Party at the End of the Patriarchy Conference
Kierra Taplin
Healing Footprints Foundation, Inc.
Kierra is the founder of Healing Footprints Foundation, Inc., an organization committed to serving the grief community.

As a Grief Coach and Pregnancy & Infant Loss Advocate, she is leading women on a journey of hope and healing.

Through her work, Kierra observed many parallels in the grief experienced after the loss of life and the grief felt after the loss of love, relationships, jobs, hopes, and dreams.

Kierra is committed to empowering women to discover life beyond grief while using their loss to power forward with purpose.
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Veronica Garcia
Veronica Garcia was born in Los Angeles and raised on the U.S./Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. She has over 20 years of experience working with social justice nonprofit organizations and community groups on issues including health care disparities, anti-violence initiatives, LGBTQ equity, anti-racism, reproductive justice, food security, economic justice, and migrant rights.

Veronica is deeply committed to using the power of fundraising as a movement building strategy. She learned and internalized this powerful value as a graduate of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training’s (GIFT) Internship Program more than 10 years ago. In the years since, Veronica has supported hundreds of community initiatives and social justice groups in building their grassroots fundraising capacity. Veronica also founded the Paso del Norte OUT Fund, a grant making initiative of El Paso’s LGBTQA community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, and our allies) and the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee, a group committed to ending unjust and inhumane migrant detention across the southwest U.S. border region.

Veronica more recently launched the Wealth Reclamation Academy of Practitioners (WRAP), in partnership with a national network of social justice grassroots fundraisers, to recontextualize how social justice organizers think about and practice movement resourcing in the U.S. In addition to extensive real-world experience in the nonprofit sector, Veronica has a B.A. in Sociology and a Master of Nonprofit Management graduate degree.
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Christal M. Cherry
Christal M. Cherry is a nationally recognized nonprofit executive and professionally trained fundraiser. With over 20 years in the nonprofit sector, she has supported higher education institutions, human services organizations, and faith-based missions. Her career portfolio, as a full time professional includes American University, the United Negro College Fund, Spelman College, Nicholas House, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Florida A & M University, and Action Ministries. Christal also served as a Senior Consultant at the GA Center for Nonprofits and is currently the CEO of The Board Pro, a consulting firm designed to transform leaders through board service.

With passion and a wide breadth of experience, Christal works with clients to create and  implement fundraising strategies that secure the resources needed for meaningful impact,  organizational growth, and a thriving operation. In each role, Christal has interfaced, guided, and collaborated with diverse stakeholders including individuals, corporate executives, pastors, alumni, parent, students, foundation program managers, and board members raising more than $30 million dollars over her career.

Today as The Board Pro, Christal’s works with nonprofit boards to coach, train, and counsel them to be effective governing and fundraising arms for their organizations. She also assists with; finding qualified and diverse talent to add to boards; onboarding; and culture assessments.

Christal earned a MA in Counseling from Hampton University, a BA in Liberal Arts from Hofstra University and professional development certifications in nonprofit leadership, social media fundraising, and nonprofit management.

She currently serves on the board of the Greater Atlanta chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Villages of Carver YMCA. She is on faculty at CANDID where she teaches courses in fundraising and board development. She also enjoys her membership in the African American Development Officers Network, Toastmasters, and F3, Fabulous Female Fundraisers which she founded.
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Rachel Wyley
A New Kind of Give/Get", "Not Your Average Give/Get"

My "begin again" story focuses on my recent exit from the nonprofit sector, and the simultaneous heartbreak and liberation of that decision. The heartbreak? Letting go of a long-held belief that the nonprofit sector would be the site of my racial equity revolution. The liberation? Gaining greater understanding each day that I needed every lesson learned for the next era of my work - putting pressure on the nonprofit sector from outside to do the true work of racial equity. This is an interactive community conversation about being in the midst of stepping into your favorite self, learning to give up something to gain something else, and how to leverage your authentic self to propel you forward.

