Booking a Speaker
CPS Speakers are specialists in a range of Partnership and Caring Economy topics and themes. 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.
- Name of your organization and contact information
- Date and location of proposed event
- Honorarium and travel reimbursement
- Type of audience (professionals, students, general public, etc.) and expected numbers
Cultural history and 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.
Learn more and contact Riane Eisler to speak:
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.
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.
Susan G. Carter
Partnership Education, Spirituality
Dr. Carter co-taught 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.
Caring Economy, Partnership Leadership, Partnership with the Self, Partnership and Creativity
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 20 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.
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 Mom-mentum.org. She also has written for The Shriver Report, Brain/Child Magazine, and is frequently featured on BlogHer.com as well as the CPS blog.
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.
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 appears in Enough: How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word by Laurie McCammon and Ann Smith with foreword by Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen.
Partnership Youth 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.
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.