Past POWER Speakers
"How To Step More Fully Into Your Role As A Female Leader With Pride By Getting Alcohol Out Of The Way Without The Life Sentence Of Cold Turkey Abstinence"
Have you ever asked your self, or been asked the question, what’s possible for you? Most people grow up in a pretty linear way, far away from the land, rites of passage and knowing their fullest potential.
In January 2018, Mary claimed it as her year of YES! Figuring out how to rebuild her community after years in real estate and having a baby. She also knew she wanted to take her path of teaching yoga and mindfulness on a new journey that would meet people at any stage of their life, help them find the solutions to their problems from the inside, and reach their unlimited potential through growing self-worth and the awareness that the future of infinite possibility lives in their mind.
She also knew some things needed to change. She had, for almost 20 years, lived a parallel life with a love affair with both yoga, wellness, and alcohol. Never fully creating community in the world of wellness she loved so much, and that was ultimately her saving grace, out of fear that her party lifestyle would be judged, she spent much of her social time with a shallow sphere of people who didn’t challenge, inspire or support her or themselves.
With a lifetime of story leading her on this journey, from paternity fraud, to eating disorders to an undercover party girl lifestyle, today, she shares with you the practice she used to go from a foundering master of margaritas into a powerful boss witch. How to take your life from mundane to magic by way of the divine feminine and the practice of everyday ritual. It is how you use your biggest problems and challenges as tools for change. In a society of spiritual and cultural deficit, we long for more but have never even had the thoughts about impossibility to know that there is a flip side to that. We don't even question something more, or bigger. Mary's mission is to change this for all people, especially women during their transition from Maiden into Motherhood phase of their lives, (with or without children).
"No Fail Organizing: Even When No Joy Is Sparked"
Conquer fear of organizing because there is NO failure. Yep, that’s right, no failure, only steps that haven’t been groovy for you. Through hands-on techniques, games, and optimizing distractions, we will explore methods to organize, minimize, and strategize in harmony with your own brain.
Sherri Curley, aka The Practical Sort, is a home organizer, speaker, and organization motivator who frequently draws upon her former career at the EPA to help others Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Reimagine. She adores working with clients and audiences to help them simplify life through personalized, practical, eco-friendly solutions. She crafts weekly productivity and time-saving tips at ThePracticalSort.com. She also hosts a monthly blog, along with podcasts, videos, and community workshops.You can subscribe to her monthly newsletter at ThePracticalSort.com to keep up with her latest tips, musings, and observations. Sherri has appeared on KATU’s Afternoon Live, in local magazines, newsletters, and podcasts.
If you’re struggling with organizational challenges or host a group looking for a dynamic speaker, The Practical Sort is a practical solution.
"An Astrological Snapshot of 2020"
Vanessa will be giving a snapshot of the potent archetypal forces of change and rebirth from the lens of the Astrology of 2020.
To say that we are living in interesting times is an understatement. Everywhere we look structural shifts are happening ecologically, culturally, and politically around the world. This transformative chaos can feel both overwhelming and also creatively potent. Astrology can help us make sense of the times we are living in, especially when looking at it from the lens of archetypes and myths.
2020 is a benchmark year not only because it's an election year and the start of a new decade. It's a seminal year with potent astrological configurations that will inform the next several years.
Vanessa Couto, is an archetypal astrologer, teacher, and artist. Her focus is on helping clients gain clarity in the intersection of life and livelihood. Her clientele are purpose-driven entrepreneurs, creatives, and those who are on a quest for work that reflects their sense of meaning and aligned vocation. Her sessions are focused on helping entrepreneurs explore their business through the archetypal lens so that they may create a more resonant and aligned brand.
Vanessa Couto has a background in advertising, teaching, and counseling. She holds an MA in Teaching from New York University and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She's originally from Brazil, but for over decade she has called Portland her home, where she works with clients from around the world from her home office.
"Put Your Big Rocks First"
"Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters." As 2019 comes to a close, let's pause to reflect on where you spent your time. Did it bring you happiness? Peace? Accomplishment? Or do you wish you had more time? Do you want to change how you manage your time to prioritize yourself and your goals?
Let's look towards 2020 and determine where you want to put your energy to create your most aligned life. In this talk, Vanessa will share how she coaches clients to prioritize their goals, making sure they focus time and energy on what really matters. Plan your big projects for 2020 (while keeping in mind the smaller everyday tasks that can take over) so you feel confident and in control of your life as you kick-off 2020!
Vanessa Tharp is a multipotentialite, a Jill of all trades, and a Renaissance woman. She thrives as a community builder, works her magic to create clarity and action plans, and is a hyper-intentional connector. As an experienced designer, Vanessa creates amazing retreats, conferences, and other epic events — all with the intent of bringing people together and making a positive impact in their lives.
