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SheSpeaks: Women’s Speaking Series
Have you ever been inspired by a complete stranger who strikes a chord with something in your soul?
Are you craving some time out of the fray to just sit back, listen and be with your own thoughts?
What if you weren’t alone?
SheSpeaks was created with you in mind.
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 who’s short talks will inspire, inform, and create a space for something new to emerge – an awareness, an idea, an appreciation, a connection, a commitment.
The intent of these events is to offer women, and men alike, a chance to pause in an otherwise busy day, reflect, and be nourished through the power of story. Like a pebble thrown in a pond, SheSpeaks will have a ripple effect which may not be immediately seen or felt. They will provide food for thought, a hearty laugh, a tender moment or intellectual intrigue.
So grab your favorite journal or make a date with a dear friend. But join us. You’ll be so glad you did.
Winter 2013: Harbinger
Thursday, December 5th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Mayo Street Arts
Tickets are $12 in advance / $15 at the door
SOLD OUT! Advance tickets are no longer available to purchase, but if space allows there may be a few tickets for purchase at the door that evening starting at 6:00!
40% of the proceeds from this event will benefit Mayo Street Arts
Plan ahead and save the date for this amazing night of women’s storytelling. Five women will take to the stage and share their stories about the many signs, signals, and indicators we experience along the road to change. 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 five stories in the context of the topic of “Harbinger”
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 second speaker before continuing on with the second half. Buying advance tickets is encouraged, as space is limited and this event will sell out!
The women of this SheSpeaks are…
Johnna Major ~ Breaking Free From My Fortress
Johnna has mixed feelings about the walls and boxes she’s built for herself. On one hand, they’ve served a purpose, offering a safe haven to hunker down and give herself to raising her family and expanding her professional self.They have provided a buffer to outside noise, and allowed a singularity of focus. But now that the kids are nearly grown, Johnna’s curious about what’s going on in the village – on the other side of the wall – and is finding she’s hungry for more connection. She gets that she’s in transition from one season to another, she can feel it as she watches the falling leaves and begins to make friends with winter. She knows in her bones there is something waiting for her on the other side of that damn wall. Johnna’s story will underscore the courage it takes to face down our fears – and be vulnerable – as a means to break free from the walls we put up to keep ourselves safe.
Molly Tarleton ~ Moving Into Fluid
Molly grew up on a farm, so she knows a thing or two about the land and how it responds to the seasons. She gets the purpose and the value in a cycle of life. But somewhere along the way, she got stuck in rut and found herself frozen in time, adrift from her inner anchor and feeling numb to her own life. That was when the bugs started crawling and the fire blazed in her home, literally and figuratively smoking her out of her rut. The heat from that fire helped the ice to thaw and brought forward movement back into her life, and now she in the process of reconstructing as a result. In doing so, Molly finds she’s reclaiming her roots by making choices that feed her organic nature. Molly’s story will reveal how unsuspecting allies can show up when you need them most, but often will stay around until you’re good and ready to move on by yourself.
Molly Simmons ~ The People At My Table
Molly has always been a big fan of information. When faced with a decision, her first inclination is to reach out to others to hear their perspective, learn from their experience, and gather some data. She has confidence in her ability to make anything work, but at this particular crossroad – to be or not to be a mother – she needs more than that. She needs to truly feel it. But she’s discovering her usual tricks of gathering information aren’t working this time. She’s realizing that the voices at her table are all talking at once, and she’s having trouble hearing the one voice that matters most: her own. Molly’s story will demonstrate how some decisions in life don’t respond to data or other people’s experiences, but ask us to jump through our own personal ring of fire to get to the other side.
Becky Carpenter ~ Saying What I Do Believe
Becky has prayed at the altar of two things for most of her life: planning and learning. She believes in the power of asking for guidance, and has a strong faith that the universe will tell her what she needs to do. She also considers herself a planner. The tricky part has been when things just start happening and she doesn’t have the time to plan, or the direction she gets from the universe takes her down an entirely different road altogether. Her life has been about responding to the call and kicking into action, and while she’s learned a lot on the way, Becky is starting to wonder if she’s ever really gotten an answer to her question: “What am I supposed to do?” Or perhaps she has, and the answer has been trying to bonk her upside the head all along. Becky’s story will show how a strong connection with the universe can be a blessing and a curse, as it gets in the way of our plans and teaches us what we’re meant to learn.
Shannon Bryan ~ Getting Ready For My Shit Show
Shannon lives her life with the determined belief that if she wants something, she can set her sights on it and go get it. She’s got confidence – not just in herself, but in the way the world works. She believes deep in her bones that the world will not fail her, and as a result, she rises up time and time again to ask for what she wants. It generally works in her favor, although not always on her timeline. But she’s got tenacity and determination on her side, which she knows will ultimately temper her impatience. And she’s learned to be ready for the shit show. Embrace it, even. But then she saw the dead squirrel. And with that came a realization. Of all she’s asked of the world, there is one request she’s never really made: Send love. So now she’s asking. Insisting. Demanding it. Shannon’s story will illustrate how the asking for what you want and showing up like you mean business can make for a mighty powerful launch pad to leap into love, shit show or not.
Women of Past SheSpeaks
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
Women of Past SheSpeaks
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