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CPS Speakers inform and inspire. To book a CPS speaker for your event, please use the this form. You will need to prepare the following information for us to best meet your needs.

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Riane Eisler

Cultural History & Transformation, Economic and Social Justice, Gender Equity, and Human Rights

Riane Eisler’s presentations inform, inspire, and empower. She keynotes national and international conferences and speaks at major corporations, universities, and NGOs. Other venues have ranged from the United Nations General Assembly and the U.S. State Department to invitations by heads of State.

Why do I speak? Writing and researching are solitary experiences. Being in touch with people when I speak, seeing them experience that “light bulb” moment when they relate my work to their lives and aspirations, empowering people, helping women become leaders – all this directly connects me with others and advances the personal and social transformation from domination to partnership. I consider myself extremely fortunate to reach many diverse audiences, all the way from the U.S. State Department and Congressional staffers to keynoting major conferences and doing small workshops with women and men searching for practical ways to change their lives and society. All these occasions, in turn, give me further impetus to expand my research and writing to inform and inspire.

Nontombi Naomi Tutu

Racial and Gender Justice, Spirituality

Nontombi Naomi Tutu speaks eloquently about her own life and her passion for helping to build a partnership world of human dignity and peace. In apartheid South Africa, she faced the challenge of growing up black and female. Later she faced the additional challenge of being the daughter of Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu and having to find her own place in the world.

Her professional experience ranges from being a development consultant in West Africa, to being program coordinator for programs on Race and Gender and Gender-based Violence in Education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. In addition she has taught at the Universities of Hartford and Connecticut and Brevard College in North Carolina.

Ms. Tutu started her public speaking as a college student at Berea College in Kentucky in the 1970’s when she was invited to speak at churches, community groups and colleges and universities about her experiences growing up in apartheid South Africa. Since that time, she has become a much sought after speaker to groups as varied as business associations, professional conferences, elected officials and church and civic organizations. She has also led Truth and Reconciliation Workshops for groups dealing with different types of conflict. Together with Rose Bator she presents a workshop titled Building Bridges dealing with issues of race and racism. The two also lead women’s retreats through their organization Sister Sojourner. They are also writing a book provisionally titled I Don’t Think of You as Black: Honest Conversations on Race and Racism.

In addition to speaking, Naomi Tutu is a consultant to two organizations that reflect the breadth of her involvement in issues of human rights. The organizations are CPS' Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV), founded by renowned author Riane Eisler and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Betty Williams, and the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA).

Ms. Tutu is a single mother of two children and currently lives in Nashville, TN.

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Jean Kilbourne

Women and Media

Jean Kilbourne has been what The Boston Globe described as “a superstar lecturer” for many years. Named by the The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses, she has twice received the Lecturer of the Year award from the National Association for Campus Activities. She is also sought after as a keynote speaker at a wide range of conferences, including those focusing on addictions and public health, violence, women, and the media.

Jean makes a powerful case for real partnership between women and men, and is renowned internationally for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. Her films, lectures, and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world.

According to Susan Faludi, Jean Kilbourne’s work is pioneering and crucial to the dialogue of one of the most underexplored, yet most powerful, realms of American culture — advertising. We owe her a great debt.
She is the author of the award-winning book Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids.

The prize-winning films based on her lectures include Killing Us Softly, Spin the Bottle, and Slim Hopes. She is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, including “The Today Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

She has served as an advisor to the Surgeon General and has testified for the U.S. Congress. She holds an honorary position as Senior Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women.

A member of the Italian Parliament said, Hearing Jean Kilbourne is a profound experience. Audiences leave her feeling that they have heard much more than another lecture, for she teaches them to see themselves and their world differently.
She has received many awards, including the Lecturer of the Year award from the National Asociation for Campus Activities. A more unusual tribute was paid when an all-female rock group in Canada named itself Kilbourne in her honor.

In 2004 she received an honorary doctorate from Westfield State College that proclaimed, Through research informed by a deep sense of justice, your insights lead us from consumerism to consciousness. More recently, she was profiled in Feminists Who Changed America 1963–1975 and was one of twenty-one journalists, media activists, and educators included in a Media Heroes deck of trading cards. Her card said, Jean Kilbourne pioneered the critical study of images of women in advertising and the use of media literacy for public health and prevention.

The recent recipient of one of Boston University’s most prestigious alumni awards, Kilbourne has also received awards from many other organizations, including the Academy for Eating Disorders, the Entertainment Industries Council, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, and the National Organization for Women. The presenter of an award from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) said, No one in the world has done more to improve the image of women in the media than Jean Kilbourne.

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Susan G. Carter

Partnership Education, Spirituality

Dr. Carter regularly co-teaches the “The Power of Partnership” with Riane Eisler, an online course they designed and developed together for the Transformative Leadership Master’s and Transformative Studies Ph.D. Programs Partnership Studies focus at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, CA. Susan has also been instrumental in designing and developing a number of the courses, including “Partnership In Action” offered in the Partnership Studies focus in this Transformative Leadership Program.

Believing that learning is most effective when coupled with relevant direct application to daily lives and contemporary issues, Susan has developed courses with action, experiential, and community engagement components. Her courses are structured to expand the dynamic possibilities of academic studies and collaborative community activism/social change work. This is also her approach as a speaker inspiring and empowering her audiences.

