The vision, mission, purpose behind presenting this photo Journal, is to acknowledge and honor the feminine divine energy in all its wisdom and beauty and to inspire and awaken humanity. If given the same opportunities as men, woman by nature will support, nurture, inspire, uplift, bring co-operation, and more compassion and raise the consciousness of humanity.
Stephen Laurence Harvey
As one of my favourite authors profoundly stated ...
“If woman are allowed the freedom to grow to their full potential, there will be many, many women enlightened; many, many women mystics, poets, painters, healers, And they will enhance not only the woman’s part of the world – because the world is one – they will enhance the whole world. They will give man also new dimensions because their ways of seeing things are different. Man looks at things in one way; the woman looks from a different perspective. Life will become richer."
Robin Lim ("Mother Robin," or "Ibu Robin") is a midwife and founder of Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) health clinics, which offer free prenatal care birthing services and medical aid to anyone who needs it. She and her team have been working since 2003 to combat Indonesia's high maternal and infant mortality rates, and the Bumi Sehat birth centers serve many at-risk mothers. She was awarded the 2011 CNN hero of the year award by the CNN news network for helping thousands of low-income women in Indonesia with healthy pregnancy and birth services. In 2012, the Bumi Sehat Foundation provided 50,050 recorded incidences of patient care, educational and human services. From its beginnings as a community health and childbirth clinic in Bali, Lim took the Bumi Sehat Foundation to Aceh following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Combined, the two clinics have facilitated the birth of more than 8,000 babies. And when earthquakes struck, Lim took the project to Yogyakarta in 2006, Padang in 2008 and Haiti in 2010.
Lim and the Bumi Sehat midwives are prepared to provide maternal and infant care in the middle of devastated areas with limited materials. Instead of cutting the umbilical cord, for instance, she burns it—especially in disaster zones, because it's something she can teach midwives and doctors who have lost their instruments. Using scissors to sever the umbilical cord carries a risk of tetanus, while burning the cord mitigates risk of infection. In addition to knowing how to safely respond medically, Robin Lim and the Bumi Sehat Foundation don't have any particular religion, and honor all requests and faith traditions, aiming to help mothers feel safe and supported.
Lim is an advocate for parental rights. Babies are often held by hospitals in Indonesia, until payment is made for birthing services. Parents sometimes in desperation relinquish their rights and place their babies up for adoption. Lim's Yayasan Bumi Sehat birthing sanctuaries offer free prenatal care, birthing services and medical aid to anyone who needs it in Indonesia, where the average family earns the equivalent of $8 a day, and a normal hospital delivery without complications costs around $150. A Caesarean section can cost more than $1,000. Indonesia's high maternal and infant mortality rates are caused in part by these costs, which many women cannot meet. In turn, their lives and the lives of their babies are at risk. While some Indonesian celebrities and expatriates choose Bumi Sehat to birth their children, and they often give donations, 80% of the families served by the clinics can barely pay anything, and are helped for free.
Lim is a U.S. citizen, with deep roots in the Philippines, the homeland of her mother. Lim is a mother of eight children of her own, and author of many books related to infant and maternal health. She became a midwife after several personal tragedies, including the death of her sister (and her baby) from complications during pregnancy, and the loss of her best friend and one of the midwives who delivered one of her own children.
Lim was raised in the USA and Philippines while her father was stationed in Vietnam with the U.S. military. She studied at Santa Barbara City College. Lim and her husband, William Hemmerle, sold their home in Hawaii and moved the family to Bali. Once in Bali, Lim volunteered to help local women birth their babies in various homes. As the demand for her services grew, she decided to obtain formal midwife certification. Lim is a Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives. In 2003, with help from the Balinese community and donations from friends across the globe, Lim and fellow midwife Brenda Ritchmond as well as board members; Eka Yuliani, Made Wena, and Made Sandiyasa opened the first Yayasan Bumi Sehat clinic.
With a unique musical perspective, intimate voice and prolific treasure-trove of lyrics, singer-songwriter Brenda Russell proves that a truly glowing talent only deepens with time. Composer of the classics “Get Here,” “If Only For One Night,” and the Grammy-nominated “Piano In The Dark,” Brenda’s songwriting prowess and chameleon-like ability to shift between musical genres and combine styles trumpeted ovations in 2005 with the opening of the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical The Color Purple–a show for which she, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray co-wrote the music and lyrics. Brenda and her co-authors were also nominated for a 2007 Grammy in the Best Musical Show Album category for the original cast album.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and presented by Oprah Winfrey, The Color Purple’s story spans a 30-year period in the life of its female African American protagonist Celie through music that blends jazz, blues and gospel of the early and mid 1900s with the writers’ pop sensibilities creating a show and soundtrack brimming with emotion, authenticity and memorable songs.
While composing The Color Purple, Brenda also wrote, recorded and co-produced a solo album, Between the Sun and the Moon–released in 2004 on Dome Records, an R&B- focused label based in the UK. Narada Jazz licensed the CD for release in the U.S. The album aptly displays her song craft and nuanced vocals mixing up-tempo grooves with her classic balladry in a work that satisfied longtime fans while enticing new listeners. Recorded in both the UK and the U.S., the album includes production and writing collaborations with such notables as Bluey from Incognito, Lee Ritenour and Patty Austin.
