Muse Presenters 2015
Each year, we feature the voices, stories and conversations of numerous women and girls who are creating positive change in their lives, in their communities, and in our world. We are honored to share their wisdom and inspiration through our salons, conference day programming, and workshop series. A few of our 2015 Muse Presenters include:
Myrlie Evers-Williams worked alongside her husband, Medgar who was a pioneering visionary for civil rights in the 1950s and early 1960s in Mississippi. As the state’s first field secretary of the NAACP, Medgar was one of the most visible leaders in the civil rights movement in America. His assassination on June 12, 1963, galvanized President John F. Kennedy to ask Congress for a comprehensive civil rights bill. In the years following his assassination, she continued the pioneering work they had begun together. An author, lecturer, and educator, she was one of the first African American women to run for Congress. In 1995, she was elected chairperson of the NAACP and helped rebuild and restore the national reputation of that organization. In 1998, she founded the Medgar Evers Institute. In 2013, she gave the inaugural invocation for President Barack Obama.
Lauren Fleshman is an accomplished track and field athlete. She was the US 5000 meters champion in 2006 and 2010, and has competed at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in 2003, 2005, and 20011. In the 500 meter final of the 2011 IAAF World Championships, she finished 7th place, equaling what was at the time the highest ever finish by an American woman in that event. In 2012, she joined Oiselle, a running apparel company focused on promoting and supporting female athletes. Lauren has a website where she answers questions and addresses issues such as healthy body image and modern-day feminism. She is also a regular contributor to Runner’s World and the co-founder of Picky Bars. More Info
Lynne Twist has been a recognized global visionary committed to alleviating poverty and hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability for more than 40 years. Founder of the Soul of Money Institute, and author of the best-selling, award-winning book, “The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life,” and a co-founder of The Pachamama Alliance — a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture. More Info
Seane Corn is an internationally recognized yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching. Since 2007, she spear-headed the organization Off the Mat, Into the World® (OTM), with Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling, training leaders and raising awareness about global humanitarian issues such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic and sex trafficking. Seane has been honored with the “Conscious Humanitarian” award, the “Global Green Millennium Award,” and in 2013 the Smithsonian Institute honored her for her ongoing commitment to yoga and activism. More Info
Hala Khouri, M.A., E-RYT, has been teaching yoga and the movement arts for over 20 years. She is a yoga teacher and somatic counselor interested using the power of embodied practices to heal trauma both in individuals and communities. She is a co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World®. She lives in Venice, CA with her husband and two sons.
Amy Richards co-founded the Third Wave Foundation, a national organization for young feminist activists between the ages of 15 and 30. In addition to running Soapbox, Inc: Speakers Who Speak Out, the foremost feminist lecture agency and creators of Feminist Camp, Amy is most popularly known as the author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future. She was also an advisor to PBS documentary on the women’s movement in America, MAKERS: Women Making America.
Jenn Hofmann is a filmmaker and adventurer who followed her teenage dream of “Africa” only to accomplish such goals as working with the United Nations and Nelson Mandela in South Africa. She currently runs Nomad Charities which oversees both the farm and children’s home that Hofmann built in Kenya.
Diane Luby Lane
Diane Luby Lane is Founder/Executive Director of Get Lit-Words Ignite, Southern California’s leading nonprofit presenter of literary performance, education and teen poetry programs. Lane’s LIT KIT, a standards based, in-school curriculum has been adopted by over 45 Los Angeles Country high schools and each year Lane produces one of the largest poetry festivals for teens in the nation. She has won numerous awards, and in 2012, was honored as a recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Service Award.
Marquesha Babers is from Watts, a neighborhood in Los Angeles that has harsh conditions of its own. Babers was homeless for seven years of her childhood, and has used poetry as a way to express herself amidst a difficult reality. She has performed at the Women in the World Summit and acts as an ambassador for the groundbreaking documentary Girl Rising. Most recently Marquesha performed at a summit in DC sponsored by one.org to combat extreme poverty, where her poetry won her praise from an esteemed audience, including “Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.”
Melanie Klein, M.A., is a writer, speaker and Associate Faculty member at Santa Monica College teaching Sociology and Women’s Studies. She is a contributing author in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice and is featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis. She is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body, and co-founder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition.
Rolf Gates is the author of the highly acclaimed book on yogic philosophy, Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflection on the Path of Yoga. Rolf conducts 200/500hr Vinyasa Teacher Trainings and Retreats throughout the US and abroad and is honored to be a co-founder of the Yoga, Meditation + Recovery Conferences and an Advisory Board Member for the Veterans Yoga Project. A former social worker and US Airborne Ranger who has practiced meditation for over twenty years.
Sarah Max, like a lot of our muses, wears many hats: financial journalist, small business owner, mother and athlete. A regular contributor to Barron’s, Entrepreneur and The New York Times, Sarah covers all facets of finance and business. She also lives it. In 2009, Sarah helped found 1859 Oregon’s Magazine, where she is now an editor at large.
Melody Moore, Ph.D., co-founded Embody Love Movement to create a revolution where all girls and women radically embrace their bodies and themselves. Following undergraduate study in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Pepperdine University in 1999, Dr. Moore earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 2005. Dr. Moore is a contributor to the upcoming anthology, Yoga and Body Image, and on the faculty at the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical School and Off the Mat, Into the World.
