An Evening with Parker Palmer
Leading From Within: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life

January 22, 2006

“Leadership is a matter of how to be, not how to do.” -Parker Palmer

Parker J. Palmer is a luminary in the field of leadership. He is known for his work in education, spirituality, and social change in institutions including schools and colleges, community organizations, and businesses. He explores the shape of an integral life as key to sustaining the courage to lead, learning for transformation, and effecting positive social change.

Those of us engaged in organizational leadership, teaching, community service, and social change know the challenge of sustaining ourselves and our commitment to deeply held values and beliefs. As Parker notes in A Hidden Wholeness: “If we are willing to embrace the challenge of becoming whole, we cannot do it alone, at least not for long: we need trustworthy relationships, tenacious communities of support, if we are to sustain the journey toward an undivided life.”

Parker Palmer is the author of seven books, including A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life, and Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. His writing has been recognized with eight honorary doctorates and a number of national awards. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.


Karenna Gore Schiff
Lighting The Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America.

February 17, 2006 

Kareena Gore-Schiff, Attorney and author and daughter of Vice President Al Gore, has written her first book Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America. She describes the lives of women whose leadership positively impacted our lives. Gore-Schiff engagingly profiles nine trail-blazing women who put themselves on the line to combat racism, cruelty to children, pollution, disease, bigotry, poverty, and to challenge the limits put on women as public leaders. She tells how each of them recognized injustices, embraced marginalized groups, and pushed for reform. With this literary work, Karenna Gore Schiff lights the way to a new understanding of social change in the last century and provides a well-deserved tribute to nine amazing women who worked hard to make change some much-needed change a reality.

Co-sponsors: Book Passage and Dominican’s Women & Gender Studies


Women’s Leadership: Imagining Ourselves “Love and Relationships”: How Women Create Harmony and Peace in the World

March 29, 2006

An evening highlighting the International Museum of Women’s online exhibition exploring the question: “What defines your generation of women? The museum is a world-class cultural and educational organization raising the voices and status of women worldwide. The museum is a world-class cultural and educational organization raising the voices and status of women worldwide.  It explores the global history of women and contemporary gender issues serving as a catalyst for positive change. Panel includes:

  • Aileen Hernandez, California Women’s Agenda, 2006 Honoree, National Women's History Project
  • Paula Goldman, Creator & Curator, Imagining Ourselves exhibition.
  • Personal stories will be offered from Dominican students, faculty and staff with their reflections on Love and Relationships.

Co-sponsors: Marin Women’s Commission, Dominican’s Women & Gender Studies and International Museum of Women.

Imagining Ourselves Flyer (pdf) 


An evening with Jane Fonda - “My Life So Far”

April 23, 2006

One of the most recognizable women of our time, Jane Fonda—actress, activist, feminist, workout guru, entrepreneur, and philanthropist—examines her “life so far”.  As Fonda relates her story, what emerges is a full portrait that transcends the many labels that have been used to define her as well as a cultural history of our nation’s last forty years as her life has woven through our times. 

“Coming to see my various individual struggles within a broader societal context enabled me to understand that much of my journey was a universal one for women. …. I’m proof that you teach what you need to learn.”   -Jane Fonda

Co-sponsors: Book Passage

Books will be available for purchase. A book signing follows the lecture.

Click here to view Jane Fonda's Lecture.


Leadership Dance: Leading & Following on the Dance Floor and in the Work Place
For Dominican Students only

March 28, 2006  

Have you always wanted to learn how to swing dance? Did you know that dancing with a partner can help you to become a better leader (and a better follower) in all aspects of your life?

Learn key principles to effectively lead others in the workplace. This workshop will provide you with 25 tips on how to effectively lead others, both on and off the dance floor. You will learn the basics of swing dancing, while learning how to work collaboratively with a partner, both as a leader and as a follower.

In addition, participants will learn key principles for how to effectively lead others in the workplace. By applying dance principles to leadership, you will discover new ways to make work teams and collaborative partnerships more effective. The workshop will cover 5 key principles:

  • Leading and Following
  • Relating to Your Partner
  • Relating to the Music
  • Learning Steps
  • Relating to Other Dancers


Teamwork Tango: How to Lead and when to Follow

May 6, 2006  

Teamwork Tango is a workshop designed to meet the needs of team leaders, team members and managers, consultants, and anyone who works with others to accomplish their work tasks. Learn how to achieve your performance goals more effectively through becoming a better leader, follower and collaborator, and knowing when to take on which role. This interactive leadership workshop utilizes innovative movement techniques for understanding principles of leading and following in organizations. Come prepared for active exercises and to have fun while learning!  