Key messages: 
  1. Let your soul lead.
  2. Invite your most authentic and favorite self to the forefront.
  3. Be willing to give up the fight.
  4. Embrace hibernation as preparation.
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Korin Mills
Certified Professional Diversity Coach, CoachDiversity Institute, Certified Convergent Facilitator, Bay Area NVC, Certified in HR Consulting and Learning Design, Association for Talent Development, M.A., Media Studies, The New School, B.A., U.S. History, Wesleyan University
I am a difficult discourse emcee. I own and operate Korin Mills, LLC; a professional development consultancy for transformational leaders.  My work serves to name and frame the cultural norms we take for granted, so we can take real action and make real commitments to shift what causes harm. My point of view centers Black progress, as liberty and justice for all, through an American media lens. I work to make essential discussions accessible. I teach through modeling and honoring the oral traditions that raised me. 
I’ve spent the bulk of my career working across every media industry, academia, and human resources–the throughline of which has been navigating corporate systems while Black. Not long after losing my mother in 2015, I reached a stalemate with the tacit rules of corporate life–the ones designed to exclude me from decision-making. I began to coach and facilitate for other fed-up professionals seeking to lead on their own authority, and I officially launched my consultancy in the fall of 2018. I work best with passionate progressives in their professional primes looking to innovate, iterate, and sustain the way forward. 

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Sarah Larson
As a Learning & Organizational Development Practitioner I utilize research and experience, to design and implement organization-wide workforce programs.
Sarah Larson, MS, MA, is a strategic leader that thrives with ambiguity and organizational change. Her experience expands across many industries including higher education, healthcare, and technology. Her proclivity for research and fascination with the human mind has led her to successfully create and integrate learning and development programs to advance organizational strategy. Sarah also consults, facilitates, and designs workshops, strategy sessions, and retreats for her clients. Overall, she has made a career out of connecting disparate resources to problem solve and provide efficient solutions directly affecting the bottom line.

Sarah completed her bachelor's at Arizona State and continued her organizational psychology studies at the University of Southern California for her master’s. After starting her current role, she completed her second master's in communication from Johns Hopkins University. She holds a Diversity & Inclusion Certification from Cornell University and is currently pursing her Coaching Certification with the International Coaching
Federation. Sarah is also a doctoral candidate at the University
of Illinois, studying Learning Design & Leadership.

In her tenure at Stanford, she’s proposed data driven ideas, pilots that have turned into programs, and iterations that influence workforce experience to advance organizational goals. She has administered organizational assessments, trainings, and professional development opportunities at every hierarchical
level. Her team’s newest program, LEAP, centers around developing leaders through self-awareness, education, and power skills. While their most tenured, Supervisory Academy, has supported an increase of employee retention, advancement, and organizational effectiveness.

Please reach out to her if you would like to collaborate, she’s always looking to learn new things, challenge her perspective, and meet new people:
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Marian Valenza
CEO, Holistic Success Activator, Internationally recognized Conscious Leadership Speaker, and multi-dimensional, multi-passionate leader.
Marian Valenza is the Founder of Thriver Lifestyle, TEDx Speaker, and Conscious Business & Energetics Coach. She teaches about money, mindset and manifestation on her YouTube channel and is also a certified pranayama and meditation teacher.

Marian helps CEOs and entrepreneurs take the holistic approach to business and life so they can break the constant cycle of "hustling & grinding" and start enjoying their successes with ease and joy. She does this by synergizing strategy (practical) and soulwork (energetics/manifestation).

Marian serves on the Board of Directors for Project by Project, a social justice and leadership development organization for Asian Americans. She has been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC International Business Times, Thrive Global, Miami Under 40 and over 60 podcasts and publications. For more info visit and follow her on Instagram and subscribe to her YouTube channel.

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CV Harquail
CV Harquail, PhD, is an author, management scholar, consultant, tool maker, and rabble-rouser. She is a co-founder of - a feminist business practice consultancy,The Entrepreneurial - a conference series for feminist entrepreneurs, and an instigator in the Feminist Enterprise Commons.
She serves as a mentor and design team member in the Fifth Wave Feminist Business Accelerator, an initiative of the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab. 

CV designed the Feminist Business Model Canvas (2015) and Feminist Business Toolkit to help entrepreneurs build feminist principles and values into their enterprises, products, and leadership. She offers workshops on all facets of feminist entrepreneurship, feminist business, and feminist business praxis as well as topics in inclusive, collective feminisms and lean startup approaches to entrepreneurship.

