Wednesday, January 22, 2020: Ranny Levy, Founder of Kids First!, a coalition for quality children’s media. Her talk: “Smart kids smart smart consumers” – Engaging your kids or grandkids in a discussion about films, TV, digital media.
The invasive impact of violent and biased media on children became the impetus, in 1991, for Ranny Levy to create KIDS FIRST! / Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, dedicated to promoting and nurturing quality children’s media as a vehicle for social change. A former educator, Levy created an award-winning PBS, produced an ACE-nominated television show and managed an independent film production and distribution company in the mid 80s. In 1991, Levy co-founded the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media and its popular KIDS FIRST! program. Levy developed the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics initiative, a program that engages young people (ages 8-20) as entertainment reporters. These kids attend press screenings, red carpets, press junkets, site visits and similar. They review all the latest films rated PG-13 younger and interview talent on and off the red carpet. Their reviews are both on camera and written. KIDS FIRST! has a robust YouTube Channel with more than 2000 video-taped film reviews on it and more than 50,000 visitors weekly. KIDS FIRST! Film Critics reviews reach more than 7 million people each month through the KIDS FIRST! website, social media, YouTube Channel and radio show as well as in blogs on Huffington Post, GRAND Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Kidzworld.com, Kidsville News and 50 additional online and print publications. KIDS FIRST! also produces a weekly radio show and a traveling children’s film festival.
Levy has written three books, “The New York Times / KIDS FIRST Guide to The Best Children’s Videos,” “A Parent’s Guide to the Best Children’s Videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs” and “The Field Guide for Young Women: Finding Your Life Partner.” She has lived in New Mexico since 1982, in Santa Fe since 1986 and is committed to making social change through educating young people, using media awareness as a launch point, but extending to health, wellness, environment, and political awareness. Ranny is also an active board member of Empower New Mexico, which produces the Ageless Living program, including a TV series on PBS launching in January. And, invites you to the launch party Jan 16 at the Convention Center. https://www.newmexicopbs.org/ageless-living-event/
Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Kitty Ault KAStyle – Style Consulting for the way you Live! Her talk: Simplifying! Steps to a better, more sustainable look and personal style.
For Kitty Ault, fashion has never been about the most expensive thing you can own but more about a practical approach to being stylish and creative. She has always loved dressing up since she was a child. Her mother modeled and was often able to include her children in photo shoots. Kitty’s family was, however, conscious and always wore hand me downs, recycled clothing and found/repaired things!
After finishing her degree in Art History/ Fine Arts, Kitty went to New York and worked in public relations, design, marketing, event management and fashion for innovative companies such as Perrier, L’Oreal, Cacharel, The Hearst Corporation and several financial institutions. Then she ventured into the world of modeling, magazine location/styling and photo shoots.
In 2005 she and her family moved to Santa Fe, NM and Kitty returned to the fashion business in the areas of wholesale, retail and resale. Dressing and advising people, putting outfits together to present their style is her passion.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019: Michele “Mish” Schneider, Director of Trading Education at MarketGauge.com, & author of Plant Your Money Tree: A Guide to Growing Your Wealth. Her talk: How a Special Education Teacher Went From Main Street to Wall Street.
A former special education teacher, Michele “Mish” Schneider was one of the first female floor traders on Wall Street. Today she serves as Director of Trading Education at MarketGauge.com, a 20 year industry-leading financial publishing company. With Plant Your Money Tree: A Guide to Growing Your Wealth, Mish combines her love of teaching with her world-class expertise in finance and investing.
The book is #1 on Amazon as a new release in retirement planning and a #1 bestseller.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019: Pat Wetzel creator of the award-winning travel blog www.CancerRoadTrip.com Her talk: CancerRoadTrip: An innovative approach to healing
Pat Wetzel is the creative energy behind CancerRoadTrip, a unique and award winning on line media project that focuses on post cancer treatment. Each quarter, leaders in mind/body medicine and 7 people impacted by cancer get together in one amazing location. The interactions are filmed for education and inspiration, creating a global docuseries on health and healing. Forty percent of us will have a cancer diagnosis and the rest of us are impacted through our family, friends and community. This is a project that touches everyone.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019: Valerie Plame, former career covert CIA operations officer “outed” by the Bush Administration, international speaker, author & advocate for the elimination of nuclear weapons, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District in the upcoming 2020 election. Her talk: “My life as a Spy, my betrayal by the White House.”
Valerie Plame, former career covert CIA operations officer, international speaker, author & advocate for the elimination of nuclear weapons, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District in the upcoming 2020 election.
