdom.  

Join Sachi for an hour of guided mindfulness, a time to learn centering techniques to stay anchored in yourself & the present moment — practices you can use throughout the conference and beyond.

While the format will be the same both Saturday and Sunday, the focal point and practice will differ so you are welcome to join for both experiences. Attendance at Saturday’s session is not required to join on Sunday.

Format:

  • Introduction & overview

  • Guided meditation (~ 20 minutes)

  • Facilitated practice: bridging meditation with living mindfully (journaling, body scanning, dyad exercise)

  • Time for reflection & questions

Bring:

  • Journal & pen

  • Pillow and/or shawl for meditation (Chairs will be available.)


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.


 DRUSILLA (DRU) COWAN  Drusilla (Dru) Cowan is a sexual assault survivor turned social entrepreneur committed to engaging society in a positive sexual revolution. After the 2016 election, she co-founded Survivor Alliance to create a multi-faceted platform for healing centered engagement around sexual trauma, and she has hosted a number of community events in Oakland for survivors and allies. Now, Dru spends most of her time developing the for-profit side of their model, reshaping economic needs to support social impact goals. She also volunteers with SFWAR, Project Survive, and various women's groups in the Bay Area and is a strong advocate for self-care.

DRUSILLA (DRU) COWAN

Drusilla (Dru) Cowan is a sexual assault survivor turned social entrepreneur committed to engaging society in a positive sexual revolution. After the 2016 election, she co-founded Survivor Alliance to create a multi-faceted platform for healing centered engagement around sexual trauma, and she has hosted a number of community events in Oakland for survivors and allies. Now, Dru spends most of her time developing the for-profit side of their model, reshaping economic needs to support social impact goals. She also volunteers with SFWAR, Project Survive, and various women's groups in the Bay Area and is a strong advocate for self-care.

Alchemizing Patriarchal Systems to Support Social Change

Long before recent movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, social justice activists have been fighting to end the cycles of violence that keep patriarchal institutions in place. In their wake, society's eyes have been broadly opened to reality, shifting the needed conversation from awareness to action. A new wave of workplace needs have yet to be filled, and an opportunity has arisen for anti-violence activists to fund their community work in unique ways. Now is the time we restructure for-profit models to support non-profit agendas.


We the People: How Partnering with Government can Accelerate Social Enterprise

If you're trying to make the world a better place, there is almost certainly a government program (probably more than one) already working in the same space. How a social enterprise interacts with government can dramatically influence a company's path. Ashley will share some insights from her six years in the civic tech space, with stories of how social enterprise teams working on issues like affordable housing, food stamps, foster care, criminal justice reform, and more have leveraged thoughtful interaction with the public sector to their advantage. Bring your own experience for a group discussion and the opportunity to help an entrepreneur in the room through a "brain-raiser" activity!

We'll cover:
- How to find and take advantage of opportunities for government funding (both grants and contracts) and partnerships that many social enterprises are missing out on
- How to get started with government relations and public affairs
- How to deal with laws, regulations, or government programs that impact your product or service

 ASHLEY MEYERS  Ashley works as a consultant with government innovation and digital services teams, startups, and non-profits to craft program strategy, tell compelling stories, and measure impact. She was until just recently a Product Manager on the San Francisco Digital Services Team, continuing the work she began in the SF Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation in 2015. She helped write the City's first-ever Digital Service Strategy, co-founded the Civic Bridge program, and brought a modern, agile, user-centered approach to a new affordable housing application service. She joined the City of San Francisco from Code for America, where she was an early team member of the nationally-recognized startup non-profit that is using technology to reinvent the relationship between citizens and government.

ASHLEY MEYERS

Ashley works as a consultant with government innovation and digital services teams, startups, and non-profits to craft program strategy, tell compelling stories, and measure impact. She was until just recently a Product Manager on the San Francisco Digital Services Team, continuing the work she began in the SF Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation in 2015. She helped write the City's first-ever Digital Service Strategy, co-founded the Civic Bridge program, and brought a modern, agile, user-centered approach to a new affordable housing application service. She joined the City of San Francisco from Code for America, where she was an early team member of the nationally-recognized startup non-profit that is using technology to reinvent the relationship between citizens and government.


 TRACY WYMAN  Tracy began her career as a management consultant and moved to international development in 2002, joining the BBC World Service Trust, where she oversaw radio and TV programming for social change in Asia. From there, she spent 12 years working on inclusive business initiatives and directly with small businesses and associations in Southeast Asia and Africa. Tracy has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MSc in International Development from the University of Reading. Tracy is now based in Alameda and is working to establish an impact investment fund and support services for impact businesses that benefit women and girls. Tracy sees support for gender impact businesses as a powerful tool for systemic change around the issues impacting women and girls around the world.

TRACY WYMAN

Tracy began her career as a management consultant and moved to international development in 2002, joining the BBC World Service Trust, where she oversaw radio and TV programming for social change in Asia. From there, she spent 12 years working on inclusive business initiatives and directly with small businesses and associations in Southeast Asia and Africa. Tracy has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MSc in International Development from the University of Reading. Tracy is now based in Alameda and is working to establish an impact investment fund and support services for impact businesses that benefit women and girls. Tracy sees support for gender impact businesses as a powerful tool for systemic change around the issues impacting women and girls around the world.

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