Artist and author Keith McHenry helped start Food Not Bombs in Massachusetts in 1980. He has recovered, cooked and shared vegan food with the hungry for over 38 years. Keith has been arrested nearly 100 times for his efforts, spending over 500 nights in jail and at one point faced 25 to life in prison. Amnesty International declared all Food Not Bombs volunteers "Prisoners of Conscience" in 1994 and worked for Keith's unconditional release. In 2011 Keith spent 18 days in jail for sharing vegan meals in violation of Orlando, Florida's large group feeding law. Keith has traveled all over the world, speaking at colleges, books stores and cafes. While on tour he joins local Food Not Bombs activists helping them prepare and sharing free vegan meals with the public. He also helps coordinate logistics for the Food Not Bombs movement which is active in over 1,000 cities around the world.
Stephen is a poet (Claptrap), a veteran film and television director, writer, and producer. His feature directing credits include Paris Trout, for which he received a Director’s Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials, as well as the theatrical films Waterland, A Dangerous Woman, Losing Isaiah and Homegrown. In 2012, he received a DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television for Girl Fight. He is the producer of In Utero: A documentary on life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world.
Sabra Williams has received international acclaim for her work as an actor and co-founder of The Actors' Gang Prison Project, including being named by President Obama a, “Champion of Change” in 2016, and being honored with a British Empire Medal by Queen Elizabeth in 2018. As former Director of The Prison Project, for twelve years, she oversaw the program from one California State Prison to thirteen, as well as programs in two Reentry facilities, girls Juveniles Camps and a new Correctional & Probation Officer program. She is currently the Executive Director of a new Social Justice initiative, Creative Acts. www.creativeacts.us.
Liya Garber creates a heart-filled, fun, and joyful way to calm the mind and align with one’s inner truth. Through Kundalini Yoga, she brings a unique and special gift of laughter and humor to every class.
Her yoga journey began in the heart of New York City where she lived a fast-paced life as a business executive. As the stress of this life began to affect her health, Liya turned to yoga and began to heal. The results were undeniable and she has been on a dedicated path of self healing and discovery ever since.
Suzanne Anderson is a psychologist, executive coach, speaker, thought leader on resilient leadership and co-author of the triple award-winning book The Way of the Mysterial Woman: Upgrading How You Live, Love and Lead. Her work is dedicated to awakening women to their full potential, urging them to the edge of their own evolution - to be the ones who are able to lead us into a new cultural paradigm.
Over fifteen years of research led Suzanne to discover The Mysterial Way - an emerging leadership model that integrates both Feminine and Masculine capacities, embraces women’s wholeness and addresses all the domains of her unique experience. This multi-faceted, in-depth approach to her work rests on 30 years of study and practice in a grounded spiritual path that remains a vital aspect of her life today.
Geoff’s background in teaching, HR, marketing, communications and sustainability is considerable. During his 25 years with Unilever (a global corporation with a turnover of £50 billion, 170,000 employees in 90 countries around the world), his experience has been truly global working across Africa, the Middle-East and Turkey, Australasia and Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Geoff is a sought after speaker, inspiring and provoking organizations to put purpose and wellbeing at the centre of everything they do. His experience in Unilever, under the pupilage of Paul Polman, allows him to provide very practical insights and to speak on how to go about truly embedding PURPOSE and address the taboo associated with wellbeing (particularly mental health) within a large global multi-national organization.
He now consults on how to address the stigma linked to depression and anxiety in the workplace, with a particular emphasis on raising awareness of these issues and providing some practical strategies as to how one might go about addressing this growing modern illness.
In the world of pole fitness, Roz “The Diva” Mays, 31, is an anomaly. At 230 pounds, she’s not the type of woman you’d expect to see spinning on a pole — let alone leading the class. But the certified pole instructor and personal New York City trainer is doing just that. '
Roz' work both shatters the notion that athletic ability is at all tied to body size, and confronts the hypersexualization of black women by unapologetically owning her sexuality.