CV recently published Feminism: A Key Idea in Business and Society (Routlege, 2020) the first book to explore business practice through a feminist lens.
As a management professor, she’s taught entrepreneurship, leadership, and organizational change at Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ) and The Darden Graduate School of Business at University of Virginia. She pursued her master’s certificate and taught in the Women’s Studies at University of Michigan, and received her PhD in Leadership and Organizations from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

CV and her family live in the traditional homelands and waterways of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations, also known as Chicago.  
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Mazarine Treyz
Mazarine Treyz is a coach, speaker and best selling author of “The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising”, serving people in over 70 different countries. She works with government, nonprofits, and individuals, supporting people to bring their full selves to work.

Mazarine specializes in helping nonprofit leaders land their dream career and fundraising goals through authentic relationships both online and offline. As a result, clients have received $30K raises, transitioned into new careers and created their own global nonprofits. Check out the testimonials here.

Mazarine has co-founded a nonprofit and has over a decade of experience as a nonprofit fundraiser in small shops. Two of her proudest accomplishments were raising $250K in sponsorships, up $100K from the previous year, as well as taking a nonprofit to $120K in grants, up from $7K the previous year. Today, Mazarine leads the nonprofit workplace justice movement to create a better nonprofit work culture through her writing, training, podcast and keynote speeches.

She is featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and NonprofitPro as well as many other outlets. She has spoken around the world including England and Jamaica, as well as AFP International Conference multiple times. She leads monthly community events in the Portland/Vancouver area. She lives in Portland  and loves weightlifting.

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Claire Axelrad
Having worked as an attorney, and then in legal publishing, she started a 30-year career as a frontline leader raising millions of dollars for social sector causes. After earning AFP’s “Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year” award, in 2011 she left the trenches to found her fundraising training and coaching business. Clairification is her evergreen online fundraising “school.”

Claire’s blog was named “Top Fundraising Blog” by Fundraising Success, she contributes to Candid, Network for Good, NonprofitPro, SOFII, TopNonprofits and more; teaches CFRE-certified courses, and is Chief Fundraising Coach and featured expert for Bloomerang. She is a member of the California State Bar, alumna of The Fundraising School, Conrad Teitell Intensive Planned Giving Program and Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Executive Leadership Institute, and a graduate with honors from Princeton University. Claire resides in San Francisco, California.
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Heather Yandow Founder
It started with a phone call from a stressed out executive director. She was looking for help with a merger and wondered if I could connect her with the right person.

Three great consultants sprang to mind.

Then she added the important qualification: they had to have experience with mergers between land trusts.

I was stumped. I knew dozens of qualified folks - but nobody with that exact skill set.

Later that week, I was sitting around a table with a dozen nonprofit consultants. We meet once a month to connect and talk about our challenges.

And we kept having the same conversation: how do we find more of the work that we want to do?

Suddenly, a lightbulb went off.

Could I create something that would:

Connect nonprofits to the right expert?

AND help experts find the right work?

Yes! As a long-time organizer with a love of technology, I knew I could build such a thing.

And after 9 years of consulting and more than 20 in the nonprofit world, I had a hunch that I could make it work for the sector.

In late 2018, was launched. 

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Joy Many
Joy is a mama and physical therapist and yoga teacher in new england. She's grateful to guide somatic practices with intentions of deepening inner resilience, self awareness, and compassion for ourselves and thus the planet.

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Dasha Shleyeva is a sustainable movement educator, therapeutic musician, and visual artist. Her training spans over 430 hours of combined training in physical therapy-based Yoga, MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Technique), plus 3 years of therapeutic harp sound bath work, all utilizing an approach through a trauma-informed lens. She is currently enrolled in a Clinical Musician Certification Program as a therapeutic harpist. Weaving together these modalities, Dasha’s dream is to bring education, empowerment, equity, and embodiment to communities and individuals all over the world.

When we begin learning to empower ourselves, we can empower others.

When one is doing work on the individual level, one is simultaneously working within the collective level.

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Natalya Kolosowsky
Natalya Kolosowsky is a communications consultant and branding strategist specializing in bringing out-of-the-box ideas to life. 

Natalya has over a decade of experience in communication roles for non-profits, as well as supporting women-led organizations in creating innovative systems for sustainable business growth.  

Natalya’s background is unique - from growing up in a socialist utopian city, to a career trajectory that has involved neuroscience laboratories and the circus (yes, really!) Natalya’s insights span across disciplines, languages, and cultures. She is the founder of Shadow Tender  - an interdisciplinary project that teaches people how to dance with their demons (i.e. transform fear into sincere connection and inspiration.)

Her work has been featured across the USA, as well as in Norway, Italy, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Russia and the Czech Republic.
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