Serving as a covert operations officer for the CIA, Valerie Plame kept her occupation and identity a secret, even from her closest family and friends. All that changed in 2003 when a conservative columnist, at the direction of senior White House officials, leaked her true identity. It was payback for her then husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, questioning the administration’s primary rationale for the Iraq war. It ended her covert career and set off a political scandal that rocked the Bush/Cheney White House.
These days, this mother of twin teens is a best-selling author, public speaker, consultant, and advocate for the elimination of nuclear weapons. She just announced that she is running in the 2020 election for the U.S. House of Representatives in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019: Connie Knudson, Feng Shui Specialist, Coach & Author of the best-selling book The Feng Shui of Personal Transformation
Connie Knudson became involved with Feng Shui after a life-transforming experience. In Albuquerque, she has found the healing environment that she needed, and has created a thriving business where she is coaching and mentoring women in the art and science of Feng Shui. She says, “Today, my life flows, and I am truly grateful for the energy of Feng Shui, and especially the guidance of my Mentor and Teacher, Feng Shui Master, Marie Diamond.” You can read more about Connie’s story in her book, The Feng Shui of Personal Transformation. www.connieknudson.com
Wednesday, May 22, 2019: Rev. Dr. Leona Stucky, a Professional Psychotherapist, Author & AAPC Diplomate – My Journey from Writing a Memoir to Helping Create a National Day of Action
A psychotherapist for more than 30 years, UU community minister, post-graduate teacher, clinical supervisor and AAPC Diplomate, Rev. Dr. Leona Stucky recently became an author by turning the mirror inward to reveal her own personal story in a gripping and morally unflinching memoir, which has received acclaim from MS Magazine and won other awards. In her professional life as well as her memoir, The Fog of Faith: Surviving My Impotent God, Leona plumbed the depths of faith and justice contradictions, speaking what we seldom say out loud. In her life and writing she provokes new discussions with heart-wrenching, vital stories. Her own journey includes trauma and terror, and a resilient drive that brought her into the professional world where she has made numerous contributions.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019: Deborah Boldt – Co-Founding Executive Director, REEL FATHERS
Deborah is an award-winning filmmaker with a passionate interest in film as an educational catalyst. Her films have been shown theatrically and have been broadcast nationally on PBS. They have served as the basis for corporate and educational seminars, and have received numerous awards, including an Academy Award Certificate of Special Merit. Deborah is an Aspen Institute Scholar and Lecturer, the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship, a former board member of New York Women in Film and Television, and a graduate of Leadership Santa Fe.
A resident of Santa Fe since 2000, Deborah brings her filmmaking background to
REEL FATHERS and its innovative approach using story told through film, video and poetry to engage fathers, youth and families in building stronger, more vital relationships.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019: Katherine Palafox, Owner of Katie Bird’s Kitchen & Concierge at Market Street.
“My talk will be on the challenges of being a single mother of two, working full time and pursing my dream of Katie Bird’s Kitchen. The absolute necessity to not loose yourself in the daily distractions of life. Conquering the fears and doubts that always pop up when least expected. Where I am now and how thankful I am to be here.”
Katherine is the owner of Katie Bird’s Kitchen and the Concierge at Market Street here in Santa Fe. She will have her chile de arbol, all four flavors, and her aprons available to purchase.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019: Abby Bordner is a speaker and consultant regarding the brain science of early childhood, child development, education, parenting skills and family wellness.
Abby has worked for United Way of Santa Fe County developing programs for early childhood support, education, and care for the past 10 years. She’ll be talking about Why Early Childhood Education Matters to Everyone
Come learn how high quality early education opportunities build our economy, better health outcomes and increased success in education for the families that participate. There are many benefits for the entire community when our children succeed in school and life!
January 23, 2019: Dr. Susan Oupadia, Retired Clinical Pathologist on a Journey of Life talking about From Pathology to Peace Corps – A Journey Into and Out of Retirement
Susan Oupadia is a physician who left her practice several years ago to explore what she likes to think of as “re-wirement” rather than retirement. After 25 years as a dedicated hospital-based pathologist she joined the Peace Corps where she gained first-hand knowledge of the old slogan “The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love”.
Wed. Oct. 10, 2018: Debra Ehrhardt, Playwright & Actor talking about “From the Jamaican Page to the Hollywood Stage”
Debra Ehrhardt (Writer/Performer) At the tender age of seven, Kingston, Jamaica native, Debra Ehrhardt, knew her dream was to come to America and by 18 her dream was realized. After a brief sojourn in Miami, she headed north to New York where she studied acting with Katherine Kerr from the Playwrights Horizons and Suzanne Esper at the William Esper Studios in New York City. After moving to Los Angeles she began writing her own plays based on her life experiences in Jamaica and has been working ever since.
