CPS Speakers are are experienced public speakers and specialists in a range of partnership and caring economy topic areas. CPS Speakers have collectively presented hundreds of keynote speeches, interviews, podcasts, appeared on videos, panels and conferences, and inspired thousands of students, leaders and policymakers around the world.
- Cultural Transformation
- New Economic Models, Partnerism, Metrics
- Economic and Social Justice
- Racial Justice
- Women's Leadership
- Caring Economy
- Partnership in Families
- Child Development and Partnership
- Partnership Practices in Schools
- Partnership in Higher Education, Partnership Curriculum
- Gender Equity
- New Narratives
- Partnership for the Next Generation
- Stopping Intimate Violence
Whether you are seeking a speaker on caring economic models and new metrics, partnership practices in the family, gender equity, or inviting CPS to your organization or school to speak on partnership for the next generation, we have the team ready to make your event a success.
Please use the inquiry form below to request a speaker. We will respond and work with you to find the best fit for your needs. The speaker list below represents our core speaker team; there are additional speakers that may be available in your region.
Speaker topic areas: 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.
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Rosie von Lila
Speaker topic areas: new economic ecosystems and metrics, inclusion and diversity, social and economic transformation to partnership
Rosie von Lila serves as executive board member, and served as Interim CEO, of New America Alliance (NAA). NAA advocates on behalf of Latino and diverse asset managers to have equitable access to capital. Over her nearly 20 years’ experiential research on building participatory business cultures and communities around the world, Rosie authored a framework for stakeholder engagement and building social and business ecosystems. Through her Von Lila Framework for stakeholder engagement, she has been invited to be a guest at the U.S. Pentagon several times and a guest lecturer at the U.S. National Defense University. She is frequently invited to participate in strategic discussions and action groups focused on inclusion, diversity and collaboration.
Rosie lives in New York, where she hosts the live podcast What Comes Now. On the show she interviews leaders who are breaking stereotypes, and who are all people of color.
Rosie is a collaborator with Riane Eisler and the Center for Partnership Studies on the strategic development of the Social Wealth Index which documents the enormous economic value of the work of care, its key role in a nation’s human capacity development, and what investments are needed for a better quality of life, a sustainable environment to support life, and a strong economy.
Speaker topic areas: new economics and metrics, partnerism in non-profit development work, partnerism and blockchain; partnerism and social entrepreneurship
Nyla Rodgers is an activist, futurist, and non-profit leader with a passion for merging social impact with technology. She advocates for greater generosity and partnership between the tech and non-profit worlds as well as for greater altruism and inclusion in the blockchain sector. She is an Advisor to the Center for Partnership Studies supporting the development of the Social Wealth Index and helping launch a new economic model called “Partnerism”.
Nyla founded Mama Hope in 2007, a training program that equips grassroots leaders with the tools to raise funding and build sustainable communities. Mama Hope’s partners have since built schools, health clinics, children’s centers, clean water systems and food security projects that have improved the lives of over 2.6M people throughout Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India and the U.S. She co-produced the Stop The Pity campaign, aimed at shifting the stereotypes of the global poor. Its videos have garnered over 14M views and were featured on CNN and Al Jazeera as well as at the Sundance Festival and SXSW.
In 2015 she was a finalist for the Global Citizen of the Year Award. In 2017 she was honored for her work as a Female Leader in Eileen Fisher’s Fall campaign “Power: In the Words of Women” and was profiled in Forbes under the headline: The Business of Hope: What It Takes and How One Woman Inspired It.
Nontombi Naomi Tutu
Speaker topic areas: 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.
Julie de Azevedo Hanks
Speaker topic areas: partnership in family systems, women's empowerment
Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist working with women, couples and families. Dr. Hanks is an assistant professor of social work at Utah Valley University, and she has developed A Partnership Model of Family Organization (PMFO) to support the creative productivity of mothers. She is an accomplished songwriter and author; her books include The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide for Women. She has been a guest on TEDxOgden, is a contributor to the IJPS and has offered media interviews in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Parenting, Cosmopolitan, and others. Hanks lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her family.
Speaker topic areas: 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.
Speaker topic areas: planetary health, building partnership-based movements, systems thinking
Dr. Teddie Potter, Clinical Professor, School of Nursing-University of Minnesota, is deeply committed to climate change education including co-founding Health Professionals for a Healthy Planet, membership in the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and membership on the American Academy of Nursing Environment and Public Health Expert Panel. She is a member of the Coordinating Committee of Columbia University’s Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education and a Fellow in the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. She chairs Clinicians for Planetary Health (C4PH) and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Planetary Health Alliance at Harvard.
At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Potter designed and co-teaches an interdisciplinary course titled “The Global Climate Challenge: Creating an Empowered Movement for Change.” In addition, she co-leads a Health Sciences initiative titled, “Climate Change and Health: An Interprofessional Response.” Working in partnership with Project Drawdown, Dr. Potter has co-created Nurses Drawdown. By embracing and teaching the evidence-based solutions of Nurses Drawdown, nurses around the world will help to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and create a healthier future for humans and the rest of the planet. In 2019, Dr. Potter was appointed the first Director of Planetary Health for the School of Nursing.