Born to musical parents in Brooklyn, New York, Brenda grew up there and in the Canadian town of Hamilton, Ontario. She encountered her first piano while singing as a teenager in the Canadian company of the rock musical Hair in Toronto. Without formal musical education, Brenda says she worried that she would never be able to write another song after her first composition. “Then I had a revelation: ‘You’re not doing this alone. You are just a channel for this,’ Brenda recalls. “Once I realized that, I was sort of fearless about songwriting. I thought: ‘If that’s the way it is, I can write anything.’ And that’s the premise I’ve based my whole writing career on.”
“I am a citizen of the world and believe in peace and love to all people. That is what I write about and what I sing about. It’s the motivating force behind everything I do and the way I live. I want my music to bring people together.”
Brenda Russell is a true Woman of Wonder
Norma Vega recently founded VEGA Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in advocacy, leadership development, government affairs and Latino engagement. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President for Scholarships and Programs at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund in Los Angeles and Executive Director of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute (HSFI) in Washington, DC. She has worked in Washington, DC as a Senior Advocacy Consultant at the Ibarra Strategy Group – a government and public affairs firm. She also served as Executive Director of the Office of the Census 2010 in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, where she developed a citywide educational and community outreach campaign that resulted in the highest mail participation rate of any other comparable city.
She began her career at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) where she held several positions advocating for educational equity and immigrants’ rights as a paralegal and later as a parent and youth organizer.
Ms. Vega is trustee of the American Latino Heritage Fund – a fund of the National Park Foundation. She is an American Marshall Memorial Fellow and currently serves on its selection committee. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Los Angeles.
Viki King is a writer, script consultant, and lecturer. Since 1968 she has written for such prime-time TV shows as Three's Company and Hart to Hart. As a script consultant she has wide clientele of screenwriters. She lectures at the University of California at Los Angeles on the Inner Movie Method and conducts seminars nationally, from New York University and the University of California at Santa Barbara, from Mensa to Lompoc Federal Penitentiary, to the Writer's Guild of America. Ms. King lives in Malibu
Wai-Ching Lee, is a natural healer/medical intuitive descended from a lineage of traditional healers on both the paternal and maternal sides.
She has combined her innate ability in healing with experiential mystical experiences in cross cultural contexts and academic study of the phenomena and practice, resulting in 30 years of adult experience in the field of holistic healing, human ecology and consciousness.
Her personal experience with cancer prevention and care, and work in Bio- energy/Vibrational/Holistic/Quantum Medicine has led her to collaborate with medical practitioners all over the world in Integrative Medicine since 1992 as referral practitioner, teacher, co- researcher and designer of holistic programmes.
"It’s in my DNA, in my blood. My great grandfather was a Chinese physician to the Sultan of Selangor in Malaysia. Even my grandfather had abilities with healing, especially with toothaches. He was able to heal a toothache by touching a nail to the tooth then hammering the nail to a tree and the pain would go away.
On the maternal side I have six aunts who also are quite mystical. We are of the Peranakan heritage – overseas Chinese merged into the culture of Southeast Asia. For example, I used to accompany my grandmother around the house with frankinscence smouldering on charcoal in a terracotta tray. This set the tone for my work in space clearing and blessings with hotel and villa developers, retail shops, spas, clinics, work spaces and residences. I did not expect it but I was featured on the front cover of a Singapore newspaper as “Madam Glam Ghostbuster” for the efficacy of the work. It runs in the family. So I grew up with all the healing arts, including making our own face powder according to the full moon, making herbal products for our face and bodies, receiving massages and cooking with herbs in the most creative and delicious ways. My aunts and I bathed in floral waters to purify the aura. So this was part of my education, it’s not learned from a book".
Sharron Rose, M.A. Ed., is a true renaissance woman. A filmmaker, choreographer, composer, author, teacher and performer, she transits the worlds of art and commerce in a unique and compelling way.
In the realm of filmmaking, Sharron is producer of the visionary feature film, The Last Avatar, writer/director/host of the documentary films, 2012 The Odyssey and Timewave 2013, executive producer of the documentary, Infinity: The Ultimate Trip, and producer of the films in the Sacred Mysteries DVD Collection. Since 2000, she has been president of the film distribution company, Sacred Mysteries Distribution and VP of Sacred Mysteries Productions.
Trained from childhood in the classical western arts of ballet, opera and theatre, after receiving a diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in Education from George Washington University, she became a member of New York City’s vital dance/theatre/performance art scene.
From 1983-1988, with the assistance of a Professional Development Grant from the American Institute of Indian Studies, and a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, she began extensive research into the art, culture and spiritual traditions of North India. During this time she became the first American disciple of early Bollywood film star, renowned classical Indian dancer and Tantrika, Sitara Devi and was initiated into a sacred tradition of the ancient feminine yogic arts
Since that time of introduction and initiation she has consistently sought out other remnants of these teachings in traditional cultures throughout the world. From Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, Tibetan master of Tantra and Dzogchen, she was introduced to the Primordial Tradition of the ancients and learned the transformational practices created to purify the mind and body and awaken one to their true Divinity.
