2016-17

2016 Sessions & Bios

Opening keynoter, Jennifer Hall Lee

"Women's Liberation Movement: Then and Now"

Jennifer Lee is an entertainment professional, a writer, and a filmmaker. Her latest film, “Feminist: Stories From Women’s Liberation,” won “Best of the Festival” for documentary at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival. It is a film exploring the significance of the second wave of the women’s liberation movement on our lives. The film includes interviews with NOW founder Betty Friedan, authors and activists Gloria Steinem, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Frances M. Beal, Robin Morgan, Sonia Pressman Fuentes, Betita Martinez, and many other feminists. Jennifer was invited to screen “Feminist: Stories from Women's Liberation” at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan. She speaks in the United States and abroad about the importance of including the women's liberation movement in school curriculum. She believes that feminism is for all people, of every political persuasion, and loves to strategize with people about how to best pass down the stories of the women's movement. She has worked for many years as a visual effects compositor and editor on feature films including, Forrest Gump, Back To The Future 2, Pirates Of The Caribbean 2, Beowulf and more. She writes for The Broad Side and has published a number of articles, essays, and cartoons. Jennifer contributed an essay in the new award-winning book Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox. 

9:20 - 10:20 am
CONCURRENT SESSION I

Revitalize and Renew with Qi Gong
LauRha Frankfort
Qi Gong Instructor

Bio: 
LauRha Frankfort has taught medical Qi Gong at The Virginia G Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare for nine years as well as at the Cardiac Rehab Center. Frankfort teaches other Qi Gong classes weekly at various venues around town. She attended the Music School of Indiana University in Bloomington as a classical clarinet major, double minor in jazz sax and printmaking. She continues to teach music, performs with her band at different clubs throughout the Valley and creates healing art that is sold statewide. Frankfort discovered a passion for Qi Gong, which emphasizes natural and holistic healing and is the technique of building, increasing and directing the energy of the body, mind and spirit. She continues to study with Qi Gong Grand Master Hong Liu and, after 15 years of instruction, has become one of only a handful of certified teachers in the Valley.  

Download PDFs of LauRha's session handouts:
Five Element Healing Chart
Basic Eight Qi Gong Exercises Manual
Morning Cleanse Elixir

  

A History of Women's Hair...and Women's Lives 
Rose Weitz
Professor of Women and Gender Studies

Across history, ideas about women’s hair have reflected — and reinforced — ideas about women’s proper social position. This talk will focus on women’s hair in western history, from Eve to Beyoncé.

Bio:

Rose Weitz is professor of women and gender studies in ASU’s School of Social Transformation. She received her PhD in sociology from Yale University. Her research is centered on issues related to women, health, sexuality, and the body. She has published numerous articles and books, including The Politics of Women’s Bodies: Appearance, Sexuality, and Behavior; and Rapunzel’s Daughters: What Women’s Hair Tells Us About Women’s Lives. She prides herself most on her teaching and on her mentorship of undergraduate students, and she has won several teaching awards at ASU.

Breaking Barriers: Defining — and Being True to — Yourself
K Royal

Attorney and Adjunct Professor, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

In this world where our professional and societal environment is rapidly changing, women face the challenges of social pressure, peer pressure, and family pressure. How we approach these challenges depends on who we are as individuals, but many of us don’t take the time to define ourselves. Let’s have a frank discussion on being unapologetically ourselves.

Bio:

K Royal is an attorney and compliance professional with 25 years of experience in the legal and health-related fields, which provides her a thorough perspective when implementing or overseeing programs globally. She is skilled in privacy laws, cybersecurity, regulatory compliance, training, and program development. K has a particular interest in technology along with its challenges and opportunities. K is an adjunct professor at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and is in the dissertation phase of a PhD in public affairs. As an attorney, she has been recognized as a Forty-under-40 honoree for Phoenix, as an educational leader through the YWCA, one of the top pro bono attorneys in Arizona, a finalist in the Silicon Valley Corporate Counsel awards for the Rising Star category, and most recently was named Member of the Year for the Association of Corporate Counsel (40k members globally). While her areas of work center around privacy and health care regulatory law, her personal loves are civic education, youth outreach, diversity initiatives, and leadership training. 

10:30 - 11:30 am

CONCURRENT SESSION II 

Yoga Activity: Awaken to Your Magnificence (bring your mat)
Kathy Tousek

Within each one of us is an Inner Guide, an unwavering source of wisdom, strength and peace. Yoga/meditation keep us in touch with this guiding presence. Join Kathy on the mat as she guides you on a journey to awaken to your magnificence.

Bio:

Kathy first embarked upon her personal and professional journey with yoga in 2004, when she was compelled to add yoga to her offerings of personal fitness training and pilates.  In her practice, she noticed that the discomfort she felt from injuries she sustained in high school and afterwards, improved as she expanded her practice. Having experienced the benefits firsthand of her Anusara practice and its healing effect on her mind, body and spirit, she enjoys sharing its marvels with others. Kathy is an ardent believer in the ability of the mind to heal the body on multiple levels. Her ongoing study and training of A Course in Miracles and the extraordinary effect these teachings have on our lives plays a dynamic role in her teaching and coaching. She integrates these principles into her classes and her approach to healing and life. Married to her soul mate for 27 years, Kathy shares her inspired and inspirational life with her husband Jim and their two adult sons.


