SheSpeaks: Women’s Speaking Series

This speaking series is designed to celebrate and honor women – our power, perspectives, voices, wisdom, stories and relevance. Each of these evening events has a distinct theme and hand-selected speakers whose short talks will inspire, inform, and create a space for something new to emerge – an awareness, an idea, an appreciation, a connection, a commitment.

This event is now SOLD OUT! Thanks to all of you who bought advance tickets — I’m so honored.

We will be a full house at 165 in our audience, so if you have a ticket, be sure to arrive a bit early (doors open at 6:00) to give yourself time to get settled! 

It’s baaaaaack! After taking a two-year hiatus from this running this ever-popular event (insert my heartfelt gratitude here for the love and support!) while I wrote and released my book, Unscripted: A Woman’s Living Prayer, I am happy to finally be returning to the stage in December with a posse of some amazing women to tell their stories! We’ll be in a new venue with a slightly new format, but aside from that you can expect to find the same powerful energy, inspirational brew, and serendipitous mojo that has come to be the calling card of this event!

Never been to a SheSpeaks storytelling event? Feel free to check out some speakers from past events here.

Winter 2016: A Living Prayer

Thursday, December 8th, 7:00 p.m.

One Longfellow Square
Portland, Maine

This event is now SOLD OUT
If you have purchased a ticket, your name will be on the will-call list at One Longfellow Square on Thursday. Doors open at 6:00.

shespeaks-laelPlan ahead and save the date for this amazing night of women’s storytelling. Eight women will take to the stage and share their stories about how they choose to show up in their lives, and how that intersects with their deepest desires for change — for themselves and the world. The women of this SheSpeaks will offer perspective, inspiration and some good food for thought along with a few laughs. Lael will be the emcee of this event and will be weaving together the stories in the context of the topic of “A Living Prayer.”

And yes, men are more than welcome to attend this event! While it is an event to honor and celebrate women, the stories told this evening will be appreciated by and relevant to men and women alike.

There will be a cash bar that offers beer, wine and local baked treats. There will be a brief intermission after the fourth speaker before continuing on with the second half. Buying advance tickets is encouraged, as space is limited and this event typically sells out!

The women of this SheSpeaks are…


I Am The And 

What if we didn’t have to choose between this or that? What if you could decide to have all the favorite parts of yourself? What if you could tell yourself – and others – a different story? EJ’s story will touch upon this desire as a means to not embody it, but to harness and fly with it. Without apology or explanation.




Doubling Up

Where have we not been showing up as we are? Where have we been hiding because it’s convenient? What if we stopped worrying so much about being accepted and started embracing our ability to create change by being an outlier? Lisa is playing with all of this as a means to create more micro moments of change, and as a result is demanding that she show up—for herself and others—in much bigger ways.


noelgallagher A Stew Of Shame

What do you do with all this anger? How do you reconcile being unapologetically defiant with the understanding of white privilege? How do you help, but not intrude? These are the places of creative tension that Noel is feeling as she calls to account for herself in ways she’s never had to before.




Our Bodies Are Holy

What if we didn’t feel the need to blush? Or feel ashamed? How would it feel to revel and relish in what’s natural, no longer denying that human experience of pleasure? And communion. These are the places Jeanne is asking herself — and all of us — to dance with in her life to bring reverence back to something quite holy.



pamelaotunnuA Stand For Why

What if we didn’t accept things as they are? What if advocating for change weren’t perceived as a threat? What if we didn’t wait for the right time? Pamela’s story is about deciding to unleash her innate curiosity that insists there is more than one way to look at a problem – and the courage to take an active stand for it, ready or not.


mollysimmons3Liminal Living

What if we weren’t problems to be solved? What if we didn’t need to arrive at any one conclusion, but could live from the mess and the sticky of the unknown? What if we were making it harder than it needed to be? These are questions swirling around Molly’s conversation with herself these days, and as a result she’s finding herself right where she’s meant to be.



Please note, due to unforseen circumstances, Shay Stewart-Bouley, one of our scheduled speakers will not be appearing on stage with us Thursday night. Shay will hopefully be joining SheSpeaks next December 2017. 

The Women of Past SheSpeaks

May 2014: Sourcing 
Susan Fekety – The Wing Flapping Stage
Kate Davis – The Strategy of Magic
Charlotte Bacon – The Alchemy of Anger
Erin Oldham – The Courage To Hold My Heart
Donna Desilets – Salty Tears, Salty Sea

December 2013: Harbinger
Johnna Major – Breaking Free From My Fortress
Molly Tarleton – Moving Into Fluid
Molly Simmons – The People At My Table
Becky Carpenter – Saying What I Do Believe
Shannon Bryan – Getting Ready For My Shit Show

May 2013: Rebel Yell
Pam Erickson – Finding My Inner Helga
Shannara Gillman – Being a Badass For Good
Noel Gallagher – Calling The Dogs Home
Erica Labb – Packaging My Truth In Love
Josephina Gasca – Bigger Than I Think I Am

December 2012: Mojo Risin’
Mish Morgenstern: An Antidote to Impatience
Denise Jay: Finding My Faith When the Dock Is Shaking
Katy Park: Taking Up A Shitload of Space
Danielle Madore: Choosing Not To Dance
Elizabeth DeSwarte: From Tragic to Magic

April 2012: Rites of Passage
Jen Cohen: The Pressure From A Grain Of Sand
Donna Galluzzo: Letting Go Into Love
Jeanne Handy: It’s Not Always Pretty
Jeanne Thompson: The Force Within Me
Ellen Murphy: Being True To The Process

October 2012: Honoring
Jessica Esch – The Journey To Asking
Shay Stewart Bouley -Letting It Rip
Monique Barrett – The Power of Unlocking Ourselves
Lee Farrington – Life On A Curve
Karen Wyman – Free-Falling Into The Unknown