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Anita Sarah Jackson
Anita Sarah Jackson is the Director of Social Media Strategy and Blogging for MomsRising.org. Working across the organization, as well as with external policy partners, MomsRising's social media strategic development has become integrated with every campaign. Reaching out in both creative and tried-and-true ways, MomsRising's social media reach is now in the millions, including an active, diverse and influential Facebook and Twitter following.Anita leads the innovative social media campaigns that spur grassroots action, organizational growth and partnerships, and lawmakers' attention. Her social media strategies have gained earned media for MomsRising, widespread social media coverage, and have contributed to legislative and corporate action.
Anita earned her AB from UC Berkeley and her JD from American University's Washington College of Law, where she focused on women's rights and human rights.
Baltimore, Maryland native and current Oakland, California girl Jenise Michele (also known as “Ccep”) has been writing and performing since elementary school. An early love of fiction and poetry coupled with a theater background lends depth and power to her stage presence.
Since merging writing and performance in 2005, Jenise Michele has made a name for herself in poetry circles, performing at various venues across the country. She represented San Diego at the 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps); was a member of the 2011 San Diego “Elevated!” Slam Team; has featured at several local colleges/universities in SoCal and NorCal, as well as several community-based events, including co-directing The Vagina Monologues for V-Day San Diego State University 2013.
Jenise Michele is dedicated to using her voice as a catalyst for social and emotional change and is doing so through her new movement “Keep It Light, Love”.
Leora Tec is the director of Bridge To Poland, an organization she founded in order to share the important work of memorialization of Jewish Life being done in Poland by non-Jews. Tec had never felt a connection to her Polish identity but that began to change in 2005, when her mother, Nechama Tec, survivor and Holocaust scholar, invited her to accompany her on a trip to Poland. On that visit, she uncovered a sense of kinship with the people and the place, and she first glimpsed the heartfelt work of remembrance of Jews being done by non-Jews.
In addition to to the small group study tours she creates for Bridge To Poland, Leora conducts workshops and speaks publicly about many topics that touch on Poland, Jews and memory. In her spare time she enjoys narrating audiobooks at the Perkins School for the Blind, learning languages and doing improvisational comedy.
Tec is currently working on a memoir tentatively titled "I'm Not Polish: My Discovery of Identity." Leora Tec holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D./LL.M. from Duke University School of Law.
Makeda is a certified Life Coach but prefers to think of herself as an Empowerment Coach who supports women (and some men) leaders in identifying and overcoming the inner obstacles standing in their way.
She spent the better part of 20+ years serving in various leadership roles but her inner critic and limiting beliefs kept her playing small and never fully showing up for her life. After doing some serious inner work (that continues still) Makeda started her own coaching practice with a vision of seeing a world where women know they matter, believe they are enough, and embrace the power they have to radically transform their lives.
She specializes in tools and strategies for dealing with your inner critic, limiting beliefs, and the fears that keep you stuck living a life that’s less than the one you are capable of living. She loves the ocean, sun-kissed days, and a good cup of steaming hot tea. She can be found at www.makedapennycooke.com.
Daisy Klaber Miksch
While earning a B.A. in Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Daisy taught part-time at a local Montessori school. Having attended a Montessori school herself at age three, she decided to study its principles and methods by completing Association Montessori Internationale training at Washington Montessori Institute and earning an M.Ed. in Montessori Education at Loyola College in Maryland. Later becoming a Music Together center owner/director, Daisy uses what she’s learned from these experiences, and from her own parents, to work with her husband in helping their young sons enjoy life as kind, self-aware, and curious people.
Selected in 2009 as one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 honorees, she’s volunteered with organizations such as independent radio station WYEP, peace-education group Children’s International Summer Villages, public-breastfeeding advocacy project The Milk Truck, and drinking-water provider The Samburu Project. She and her boys have recently signed on with 412 Food Rescue, to pick up donations from grocery stores and restaurants and deliver them to people in need.