Wed. Sept. 12, 2018: Kelly Wendorf, EQUUS: Horse Wisdom – 5 Million Years of Feminine Leadership for Today’s World
Daughter of an archeologist, Kelly’s early experiences were vitally shaped by the natural and ancient world around her where she learned a way of listening to the subtle elements within people, nature and moments. Her diverse and unconventional background fuels her curiosity of transformation, society and systems. She travelled and lived around the world, studying with various teachers and Indigenous leaders. Kelly uses these experiences to inform her work as a facilitator, coach, and entrepreneur. She is the founding CEO of EQUUS <http://www.EquusSantaFe.com>, a transformative leadership development organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico that serves life-learners, leaders and their organizations all around the world.
Wed. Aug. 15, 2018: Dr. Robyn Benson
“My purpose is to help you live vibrantly, to age well, to live pain-free, and help you solve your most pressing health issues. I specialize in regenerative medicine, natural aesthetics, women’s health, preventative and family medicine, and offer cutting edge health technologies. In addition, I offer nutritive IV injection therapies and several other services woven together with Traditional Chinese Medicine to enhance your detoxification, longevity and personal sustainability.” – Dr. Robyn Benson
Robyn is a heart-centered visionary and inspirational catalyst devoted to changing the face of health care. Her mission is fueled by the wisdom and insights gained on her transformational twenty-five year journey as a doctor of Oriental medicine and her travels to 70 countries to learn from indigenous people.
July 18, 2018: Roxanna Shapouri talking about, “7 Fundamentals You Need for Investing Success.”
Roxanna can partner with you to understand your goals, create a personalized plan, and provide investing guidance. You’ll understand where your money is invested and why, how your investments are performing, and how much it’s costing you. Plus you’ll have access to Schwab’s portfolio management expertise, insights, and specialists. It’s a modern approach to wealth management—so you can take ownership of your financial life
June 20, 2018 – Margo Covington, a Lymphatic Decongestive Therapist, “Self-Empowerment thru the Lens of Lymph”
In her widely eclectic careers in Santa Fe and beyond, you may know Margo Covington as a business consultant, zero waste economic development maven, restaurant cook and manager, rock and roll singer, environmental sound recordist and record company entrepreneur with her then husband, entrepreneurship and green-business trainer or strategic planning facilitator. Following the river of her life brought her, through cancer, to an increasingly interesting and busy career as a Lymphatic Decongestive Therapist. She has developed her Body Cleanse Lymph Release understanding over 13 years of this work, which she will share
May 23, 2018 – Dede Feldman, speaker, trainer, consultant & author of Another Way Forward: Grassroots Solutions from New Mexico.
After 16 years as a State Senator in the New Mexico Legislature, Dede Feldman returned to restart her consulting business and share some of the lessons about working for change that she learned in public office.
March 28, 2018 – Julie Rivers, Attorney: Everything but the Trust and Will: All about the Importance of the Powers of Attorney.
Julie Rivers, who is licensed to practice in New Mexico and Oklahoma, concentrates her practice in family law, estate planning (wills, trusts and estates), and litigation concerning family law, fiduciary litigation and guardianships and conservatorships. Ms. Rivers also is well experienced as a
litigator and mediator. She has practiced law for over 25 years.
She is a Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rated lawyer and has received awards for her speaking and writing throughout her career. As a speaker, Ms. Rivers has presented at an international level, ranging from Cardiff, Wales, to New York, Washington, DC, Denver, Orlando and San Francisco, and, of course, in New Mexico and Oklahoma.
February 21, 2018
Tania Vasallo, Brand & Image Strategist, “Top 3 Mistakes Even Savvy Entrepreneurs Make that Keep Them Invisible to Their Ideal Clients.Mistake #1: Thinking branding isn’t important
Mistake #2: Not bringing your WHOLE SELF to the party!
Mistake #3: Believing you can see yourself clearly
Do you have a deep desire to serve but are not quite sure how to communicate it to the world? Are you being perceived by others like you’d like to? Would you love to easily attract your ideal clients and make more money just by being YOU?