Susan is an associate professor (adjunct) at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Marylhurst University (Portland, OR). For over a decade she has taught at CIIS in the School of Undergraduate Studies, as well as the Transformative Leadership M.A. program, the Transformative Studies Ph.D. program, and the Women’s Spirituality M.A. and Ph.D. graduate programs. At Marylhurst University she teaches in the Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies program (Spiritual Traditions and Ethics) as well as occasionally in the Business/Real Estate Studies programs.

As a feminist scholar and an avid advocate of volunteerism and community-based learning, Susan is actively involved in the non-profit sector, and has served on a number of boards that promote education and empowerment of underserved populations, cross-cultural understanding, and the arts. She has formed and directed a 501[c][3] foundation, and consults with California Bay Area and Pacific Northwest educational institutions to help promote community service. In addition, she presents nationally and internationally on diverse educational, partnership, cultural and spiritual topics.

Susan’s interdisciplinary work is further informed by looking to ancient cultures for ideas that may help shape our future. Her academic and personal interests come together with the study of women’s spirituality and prehistoric symbolism and art as an expression of ancient spiritual traditions.

Over the last decade she has studied the prehistoric origins of the Japanese sun goddess, linking this goddess’ influence on the current political discussion of women’s right of ascendancy to the Chrysanthemum throne. Additionally, she has been researching her ancestral roots (and probable Sami indigenous lineage): women’s roles in contemporary Sweden, women’s possible roles in Scandinavian prehistory, Scandinavian mythology, and is also researching the ancient rock carvings of Sweden.

Susan Carter holds an M.A. in Women’s Spirituality and a Ph.D. in Humanities/Philosophy of Religion from The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, CA.

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Sara Saltee

Caring Economy, Leadership

Sara has been supporting the Center for Partnership Studies’ Caring Economy Leadership and Learning Programs since early 2009, when she joined the team that developed the initial pilot project. As the programs have evolved, Sara has taken a lead role in program development as a curriculum designer,facilitator, and managing director. With 15 years’ experience in adult education, five years as an organization development consultant, and broad expertise in the fields of communication, adult learning, and creativity, Sara specializes in the articulation and display of complex concepts, and design and facilitation of high-engagement learning experiences for adult learners.

Valerie Young

Family Policy, Women’s Leadership

Valerie carries the message and mission of the Caring Economy framework to advocates and policy makers in Washington DC and throughout the country. Immersed in public policy as it pertains to women's status, especially the impact of family care on women's economic status, Valerie is committed to social justice, family economic security, and income equality. Her work appears extensively in social media, @WomanInDC on Twitter, Your (Wo)Man in Washington on Facebook, and blogging for She also has written for The Shriver Report, Brain/Child Magazine, and is frequently featured on as well as the CPS and CEC blogs.

Karen McLean Hessel

Stopping Intimate Violence, Religion

Karen is a specialist in Ecumenical women’s leadership with decades of involvement in economic and social justice work intersecting with gender, race and class. She lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine with spouse, Dieter Hessel where they enjoy living close to family, riding bicycles on the Eastern Trailway, walking Crescent Beach and being grandparents. Karen works as a volunteer with projects such as Interfaith Worker Justice Southern Maine and Caring Resources for Living.

Rhonda Case

Stopping Violence against Women and Children

In 2012, Rhonda left her teaching career of nearly thirty years (Abington Friends School, the Shipley School and West Linn High School) in order to work on behalf of the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence. She was inspired to this leap of faith by her own experience (and her sonʼs) as victims of intimate violence that was enabled by our broken family law system. Rhonda was a presenter at the tenth annual Battered Mothersʼ Custody Conference in Washington D.C. She is currently available to speak to civic, non-profit or interfaith groups about SAIV and about the plight of protective mothers in the U.S. An essay about her work with SAIV will appear in Enough: The Rise of the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story by Laurie McCammon and Ann Smith with foreword by Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen. The book can be pre-ordered directly from the authors prior to publication at

Brie Mathers

Partnership Empowerment: Young Leaders

Brie Mathers, Founder and President of Love the Skin You’re In, is a powerful transformational speaker who is introducing Partnership to the next generation in her dynamic school presentations to young women and men.

Brie’s resiliency project empowers young women to think critically about their place in society, and about the popular and social media messages they are receiving about body image, sexuality, and self-worth. Brie’s message deeply resonates with the students that receive her vibrant presentations in schools in the US, Canada and Europe.

Teddie Potter

New Directions in Healthcare and Nursing

Teddie Potter has a rich practice history including over thirty years in home care. Dr. Potter has often been at the heart of paradigm shifts, including being one of the first home care nurses in her state, starting a specialized home care program for people living with HIV/AIDS, and helping start one of the first palliative care programs in the nation. Dr. Potter has been a nurse educator for over sixteen years. She has also shown a long-term commitment to diversity and inclusivity, studying factors that help diverse students succeed in nursing school and teaching healing traditions of our diverse community. Her current positions in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota are a natural extension of her interests and passions. She is Coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership and Director of Inclusivity and Diversity. In 2015, she received the distinguished Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award. Dr. Potter is Executive Editor for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies; a peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal promoting interdisciplinary collaboration as a solution for solving society’s grand challenges.

Dr. Potter has spoken nationally and internationally about partnership-based health care and The BASE of Nursing, new theories to guide nursing practice, education, and research. She co-authored with Riane Eisler, Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Health Care, which received a 2014 AJN Book of the Year award and the 2015 Capstone International Nursing Book Award. This book equips nurses to be full partners, ready to lead necessary change to advance the health of all nations.

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