Our Visiting Muses for 2014
We are honored to be bringing in these three incredibly inspirational keynote speakers for our full-day conference. Prepare to be inspired.
Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International and served as the organization’s CEO from 1993 to 2011. Born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq she has spent the second part of her life in the United States. Miss Salbi is a global force on the issues of women’s rights and female empowerment. A frequent visitor to countries affected by ongoing wars and civil strife, she has won numerous honors, is a prolific writer, high-profile speaker, and a frequent voice in the media.
In 2011 Zainab Salbi was named one of the Top 100 Women Activists and Campaigners by The Guardian and was highlighted as a Female Faith Heroine by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. Also in 2011, Zainab Salbi was named by Newsweek and The Daily Beast as one of the 100 Extraordinary Women who Shake the World and was identified by the Economist Intelligence Unit as one of the most inspirational women in the world. Zainab Salbi is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and was named by President Clinton to be part of the 22 member CGI lead team.
After graduating cum laude from Barnard College in 1992 with a degree in Art History, Amy Richards embarked on an unexpected career as a feminist activist, writer, and organizer. What began as a summer project, Freedom Summer ’92, a cross-country voter registration drive, eventually led Amy to co-found the Third Wave Foundation, a national organization for young feminist activists between the ages of 15 and 30. Amy’s leadership and visionary work launched her as a primary spokesperson and leading voice for contemporary feminist issues.
In addition to running Soapbox, Inc: Speakers Who Speak Out, the foremost feminist lecture agency and creators of Feminist Camp, Amy lectures at dozens of venues each year and contributes, though her writings and media appearances, to the current public conversations on feminism. She was a consulting producer on the HBO documentary Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words and an advisor to PBS documentary on the women’s movement in America, MAKERS: Women Making America. Amy also works closely with Gloria Steinem on her writings. Amy is most popularly known as the author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future
For more than 40 years, Lynne Twist has been a recognized global visionary committed to alleviating poverty and hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability.
From working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta to the refugee camps in Ethiopia and the threatened rainforests of the Amazon, Lynne’s on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of the social tapestry of the world and the historical landscape of the times we are living in. The compelling stories and insights gained from her experiences inspired Lynne to write her best-selling, award-winning book “The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life.”
Melody Moore, Ph.D.,RYT is a Clinical Psychologist, yoga instructor, author, and activist. She is the founder of Embody Love Movement, a prevention program that reminds girls and women that they are purposeful, meaningful, and worthy. Melody is a Senior Leader for Off The Mat Into The World and a faculty member at Project Springboard. She is a contributor to the upcoming anthology Yoga and Body Image, which is due October 2014.
Melanie Klein is a writer, speaker and Sociology and Women’s Studies professor at Santa Monica College. She is on the founding board of the Brave Girls Alliance, the adviser of the Santa Monica College Leadership Alliance. She founded FeministFatale.com and is a contributor at Adios Barbie, Elephant Journal, Intent.com, MindBodyGreen and Ms. Magazine’s blog. Her co-edited anthology with Anna Guest-Jelley, Yoga and Body Image, is due October 2014.