January 24, 2018
October 25, 2017
Yolanda Arrey & Ruth Dennis from Sierra Vista Alzheimer’s Community, “Caregiver Realism, Dementia Survival Skills and Knowing When to Get Help”
Our goal is to introduce the disease process of Alzheimer’s with an emphasis on positive, life affirming and realistic interventions that we have developed over almost 2 decades of providing innovative dementia care in New Mexico. We will also discuss the myths, misinformation and unrealistic expectations that create caregiver burnout and cause both elders and families to be unsafe. We will discuss the need for healthy boundaries for both caregiver and elder. We will discuss how to be realistic about the disease without becoming cynical or giving up.
We will dispel the idea that dementia is only about tragedy and loss. We will explore how to connect with someone facing dementia and not lose oneself in the process. We will discuss safety, how to avoid a crisis and how to accept help in all forms including placement.
Ro Firestone, fine artist, is creator of TheEmptyWomb.com, a movement to speak truth around the silent conversation of women’s infertility. Betsy Chasse, Director/Writer of the internationally bestselling film, What the Bleep Do We Know, created a documentary about infertility based on Firestone’s story and work. Currently writing a book with the elected Chair of American Society of Neuropsychiatry, Dave Durham MD, Firestone speaks messages of creativity and empowerment to Fortune 100 companies, Young Presidents Organization, and spiritual communities. She has been featured in the New York Times, Parade Magazine, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, etc., and graced the cover of Santa Fe Now Magazine. Firestone owns SantaFeArtClasses.com,
Wednesday, July 19
Lynn Dimet, Circulatory Specialist “Promoting Healthy Circulation”
Lynn Dimet has been interested in various modalities of health and wellness since 1983 when she moved to Santa Fe to study Massage Therapy. With a background in Fitness Instruction and Health Management, she taught aerobics and strength training for many years. Most recently Lynn was introduced to the BEMER, an FDA registered medical device, which enhances general blood flow and enables the body to begin to heal itself. She will be speaking about the importance of good circulation to keep our bodies adequately nourished so they can function properly and happily. You will also get an opportunity to try an 8 minute session.
For further info, please check out this brief video and the website: https://youtu.be/0h6_N_HLkgo
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – Sharon Jeffers, metaphysician, fourth generation clairvoyant, and psychic medium, “Our Origin and Our Destiny – It’s All in the Cards”
The last time we checked in with designer Hillary Randolph, she had just debuted walk in GRACE, her new line of candy-colored dog collars and leads that look amazing and do good, too. GRACE donates ten percent of proceeds from the line to Heart & Soul animal sanctuary in Glorieta, which also benefits from sales of her best-selling leather-and-bead bangles, designed by Hillary’s daughter, Coco.
In fact, philanthropy is a vital part of GRACE’s business model, founded on the idea that a successful business should profit and have impact. “We believe that being part of a compassionate and thriving community means supporting deserving nonprofits and charities, both here in Santa Fe and across the nation,” Hillary says.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Janie Chodosh, Author talking about her writing life and new book Wild Lives: Leading Conservations on the Animals and Planet They Love.
As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, Janie majored in “all things interesting,” a list which included courses in biology, ecology, natural resources management, creative writing, and poetry. After college she moved to Yosemite National Park where she worked as a naturalist and educator and learned to rock climb, back country ski, and entertain herself with nothing more than a field guide, a trail, and a pair of binoculars. Later, as a graduate student in the University of Montana’s environmental studies program, the list of “all things interesting” expanded to include Spanish and environmental education. For her thesis, Janie traveled to a rural community on the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico to develop an environmental education program focusing on neo-tropical migratory songbirds (a fancy title for birds that breed in the north and winter south of the border). At age thirty, she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to work as the education director for the state Audubon Society and later as a teacher.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Catherine Fridey, Film Producer/Director, talking about her latest project, Seagull, a short film she wrote, co-produced, and stars in.
Catherine Fridey is a renaissance artist in the film industry: an actor, producer, and award-winning screenwriter. Born in France, she was raised outside of Chicago. Catherine starting taking acting classes a few years after doing background work in film and television. She has been cast in speaking roles for independent films shot in New Mexico, as well as voiceover roles. Her feature and short screenplays have placed in several competitions, and she is developing an animated television series called, “Time Travel Team” along with features and shorts. Although she is not a native Spanish speaker, she was a finalist in Telemundo’s Spanish television writer’s program. Her latest project is “Seagull,” a short film she wrote, co-produced, and stars in. She received a scholarship for the editing portion of this project from New Mexico Women in Film, and will discuss the producing Seagull, which was acted, written, produced, and edited by women. She will also discuss her other projects and the thriving film industry in New Mexico.
