Carolina Bedoya is an artisan and upcycle designer, educated at SUNY Purchase with a degree in arts. She has facilitated upcycled craft workshops for the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute for the past five years and currently coordinates the Next Life program at the Eileen Fisher Learning Lab.
Dorian is an executive coach, leadership programs and retreats faculty, and organizational advisor. Her capacity for eclectic discernment was tested throughout a 35 year global corporate business career that has spanned a variety of industries - investment banking, global energy, consumer goods, art retail and consulting - and a number of countries - UK, US, Venezuela, Italy, and Belgium. In her consulting and coaching these days, she is working with a range of clients - from Corporate Senior Executives to Millennial Social Entrepreneurs/Activists in the US and Europe; from Yale E-MBA candidates to Humanitarian Relief Organization staff in Washington and the Middle East. One of her core beliefs is that a change agent's individual journey towards wholeness is critical to addressing today's global challenges - be that change agent an organization's leader, a social activist for change, a student leader or a parent wanting to raise a child for a better future. And as a business woman, she is particularly passionate about the role and power of women to support the evolution of global mindsets, social systems and models of economic impact.
Alanna Coby is EFLI's Communications Manager and has taught Ugly Comics workshops at the Learning Lab since 2013. She is also an actor, playwright, and proud founding member of The Syndicate, an ensemble theatre company. Alanna lives in Brooklyn, New York. www.alannacoby.com
Melody Cooper’s screenplay, Northern Cross, an action thriller that deals with illegal immigration, was a 2nd Round Finalist in the Austin Film Festival, an Official Selection of both the 2009 Mexico International Film Festival and the 2009 Action On Film Festival.
Her most recent play, Sweet Mercy, which deals with the genocide in Rwanda, was developed by New York Stage and Film in their summer Powerhouse series, and was presented as staged readings at Primary Stages in NY and Antaeus Theater in Los Angeles. Her one-act, Truth Be Told, was produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Going to the River Festival for 2009.
Melody is the recipient of the Jane Chambers Award for Playwriting for Day of Reckoning, a play about the forgotten 19th century black activist Lucy Parsons. Day of Reckoning also won the MultiStages New Works Competition in NY and was produced at New Theatre in Miami.
Her one-act, Reading Zimbabwe, was produced in NYC three times in 2003 (including by Epic Rep at DR2 with premieres by Lee Blessing and Romulus Linney). She has received two commissions: from Epic Rep to write a new play, and from Labor Voices to develop Truth Be Told, a piece focusing on the tragic events surrounding an Iraqi reporter.
Her play proposal Absolute Magnitude, about five time-scrambled female astronomers, was a Sloan New Play Initiative finalist.
Aliyah Hakim is a theatre artist based in NYC (Brooklyn) where she is studying theatre and media at The New School and is a Joker-in-Training with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC. Connected to people, communities and justice, her art/theatre practice aims to be conversational about and accountable to race (blackness), gender (femmeness) etc., and systems. Lately, Aliyah has been meditating on love, dreaming of a critical, accountable, social justice-minded love in the world. She also has a thing for cats, noodles, and any kind of traveling.
Kate Johnson has taught awareness-based movement practices as social change methodologies for over a decade in public schools, community health centers, activist organizations and performance collectives. In her consulting practice, she facilitates mindful, somatic approaches to anti-bias education, and supports businesses and organizations in implementing strategies and structures for greater diversity, equity and inclusion. Kate is a meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and is on staff at Buddhist Peace Fellowship, where she designs online programs integrating spirituality and social justice. She is also a core faculty member of the Advanced Training in Social Presencing Theater at the Presencing Institute. www.katejohnson.com
MOLLY ROSE KAUFMAN
Molly is a community planner, journalist and youth worker. Her writing has appeared in YES! Magazine, Kinfolk Magazine and the New York Times. As a community organizer in Orange, NJ, she cofounded the University of Orange, a free people’s university, worked with residents and planners to write the Heart of Orange plan and codeveloped ORNG Ink, a youth-led, user driven arts collective. She has a BA from Hampshire College, an MS in journalism from Columbia University, was a 2016 Civic Liberal Arts Fellow at the New School, and a 2017 Next City Urban Vanguard Fellow. She currently serves as the University of Orange Provost & Program Director and is a Listening Consultant at HUUB.
Desirée is an actor, writer, & blogger living in Inwood, New York. She is currently devising a stage adaptation of “The Descent of Inanna” entitled The Inanna Project to share the myth with a new audience. Desirée also shares the myth through her work at EFLI engaging the next generation of empowered women in goddess culture. “Goddess Inanna is rooted deeply in her humanity. Through my exploration of her I am able to accept and embrace all parts of myself, without apology or justification. It is my great honor to introduce women to Inanna, and bear witness to their transformations.”
The Inanna Workshop was developed by theatre artists Leslie Ayvazian, Olympia Dukakis, Joan MacIntosh, and Remi Messenger in the 80s & 90s, and is now being led by Desirée Matthews and Elizabeth Morton. With exercises and discussions inspired by the myth, each participant in the workshop is given the opportunity to acknowledge how she has uniquely prevailed in the world. She then goes on a journey from her worldly glory into the metaphoric underworld so that she may discover and recover the lost/suppressed/unwanted parts of herself.
Rob is dedicated to empowering people that they might achieve their dreams and live lives of deep fulfillment. Awakened to his own healing journey over a decade ago, Rob has tirelessly pursued a path of unification and transcendence. He is a certified teacher of Turtle Longevity Qigong, and a graduate of the Four Winds Society’s Healing the Light Body School.
Grateful for all the wonderful teachers who have graced his journey, Rob is committed to sharing this collected wisdom and helping his clients integrate body, mind and spirit for optimal health and enlightened well-being.
He is also a singer/songwriter who sings songs to nourish the heart and soul as they make the epic journey.
Aubrey Murdock is a graduate of the Design & Urban Ecologies program at Parsons The New School (M.S.) and Columbia College (B.A., Film Production). Murdock has the great pleasure of serving as the Head of School and Lead Designer for University of Orange, a free people's urbanism school. She uses her background in media and design to create tools for civic education and engagement. Her most recent work includes a short film outlining a history of discriminatory planning policies in the United States, The Domino Effect, University of Orange’s long term, site-based storytelling project: Hidden Treasure of Our Orange, and researching collaborative remediation and collective natural resource management processes in her hometown of Casper, Wyoming.
HEATHER HOMONOFF WOODLEY
Heather Homonoff Woodley is an educator, researcher, and activist. Her work focuses on meeting the academic, linguistic and social-emotional needs of emergent bilinguals, particularly Muslim immigrant youth who speak less common languages. Woodley’s research takes a pedagogical approach to arts-based research, using visual and performing arts to spark and build on youth voices in classroom spaces. She has published work exploring multilingual classroom practices and arts as social justice education, and received a 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Association of Bilingual Education. Woodley was a Fulbright Scholar in Morocco, and earned her PhD in Urban Education at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She was recently a Research Assistant with the City University of New York – New York State Initiative for Emergent Bilinguals providing teacher support, classroom resources, and leadership training for public schools. Prior to this, she taught middle and high school TESOL and ELA in the Bronx and Washington, DC, and was a teacher-educator at City College, CUNY and with the NYC and DC Teaching Fellows. Woodley serves on the national planning committee for Free Minds, Free People, a conference for transformative education with the Education for Liberation Network, and works with the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute, teaching Raqs Sharqi (Middle Eastern dance) with young women.