I appear as a speaker, moderator, host, instructor and facilitator for speakers series, conferences, literary festivals, classes, and organizations. I often curate and produce programs, as well. A few of my past speaking engagements include:
California World History Association
Presented on revolutionary changes in culture in Southern California at the Association’s annual conference.
National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles
Emceed, co-produced, and curated/scripted/story edited their 2015 and 2016 Roe v Wade Anniversary Celebration events featuring celebrity guests for a staged reading, storytellers, elected officials and local and national leaders. In 2015: “Stories from the Frontline — Standing Together for Reproductive Rights, Health & Justice.” In 2016: “In Our Own Words — Standing Together for Reproductive Rights, Health & Justice.” Read more about the 2015 event HERE.
“Cooking Oil” the Play
Curated and moderated their post-performance audience discussion with Girls Learn International and WriteGirl on “Getting Girls to School: Hopes and Challenges Locally and Globally.” Also curated and produced the entirety of the post-performance discussion series. Learn more about this project HERE.
National Women’s History Month / City of West Hollywood
Moderated a panel on “Women Going Beyond the Graphic Novel” for National Women’s History Month. The panelists included female comic book and graphic novel writers, artists, editors, and publishers: Yumi Sakugawa, Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, Barbara Randall Kesel, and MOM. Learn more about it HERE.
The Big Read / City of West Hollywood
Moderated a panel of award-winning science fiction authors discussing “The Enduring Influence of Ray Bradbury” including: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Harry Turtledove, and John DeChancie.
Curated and moderated a panel on “Magic and Mystery in Middle Grade Books” with authors: John Stephens, Lin Oliver, Theo Baker, James Riley, and Kathleen O’Dell.
Curated and moderated a panel on “Graphic Novels that Tackle Social Justice, Global Conflict, & More” with authors/artists: Tanya Bjork, Brandon Easton, and Joshua Dysart.
Los Angeles Student Film Festival
Co-hosted and scripted Los Angeles’s 2014 film festival and awards for L.A. high school student filmmakers.
The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference
Presented on “Perspectives from the Programmer’s Side of a Literary Festival.”
West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference
Developed and facilitated workshops on mentoring and being mentored.
USC Masters in International Public Policy & Management Program
Presented to international students on successfully interning and navigating the culture of the American workplace.
The Last Bookstore
Curated, produced and hosted the “Specters, Spirits, and Spies! A Night of Spooky Storytelling” annual program at The Last Bookstore featuring authors and performers such as Amber Benson, Lara Parker, Lisa Morton, Ian MacKinnon, Olya Petrakova, Bryan Brown, Ken Page, Monica Howe, Joshua Dysart, Naomi Hirahara, Gary Phillips, Michael Kearns, Lisa Teasley, Julianna Parr, Janice & Gideon Markham, and more!
Curated and hosted a program for The Last Bookstore’s Indie Shelves Initiative called “SciFi, Fantasy & Science Stranger Than Fiction–L.A. Authors from The Last Bookstore’s Indie Shelves Initiative Present!” The program featured Frank Beddor, Hope Larson, Bronwyn Mauldin, Todd Ratcliff, Jennifer Bosworth, and Joshua Dysart.
Hosted on camera interviews with emerging filmmakers appearing in the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles monthly film festival series.
Mt. St. Mary’s University Women’s Leadership Program
Taught and led leadership seminars and workshops.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Presented on creating curriculum for young children that introduces them to other cultures.
Here’s a review of my talk for The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference:
“ ‘Perspectives from the Programmer’s Side of a Literary Festival’ —
Do’s and Don’ts of Appearance Requests with Rosalind Helfand
“I’ve always wondered about the process authors had to go through to make appearances at book and literary festivals, and Rosalind did a great job of summing it up. Like anything, it helps to know people or be part of a group involved with the festival somehow, such as a publisher, or a respected reading series. She also explained the timing of putting together a festival (they start working on the schedule not long after the last one is over), the different types of appearances (panes, readings, storytellings and workshops), and making a request to appear. The takeaway here: being prepared — having a polished website, submitting your request in a professional manner and being timely about your submission.”
(Read more HERE.)
If you are interested in inviting me to speak, moderate, or facilitate, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-869-5749.