Heading Up the Advocacy Training Program for the Women’s Leadership Conference, May 13, 2017
The 11th annual West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference is coming up May 13, and I have the honor of heading up the Advocacy Trainings and focused issues discussions for the conference.Topics cover running for office, effective lobbying, getting advocacy projects off the ground, engaging in climate change and reproductive justice issues, and more. The conference features a stellar full day of workshops, panels, speakers, and discussions focused on advocacy and concrete steps to connect with organizations and take action. To learn more about the conference and get tickets, go to HERE.
Festival Director for LitFest Pasadena Coming Up May 20-21, 2017
Pasadena’s two day literary festival, LitFest Pasadena, is coming up the weekend May 20-21, 2017 across the Pasadena Playhouse District. The weekend will feature fantastic panels, readings, and poetry with writers speaking on a broad array of topics, including cutting edge issues like “Hostile Environment Reporting for Young Female Journalists,” “Writing in the Time of Black Lives Matter and Resistance to Trumpism,” and “Writing Indigenous California.” I’m serving as the Festival Director. To see the complete schedule, go HERE.
The Tomorrow Prize and The Roswell Award Short Science Fiction Readings Presented at LitFest Pasadena May 20 and 21
Sci-Fest LA and the arts and education nonprofit, Light Bringer Project, will present dramatic readings of the finalists’ stories for The Tomorrow Prize for short science fiction by an LA County high school student and The Roswell Award for short science fiction by adults worldwide followed by awards presentations on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21 at LitFest Pasadena. Featured celebrity guests will read the stories on stage, including Allison Scagliotti (Stitchers), Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager), Anna Maria Horsford (The Bold and the Beautiful), Carlease Burke (Crowded), Madison McLaughlin (Arrow), Peter Mackenzie (Black-ish), David Blue (SGU: Stargate Universe), Jasika Nicole (Fringe), Jonathan Slavin (Dr. Ken), and Graham Sibley (Fear the Walking Dead).
I serve as the Director of these competitions, which are designed to encourage and nurture up and coming science fiction writing talent, recognizing that sci-fi serves as a unique vehicle for creatively exploring and seeking solutions to the issues and moral dilemmas that confront us today.
The readings schedule is available HERE.
Leading a Workshop on Coalition Building Across Organizations for the Women’s Center for Creative Work on May 9
I’ve been invited back to the Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) to lead a workshop for their Coalition themed Spring 2017 program series. Called “Creating Successful Coalitions Across Organizations,” here is a workshop description: Coalitions across organizations can be rewarding and effective for enacting large scale, long term societal change — when they work. But bringing multiple organizations together to take action is a challenge. In this workshop, Nonprofit and Government Advisor Rosalind Helfand will discuss several models for cross-organization coalitions from those that flourish in highly or softly structured environments to the holy grail of organizing — a long lived and effective coalition where all participants have input and decision making power. This workshop is designed to assist participants in strategies to form successful coalitions where all partners actively support a set of common goals. After the presentation, Rosalind will lead the group in an exercise and facilitated discussion where participants will have the opportunity to discuss their current or future endeavors and work through potential challenges.
Participants should bring:
* Ideas for their current or upcoming coalition building efforts
More information is available HERE.