With Dr. Robert Masters she investigated trance techniques, his Psychophysical Method of Neuro-sensory Re-education, the realm of healing and the Egyptian Mysteries. Sharron has also trained in Cranio-Sacral therapy from the Upledger Institute. In addition, she has done extensive research into the teachings of Alchemy, Ancient Egypt and the Kabbalah, From her many years as both scholar and practitioner in these ancient ritual arts, she brings a unique perspective on the power and potential of integrating mind, body and spirit.
Due to her knowledge and expertise in these traditions, as well as her ability to assist in developing programs to foster harmonious dialogue between people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, from 1992-97 she created multicultural arts-in-education programs for Arts Horizons and Lotus Fine Arts in New York, as well as Young Audiences of America. Sharron has lectured and performed in numerous universities and for cultural organizations and museums throughout the world. In addition, she has served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts.
Throughout these years, Sharron has also been active in the world of video production as director, actress, choreographer and producer. In the late 80’s she worked at National Video Industries in New York City under the tutelage of CEO Brian Kelly creating the visionary work Lotus Mind, which premiered at the Madras Film Festival. While on her Fulbright she also wrote and directed a series on The Art of Choreography for Jamia Millia University in New Delhi. In 2000, together with her husband Jay Weidner, she founded Sacred Mysteries for which she has produced and distributed numerous films.
Sharron is the author of the award-winning book, The Path of the Priestess: A Guidebook for Awakening the Divine Feminine (Inner Traditions). She is also the director/composer of the world music and dance performance project, Shakti's Bliss, a celebration the many aspects of the Divine Feminine. In addition, she is the owner of Shasta Style, for which she has created beautiful Shamanic feather earrings as seen in The Last Avatar.
"Sharron’s techniques for working with Tantra are both practical and powerful. Her knowledge of the Goddess is deep-felt and genuine; her manner sincere. Her poetic Goddess imagery filled me with positive feelings about my spirituality and myself. Listening to her opens doors in your mind, and you wind up understanding more about yourself than when you started."
~Sage Woman Magazine
"Dancer, artist, philosopher, and spiritual adept, Sharron Rose is of the lineage of those bold and luminous women who take the journey to the Goddess wherever and to whomever it may lead. Her research is impeccable, her ability to translate the ancient themes into expressive forms is unmatched, and her many years of extensive work in ancient traditions of dance, ritual, drama and song is unique in our time."
~Dr. Jean Houston, Senior Consultant to the United Nations on Human Development, Author, The Passion of Isis and Osiris
“Sharron is a most expressive dancer with great storytelling talent. She brings to her work an ability to involve the audience in the inner beauty of the movement and in the revelations of the spirit.”
~The Miami Herald
Tanquil "Tai" Lisa Collins is a model, actress, screenwriter, philanthropist, and former Miss Virginia USA (1983). She is the creator and Executive Producer of the television series SAF3 (pronounced "Safe”) Her television credits include writing for and acting on Baywatch. She also wrote NYPD Blue, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Fame LA, The Pretender, and She Spies. Amongst a long list of awards and honors…her feature film "Finding Home" won an Angel Award for "Best Drama" at the 2013 Monaco International Film festival. Collins is also the co-founder and Executive Director of "A Chance for Children Foundation" founded in 1992, that works with inner city youth in Los Angeles. Collins was also honored in 1999 with a Humanitarian Award alongside Kofi Annan and Al Gore. The Today Show and Al Roker chose Collins' charity as the "Lend a Hand Charity of the Year 2012” featuring them on the show. Al Roker said: "In all of my years dealing with charities, I have never seen one as special as this."
Burlesque as activism
She's known as the modern Asian role model and "one of the most beautiful women in burlesque" (Female First). Mashable has referred to her as "the kind of person who electrifies the internet". Facebook chose her to represent "what international Woman's day was all about". Her World Singapore hailed her as a "firm demonstration of female empowerment". Her fans include Cherie Blair, Bill Gates, and Buckingham Palace. Even Desmond Tuttu has referred to her as "wonderful". Sukki Singapora is Singapore's First ever Burlesque Artist, and has gained phenomenal global recognition by performing the first full legal burlesque show in Singapore in January 2015 after 4 years of campaigning.
Sukki’s work as a role model for Asian women and men in the Arts saw her nominated for London’s Asian Women of Achievement Awards, during which she was praised by former UK PM’s leading lady, Cherie Blair and BBC correspondent Reeta Chakrabarti. Her outstanding achievements lead to a Royal Invitation to Buckingham Palace – the First Burlesque Artist in the world ever to be invited for tea by the Royals – firmly securing her position as one of the most trail-blazing Burlesque Artists of our time.