In between hugs and school runs and fielding perplexing questions, her daily activities include working part-time from home in communications and sales support, pumping to donate milk—directly to recipient families who are in need for a variety of reasons, and also to Three Rivers Mothers’ Milk Bank for distribution specifically to babies born prematurely, and checking in with her favorite Facebook group of local mamas, for tips and jokes.
Réa Wright is a psychotherapist and soap-maker on a quest to help women live healthy, joyful, vibrant and fulfilling lives. She believes that when women connect with their innate creativity, intuition and divine feminine, face their deepest fears, and truly experience the full range of their emotional selves, a world of opportunity awaits them. Réa works privately with women and facilitates several workshops, groups and retreats both locally and internationally.
Réa has also created a natural, body-care product line that supports and extends this vision of healthy, holistic, mind-body living, Mood Indigo Soaps.
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Dr. Audra Lehman
Dr. Audra Lehman has fifteen years of experience as a full spectrum family doctor, delivering babies and caring for them as they grow, treating adults both in and out of the hospital setting, and supporting patients at the end of life. For the past five years she has served on faculty at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, training future doctors and being truly inspired by her students.
Dr. Lehman embraces both conventional medical science and healing practices from other traditions as well. She has studied medical acupuncture, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and functional medicine.
“I love partnering with patients, sharing information that equips them to make the decisions that are best for them.”
Julie Wieland, MPH, is a healthcare activist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, and yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching. She creates compelling invitations for people to interact with life from an open heart, while stepping into their courage to feel the vulnerability (and adrenaline rush) of claiming the power of their health and true nature. Julie uses her teaching as a vehicle to seductively shift predominant attitudes, feelings and behaviors from ‘consumer’ to ‘creator’, inspiring a shift towards peaceful and sustainable living.
Julie currently serves on the alumni board of directors for Child, Family, Health International and teaches yoga in Alexandria, VA.
I am a happy soul believing something as small as a smile holds the power to greatly impact everyone around me, including me. I dream and believe in a world of acceptance and love; accepting and loving my own perfect imperfections and yours while you accept and love yourselves, each other and me, perfectly imperfectly.
I believe all emotions and feelings originate from Love or Fear. And I believe everything experienced in this lifetime occurs for a reason ultimately for our highest good, especially the uncomfortable stuff.
And I wake every day with a passionate desire deep in my heart and soul to support & heal. I help people move from feelings of self-doubt, feeling stuck, or physical or emotional pain, and into living life where you feel at ease, comfortable in your own skin, smiling from the inside out. When I touch someone, you feel the energy going through you. I partner on a soul level with people guiding you to become aware, heal, release and let go of what you don’t want AND transform yourself and your life creating physical and emotional healing, feeling happier, moving towards living your heart’s desire .
Over 20 years ago, after making choices to heal myself and find happiness, I sought treatment for my bulimia and my life began changing dramatically. For the last 20 years, I extensively studied and practiced meditation, energy healing, journaling, blogging, yoga, spirituality, mediumship, intuition, chakras, Reiki, yin empowerment, crystals, sound healing, clearing spaces, tarot, art, shamanism, public speaking and leadership training. I experienced sweat lodges, drumming journeys and acupuncture. I received my B.S. in Communications from Appalachian State University with extensive study in marketing and psychology. I am a certified Intuitive Energy Healer. Last year I became a Minister through the Universal Life Church, performing marriages. In 2012, I realized my dream to visit and study in India where I became a certified Reiki Master. My story lead and inspired my study creating who I am today.
My thirst for learning, understanding and sharing remains unquenched and I participate in new courses as often as I can create time to add nuances into my work with clients and through workshops. I work with clients locally in my office, remotely all over the country and through workshops.
I also love reading, writing, outdoors, cooking, dancing, sports (playing & watching), the beach, camping, and laughing. That is why my husband calls me Giggleslovebug. I live just outside Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband, Marc; my son Eli and our fur babies: Killian (dog) and Hunter (cat).