She specializes in making the sport more inclusive of plus size women – teaching in New York City as well as traveling around the country to bring the sport to women through what she describes as “obnoxiously loud classes.” A Roz “The Diva” Mays classroom is all about ditching insecurities and embracing the power of your body.
Connor Beaton is the founder of ManTalks, an international organization focused on mens health, wellness, success and fulfillment. Connor is also an international speaker, podcast host and Coach.
Previously, Connor worked with Apple leading high performance sales and operations teams. Since founding ManTalks, Connor has spoken on stage at TEDx, with Lewis Howes, Gary Vaynerchuk, Danielle LaPorte, taken ManTalks to over a dozen cities internationally and has been featured on platforms like Forbes, Huffington Post, HeForShe, The Good Men Project, UN Women, CBC and the National Post.
As a truth-telling coach, writer and an innovator in the realm of leadership, Lisa has devoted her life to helping people get rid of fear, anxiety and self doubt so that they can unleash their inner Gandhi, Mother Teresa or MLK’s and make a powerful impact in the world.
When it comes to doing your great work in the world, Lisa Fabrega has a simple philosophy—every time you hold back, self-sabotage, and keep yourself from stepping into the leadership you know you were born to embody, you are affecting the fate of the world, because you are removing a key player that assists in its evolution—YOU.
One client described her as her “Courage Curator” while others have declared her to be “the secret weapon for the world’s next great thought leaders”. If you know you’re here to do something big in the world, but for reasons you can’t explain, aren’t quite doing it the way you want to, you can visit www.lisafabrega.com for inspiration and to find out more about how to work with her.
Known for her raw, honest, and grounded approach to self help and spirituality, Elizabeth DiAlto is an Integrative Spiritual counselor, creator of Wild Soul Movement, an author, and the host of the popular Truth Telling with Elizabeth DiAlto podcast. She’s been a teacher, leader, speaker, coach and trainer to groups and individuals for 15+ years in three different industries.
In 2013, Shape Magazine listed her alongside Dr Oz, Ellen, Jillian Michaels, Tim Ferriss and more as a Top 30 Motivator. She has written for and been featured in Marie Claire, New York Magazine, SELF, Shape, The Huffington Post, US News and Health Report, Yahoo! News and many more.
Elizabeth works with women internationally through her digital programs and speaking engagements and more intimately through in-person intensives, retreats, workshops, Wild Soul Movement™ teacher training, and occasional one-on-one engagements. Her greatest mission in this life is to help those who identify as women worldwide to reclaim and redefine their own womanhood, and contribute to a new paradigm of culture where it is both safe and natural for women to love, trust, and accept themselves fully.
Robert Kandell has been helping men find themselves for fourteen years. An expert in interpersonal communication and relationships, he has helped thousands of students find a more balanced, energized life with better relationships, more sex and more happiness.
His coaching style is challenging, fraternal and highly rewarding and definitely not for the faint hearted, he has been described as “part football coach, part loving dad and part slightly crazed drill sergeant”.
He is the host of the highly successes podcast, Tuff Love, and the author of the book, unHIDDEN, A Book for Men and Those Confused by Them.
Lynne Maureen Hurdle is a communication expert and conflict resolution strategist, facilitator, speaker, and leadership coach with over 35 years of experience in blending the connection between communication, conflict and culture into my unique style of engagement for leaders.
She's the author of the best seller, Closing Conflict for Leaders: How to Be a Bold Leader and Develop a Kick-Ass, High-Functioning, Happy AF Team.
Her expertise is in engaging clients with creative processes designed to create dialogue and teach skills that can be used in the most difficult leadership situations. The belief that helping people transform their lives begins with transforming one's own, led to her well received TEDxWomen talk entitled, “The Weight of Hate.”
Lynne has deliverered her unique trainings, workshops, and deep coaching to leaders from Harlem to Hong Kong and from the South Bronx to South Africa.
Scilla has been three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the Oxford Research Group, which she founded in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics. She was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003, and adviser to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’. Her TED talk on nonviolence has been viewed by over 1,400,000 people.
Scilla's latest book is The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War.