Yael Schy, MSW is a dynamic trainer, facilitator, coach, and organization consultant known for her creative approach to organizational learning and development. She is Principal of Dramatic Strides™ Consulting, specializing in leadership development, communication skills, team building, and creative decision-making techniques that help people and organizations move forward by leaps and bounds.  Yael has over 20 years of experience as a manager and has spent more than 30 years as a performer and teacher in theater and dance. She brings a unique perspective by incorporating her theater and dance experience into active communication skills training and teambuilding in the workplace. She has a demonstrated track record in assessing communication needs of both individuals and organizations and in developing innovative strategies that meet personal and business goals.

The workshop content will cover such topics as:

  • Knowing when to lead and when to follow 
  • Learning skills for being BOTH an effective leader and a cooperative follower 
  • Communicating with your team members 
  • Putting yourself “in others’ shoes”
  • Relating to other work partners outside of your team 
  • Understanding and moving with your work environment 
  • Ensuring all of your people are moving in the same direction

 Teamwork Tango Flyer (pdf)


Courage to Lead Programs-Dominican University of California
Based on the work of Parker Palmer

April 7 – April 9, 2006

Dominican faculty trained and certified by the Center for Courage and Renewal, bring the teachings of Parker Palmer to Dominican University of California. This is an approach to personal and professional development to help individuals reconnect who they are with what they do.  The newly formed Courage to Lead Program at Dominican University of California is directed by Dr. Margaret Golden, Assistant Professor in the School of Business, Education and Leadership.

The program offers Courage to Lead retreats for persons from diverse professions: education, healthcare, law, business, philanthropy, religious/spiritual life, and nonprofit and community organizations. This approach seeks to support personal wholeness, professional integrity, and vocational vitality.  The spring 2006 Introductory Courage to Lead retreat will be facilitated by Margaret Golden and Carol Hurtig Casbon. It will be held be at Marconi Center, located in beautiful Marshall California in Marin County.

Location:   The program venue is Marconi Conference Center, a tranquil setting situated in a State Park overlooking Tomales Bay in Marin County.  Space is limited to 20 participants.

Cost: $650 (which includes room and board), plus travel. Participants will be housed in single rooms. Scholarships are available for teachers.


Lanny Davis - Scandal: How "Gotcha" Politics is Destroying America

September 24, 2006

Mr. Lanny Davis, Special Counsel to the Clinton White House, will speak of how recent politics in America have been driven by a vicious scandal machine comprised of partisan politicians, extremists on the left and right, and the media.  Beginning with historical scandals like Alexander Hamilton’s extramarital affairs and moving forward to today, American politics has been reduced to the politics of personal destruction.  Davis will explain how this poisonous atmosphere is damaging not just to politics but to American society.  Disgusted with scandal culture, Davis offers hope.  He believes that we can stem the tide of scandal politics and make elections more about the real issues facing Americans, and less about Washington whispers and backroom tall tales.

Co-sponsors: Book Passage and Dominican Department of Politics and International Studies

Click Here to View Lanny Davis' Lecture


Brian Copeland: A Poignant Story of Resilience, Courage and Leadership

September 28, 2006

Brian Copeland, comedian and Broadway actor of his award-winning one-man show, will be sharing his own experience of growing up as an outsider and how he found the resilience and courage to claim his place and take back his own identity.  The event will include excerpts from his acclaimed one-man show. The presentation underscores that access to education transforms lives and that everyone should have an opportunity to go to college.

Hosted by: Marin Education Fund. Books will be available for purchase. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Co-sponsored with: Book Passage

Click Here to View Brian Copeland's Lecture 


Grassroots Leadership Conference
Communities Connecting: Creating – Collaborating – Changing

October 7, 2006

The Grassroots Leadership Conference is an exploration of collaborative community leadership. It is a unique event that provides participants with the opportunity to network, access tools, and increase their knowledge to have an effective participation in equitable community development that reduces poverty and improves the quality of life in under-represented communities. The workshop seeks to enhance individual skills, share resources and information, build community development skills and create partnerships.

Co-sponsors: Marin Grassroots Leadership Network and Urban Habitat


Making Waves: The Save Seafood Tour – Achieving Sustainability Together

October 10, 2006

Environmental Issues Affecting Marine Environments”: Dr. Vania Coelho will the lead discussion.

11:00  am– 1:00 pm:  The Save Seafood Tour, a partnership between Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, is coming to Dominican University of California. The purpose of the tour is to provide information about the precarious state of our oceans, the impact of over-fishing on the global environment, and to educate consumers about sustainable seafood choices.  The presentation will feature a 20-minute film, Can the Oceans Keep up with the Hunt? as well as a discussion led by one of the filmmakers.


Elizabeth Edwards – “Saving Graces”:  The Power of Community

October 24, 2006

Ms. Edwards, author of “Saving Graces”, attorney and wife of vice-presidential candidate John Edwards, will speak of the power and importance of community in her experiences at home and in her husband’s political campaigns, to the death of her son and her own battle with breast cancer. Her descriptions of her husband’s campaigns for Senate, president and vice president offer a fascinating perspective on the groups, the great and small, that sustain our democracy. Her fight with breast cancer, which stirred an outpouring of support from women across the country, has once again affirmed Edwards’s belief in the power of community to make our lives better and richer.

