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! But don’t give up – if you’d like to add your name to the waiting list, please call One Longfellow Square directly at 207-671-1757 or click here 

New to SheSpeaks? This will be the 8th running of my live storytelling event, and will feature six women who inspire and intrigue me. Simply put: I want to hear the story that wants to be told through them, and I think I’m not alone. And therein lies the magic of SheSpeaks: The stories told this magical night are not buffed and polished and rehearsed. They are messy and often unfinished, making them deliciously human and relatable. So join us on this winter as we fill up the beautiful space of One Longfellow Square in Portland with our big, beautiful and unapologetic energy.  Witness the power of stories told and lived. Be a part of it by catching what’s served up on stage that night, and I promise you will leave with some powerful energy, inspirational brew, and serendipitous mojo that has come to be the calling card of this event!

Feel free to check out some speakers from past events here. Note: Stories at SheSpeaks are no longer video or audio-taped, what what you see here are from older events held in a much smaller space. 

Winter 2017: Life In The Arena

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

One Longfellow Square
Portland, Maine

This event is now SOLD out, but don’t give up that quickly. See how to add your name to waiting list above. 

If you have already purchased a ticket – yay, we’ll see you there! Your name will be on the will-call list at One Longfellow Square that night. Doors open at 6:00.

Plan ahead and save the date for this amazing night of women’s storytelling. Six women will take to the stage and share their stories about stepping into, standing out in, and making their way in the arena of life. 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 “Life In The Arena.”

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…

The Broken Bits

Elizabeth has always been a fan of mending, which means she often sees possibilities where others see what’s broken. She plays with the space in-between things—where something has not yet been created, but is waiting to be born. But this space is starting to feel too small for her. And it’s pissing her off, asking her to break out in bigger ways. Elizabeth’s story will shine a light on the creative tension that lives between the feeling of being “too much” and the desire to blow the roof off of your own container.

Bleeding On The Sheets

How is it we can find ourselves in the middle of a storm still feel weirdly okay? What compels us to force our hand in the face of so much exhaustion and frustration? These are some things Adilah is wondering about as she continues to move into epicenters only to find herself alone and fighting the odds. She’s questioning if she can trust more deeply than she ever has before. Adilah’s story will reveal how the unexpected solutions to our problems are often hiding in plain sight just waiting to be seen and activated.

photo credit: Molly Haley Coming Full Circle

Donna senses a tectonic shift is happening in her life, but is also noticing life continue as it did before, one heartbeat at a time. With the closing of one chapter in her life, it feels as if something strong and full of power has been passed on to her, and yet the connective threads remain in place, even as she expands and contracts with each new breath. Donna’s story will shed some light on how the darkest of nights can ironically be the very thing that bind us together and light the way forward.

The Person Behind The Person

What does it mean to be a private person in a public space? How do we stay safe and whole when we intentionally put ourselves “out there” in vulnerable spaces and places? How do we resist the urge to become a characterization of ourselves based what others see and say? These are some of the questions Shay is grappling with as she finds herself more frequently in the bright hot light of the public eye —and she’s noticing her body is speaking volumes as a result.

Off The Mark

Marsha has never done things exactly the way others do it or assume it’s supposed to be done. As a result, people marvel and measure themselves against her, despite the fact that it’s the ordinary things in extraordinary places that has her feel amazing. But as she’s grown older, she’s grown weary of that sensation—especially when she finds she’s buying into it. Marsha’s story will examine what happens when we start to separate out the “reality” of a situation from the reality of our situation.

Her Gift To Me

Kimberly always suspected she was a strong and confident woman, but it wasn’t until she allowed herself to expand beyond measure that she came face to face with the full extent of her power – quite literally – when she stripped herself naked in front of a mirror. That was the moment she pulled back the veil and saw herself living a round life filled with both dark nights and bright and shiny moments. Kimberly’s story will explore what it means to bear witness to ourselves in the mess as well as the orgasms of life.


The Women of Past SheSpeaks

December 2016: A Living Prayer 
EJ Lab – I Am The And
Lisa Whited – Doubling Up
Noel Gallagher – A Stew of Shame
Jeanne Handy – Our Bodies Are Holy
Pamela Otunnu – A Stand For Why
Molly Simmons – Liminal Living

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