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3rd annual Passion in Action  conference this weekend

See Jane Do will present the 3rd Annual Passion Into Action™ Women’s Conference Friday through Sunday in Grass Valley.

The full weekend for women includes keynote speakers Martha Beck, known as “one of the best-known life coaches in America” and best selling author and O Magazine columnist, Frances Moore Lappe’ — best selling author (“Diet for a Small Planet”), pioneer of the sustainable food movement and co-founder of Small Planet Institute; Gloria Feldt — former CEO of Planned Parenthood, best selling author and activist; Holly Near — award winning singer/songwriter, teacher and activist; Sista Monica — award winning singer/songwriter; Osprey Orielle Lake, founder/president of Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus, author and activist; Lisa Kivirist — Ecopreneur, author, co-founder of the Rural Renaissance Network; Jensine Larsen, founder of World Pulse ; Chi Yvonne Leina — World Pulse correspondent; Chameli Ardagh, Founder of Awakening Women Institute and Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva — Girl Scouts, Founders of Project ORANG and 2011 Brower Youth Award Winners.

In serving as a platform for the voices of women in a variety of disciplines, the Passion into Action Conference™ (PIA) creates a space for women to meet, network, explore ideas, identify their passion, support a passion, collaborate, and more. Most importantly PIA provides workshops, tools and access to experts who are cutting edge in their field to help shift concepts & ideas, into action. The event showcases real women, with real solutions; mixing local and non-local female leaders, visionaries, artists and celebrates, female empowerment in all its forms. This inspired gathering of hearts and minds creates a space for women to tap into their passions, and through action, make them a reality.

Along with keynotes, Passion into Action™ (PIA) offers 32 workshops led by women who are considered cutting edge in their field and recognized as leaders in their community. Within the three breakout tracks, some sessions offer tips and tools to ‘Take Care of You’ such as “Easy Strategies for Managing Stress and Rising Above the Chaos in Your Life” with Karen Atkins, “Nourishing with Herbs: How to use Kitchen Herbs & Local Plants for Health & Well-Being” with Rachel Berry and “How to Conquer Your Sweet Cravings and Take Back Control of Your Diet” with Kelly Schrader. The ‘Defining You’ track is designed for women who are exploring their passions (“So Many Ideas, So Little Time” with Torie Henderson) or re-connecting with their purpose (“Finding your Voice on the Page” with Heather Donahue) and to provide support in overcoming obstacles (“Keeping Your Dreams Alive, Even when Your World is Falling Apart” with Mary Elizabeth Young). The third track, ‘Leading Your Life’ includes workshops to help move your passion into action such as “How to Turn Your Passion into a Real Business” with Brenda Horton, “Ecopreneuring: Women Changing the World through Green Business” with Lisa Kivirist or “Media Tools to Tell Your Story” with Jeannine Glista and how to fund your passion with Debe Fennell (“Get Funded: Crowdfunding Can Bring Your Ideas to Life”).

In addition to the workshops PIA includes two optional pre-conference intensives one led by The White House Project, who ignites the leadership of women in business and politics. The second intensive led by Michael Stone and Marilyn Nyborg focuses on gender reconciliation.

See Jane Do, an award winning multi-media production company, will also host the Young Women’s Track again this year, presented in partnership with the Nevada County Youth Council. New this year is the ‘Taking Care of You Breakfast,’ Sunday in partnership with Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

The Passion into Action Conference™ specifically was designed for women in rural communities and small towns. These are areas where little steps can lead to bigger changes at a rapid pace. By empowering the women of small towns we see community members who are vested on a personal level and who are actively shifting the balance not only of women leadership in their communities but are affecting positive change in government, sustainability and their local economies improving their lives and others, according to organizers.

See Jane Do is pleased to announce the 2012 PIA beneficiaries including The Friendship Club, Sisters in Arms, CoRR and the Soldier’s Project. Recipients and staff of these organizations will receive full scholarships to the conference.