Check out the website for film festival news and events related to the film: www.seagullthefilm.com
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Kristin Kurtz, Longevity & Wellness Consultant talking about “Resetting Your Biological Clock: The Latest Science to Slow Down the Aging Process”
Kristin Kurtz is a wellness and longevity consultant based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is passionate about creating personalized programs for her clients that effectively help them to lower stress, lose stubborn weight (fat), increase their energy and vitality and to slow down the aging process. Kristin is a licensed HeartMath coach and trainer and has been working with HeartMath for over 16 years. She is also a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and her practice includes the latest science based approaches nutrition, supplements, exercise and mind body healing. Kristin deeply engages with each of her clients in order to design a program that meets their unique circumstances and goals for improving their vitality and living optimally.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Jamie Douglass: The Santa Fe Neighbors Village
After a fifteen-year career in investment banking in Chicago, Jamie Douglass decided to follow her passion to pursue a degree in Ornamental Horticulture/Landscape design. Following graduation, she completed an extensive internship program at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Hired by Green Chicago, an outreach program serving impoverished neighborhoods in the inner city, Jamie traveled to high-rise project sites, state aid senior homes, horticulture therapy sites, schools and vacant lots where she managed 45 gardens. “In my investment career I worked with Chicago’s wealthiest citizens, but I felt the inner city gardeners were the richest.”
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Dr. Laura K. Marsh, an award-winning screenwriter & writer/producer. She will be talking about her latest project, “ACROSS THE AMAZONS”
Dr. Laura K. Marsh has worked all over the world in tropical rainforests studying everything from plants to monkeys to jaguars to people. She taught climate change education on behalf of the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Lab in the Arctic (North Slope of Alaska), Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Nauru, Australia, and the US. She has worked and traveled in 30 countries. Dr. Marsh has published in professional journals on many aspects of science, conservation, and education, including two edited books called Primates in Fragments.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Andi Sutherland, Energy Therapist
Andi Sutherland is an energy therapist in privatepractice in Santa Fe. She loves helping people healtheir stress and anxiety so that they can experiencemore joy in their lives. She specializes in the hardstories of life, especially grief, loss, abuse,trauma and prosperity issues. Her practice primarilyincludes EFT Tapping, Matrix Reimprinting and
Jin Shin Jyutsu. In this brief experiential presentation, Andi will teach you how to use EFT Tapping, a remarkable cutting-edge technology to help you reduce your stress and anxiety. You’ll leave with rudimentary knowledge of how you can use this powerful
tool on your own, at any time, to find relief. You can see more about her work at www.andisutherland.com
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Destiny Allison, Artist, Author & Businesswoman
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Nancy Gutherie Executive Director of Many Mothers talks about “Being the Village – Parenting the Children in our Community”
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Sarah Lovett, author
Collaborating with former CIA covert operative, Valerie Plame Wilson, Sarah co-authored a series of “Vanessa Pierson” spy novels for Penguin Books/Blue Rider Press. The series debut, BLOWBACK, successfully launched in 2013. The second book in the series, BURNED, launched in 2014, and has been optioned for film.
Lovett is the author of Dark Alchemy, Dantes’ Inferno, Dangerous Attachments, Acquired Motives, and A Desperate Silence as well as 25 nonfiction travel and science books written primarily for children.
When she’s not on deadline, Lovett works with writers as a coach, teacher and consultant. She has been a presenter at writing conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
A native Californian, she lives in Santa Fe with her family.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Kelly Egoff, Owner of Verde Food Company
Kelly is the mother of two young daughters.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Adrienne Gottlieb, Life Insurance Specialist: “Changing the Course of Your Future and Your Family’s Future”
Adrienne is a retired lawyer and professor who loves to see her clients take responsibility and implement a plan to secure their future and the future of their loved ones. Adrienne has a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri and a Master’s Degree in Theology from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. Adrienne practiced law for 30 plus years and taught at the college level for 10 years. She is a member of Who’s Who Among American Teachers. After retirement from the law, Adrienne decided to help families plan for their futures and began her life insurance business in 2012.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Carin van Olst, Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor: “Creating a Healthy and Strong Career You Love “
Born in Holland Carin van Olst moved to New York in 1986 and fell in love with working out and taking fitness classes. She decided to make a career out of something she was passionate about. Being strong and healthy and helping other people on the path of creating a fit and fabulous life is what she wanted to do. She began by working free lance at four different gyms in New York teaching over 20 classes a week.
In 1992 she moved to Santa Fe and continued her fitness career at the Santa Fe spa as an independent contractor teaching classes and personal training. In conjunction with fitness she became a massage therapist in 1994.
Carin’s passion for people, her positive attitude and strong, healthy lifestyle have helped her create a very successful career that she loves.