Speaker, Erica Forbes
Program: Guiding Rage Into Power (GRIP): Leaving Prison Before You Get Out
Erica Forbes is a clinical psychologist with the GRIP program (Guiding Rage Into Power).
https://grip-traininginstitute.org/ She works within the California prison system, facilitating healing and transformation in one of the darkest corners of human existence.
Erica will describe the GRIP curriculum, its impact, and share stories about being a woman facilitating a men’s program over the past four years. She’ll also provide an inside perspective of our correctional system and the institutionalized oppression/ racism that she encounters in her work.
Speaker: Dr. Tasmin Woolley-Barker
Program: "Designing For, With and As Living Things"
Dr. Tamsin is an evolutionary biologist, biological anthropologist, biomimicry pioneer, and the author of TEEMING: How Superorganisms Work to Build Infinite Wealth in a Finite World, an Amazon Bestseller in Organizational Learning, Environmental Economics, Ecology, and Animal Behavior–– a testament to the lively ecotones she inhabits.
Her work is focused on catalyzing a fundamental shift in the way we understand the world––from mechanistic efficiency-driven thinking to evolution-based design in all human endeavors. To that end, her current projects focus on facilitating living systems thinking in and applications for future and present leaders (including indigenous youth activists, change-makers, entrepreneurs, and organizational design strategists). She does this through an integrated spectrum of evolution-based frameworks and processes, including Biomimicry, Teeming for organizations, Regenerative Design, and Prosocial, delivered virtually and through wilderness immersions in the Panamanian cloud forest and California’s Anza Borrego Desert.
Dean, Geoversity’s School of Biocultural Leadership in Panama
Director, Borrego Institute for Living Design in the Anza-Borrego Desert
Founder and Principal, TEEM Innovation Group (for organizations)
Founder, Bonobo Revolution
Program: Finding your Authentic Voice: You Can't Fake it to Make it!
Speaker: Samantha Paris, founder of Voicetrax in Sausalito
Acclaimed voice actor, educator, entrepreneur and author Samantha Paris will offer a fascinating peek behind the curtain on the intriguing yet little-understood world of voice acting--which can be considered America's most influential and invisible art. In this interactive and lively program, Samantha will discuss lessons learned through her colorful and rich career as a voice actor and trainer/mentor of 15,000 aspiring and working voice actors. She will share insights into the transformative nature of voice-over studies in terms of finding your own, authentic voice. And as a special treat, attendees will have the chance to read real commercial scripts and receive direction/feedback from Samantha to get a taste of the voice acting experience.
Samantha Paris is a multiple award-winning voice actor, acclaimed educator, entrepreneur and author of “Finding the Bunny: The secrets of America’s most influential and invisible art revealed through the struggles of one woman’s journey” (Voice Haven Productions, 2018). Her memoir was optioned in 2019 by Warner Brothers for development into a television series.
Since establishing Voicetrax San Francisco in 1988--which actually is based in Sausalito-- Samantha has trained more than 15,000 aspiring and working voice actors in the Bay Area, Southern California, and from around the world now, thanks to video conferencing. Voicetrax is the nation's largest, most comprehensive and respected voice-over academy. Students come from all walks of life, backgrounds and interests--from realtors, accountants, and lawyers to soccer moms, belly dancers, police officers and more--many of whom book voice-over jobs regularly to augment their incomes, and many others make voice-over their living full-time (and lucratively so). In addition to the outstanding training that students get at Voicetrax, they also experience an extraordinary sense of community, camaraderie and support in this unique haven for voice actors.
Samantha's own single-minded dream of becoming an actress began as a little girl growing up in Southern California, under her given name, Bobbi Block. She began performing at the age of five, and took her first voice-over class at age fifteen. One year later, she landed an agent and saw her fervent dreams take flight. Over the next twelve years, Samantha enjoyed a career that included over 1,000 national and regional commercials, roles in nearly 200 half-hour animated television cartoon shows, including the mega-hit cult series
PROGRAM TITLE: UNDER THE TAPE
FBI Special Agent Gail Paresa, Senior Team Leader
FBI EVIDENCE RESPONSE TEAM (ERT)
Join FBI Special Agent Gail Paresa as she brings you under the crime scene tape to share her experiences while processing some of the FBI’s most notable crime scenes. With 35 years in law enforcement, 31 of those years with the FBI, SA Paresa now leads the San Francisco Division Evidence Response Team (ERT). The team covers a territory stretching from the Oregon border to King City, and assists other ERT teams across the country. As an ERT Adjunct Professor, SA Paresa has taught crime scene courses to law enforcement personnel from across the globe (in Cameroon, Kenya, and Thailand), as well as in Northern California and Hawaii.
SA Paresa attended Stanford University (class of ’85), and discovered an unexpected love for archaeology and history as the Stanford-in-Greece program took her to survey the ancient city of Panakton. Through early experiences as a volunteer in the “Bone Room” of the Bishop Museum in Hawaii and gluing together broken potsherds from the 1906 earthquake at the Stanford Museum, she developed an eye for detail and investigation, all crucial traits for the crime scene investigator. At first as a collateral duty, and later as the full-time Senior Team Leader, ERT became her passion. Along the way she found herself inside the cabin of the Unabomer, knee-deep in the Freshkills Landfill after 9/11, and in the hidden backyard where Jaycee Dugard was kept hostage for 18 years. In 2019, for the first time in SF ERT history, the team was honored with an award from Crime Stoppers for processing the horrific scene of the Gilroy Garlic Festival mass shooting, a tragedy much too close to home.
Mayor of San Rafael
Talk Title: Stepping into Leadership
Kate Colin is the first female to hold the office of Mayor since the city was incorporated in 1847. She joined the San Rafael City Council in January 2013 and was a Planning Commissioner for nearly 8 years before that. She has lived in the Sun Valley neighborhood since 1996 with her husband Jeff where they raised their two children. They moved to San Rafael for its diversity of people, wonderful neighborhoods and beautiful open space.
Kate’s goals for the City include focusing on four key policy areas for 2021 – recovering from the economic impact of Covid-19, homelessness/housing, sustainability (focusing on wildfire prevention and sea level rise) and racial justice. She strongly believes in working with the community to find solutions that reflect our community values as well as partnerships with local residents, businesses and neighborhoods to make San Rafael the best it can be.
Kate has a MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA from Dartmouth College. She is a life-long athlete who is often seen running the trails or cycling through our city streets.