For 2012, See Jane Do projects more than 500 will attend this weekend to be inspired, connect and learn.

For more information: www.passionintoaciton.tv, www.seejanedo.com or contact info@seejanedo.com.

This year’s featured speakers include Martha Beck, referred to as “one of the best-known life coaches in America.” She is a columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine and appears frequently as an expert on “life design,” on programs such as Good Morning America and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Having earned a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard, Beck taught social science and business at undergraduate and graduate levels, at Harvard and the American Graduate School of International Management. Beck’s books include New York Times bestsellers Finding Your Own North Star and Expecting Adam and most recently, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want. Gloria Feldt, bestselling author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power.” People magazine calls her the “voice of experience.” Gloria’s expertise in women, power and leadership comes from a deep well of personal knowledge gained on the frontlines. Her journey from teen mom to president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to best-selling author inspires both men and women. Named by Vanity Fair as one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers” and Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” she’s helped pave the way for women today. Frances Moore Lappe’, author or co-author of 18 books including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet and her most recent work, EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want. She is the cofounder of three organizations, including Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education seeking to bring democracy to life, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances and her daughter have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide. Frances appears frequently as a public speaker and on radio, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and Alternet. Articles featuring or written by Frances have also appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Harper’s, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, People, and more. Holly Near, a unique combination of entertainer, teacher, and activist. An immense vocal talent, Near’s career as a singer has been defined by an unwillingness to separate her passion for music from her passion for human dignity. She is a skilled performer and an outspoken ambassador for peace who brings to the stage an integration of world consciousness, spiritual discovery, and theatricality. Holly has received numerous awards including honors from the A.C.L.U., the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, Ms. Magazine (Woman of the Year), the Legends of Women’s Music Award, and Impact Fund. Near’s portrait hangs at The Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio along with those of other social change artists including Paul Robeson, Marion Anderson, Pete Seeger, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, and Woody Guthrie. Sista Monica Parker, dubbed, “the lioness of the blues,” has performed with huge music industry stars including Indie Arie and BB King and is well on her own way to establishing a highly noted place in the blues and gospel genres. She has released nine CDs and recent awards include a 2012 Blues Music Award nomination for “Best Soul Blues Female Artist” by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee, “Artist of the Year Award” for all of Santa Cruz County and “Artist of the Year Award” at the 17th Annual Monterey Bay Blues Festival. Most recently with a placement on the Fox Television network’s hit show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” Sista Monica has proved that she’s a force to be reckoned with. Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder/President of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus where she is working nationally and internationally with grassroots leaders, policy-makers, business people, and scientists to promote resilient communities, foster a post-carbon energy future, while also addressing societal transformation. She is an international advocate for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and has traveled to five continents studying ancient and modern cultures while making presentations at international conferences and universities. Her book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature (White Cloud Press) won a 2011 Nautilus Book Award. Lisa Kivirist, social and business entrepreneur, an author, and a leader in the growing rural renaissance and sustainable living movement. She is the co-founder of the Rural Renaissance Network, which provides educational resources and information to individuals, families and communities wishing to support more ecologically mindful and socially responsible living in rural communities. She is a Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, an advocate for women in sustainable agriculture, and director of the Rural Women’s Project for the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service. Chi Yvonne Leina, freelance reporter for television, radio and various newspapers in Cameroon. She currently specializes in covering the health and religion beats. Prior to going freelance, Chi spent four years as a reporter/on-air presenter at Equinoxe Television, Cameroon’s leading private TV and radio channel. In addition she has served as editor of the environmental magazine Cameroon Birdline and a World Pulse Correspondent. Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva, founders of Project ORANG (Orangutans Really Appreciate and Need Girls Scouts) and 2011 Brower Youth Award Winners. Rhiannon and Madison started a campaign to get the Girl Scouts to replace palm oil with a more eco-friendly oil. They have since partnered with Rainforest Action Network, co-authoring a petition that has generated more than 70,000 emails to the Girl Scouts headquarters.

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