By July 2015 Sukki was awarded the ultimate Burlesque accolade, an invitation to perform at the Burlesque Hall of Fame, for being a “Mover, Shaker and Innovator” in the world of Burlesque. At the end of 2015 she then went on to be named “The Biggest Arts Hero” in Singapore by Time Out Singapore, topping off an impressive list of achievements.
In 2016 Sukki was nominated and shortlisted for the United Nations Women’s He For She Awards in Singapore, leading to international recognition by the BBC, and subsequently went on to headline the closing parties for London Fashion Week for the 2nd year running. By 2017 she had amassed a large and loyal social media and online following, travelling the word as both an Artist and a Global Ambassador for The Sharan Project, a charity providing support for women who have been disowned, forced into marriage or vulnerable.
Sukki is known for her lavish and elaborate performances and costumes, which she intertwines with a unique Asian-influenced style. Her gowns and corsets are not only designed by the Artist herself, but each piece is encrusted with over 20 thousand hand-placed Swarovski Crystals, antique lace and extravagant jewellery which adorn her breathtaking 17.5 inch corseted silhouette. Sukki’s incredible passion for design and embellishment for each of her creations is reflected in the time it takes to complete just one of these stunning feats of artistry; sometimes over two years from conception. She truly is an Artist, a Talent and an indisputable Woman of Wonder
Gina Roda was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona where she cultivated her conscious healthy living and sparked her spiritual practices. She has a unique and multifaceted approach to Personal & Spiritual Development, Emotional Empowerment and Conscious Life Coaching. Gina has been guiding, advising, mentoring, coaching, consulting and a creative spark for four decades. She is highly intuitive, and spiritual in her approach for attaining wellness, wholeness and oneness. She integrates a practical, balanced and grounded perspective in her life coaching. Her extensive knowledge, experience, wisdom and intuitive insights gives her a profound ability to understand human potential and motivation. Gina instinctively knows how to build bridges of understanding to support each individual to recognize and embrace their full potential. She empowers a willingness to learn and to practice living in gratitude and living a healthy, joyful, inspired and purposeful life.
Gina was blessed with a highly intuitive gift for reading ones heart code, her spiritual and integrative approach to Numerology and Life Coaching is seamless. She can help people dive deep into their Soul Blueprint and really get to know themselves. She weaves the positive power of numbers into her innovative style of conscious coaching and mentoring. Gina has an innate awareness of the potential of others and with laser precision is able to hone on your strengths and weaknesses. She will inspire you with her compassion, passion, enriching and enlivening communication. Gina offers transformational support tools and personal development practices for emotional empowerment and spiritual awakening.
Gina has an extensive and eclectic background in many different business genres. She has been developing and creating health and wellness programs, since the early 70's, a true pioneer. She also has a passion for fashion and has worked in retail management, sales, marketing, merchandising and fashion consulting since the early 80's. She also founded and operated Creative Fashion Concepts in Los Angeles, which provided full service fashion and image consulting for an exclusive clientele in the entertainment and professional sports industries. Gina was involved in several design collaborations and created wardrobe concepts for tv, commercials, movies, music videos, special events and music tour productions. She also dressed many famous Boxers, Baseball players, NBA players, including The LA Lakers and The Clippers. Her collaborations with world class designer Vaughn Terry Jelks who worked with many famous artists such as Prince. She worked over 30 years in Artist Management/Development, Music Production, Promotions and Songwriting.
She was the Founder and Director of Future Vision Management, successfully developing, managing, mentoring, promoting and launching artists, producers and hit songwriters. She was the executive director of The Art of Peace Charitable Trust, a global art and peace movement! In 2016 involved in creating, producing and the Music Director for a inspirational Doc-series entitled ``Finding Peace``. Gina is the Founder and Creator of The Art of Conscious Coaching and The Art of Conscious Living Brand.
“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” - Gautama Buddha
My driving force has always been to grow towards realizing my potential, to expand myself in all facets, be it emotionally, physically, career-wise, intellectually, spiritually, creatively, etc. “Bigger, better, bolder,” I have been heard to say. In this respect, I keep interested, inspire others, and do the right thing whilst overcoming my own fears.
Thanks to my mother, my early foundation was very NYC arts-centric. I grew up dancing with the New York City Ballet which instilled in me a rigorous work ethic, a sense of physicality and a true love of the arts. After receiving a B.A. in art history and literature from Barnard College, I formed a fashion company, designing clothing for young women like myself, and then later combined my literary and fashionista talents to become the Trends Editor at various women’s national magazines like Seventeen and Cosmopolitan.
Feeling the need to work the left side of my brain, I returned to school to receive an M.B.A. from Columbia University. At this point my trajectory shifted slightly as I began thinking increasingly entrepreneurially, engaging in start-up ventures in burgeoning new markets. In 1995, I was an early champion of the Internet, serving as Hearst New Media’s first Director of Business Development leading Hearst’s magazines onto the online arena. In 1999, my husband and I moved to Silicon Valley where I wrote the first and only definitive guide on the subject, How To Marry A Divorced Man (published by HarperCollins and soon premiering as an off-Broadway musical), based on my actual experience marrying a divorced man. There in Palo Alto, I gave birth to my son Stanford (yes, he was born at Stanford Hospital!), who is by far my greatest creation.
