The 2011 Retrofit Republic Community Heroes Lookbook. Fond memories of the photoshoot with my former boss Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, dancing to music and celebrating our good work.
Social Venture Institute, 2014. I was a "True Confessions" speaker, and shared my story from entrepreneurship to personal breakdown to profound breakthrough. This audience allowed me be more vulnerable in a speech than any I had previously. This will always have a special place in my heart.
Photos by Zack Embree
Social Venture Network Conference, 2014. I'd just left my position as Executive Director of Green for All and was in a deep place of reflection. I reflected on the power of personal and professional transformation, and allowing myself to have space before deciding what comes next.
Organicology Conference, 2017. My husband and best friends were there. It's a special feeling to experience my beloveds understanding and appreciating my work. I do it for them.
Photo by Trav Williams/Broken Banjo.
TEDx Manhattan, 2014. In this cold February in New York City, in a two day period, I asked for half a million dollars, did an early morning spot on Melissa Harris Perry, and went straight to this TEDx talk right afterward. My mentors said I had it in me, and during this trip, I saw it for myself.
People's Grocery California Hotel Garden, 2013. There's too much to say about my time at People's Grocery. I loved the people I worked with. I loved the neighborhood, and our neighbors. I loved what I learned from the constant conflict. I will always be in love with this time in my life.
Photo by Pat Mazzera
SXSW Eco, 2014. Props to SXSW for recognizing the need to have a separate conference celebrating all things eco.
Savory Institute Conference, 2016. The Savory Institute is one of my fundamental inspirations in my soil health advocacy. It was an honor to present on the same stage as Allan Savory.
Photo by Stephen Smith
Woven Women, 2016. Women's Conferences are special, and Woven is extra special. When they invited me back (this was my second time with them), I opened up about my fertility struggles, and what I'd learned from them. Being held by this audience, after telling that story = priceless.
Photo by Margot Duane
Life is Living, 2012. The title of the festival speaks for itself. A celebration of #blackisbeautiful in West Oakland. The People's Grocery crew regularly provided a free breakfast.
Ecology Center Annual Dinner, 2015. Witnessing and thanking advocates doing ecologically sound economic development around the country is one of my favorite things to do.
Photo by Gregory Fox
Connecting for Change Conference, 2015. My mother was in the audience while I spoke about displaced peoples, cows, and soil health. And she actually understood what I was talking about. #goals
Photo by Andrew Kapinski
Terra Madre, Italy, 2012. I spoke alongside Alice Waters to thousands of people from over 100 countries about soul, spirit, and the power of breaking bread together. Getting a chance to sit with and learn from her and Carlo Petrini is still one of my favorite travel moments.
United Roots Oakland, 2010. This is my husband's organization, a digital arts and media community center serving black and brown youth in the city of Oakland. He inspires me every day.
Photo by Kirsten Aguilar
Woven Conference, 2015. My first time speaking at the Woven Women's Conference, I explored my difficulty in relationships with other women, and the way I've sabotaged relationships. Having the opportunity to take ownership of my internal struggles, with such a receptive group of women, was a gift.
Photo by Margot Duane
Photo by Matthias Geiger
In a different part of my life, I'm a singer. My grandfather, a member of the Delta Rhythm Boys, taught me about Black American folklore and our legacy as a family. This part of my birthright is dear to me.
Holistic Management International Conference, Paicines Ranch, 2016. This facial expression perfectly captures how I feel about healthy soil. It gives me hope.
Photo by Elaine Patarini
In 2014, I made the decision to re-build my professional life around my family. It has led to better health, more revenue for my business, and increased peace all around. I highly recommend it.