Five Steps to Be a "Triple-P" Speaker!  
Mike Hayashi
 
Author, speaker, and owner of TakeControlSelfDefense.com

Learn Mike’s self-empowering tips to become powerful, polished, and professional when speaking. Mike has been sharing this presentation with Fortune 500 CEOs, managers, and department heads since 2007. 

Bio:

With more than 500,000 men and women attending his events at corporate and public events since 1988, plus 8 million viewers via 495 television appearances, Mike was nominated for a TV Emmy Award and for more than two decades has been called the country’s foremost authority on women’s safety, security and self-empowerment. Mike’s core beliefs and were summarized when he was asked to co-author the best-seller Living in Abundance (from the series Wake Up—Live the Life You Love!) with Dr. Wayne Dyer and Tony Robbins. 

One Letter, One Vision Can Make a Difference
Sue Ellen Allen
Author, speaker and social activist

Every year after her release from prison, Sue Ellen Allen wrote a letter to the president asking him to visit a prison, mainly for her own entertainment. She never expected anyone to read these. Then the phone rang: White House calling. Learn how a former inmate with a vision and a letter is making a difference.

Bio: 

Sue Ellen Allen is an author, speaker and activist who experienced the ultimate humiliation: prison and disgrace. Her lesson is: “Everyone falls down. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. She believes there are only two choices — Get back up, or Get back up.” Since her release in 2009, she worked tirelessly to help women in prison through Gina's Team, the nonprofit she cofounded to create both a successful prison program and reentry support. Through this work, Sue Ellen realized that reentry had to be reinvented. REinventing Reentry, her new organization, is her vision to reinvent the system through a market driven, public/private sector collaboration of business, technology, academia, justice and former inmates to transform the stigma of incarceration and to secure jobs for inmates prior to release. This will assure them a fair chance for stable employment and a living wage. As a guest of the First Lady in her box at the 2016 State of the Union address, Sue Ellen was honored to represent the voiceless inmates still inside. The Slumber Party from Hell, her memoir about prison life, is a leader in addressing the price America pays as the world’s Incarceration Nation, both in tax dollars and in our humanity.

 

12:40 - 1:40 pm
CONCURRENT SESSION III

Yoga - What’s All the Hype About Anyway? 
Jennifer Huberty 

ASU School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Professor Huberty will discuss yoga, its philosophy, and the scientific evidence for its practice and how it can empower our lives. She will also share her research related to yoga and how it has impacted those who have participated in her studies. Finally, Dr. Huberty will share some useful, cost-friendly resources for incorporating yoga into our lives.

Bio:

Jennifer Huberty, PhD, is an associate professor of Exercise Science and Health Promotion in ASU’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, College of Health Solutions. Her research interests include physical activity adherence and lifestyle behavior change in women and girls. Of late she has implemented interventions using the Internet and text-messages to help improve mental and physical health in women, and she works closely with industry partners such as Udaya.com, Text4Baby, and GoGirlsGo! Dr. Huberty is co-author of the book Designing Effective Physical Activity Interventions. She is the founder and director of Fit Minded, an innovative physical activity adherence program based on concepts of self-worth for adult women (www.befitminded.com). She has been funded more than $2 million in grants from entities including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF Foundation for her work with childhood obesity. She has published nearly 90 manuscripts related to physical activity promotion. Huberty was awarded the Varner Professorship for outstanding community research and service in 2007 and 2010 during her appointment at the University of Nebraska Omaha and is a fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She is married with two sons, Greyson (7), Nolan (4), and is a dedicated yoga practitioner.  

"Women's History Is American History"
Jennifer Hall Lee

Life was much different for women in the United States before the Women's Liberation Movement. In fact it's hard to imagine life without the feminist revolution. Unfortunately, this history hasn't been formally passed down to us in textbooks in our schools. As a result many people don't realize how different our lives are because feminists made so many changes happen.

This workshop explores why the women's movement is often forgotten, how to teach the women's movement to the young people in your life, and how to get educators interested in teaching the facts of the feminist revolution of the mid-20th century. Clips from the documentary film "Feminist: Stories from Women's Liberation" will be screened. 

Bio:

Jennifer Hall Lee is a filmmaker, speaker and writer. Her latest film, “Feminist: Stories from Women's Liberation,” is an independent film about the women's liberation movement in the United States. The film won “Best of the Fest” at the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival and is distributed by Women Make Movies. She is also one of the contributors in the new award-winning book "Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox." Jennifer was invited to screen “Feminist: Stories from Women's Liberation” at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan. This summer she is the U.S. coordinator for a cultural exchange trip of eight Pakistani female students from the International Islamic University Islamabad to visit Los Angeles, where they will participate in panel discussions on various topics concerning women — ranging from media images, religion, conservation, and even fashion. She speaks internationally about the importance of including the women's liberation movement in school curriculum. She believes that feminism is for all people, of every political persuasion, and loves to strategize with people about how to best pass down the stories of the women's movement. She has worked for many years as a visual effects compositor and editor on feature films including, Forrest Gump, Back To The Future 2, Pirates Of The Caribbean 2, Beowulf and more.