Our family then moved to Los Angeles where I received a degree from UCLA’s School of Engineering’s Waste Management Program and then pioneered work in the nation’s waste-to-energy industry, a category still in its infancy. Most recently, I co-founded The Brain Fitness Center @ UCLA, a revolutionary brain-training facility in Los Angeles led by neuroscientists where clients like you and I can go to brain-boost our lives. I truly believe personal brain fitness management is a next frontier—‘tis very exciting!
I still design a clothing line, contribute to the arts, dance every day, but being a woman, my largest contribution is that I give love. As women, we give love to our family, our friends, our charities and our community. It’s in our nature and we do it well. And by making sure we are fulfilled and happy personally, we can give that much more. I see it as our responsibility, we have no choice, the world truly needs it.
I am Lishan Lim, a yoga teacher, holistic healer, model, actress and performing artist.
Now I am living the life I dream of, guiding people through yoga classes in various settings, offering private and corporate sessions, facilitating workshops, performing at festivals, leading retreats to off the beaten path locations. I love how yoga has brought me around the world (Bali, Philippines, Thailand, Mongolia) to share my spiritual teachings and its amazing benefits that rejuvenate mind, body and soul.
I started my yoga teaching journey by asking friends and family to donate to an orphanage in Siargao island, Philippines where I learnt to surf and freedive. Two years since, I am now sharing this beautiful art of moving in meditation with locals when I travel, taxi drivers, freedivers, children, pregnant women, the elderly, expats and more. I love how I can use yoga to raise funds for those in need (cat welfare, migrant workers)
WHY I DO YOGA
From the time I was 15-21, I suffered with bulimia, self harm and depression. Yoga was the light in that darkness which lifted my moods and empowered me with the coping skills that calmed my racing thoughts and breath. The physical practice of yoga made me strong, flexible and balanced while its subtler aspects gave me the permission to tap into my wise inner voice.
Since my first time stepping into my first class- a bikram class at Hom Yoga in August 2013, I have had the chance to practise and teach so many individuals about who they truly are, a great privilege indeed. Yoga has given me the passport to a compassionate and loving community to connect with and most importantly, the self love which I lacked when struggling with low self esteem, body image issues and the pressures of growing up in a competitive, urban environment. Yoga has injected purpose and passion into my life and healed me emotionally and spiritually.
I believe yoga is for everyone and does not discriminate- a strong flowing practice or gentle awareness in yoga nidra is possible. I am a strong advocate of practising all eight limbs of yoga and wish that it will one day be incorporated in the education and health care system (it slowly but surely is!)
Besides yoga, I have discovered various other modalities under the tree of healing arts such as reflexology, reiki, sound healing, detoxification, hypnotherapy and more. In a bid to heal myself, my visits to Ubud, Bali have opened my eyes and heart to the array of options that address dis-ease beyond physical solutions. I am now certified in many areas because of my curiosity and interest in learning. I believe that in improving myself and choosing what is most aligned to my soul, the people around me benefit.
Right now, I am in a much better space when I first started practising yoga. With so many methods in my toolbox, I enjoy the confidence and respect I have for myself. I enjoy the compassion I extend to myself in times of vulnerability. And I love how the love for myself expands beyond me as an individual. Ultimately, we are united in our collective consciousness. Yoga calms the fluctuations of our minds to melt the ego away and realise what we are- pure bliss. Yoga is a powerful in this crucial point in history. If everyone can see beyond the illusions of the material world, we would step into a new chapter of peace.
Safe Passage is a unique non-profit organization which compassionately transforms the lives
of abused women and their children by breaking the vicious cycle of domestic violence. This
cycle is broken by providing hope, opportunity, pride and empowerment. Hope to be safe and
free from violence, opportunity to create a new identity for themselves, pride in their ability
to make a significant contribution to society and empowerment to build a new future. The
Safe Passage solution utilizes a proven method of providing these core aspects in our Stepping
Stones to a New Life Program.
Women Crowned in Glory was founded in 1992 by Trish Steele, herself a victim of domestic
violence, who with the help of many experts was able to rebuild her life, breaking the cycle of
abuse. In 2000, Trish started the “Stepping Stones to a New Life” Program under Safe Passage and the 501(c)(3) non-profit “Women Crowned In Glory, Inc. It has a 95% proven track record helping survivors of domestic violence find their way to a stable job, a new home and healthy
family. More than 1700 women and their children have come to Safe Passage for support. We
receive approximately 60 calls per month from survivors. We serve about two dozen women
yearly and refer others to over 20 different agencies throughout Southern California.
CEO Trish Steele and Women Crowned in Glory, Inc. have received honors and “Certificates of Recognition” from President Obama, City Controller Ron Galperin, past Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Wendy Greuel, Sheriff Leroy Baca & John Scott and past Councilmen Dennis Zine and Tony Cardenas.
Andrea Doane Timoner (born December 6, 1972) is an American film director, producer, editor and entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Interloper Films, a full-service production company in Pasadena.