Using her superpowers of understanding and strategizing, Vanessa works with entrepreneurs, organizations, and small business owners to craft year-long — or beyond — master plans. In addition, Vanessa provides ongoing support with accountability coaching and project management to help clients level up both their lives and businesses.
"Bold Boundaries for Bold Leaders"
In order to enjoy a fulfilling life and run a sustainable business, you’ll need to learn the subtle art of Setting Bold Boundaries! Without them you may end up in traps of people-pleasing, overwhelm, and self-sabotage. Or experience cycles of high productivity followed by major burnout that takes you out of the game for days or even weeks. Plus, if you don’t trust in your ability to set & maintain Bold Boundaries, you could be shutting down your receptivity in order to “protect” yourself from over-giving. Ouch! In our time together, you’ll walk away with techniques, perspectives, and ideas you can apply to your life, work, and business immediately. To Boldly sharing your Leadership in a healthy, heartfelt, and sustainable way!
Starr Sheppard-Decker, is a spiritual and business coach, facilitator, speaker, activist, rebel, professional vocalist, wife, mother of three, and founder of Radical Revelations. She has been having controversial conversations online and in Portland for over 15 years, and has been passionate about the planet since she was a small child. From seeing clients for 10 years to facilitating live events and doing personal development for nearly 20, she offers her years of experience in various ways, including a weekly virtual Spiritual service, a monthly virtual support group, a monthly life event, and private and group coaching.
After being shamed in spiritual community for being a leader also dealing with chronic health issues and family estrangement, Starr walked away in 2015 and got the deeper healing she needed. She now supports other Coaches, Healers & Changemakers who are dealing with challenges like loss, injury, tragedy or transition. She helps them to build inner stability and business sustainability so these leaders can keep giving their best, even if they’re at their worst. Starr sees an unhealthy approach to leadership and personal transformation, and wishes to bring light to the dark places in her industry through love, awareness, and truth.
"The Power of Micro-Expressions and The 7 Universal Emotions"
I will share with you the 7 Universal Emotions, the POWER of micro-expressions, and YES a cliff hanger … if we have time, one body language must know how – BOOSTER! (Prepare for a selfie.) These three ingredients will increase your badass self and boost your confidence, so others will invest their time, energy, and money in YOU! You will learn how to:
Build healthier and stronger relations reducing the amount of energy spent repairing them.
Boost your confidence and decrease the amount of time you spend second guessing yourself.
Increase your savvy-knowledge saving you time and money.
Bio: I work with individuals and organizations to get to the heart of understanding their uniqueness. As well as how their mission, values, and principles can help them build healthier and happier organizations and build stronger relationships.
I’ve spent twenty years working in and outside of corporate America, developing my unique perspective on how to lead using the power of trust. In spite of recent breakthroughs that detail exactly how trust impacts our relationships, leaders (mom or business owner) of all types still suffer from the effects of their own weaknesses in the areas of truth and trust.
I use the power of micro-expression (yes, like the FBI uses to detect lies!) and my own leadership journey at corporations like Enron and American Express, along with my intensive apprenticeships with leadership guru Robin Sharma, body language expert Jeanine Driver, and classes at Harvard Kennedy School to analyze and repair trust problems for leaders of all types!
Dr. Raquel Muller is a Mom Empowerment Coach and Speaker, as well as a trained psychologist. She is the creator of the Mom Empowerment Roadmap Program. As a professional woman, wife, and mother of two, Dr. Raquel knows first hand how unrealistic expectations, self-criticisms, and comparisons can cause moms to experience a disproportionate amount of guilt, stress, and burnout. After struggling with these issues herself, she used the skills she had learned as a psychologist to become a more patient, confident, and loving mother. She even found her own happiness along the way! Dr. Raquel now uses these same skills to empower moms and teach them ways to relieve the pressure, reconnect with the joys of being a mom, and become happy and fulfilled as women.
In this powerful presentation, "Busting the Myth of the Supermom" you will learn:
How the desire to be a “superwoman” can actually sabotage your success, and ONE simple shift to turn it around.
The MOST effective way to release perfectionism, and be more patient and present with yourself, your kids, and other important people in your life.
The 5 keys you need to banish burnout FOREVER and reconnect with your greatness as a mother and as a woman.
Julia Phoenix is a relationship coach and transformational healer who helps women heal from their past traumas, and receive support and deep fulfillment in their relationships.
Since 2015, Julia has been helping women and couples resolve their past traumas and relationship challenges, break through their barriers to love, and achieve lasting success in their partnerships.