Time & Money: The Two Biggest Challenges for Women in Planning their Financial Future 
Dawn Lloyd, JD, CFP®, CRPC®

Bio:

With more than 25 years in the financial services industry, M. Dawn Lloyd brings a wealth of knowledge to her clients in all areas of planning such as investment management, retirement, income strategies, estate planning services, business formations, and debt structuring. Dawn is a Certified Financial Planner™ certificant, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, and also holds the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM designation, which allows her to develop highly-customized strategies for her clients' needs. Dawn has an affinity for those who are looking to develop a long-term relationship with a financial advisor they can trust. In addition to her financial planning practice, Dawn is also a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in Arizona as well as in the US District Court. Combining her financial background with her law degree has enabled Dawn to provide comprehensive planning services to her clients. Dawn was named Arizona Business Woman of the Year in 2012 by the American Business Women's Association (ABWA), and recognized by ABWA National as a 2015 Top Ten Business Woman. In her spare time, she is involved in several community organizations. A member of the Sun Devil Club, she graduated from NAU and Arizona Summit Law School.

  

1:50 - 2:50 pm
CONCURRENT SESSION IV

“A Woman's Place Is in Control”
Mike Hayashi
Author, speaker, and owner of TakeControlSelfDefense.com

Bio:

Mike Hayashi holds a 7th degree black belt in karate and an MEd degree. He has given training seminars to 527 organizations in 27 states, Aruba and Jamaica — from Fortune 500 companies to universities — to move toward his life’s mission:  “END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!” With more than 500,000 men and women attending his events at corporate and public events since 1988, plus 8 million viewers via 495 television appearances, Mike was nominated for a TV Emmy Award and for more than two decades has been called the country’s foremost authority on women’s safety, security and self-empowerment. Mike’s core beliefs and were summarized when he was asked to co-author the best-seller Living in Abundance (from the series Wake Up—Live the Life You Love!) with Dr. Wayne Dyer and Tony Robbins. 


"R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Music as an Agent of Social Change"
Marcie Hutchinson  
Director, K-12 Initiatives; ASU's School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies 

In this session, participants will analyze Aretha Franklin's "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" within the historical context of the Civil Rights Movement and the Women's Movement in the 1960s to demonstrate the power of music as an agent for social change.

Bio:

Marcie Hutchinson, with 31 years of experience teaching history in public high schools in New York and Arizona, is currently the Director of K-12 Initiatives for the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.  While at ASU, Hutchinson has instructed secondary education students, consulted on a number of federal grants, and coordinates the interdisciplinary Jazz from A to Z project, a collaborative effort with Mesa Arts Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, that provides educator workshops for Arizona K-12 classroom teachers and National History Day guidance for students. She also holds leadership positions on the advisory boards of the Arizona Council for History Education, Arizona Academic Decathlon and the Melikian Center at ASU.



“From Sun Awards to Casual Notes: Find Joy and Strength by Looking Outward and Appreciating Others”
Carolyn Starr

ASU Global Outreach and Extended Education

Writing notes or letters is almost a lost art. However it’s not as daunting as it may seem! Come learn to incorporate letter and note writing into your everyday life for better mental health, business networking and future possibilities. Carolyn has spoken and done workshops on “letters make your days sunny-side up” for more than ten years. Discover websites to help find people to write to; learn how to make a to-go writing kit; pick from note cards and, of course, write a note to someone! Come ready for a fast-paced class; Carolyn’s energy will make this session fly by! 

Bio:

Carolyn H. Starr is senior coordinator for Professional and Executive Programs in Global Outreach and Extended Education at ASU. She has been a professional speaker for conferences and events for more than 25 years, focusing on encouraging women and living life to the fullest. 


3:10 - 4:10 pm
CLOSING KEYNOTE

Lynn Genet
American Chiropractic and American Physical Therapy

"EmpowHER: The Top Health Concerns that Sabotage Women and Complementary and Alternative Healthcare Options to Defeat Them!"

Doctor of chiropractic Lynn Genet is a seasoned health professional with extensive experience in management and management consulting nationally. She assists other professionals and business owners in optimizing team performance by recognizing that each individual's strengths contribute to the success of the whole and 'speaking truth' to organizations. Dr. Genet and her husband, Dr. Vinca Amoia, started their wellness clinic 18 years ago with the patient in mind. Great customer service and highly effective musculoskeletal treatments are what their business is centered on. They work hard to bring innovative, cutting edge treatment options to the community. More recently they offer plasma-rich platelet and stem cell regenerative therapy. They couple with primary care doctors, specialists and facilities to coordinate better care for their patients.


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