During breakout sessions, we will reflect on the following questions:
Are books a way to connect with others for you or more an inward-facing opportunity?
Facilitator: WMD member Chantel Walker - Assistant Director of County Library Services at the Marin County Free Library (MCFL). MCFL operates a network of 10 branches throughout the County, an archive, a Bookmobile, and a mobile preschool literacy vehicle. Its mission is to provide welcoming, equitable, and inclusive opportunities for all to connect, learn and explore. Prior to her role at the MCFL, Chantel led the County of Marin’s Organizational Development and Training Division within the Department of Human Resources. She and her team deliver educational training, tools, and strategies to build organizational capability and employee excellence at the County of Marin. During her more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy and the broader nonprofit sector, Chantel has worked as a technical assistance provider, grantmaker, senior executive, and direct service provider throughout the country on children, family, and neighborhood development issues. She has published and presented on issues of early childhood education and community development, community organizing and the role of philanthropy, human services reform, early childhood education, finance, and facilities development. She is fluent in Spanish, and an experienced convener and facilitator. Chantel continues to be an active and dedicated volunteer.
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Speaker: Lynn Murphy
Lynn Murphy is the Mental Health Liaison for San Rafael Police Department. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been with the department for 8 years. Her job is to engage with individuals who are experiencing homelessness and/or mental illness to connect them with whatever services they need. Lynn works closely with Marin County Health and Human Services, the District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s office, The Ritter Center, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Homeward Bound of Marin, and Marin Housing Authority to house those that are the most vulnerable. Since working at the department, Lynn has collaborated with the Marin Alliance to Solve Homelessness (MASH) to house 426 people! Lynn also has a K9 partner named Blue who does outreach on the street. Blue is a retired Guide Dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind and plays an instrumental role in helping employee wellness at the San Rafael Police Department, and in responding to mental health calls. Say hello to them when you see Lynn and Blue on the street!
Read more about what San Rafael is doing to support San Rafael’s unhoused community at
Speaker: Rebecca Johns
It’s 2022. Change is coming at us fast and furious. When making decisions, information is important, but it isn’t enough. We are evolving from the age of information to the age of connection, integration, and intuition.
The most effective leaders refer to their instincts and inner voice to notice trends; they pay attention to emerging patterns to help make decisions. Research backs this up, demonstrating the importance of using our intellect and cognitive capabilities with intuition. (HeartMath.org)
In this experiential presentation, you’ll learn:
“People with higher levels of personal mastery can’t afford to choose between reason and intuition, or head or heart, any more than they would choose to walk on one leg or see with one eye.” ~Peter Senge
Rebecca Johns is a certified professional Transformational Leadership Coach, based in northwestern Montana. Living within sight of beautiful Glacier National Park, Rebecca’s approach is grounded in the elements of nature and inspired by the power of connection and deep listening.
Wildlife Photographer Suzi Eszterhas
Part artist, part scientist, and part sociologist, Suzi Eszterhas gives us a glimpse into the life of a wildlife photographer. Hear how she composes photos while riding an elephant in India, how she keeps herself safe while working with grizzly bears, and how her photography can help raise awareness of the problems facing wildlife today.
Suzi Eszterhas is an award-winning wildlife photographer, who, for the last twenty years, has dedicated her life and her work to capturing the family life of wild animals throughout the world, mainly those that are endangered.
Her photographs have been published in over 100 magazine covers and feature stories in publications such as TIME, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Popular Photography, Ranger Rick, and National Geographic Kids.
Whether it is photographing cheetahs while living in a bush camp in Kenya's Masai Mara, working with polar bear biologists in the Arctic, or chasing chimpanzees through some of the world's deepest jungles, Suzi has many photographs and adventure stories to share.
Suzi is the author of numerous books. Her books have been featured on GoodMorningAmerica.com and TodayShow.com. Her latest book, New on Earth, is a collection of her most spectacular photographs—from groundbreaking images of tiger cubs in their den in India to newborn cheetahs on the African savanna, to brown bear cubs seeing the world for the first time in the Alaskan wilderness.
She is a passionate animal conservationist. She has built conservation into the very fabric of her highly successful wildlife photography business. To empower teen girls to enter the male-dominated field of nature photography and use their work to further conservation efforts around the world, she founded Girls who Click.
Please join us in welcoming Suzi Eszterhas. We are excited to hear about her journey to becoming a world-renowned animal photographer, author, and animal conservationist. We are not sure whether she will be joining us from some remote corner of the world or from a few miles away from her home base in Petaluma, but we thank her for taking the time to speak to us at Wednesday morning Dialogue.
The San Francisco-Marin Food bank is hard at work, rapidly expanding their services during the pandemic.
Come hear Katy Mann McKnight discuss the ongoing work at the Food Bank – the logistics of distribution, minimizing food wastage, the challenges, the successes, and adapting to the new normal.
Katy Mann McKnight
Director of Community Engagement
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
7:45am -9:30am (via Zoom)
Katy currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement for the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, where she has spent the last 8 years sharing the impact of the Food Bank's work with the community. She oversees the strategy for the robust volunteer program, peer to peer fundraising campaigns, food drive efforts, internal and external events, and the corporate development program. Prior to her work at the Food Bank, Katy was the Sales and Marketing Director for a winery in the Russian River Valley, where she also volunteered with the Redwood Empire Food Bank and Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County. When not working to feed the community, Katy can be found on the volleyball court, where she has been coaching girls volleyball in Marin County for over 15 years.
Members: Your guests are most welcome to join our monthly meetings. If you are bringing a guest, please notify Membership Chair Becky Bingea (firstname.lastname@example.org), advising her of your guest’s name and email. Becky will send them the Zoom link for the meeting. (We have suspended guest fees until in-person meetings resume.) Be prepared to give a quick introduction of your guest at the beginning of the meeting.