Books will be available for purchase.  A book signing will follow the lecture.

Co-sponsored by: Book Passage

Click Here To View Elizabeth Edwards' Lecture


Leadership and Women in Public Policy

3rd Annual Women Leading Community Change Summit with Marin Women’s Commission and Dominican’s Women and Gender Studies Program

October 28, 2006

This year's Women Leading Community Change Summit will focus on women in public policy-making roles.  We will explore how women identify and shape the public policy debate on issues affecting women and their families.  The partnership of the Marin Women's Commission and Dominican University of California is guided by the mutual commitment that Women's Leadership effectively impacts systems' change so that Women of all ages are Empowered, Educated and Engaged in the community. The event will include an update on Dominican's Women & Gender Studies Program with a tour of the new Women's Resource Center.

Co-sponsored by: Marin Women's Commission 


Arianna Huffington - Oil, the Environment and Our Future

Turn the Tide: Next Generation’s Youth Leaders Committed to Sustainability & Peace

October 29, 2006

Turn the Tide is an inspiring celebration of peace, sustainability and youth activism that benefits Next Generation, one of the Bay Area's leading youth empowerment organizations. Nationally renowned social change leader and visionary Arianna Huffington will speak about oil, war and our environment, highlighting exciting solutions to these pressing issues.

Hosted by: Next Generation


The Women’s Leadership Revival Tour With Meg Wheatley

November 8, 2006  

Socializing from 5:30-6:30 pm 

Event from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Lodge in Union Square Kensington Park Hotel, 450 Post Street, San Francisco $125 Contribution Charge

Join Meg Wheatley and neighbourhood women for a stimulating and inspiring inquiry into how women can step forward with the gift of leadership and offer it in service to our community.  The event will feature speaker Anne Firth Murray, the founder of the Global Fund for Women and author of Paradigm Found: Leading and Managing for Positive Change. Music and poetry will be part of this festive gathering and refreshments will be served.  All who attend will receive a copy of Meg’s most recent book, Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time.

Co-Sponsors: Bay Area OD Network, John F. Kennedy University, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Saybrook Graduate School, ASTD –Golden Gate, Dominican University of California’s Institute for Leadership Studies, Spirit Employed, SoL West, Esprit Global Learning, and South Bay OD Network.

Co-Host: Bev Scott, Bev Scott Consulting.


Dr. Sima Samar  - Personal Risks Overshadowed by Saving Lives – Women’s Leadership

November 7, 2006

Dr. Sima Samar is an internationally recognized Human Rights/Gender Rights advocate from Afghanistan.  In the face of threats to her own safety, Dr. Samar has defied the Taliban's edicts that deny women and girls their basic rights to education, employment, mobility and medical care. An Afghan doctor, Dr. Sima Samar has been honored with a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and the John Humphrey Freedom Award for her efforts to strengthen the human rights of women and girls in Afghanistan and in refugee camps on the Northern border of Pakistan. Dr. Simar has been placed in charge of women's affairs in Afghanistan and is the first woman to occupy such a senior post.

Co-sponsored by the International Museum of Women, Marin Women’s Commission and Dominican University of California’s Women & Gender Studies Program.


David Suzuki – Leadership and  Change: Founding of the Green Movement

November 9, 2006

David Suzuki, change leader in the Green Movement acclaimed geneticist and environmentalist, the host of public television's The Nature of Things, author of more than forty books, including The Sacred Balance, Tree, and Good News for a Change, will speak with characteristic candor and passion about  his metamorphosis into a leading environmentalist, writer, and thinker, his many travels throughout the world and his meetings with international leaders, from Kaiapo chief Paiakan to Nelson Mandela to the Dalai Lama; and the abiding role of nature and family in his life.

FREE Lecture – No RSVP required

Co-sponsored by: Book Passage

Click Here To View David Suzuki's Lecture


“It’s My Life” Forum:  Building Youth Leaders Now and For the Future: Opening the door of hope and opportunity for all youth in Marin County”

November 17, 2006

Produced by youth leaders ages 14 to 28 from all socio-economic backgrounds in Marin County, along with political leaders committed to bringing the Marin community together to help create social and institutional change addressing the “invisible” and growing trend of youth homelessness in Marin County.

Youth have invited the following speakers to participate:

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will open the forum and share his personal family history that addresses the crisis of youth homelessness in Marin. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey along with Chris Fadeff a 22-year-old Congressional staff member in Lynn’s office, San Rafael Mayor Al Boro, Jerad Huffman, and Supervisor Susan Adams. Also invited are the Award Winning Journalist and author of “All Alone in the World” Nell Bernstein and a member of Pacific News Service.

Co-Sponsored by: Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity (AHO)