Over the past 20 years, Timoner has built a reputation for herself in the documentary world, becoming the only two-time recipient of Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize for documentaries (DIG! and We Live In Public). Her work is preserved in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection in NYC.
Yohana Susana Yembise or more well known as Yohana Yembise is the first Papuan born women Minister in Indonesia. She was born in Manokwari, Papua, 1 October 2016, and became the Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection in the Working Cabinet of 2014-2019. Moreover, she is also the first Papuan women who got awarded as Distinguished Professor by the Minister of Education and Culture. Before she becomes the minister, she is a Distinguished Professor of Education of English Language in Cendrawasih University (Uncen), Papua.
Like many great figures in history, she also had a humble beginning, before she becomes the great woman that she is right now. In the past, she studied in Padang Bulan Elementary School in 1965. After she graduated from elementary school, she got accepted in 1 Public Junior High in 1971, and then continuing her study at Persiapan Public High School of Nabire, in 1974.
In 1985, Yohana Yembise continued her study in University of Cendrawasih, Papua, with English Education as her major. In her college life, she already shows interest in teaching, by becoming an assistant lecturer in Uncen, and was later accepted to become a full time lecturer from 1986, until now. She then continued her study in the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, British Colombia, Canada and received her Master of Art in 1994. In 2001, she continued her Doctoral Degree in University Newcastle of New South Wales, and received her Ph.D in 2006.
In her career, she got into many important positions, even before she became a Minister, she was the Head of Language Laboratory of Uncen for one year, in 1991. One year after that (1992), she got accepted as a Diplomat of Applied Linguistic TEFL in Regional English Language Center (RELC), SEAMEO Singapore. In the past, she also served as Vice Chief of Papua Research Institute in Jayapura, Papua.
Her contribution in the field of education has been decorated with many achievements, one of them, is when she got an award letter as an exemplary student by the Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture, during her education in 1981-1982. In 10 September 2014, she became one of the finalists in the category of National Leadership at the Alumni Award University of New Castle 2014.
It is not surprising that President Jokowi has chosen her as the Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection. Yohana Yembise is a figure of a modern Kartini, a national hero who dedicates her live in education and women empowerment. Not only that she has shown us that women can have the same achievements as men, but also how also as an accomplished Papuan born woman. Her way of life has shown us the importance of education for our future generation, especially in Papua.
Having been a refugee at a very young age, Noor Sabah Nael Traavik, 44, is familiar with with the notion of a lost childhood. The wife of Stig Traavik, Norway's ambassador to Indonesia, cannot remain still when she sees a child in need. This is the reason for her year-long activity in helping to raise funds for poor and neglected children in Indonesia and the Middle East.
Noor has worked with Unicef and other organisations around the world to raise funds through her own foundation "The Voice of Children".
Art has always been the passion of Winnie who has been in this industry for 20 years.
Starting as a collector of contemporary art and Asian antiques, Winnie went on to pursue a career in art, to explore, immerse and experience in the diversity and multi-faceted definition on the beauty and appreciation for of art .
The first foray into art for Winnie was the art of film making, which was one of her core studies in university. Always captivated by the beauty of images, words and story, the position to lecture on film for a semester at a polytechnic in Singapore became a career for several years, followed with a lecturing position on conceptual photography. The reason to stay on in education for almost a decade was primarily to her love for these 2 disciplines and above all to share her experience and knowledge with her students.
During this time, to further explore and engage in her love for photography and writing, Winnie became a freelance writer and photographer with work engagements by travel magazines and book publishers whereby she was flown to foreign locations for travel shots, conducted interview with personalities as well as writing features about art, artists and art exhibitions.
Moving on from the academic aspect of the art of film and photography, Winnie returned to her interest for fine arts as an art consultant and art feature writer for an international gallery that is renowned for its collection of Masters from the likes of Botero to Chagall and Monet, Museum of Contemporary Art in Singapore with exhibitions by celebrated contemporary Chinese artists as well as managed a gallery specialising in top tier Chinese antiques.
Having built up and strength her knowledge of art trends and developments, a new spectrum of art provided Winnie with a whole new perspective into the appreciation and consumption of art. In her position as an art consultant for a world-renowned hospitality interior design company, Winnie applies her knowledge of art for a commercial aspect for the conceptualisation, management and acquisition of artworks for prestigious hotel properties.
With a career that has explored the diversity of art and the business of art, my interest and love for art has strengthen through the years as I grow and learn more about art. Since I was a child, art has always my favourite subject as I love looking at beautiful images. From excelling in painting classes during my school years even right up to university, I would also save money to buy books about art and artists, to learn more of the craft of painting, the history of art and the story behind the artists.
Through the years, I am blessed that my career path has always revolve around art and I get to work in companies, galleries that I get to personally interact with renowned artworks and artists.
Always holding to a strong belief in empowerment through education, with all the knowledge and experience I have gained, I hope one day I can pass them on through education, awareness programmes that enable me to share all that I have learnt to the younger generation and to nurture this passion for those who have the interest.