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.
Speaker topic areas: caring economy, race and intersectionality, partnership in community
Sharon is a partnership and caring economy leader active at the forefront of a shift to more equitable and caring economy systems, including the intersection of racial justice and gender values. Sharon’s professional background includes scientific research in renewable energy, a manager at a Fortune 500 company, and previous democratic candidate for United States Congress. She has contributed to the CPS Leader’s Blog on the topic of Partnership, Race and Intersectionality. Sharon is a business consultant, political activist and mom living in Plymouth, MN.
Speaker topic areas: partnership education, philosophy, spirituality
Jen Taylor is an educator and a certified caring economy and partnership leader. She developed and instructs a 4-part partnership Philosophy college lecture series titled “Dominator Problems & Partnership Solutions”. Jen also serves as Artistic Director for OmFly, a circus teaching & performance troupe, and she co-manages The Sanctuary, a 40-acre non-profit land trust & retreat center promoting environmentalism, sustainability & partnership values. She is currently pursuing a degree at California Institute of Integral Studies in the Philosophy/Women's Spirituality program.
Susan G. Carter
Speaker topic areas: 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.
Speaker topic areas: 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.
Speaker topic areas: caring economy, partnership and the environment, new narratives, partnership in families, partnership for the next generation.
Quincey Tickner joined CPS as Social Media and Community Outreach Associate in December 2020. She brings a strong background in journalism and social media and works with young social justice organizations and leaders in rethinking what a just society looks like in today’s modern world. Quincey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from American University in Washington D.C. and is a passionate advocate for safe and fair elections. Over the 2020 election, Quincey helped launch SeeSay2020, a crowdsourced map of voter suppression across the country, that not only brought attention to voter suppression, but helped solve and fix most of the instances so that everyone was able to carry out their right to vote. Quincey is passionate about teaching young organizers about the benefits of a partnership/caring economy as many communities are starting to have the conversations about moving away from domination based systems.
Speaker topic areas: new economic models, partnerism, metrics, economic and social justice, caring economy, child development and partnership, partnership practices in schools/in higher education and partnership curriculum, gender equity, stopping intimate violence
Robyn Baker is part of the CPS team as a Research and Education Associate. She is passionate about building bridges of mutual understanding and respect as we shift towards a more inclusive, just, and prosperous economy and world. As a recent graduate from the Euro-American programme at Sciences Po Paris, Robyn participates in Social Wealth Index research, caring economy-related projects, and the development of partnership curriculum for all levels of education. She is a strong advocate for gender equity as a cornerstone of any social, economic, or political structure, and deeply resonates with the partnership model as a way to heal our histories of domination and collectively inspire and empower generations to come. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.
Speaker topic areas: racial justice, women's leadership, caring economy, diversity & inclusion, gender and sexuality diversity and expansiveness, solidarity economies/mutual aid, prison-industrial complex abolition, fighting racism within POC communities.
Ilene Palacios joined CPS as a Digital Communications Associate in December 2020. She is a queer, Xicana multipotentialite who is committed to curating spaces where empathy, joy and solidarity can flourish. She has several years of experience in legal operations and executive support, as well as leadership in community-engaged organizations that utilize artistic expression, storytelling and community gatherings as sources of understanding and visibility for Latinxs in the US. In 2017, Ilene was a recipient of Chicago-based LGBTQ publication Windy City Times '30 Under 30′ award, in recognition for her grassroots work as co-manager of space Cultura in Pilsen, organizer for Vives Q and contributing editor of Gozamos.com. Ilene has a BA in Metropolitan (Urban) Studies and Spanish from NYU, and is a lifelong learner.
Speaker topic areas: partnership with the earth, systems literacy, partnership with self and soul, intergenerational healing
Ann joined the Center for Partnership Studies team in 2012, and is currently the Co-Director of the Partnership Studies Group. As a workshop facilitator, course designer and outreach lead, she has been integral in CPS program development. She is a thought leader in cultural evolution in the context of human-earth systems literacy, a contributor to IJPS, and is an educational mentor for partnership leaders worldwide. In 2017, Ann taught the CPS webinar series Practicing Partnership with the Earth. Ann brings over 20 years experience in integral ecology, ecopsychology, nature-based soul inquiry, and contemporary spirituality. As a specialist in applied transformational ecology, Ann offers her own program, Transformative Earth Partnerships, in the US and Europe. Ann has worked with indigenous communities, she is a ritualist, she is certified in depth psychology, and is a Deep Imagery healing practitioner.
Speaker topic areas: 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
Speaker topic areas: 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.
Booking a Speaker
To request 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. There may be additional CPS speakers available in your region.
Questions? Please contact Leah Gowron.
- 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