2018 Conference Keynote Speakers
Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian and passionate activist. He is the founder of Fox Institute, is a scholar at the Academy for the Love of Learning and leads numerous workshops annually. Matthew has written 34 books translated into over 60 languages. He writes, “At this critical time in human history, when the earth is being ravaged…we need to gather those who offer a future of compassion, creativity, and justice to speak their conscience as never before.”
YeYe Luisah Teish is a storyteller-writer and artist-activist. Chief Teish is an initiated elder (Iyanifa) in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African Diaspora. As a seasoned storyteller, she teaches the secrets of story and how to evolve and transform one’s current reality by becoming more awake, free and empowered. She combines personal, political, creative and spiritual approaches to finding purpose.
Richard Leider, M.S., founder of Inventure: the Purpose Company, is a member of Sage-ing International’s Council of Honored Sages and a life coach and writer. A senior fellow at University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, he finds that “purpose is good medicine!” Richard is dedicated to awakening people to their ”true calling” and to helping “new Elders” discover the power of purpose in the second half of life. Something to Live For (2008) is his eighth book.
Rachael Freed, founder of Life-Legacies, is a Senior Fellow at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing, University of Minnesota, a Clinical Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist. Rachael is author of six books, her most recent is Your Legacy Matters: Harvesting the Love and Lessons of Your Life. She is the ‘legacy expert’ whose legacy “Tips & Tools” is regularly published on Dr. Andrew Weil’s web-sites.
Larry Long is an artist who helps people learn to work together to bring about a world of peace. A singer-songwriter, author, historian, actor and broadcaster, Larry writes ballads celebrating community and history makers. He has sung at major concerts and festivals throughout the world and founded a nonprofit, Community Celebration of Place, which offers the program: Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song.
Dorene Day is a traditional healer, singer, and member of the Ojibwe Nation. She is a strong advocate for youth, women, families, health and wellness and culture-based healing and education. Dorene “Waubanewquay” is an “Ojibwe-Anishinabe Kwe” of the Waubizayshi O’dodem-Marten Clan, which is grounded at the Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota. She is interviewed here.
Maria Genné is founder and artistic director of Kairos Alive! which transforms lives through dance and story. Kairos Alive! is an inter-generational and inter-cultural program, featuring live music and participatory dance. It promotes creative arts, health education and community well-being. Maria will present at the celebration banquet Saturday evening.