*photo location – Opera Gallery Singapore
Marina Mathews is a PR & Marketing veteran. She has been in the industry for over 18 years and has worked within agency and in-house roles in Australia and the Middle East. In late 2006, she decided to throw an anchor down in Singapore, and within six months established her own boutique PR firm. She has since worked with Fulford PR and MSL Group based in Singapore, before re-establishing the Chrysler Communications brand.
Marina loves working with international brands who are looking to set-up shop in Singapore. The process of helping them adapt and localise in a new market, is where her expertise lies. She is a master at matching a company’s brand message to a specific market, while creating a whole new awareness for the company and their products or services.
Issues management, business growth, strategic campaign development and mentoring young PR professionals are just some of the key strengths Marina possesses. She is passionate about targeted publicity that enhances brands and the individuals behind them as industry leaders.
Marina is an advocate of the arts and education. She is a Board Member of Sing Lit Station, whose mission is to grow the local literary community.
PR Week Global Power Book 2015 listed Marina as one of the Top 300 most influential PR professionals globally.
On the home front, Marina is a mother to two young boys who have inherited her curious nature, adventure seeking spirit, and a love of a good book.
CEO and Founder of LIFE, Camp Inc.
“This is not a job, this is my LIFE; my undying love keeps me committed to my people until my glory day takes me away.”
Erica Ford remembers what it was like growing up in Jamaica, Queens back in the 1980s, where crack use and gun violence was an everyday occurrence. A resident in the high crime neighborhood since the age of five, Erica grew up attending countless funerals for friends and seeing mothers left alone to raise their children after losing their husbands to death or prison.
With a burning desire to help effect positive changes in her community, Erica attended a rally for the December 12th Movement, an international human rights’ group. Joining the December 12th Movement empowered Erica, then 18, and solidified her life’s ambition to become a change maker. Shortly after, she founded the Black Consciousness Youth Move- ment that not only helped create and develop student governments in New York City high schools, but also organized action against police brutality, while calling for self- accountability.
While at York College (The City of the University of New York), where she earned a bache- lor’s degree in political science, she served as President of the Black Student Caucus, Vice President of the Evening Student Government and co-founder of The Code Club, formed in 1994, with her friend, the late Tupac Shakur, and others. The group’s mission was to keep young people out of jail and to decrease “Black on Black” crime. In 1998 and 1999, The Code co-coordinated the Million Youth March where tens of thousands of young people from across the country assembled to rally against injustices and strengthen their plat- forms.
In 2002, the tragic murders of two children in her community inspired Erica, along with Jef- fery “Ja Rule” Atkins and others, to create the monumental LIFE Camp (Love Ignites Free- dom Through Education). LIFE Camp provides at-risk inner-city youth, ages 13-24 years, the valuable tools they need to stay in school and out of the criminal justice system. The pro- gram also offers these individuals educational, employment and social opportunities they might not otherwise have. LIFE Camp has even spawned an I Love My LIFE tour which high- lights young entrepreneurs and visits schools and prisons with the LIFE Camp message of anti-violence and self-love. Another offshoot of LIFE Camp is Erica’s Peace is a Lifestyle pro- gram, featuring holistic guru Deepak Chopra. Chopra, an outspoken supporter of Erica’s work, makes monthly visits to LIFE Camp where he talks to and meditates with the group participants.
Through the years, Erica’s dedication to reducing violence among young New Yorkers has garnered, countless awards, accolades, praise and recognition by notable public figures such as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Reverend Al Sharpton, and hip hop mogul Russell Simmons. Her recognized leadership has brought extensive travel and speaking gigs in prisons, community centers, high schools, college campuses, and confer- ences throughout the country and internationally.
Erica’s made numerous appearances in print, television, radio and Internet outlets and has partnered with numerous entertainers, and athletes, such as Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Salt & Pepa, NBA Allstars Kenny Smith, Stephon Marbury and John Starks, NFL Superbowl Champ Michael Strahan and TI, to name a few, encouraging them to give back and play an active role in transforming lives and communities:
After practically 30 years of dedicating herself to championing for today’s youth, Erica Ford shows no signs of stopping. Her current ‘Bury Da Beef’ campaign has put together a citywide coalition/campaign to reduce gun violence. Another recent brainchild, her NY Peace Week, occurs each January and honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of non- violence. Organized by LIFE Camp, Inc., the collective goal is to create a culture of peace throughout NYC for seven days by hosting an event, performing an activity or simply taking one personal action toward creating inner peace and setting a positive example for young people.
Dr. Rosenblatt specializes in removing psychological, emotional, and physical pain by getting at the underlying cause, treating back and neck pain, neuropathy, migraines, weight issues, women’s health, sexual dysfunction, addictions, emotional dysfunction.
In her practice in Los Angeles, she applies both verbal and hands-on techniques, applying both Eastern and Western approaches to pathology, pain, and mental and emotional dysfunction. She applies both ancient and modern formulas, using acupuncture, massage, PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stimulation), Chinese herbs with customized directives for exercise and nutritional supplementation.