Julia holds a Masters Degree in Human Development and has a long history of working in early childhood education. She applies her knowledge of child development in her work with adults in the form of inner child work, and specializes in helping adults heal attachment wounding and addressing developmental trauma so that they may enjoy happier, healthier relationships.
Julia also teaches boundaries, along with effective communication skills to resolve conflict, and create deep intimacy and trust in relationships of all kinds.
In this talk, Julia will share her experience of overcoming childhood abuse and addictions, and healing destructive relationship patterns in her adult life through the use of inner child work processes.
She’ll offer some insight as to how connecting with the inner child and processing unresolved trauma can help heal attachment wounding, and serve to strengthen our awareness of our boundaries, our connection to our bodies, and help us make empowered and aligned choices in relationships.
When we integrate our inner child, our vibrational point of attraction in relationships change. We no longer have to relive the same childhood patterns that keep playing out in our adult relationships like a skipping record. This talk will provide hope and a direction to heal those patterns for good, so that you can come home to the love that you deserve.
Facebook group - Julia’s Inner Child Playground and Healing Community
Rebecca Hyman is a therapist in private practice. She is writing a book on how to heal trauma that is rooted systemic oppression by re-creating meaning and engaging in social justice practice. She also teaches at Lewis & Clark College in their doctoral program in Educational Leadership. A former English and Women’s Studies Professor, she offers trainings on:
- Gender and power in the workplace
- Trauma and secondary trauma
- Identifying and overcoming oppression and whiteness in healthcare and other settings
What it means to substitute meaning and purpose for productivity and efficiency:
When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing that comes into your mind, and how does your body feel? And at the day’s close, do you find you’ve checked lots of things off your list, but feel bored, irritable, and unfulfilled? It’s easy to get seduced by the latest bullet journal or fancy new planner; the lure of the next productivity book. But how do we find our meaning and purpose, when we devote so much time to efficiency and productivity? What happens when we let years go by without feeling we’re making an impact on the world, or expressing our authentic selves? And at the same time, how can we acknowledge and act on our biggest dreams, when we have so many responsibilities to ourselves and others, and when we feel so tired? We’ll tackle how to keep our focus on our larger meaning, even when we have to pay the bills and take out the trash.
Radical Pleasurist is Sophia and Heather's mission and co-creation of LOVE. They bring decades of combined experiences as therapist (Sophia), mom and health nut (Heather), coaches, facilitators, teachers, mentors, community organizers, serial entrepreneurs, intimacy junkies, and master communicators and relationship builders. They use relationships and intimacy as the pathways to awakening themselves and the world to LOVE. They teach, through their programs, the skills necessary to live a joyful and pleasurable life: multi-faceted intimacy, being in the body, and impeccable communication of desires and boundaries.
Their promise to courageous and highly sensitive humans: go from feeling exhausted, doing all the work in relationships, and avoiding intimacy to being playful, at ease, and feeling connected in all of your relationships, while experiencing more relaxation, more trust, and more pleasure in every part of your magnificent life.
How to Open to Pleasure without Guilt:
Do you want more pleasure in your life?
Are you ready to open to pleasure without guilt and shame?
Do you want to know the super simple practices that will liberate you so you could receive more pleasure?
Cool! Heather and Sophia will present a new world of possibilities to you so you feel freer, braver, and more open to saying HELL YES to pleasure.
Lyn Delmastro-Thomson is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, speaker, and author of the Amazon Best Seller, You Are Not Your Diagnosis. She holds a master’s degree in somatic psychology and has completed additional specialized training in biofeedback, therapeutic yoga, and Reiki.
After being misdiagnosed with leukemia at the age of 25, Lyn became passionate about sharing with the world her message that just because a doctor has said an illness is "chronic" or "incurable" doesn't mean that it has to be a life sentence, and that western medicine isn't the only approach to healing. When we explore other holistic options, true healing, rather than symptom management, can occur.
Lyn will be presenting on the topic "Your Genes Are Not Your Destiny." In this presentation, Lyn will share more about the power of our minds and our beliefs to either benefit our health or contribute to making us ill. Delving into the fascinating research on the placebo effect, Lyn will teach you how to harness your own thoughts to support your own health and well-being.
Lyn will also touch on the fascinating field of epigenetics, which is now revealing that only a very small portion of all disease is caused by your genes and much more of it is created by the environment (toxins, traumatic experiences, and more). This is exciting information because it means we have more control over our health than the old paradigm led us to believe.
After spending 15 years climbing the corporate ladder, Tiffany decided to follow that little whisper that said she was meant to do more. Her heart led her to the powerful work that she does now as a coach, healer and leader of the Spiritual Sisterhood. Tiffany is a strong believer that part of our journey as humans is uncovering and living our truth and she is passionate about empowering women to create a living doing what they love.