Suzanne Sterling is an ecstatic vocalist, innovative composer, teacher and invoker of the sacred. Both as a performing and recording artist, as well as a facilitator of transformational workshops and intensives for many years, Suzanne has received critical acclaim. She is one of the co-founders of Off The Mat Into The World and a featured artist and teacher at Yoga Journal Conferences, Wanderlust Festivals, The Esalen Institute, The Omega Institute, The Global Sound Conference, and Exhale Center for Sacred Movement.
Leanne Littrell DiLorenzo
Leanne Littrell DiLorenzo has been working to pass the federal Equal Rights Amendment for over a decade. She is the Founder and President of VoteERA.org and served as Chief Petitioner for Oregon Ballot Measure 89 (Equal Rights Amendment – providing women constitutional equality and protecting all against sex discrimination), which passed overwhelmingly in the November 2014 election.
Lisa Rueff is a Bay Area yoga teacher and international service trip leader. She started Yoga Ventures in order to take her life’s mission of community service to the next level. Lisa provides the opportunity to visit a foreign country, practice yoga on and off your mat, with meaningful, service-oriented yoga retreats. She has been featured and published in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Origin Magazine, Mantra Magazine, The Examiner, Marin Magazine, Ode and more.
Ruth Williamson, ACC is principal of Ruth Williamson Consulting, and delivers the Culture in Action process as a partner in We, Inc. For over 15 years, Ruth has worked closely with local government agencies and contributed to a broad spectrum of community and non-profit organizations. Her passion for community building has led to several high-profile efforts and a reputation as an effective citizen activist.
MOsley WOtta is a performer, painter and poet. His confrontational works explore what lies beyond the surface. 2015 marks the start of MOsley WOtta’s “Markets Flooded Tour” which is currently touring both schools and festivals.
Bella Wiener is a senior at Bend High am pursuing an International Baccalaureate Diploma. After participating in a Leadership in Global Health summer program at Brown University, Bella developed a plan for a Kilimanjaro SHE Climb and will be climbing the highest freestanding mountain in the world to support SHE (Sustainable Health Enterprises) as they build a business in Rwanda.
Lindsey Voreis, founder of the Liv Ladies AllRide Tour is passionate about her mission to bring inspirational mountain bike clinics to the women of the world. Lindsey is a certified skills instructor through PMBI (Professional Mountain Bike Instruction), and IMBA’s ICP (Instructor Certification Program). Lindsey “barely survived” the TV show Survivor: Africa in 2001.
Kathy Deggendorfer is an artist living on a cattle and hay ranch just outside of Sisters, Oregon. In 2008 Kathy was selected to create the Oregon State Ornament for the White House Christmas Tree and in 2009 was a featured artist on Oregon Art Beat. Kathy established The Roundhouse Foundation in 2002 to promote creativity in the Central Oregon region and beyond. Most recently Kathy traveled with a medical outreach team from Casey Eye Institute of OHSU as a volunteer to the South Pacific.
Lyndsee Wunn is a pediatric nurse at Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. She started The Boxes of Love Project in response to the numerous children she saw coming into the hospital in DHS custody with literally nothing other than the clothes on their backs. World Muse is proud to be supporting The Boxes of Love Project with a Muse Maker Grant this year.
Molly Carroll is a non-fiction writer, artist, educator, and therapist who holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is an expert in her field with over 20 years of experience in education and mental health.
Lorraine Kerwood turned a passion for tinkering with and repairing electronics into a flourishing passion for helping others. She established an electronics recycling and distribution center, NextStep, which brings refurbished computers and electronics to disadvantaged communities.
Acosia Red Elk
Acosia Red Elk leads a resurgence of American Indian jingle dress dancing while healing her body and mind. Red Elk’s bloodline can be traced back to Chief Joseph, the revered leader of the Nez Perce people. Acosia was born, raised and lives on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
Itrat Fazal is a Muslim exchange student from Pakistan. Her exchange program YES (Youth Exchange and Study) is sponsored by the US government and was created after 9/11 to build understanding between Middle Eastern and American Cultures. Itrat attends Summit High School.
Pat Clark, a nationally respected artist and teacher, combines her appreciation of nature and landscape into her work and her life. Master printmaker, artist educator and Founder of Atelier 6000 (A6) in Bend, Oregon; Clark strongly believes in supporting community arts education and the development of the individual artistic voice in today’s society.
René Mitchell is passionate about creativity, art, design, film, and her Italian heritage. Some of these passions overlap in her work as Principal and Director of Client Services for tbd, a branding and creative agency in Bend; through her philanthropic work for ScaleHouse, Caldera Arts, Art in Public Places, and BendFilm; and through her own creative pursuits alongside her two young daughters.
Chelsea Woodmansee is a local comic and seasoned smart ass. You can find her doing random standup gigs around town and as a regular co-performer on the Night Light Show. The passion of making people laugh has been a strong motivator her entire life. Her comedy style is honest storytelling with just a tangle of misunderstood chaos. Her favorite part about being a comedian is the connection it provides. “When you make someone laugh from something that you said, words that came out of your mouth and into the ears of another you are letting others walk around your brain for a little bit, and that’s how you find out that we are not so different from one another.”
Shanan Kelley(with the help of her friends) started Tin Pan Theater Presents the Night Light Show with Shanan Kelley & Magnificent Guests as a way to connect to her community through laughter and silliness. Shanan uses the success of her variety show to help support new businesses, artists of all backgrounds, and arts & education organizations as a way of sharing the love. By day, Shanan is a yoga teacher, office administrator, and creative contractor. She wants to say a big loud ‘thank you’ to everyone in her life for making it so awesome all the time.