Kathleen manipulates the acupuncture energy pathways, the body’s electrical conduits. Acupuncture involves altering (discharging) the electric charge in the muscles & nerves, sedating the pain sensors, and inducing an anti-inflammatory response. Blood circulation is improved with massage and gentle heat, including moxibustion or infra-red light which gently penetrates the tissue to reduce inflammation.(Needle-less treatment is available).
A special friction massage removes stagnant blood that is often sluggish in the muscle tissue causing that familiar ache and tightness that presses on the affected vertebral nerves. As the fresh blood flows in, this massage technique often produces immediate dramatic relief, creating a drainage effect in the pounding arteries of the head. Patients often report greater range of motion, enhanced mental focus, and more satisfying sleep.
If any one of the following exist—arthritis, damaged/herniated disc, or bone spurs, this treatment will also restore oxygen to the tissue, remove toxins, and begin to dissolve the mineral buildup.
Acupuncture improves faulty metabolism, a contributing factors in arthritis. Something is wrong when the minerals we ingest deposit themselves ON our joints instead of inside our bones and muscles.
Ann Marie served as manager of Moro Landis Studios before taking it over upon the building owner’s request and transforming it into Millennium Dance Complex. The famous studio had become troubled after George Moro’s death in the mid-1980s, and Ann Marie agreed to become the owner having worked at Moro Landis for three months.
Before coming to Los Angeles, Ann Marie had built a successful career as an entrepreneur. At age 21, she started Bodyworks Fitness Center, creating a low-impact aerobics and fitness class to provide an alternative to Jane Fonda’s popular body-pounding fitness routine. She taught yoga, gymnastics, and children’s dance while managing a staff of eight employees. She also did work as a fitness and weight trainer for a large fitness company chain in New Jersey.
When she was 24, Ann Marie sold her business and moved to New York City. There, she became an assistant to the director of the famous Broadway Dance Center, also working directly with its founder, Richard Elsner. Ann Marie went on to manage a Broadway jazz and supper club in New York City where she put together a girls’ group and wrote, produced, and choreographed the shows. She met Robert Baker when she was 28. They moved to Los Angeles, set to begin their journey as dance studio owners and operators.
Kyla maybe one of our youngest "Women of Wonder" By her early teens Kyla was already doing TED talks and involved in a host of charity projects, including her own ... A recording Artist /Singer, Poet, Philanthropist, Actress, Songwriter, Activist. Kyla is the prime example of a new school of Women who are here on earth to shape humanity and make a better future for all humankind.
is an author and founder of the Active birth movement, and childbirth educator. She is perhaps known best for her advocacy of active birth where the woman is free to move during labour, rather than being placed into stirrups or the lithotomy position. She coined the term "active birth" which she explained in the first of her books Active Birth published in 1983.
"New Active Birth" was written to help couples prepare for and experience an Active Birth. Naturally. Throughout time and the world over, women have chosen to walk, stand, squat, lie - to move their bodies freely and actively to find the most comfortable positions for labour and birth. It is only in the west they adopt the extraordinary notion that a woman should lie on her back in a position that defies the laws of nature and gravity. Through Janet's books, women have learned develop all their bodies resources to deal with the instinctive experience of childbirth. It is also for partners, teachers, midwives and everyone involved, to help mothers get up off the delivery table and to bring back some of the common sense which has been overlooked by modern obstetrics. "New Active Birth" is the new and revised edition of Janet Balaskas' pioneering and acclaimed "Active Birth" covering over 180 clear black and white photographs and line drawings throughout. Fully updated and extended with new information - includes sections on Water Birth and Recovery After Birth. It offers revised and expanded prenatal and postnatal exercises with step by step photographs. It presents a detailed up-to-the minute section covering every aspect of Active Birth at home and in hospital and the Active Birth Movement. The mother of four children, she trained with the National Childbirth Trust and is a counsellor for childbirth. Born in South Africa, she is currently the Director of the Active Birth Centre in London, UK.
My greatest blessing in this life has undoubtably having been born to the most devoted, nurturing, compassionate loving parents a human could possibly wish for. My Mother was a beautiful soul and hand in hand with my dear Father they created a beautiful home for my younger brother and I to grow up in and from where we would learn how to love by their example. I will forever consider them to be my guardian angels. My Mother was a quiet soft spoken woman, but in truth she was a “Silent Warrior”. The oldest of five siblings my Mother embodied the Matriarchal figure of the family. Her nickname to all those that knew her was “Goldie” which her father gave her as a child because of her golden locks, in truth it was a more a description of her loving heart. Everyone who knew my Mother loved and deeply respected her. When my Mother transitioned I felt a calling to honour her memory. Although I never had a sister, I have always been surrounded by incredible Women throughout my life many of whom became my soul sisters over the years. This photo Journal “Women of Wonder” is a salute to all the amazing women I have crossed paths with and dedicated as a tribute to my Mother “Goldie" ... to whom along with her sisters I give all the credit too for teaching me how to recognise and appreciate Women for their value and contribution to the world.
I love you Mum, may you soar the heavens. Your forever grateful, loving son…Stephen