Learn to thrive in business through being your true self, taking inspired actions and building meaningful relationships. All of your life experiences and knowledge have created the unique being that is you. I’m inviting you to use your true self as your most powerful promotion tool. It’s time to break free from the weight of expectations and start listening to your heart for clarity and direction. Cultivate a referral rich business that is rooted in meaningful connections instead of spending your time trying to figure out the next social media algorithm.
Founder and CEO of On The Rise Solutions (formally The Superwoman Project)
What will it take for women to collectively rise to a position of complete and total equity? With the gender pay gap, inequities in leadership and our rights being threatened at the highest levels of government… how will we ever get there? Join Jessica Williams, Founder and CEO of On The Rise Solutions (formally The Superwoman Project) to get a high-level view of the problem, the solution and what you can do about it. Jessica Williams is the CEO and Founder of On the Rise Solutions, an organization dedicated to empowering professional women, allies and organizations. Formally known as The Superwoman Project, On the Rise Solutions provides consulting, training, executive coaching and live events, like the Annual Superwoman Summit, to support the professional development of strong women leaders.
Mary Lou Rodriguez
Mary Lou Rodriguez is a trustworthy and passionate professional hypnotherapist. She is committed to healing our society, one client at a time. She thrives on being of service, giving her full and considerable attention to each person. Unlike many other therapists, Mary Lou customizes mantras and affirmations for each client. She even extends the effectiveness of the sessions by assigning “homework” exercises. Using a variety of techniques, including EFT and tapping, Mary Lou maximizes the impact of hypnosis.
Her early life as a first generation American of a Hispanic family was filled with love, but also many challenges, making her the resilient woman she is today. For over two years, Mary Lou cared tirelessly for her beloved mother when she fell ill and was in a coma. Studying the benefits of hypnosis, Mary Lou attempted to communicate with her mother through her sub-conscious. This is when her passion for hypnosis blossomed. Mary Lou is proud of having cared selflessly for her mom and feels strongly that it truly put her on this beautiful path of the healing work she loves. The experience was the impetus for starting Life Guidance Hypnosis.
Mary Lou has a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, which has helped her to be an inclusive person, able to recognize the value in diverse cultures. She is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, licensed with the National Guild Association. Her advanced Hypnotherapy training is referred to as 5-PATH.
When not working her hypnotic magic, Mary Lou can be found enjoying the outdoors in the lush Pacific NW. She especially loves hiking and meditating in nature. Her fascination with the human brain has her regularly studying neuro-science as a lifetime learner. Mary Lou intentionally surrounds herself with women who inspire her and share her vision of making our world a better, kinder place.
Michelle Millis Chappel
"Rock Your Career by Owning Your Superpowers"
Twenty years ago, Michelle Chappel created a ROCKSTAR program that has helped thousands of women find their unique talents and passions and excel in work and life. In this talk, she will help you to:
• Identify the #1 issue that stops you from getting the life you want.
• Discover your special superpowers.
• Find the ovaries to answer your awesome calling.
By the end, you'll have basic tools to step into your power and take your career up to the next level.
Michelle has a PH.D. in psychology from Princeton and was voted "Most Inspirational Professor" at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she taught cognition and creativity. Despite being called "crazy" by a few colleagues, she ditched academics to follow her dream to be a rock star. Since then, her tunes have topped overseas and U.S. college radio charts and appeared in TV/film. She also rose in the ranks of the corporate world to VP of Consumer Insights and now runs her own consulting company working with clients such as Google and eBay.
Clarice Connolly is going to share with us a little bit about her life experience of what it looks like to face your deepest shame and how we can all play a part in dismantling stigma. After a devastating diagnosis of Herpes, it turned her belief of what life "should" look like turned upside down. What most people feel is a shameful, stigmatic, and very concerning thing to have; has now become Clarice's passion project for life where she hopes to be a beacon of possibility for so many others.
After years of introspection and a large number of disclosures Clarice has discovered how the very act of being vulnerable with our loved ones and even strangers, gives us this incredible opportunity for a different kind of experience we may not have known possible.
When we share vulnerably, we give others the permission to see our raw selves. Which in turn gives them the opportunity to feel safe to share themselves too.
This generosity creates space for a deeper authentic connection between humans we may have once left for only our significant others. Have you ever felt so seen, as though you have been gotten by another even if their stories aren't exactly identical? The intimate connection leaves a lasting impression in your heart that may withstand time and leave you feeling full. What would be possible if we opened up just a little bit more a challenged the ways in which we connected with those around us? Clarice will share more about some of her experiences in hopes of inspiring what we may not have thought possible.