YOUNG WOMEN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS ANNUAL RETREAT
FRI NOV 2ND- SUN NOV 4TH, 2018
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Introduction & overview
Guided meditation (~ 20 minutes)
Facilitated practice: bridging meditation with living mindfully (journaling, body scanning, dyad exercise)
Time for reflection & questions
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.
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.
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!
- 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