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Bonita Banducci
President, Banducci Consulting
Instructor, Santa Clara University Graduate School of Engineering

Coach, consultant, author, trainer and mentor, Bonita Banducci has built a world-wide reputation adding the dimension of gender in the workplace to men's and women's leadership. Her guiding vision has been that greater consciousness about how women and men at work relate to each other, and greater understanding of their complementary strengths, can be powerful keys to enhanced creativity, performance, and humanity at all levels.

Some of Bonita's clients include Adaptec, Amgen, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cisco, County of Santa Clara, Hewlett Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Intel, KLA-Tencor, Sun Microsystems, Xylinx, NASA Ames, the US Navy Corps of Engineers, US and California Environmental Protection Agencies and others. She was also a representative of the Commission on the Status of Women of Santa Clara Country at the UN NGO Forum World Conference on Women held in Beijing, leading a workshop on Creating Partnership of Women in Business with Women in Development for Sustainable Global Development.

At Santa Clara University, she teaches Gender and Engineering, a Core curriculum course, for the School of Engineering Graduate Program. She is a founding Board member of the Santa Clara University Global Women's Leadership Network, and a faculty member and coach for the Women Leaders for the World Program.

Her popular and well-received workshops have been delivered at Santa Clara University, the University of San Francisco, Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, Stanford's Institute for Research on Women and Gender as well as at Women in Technology conferences including WITI, Society of Women Engineers, SCU Women in Business.

Website: Banducci Consulting

LinkedIn Profile: Bonita Banducci

Contact Bonita: banducci@genderwork.com

Debra Engel
Board Member and Executive Advisor

Since stepping down from her roles as a prominent Silicon Valley executive and respected leader in the Bay Area's Human Resource community, Debra Engel has been a tireless supporter of visionary people and organizations in the fields of education, corporate social responsibility, futurist research, professional associations, and entrepreneurial startups.

Debra currently serves on the boards of Institute for the Future, Facing History and Ourselves, UpMo, Healthiest You, and the National Academy of Human Resources Foundation. She was previously Co-Chair at the Entrepreneur's Foundation, Senior Fellow at the American Leadership Forum, and Board Member at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Valley Medical Center Foundation, The Health Trust, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, and Aspect Communications. She was Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, at 3Com Corporation, where where she worked from 1983 - 1998.

On what motivates her today, Debra says, "When someone comes along with game-changing innovation, that grabs my attention. It may be about engaging school children in better understanding the world they live in, and empowering them to do things that can make a difference. It might be about engaging government or business organizations to do the same. What I ask is, can they change things in ways that matter, that make the world better?"

Executive Profile: Blumberg Businessweek.

Current Organizations:

Institute for the Future

Facing History and Ourselves

Healthiest You


At LinkedIn: Debra Engel

Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Farajaje
Provost, Professor of Islamic Studies & Cultural Studies
Starr King School for the Ministry/Graduate Theological Union

Dr. Farajaje is a pioneer in building bridges across bountaries that usually separate people. Deeply learned in Islam and Sufism, in Judaism and Jewish mysticism, in Christianity and Buddhism, fluent in 16 lauguages, equally at home in Istanbul, Turkey and Berkeley, California, he has travelled the world for decades, leading studies, producing videos, and delivering papers, on the interrelatedness of the world's spiritual traditions as they play out through the rich diversity of the world's cultural contexts.

Ibrahim Baba, as his friends and students call him, has involved himself in a range of study so diverse that it transcends normal categories. Included: Shi'a studies; constructions of ritual space, environmental politics and aesthetics within religious contexts; Islamic cultural studies and critical theory; Islamic feminisms; Andalusian studies; Islam and the African diaspora in the Indian Ocean world; history of Sufism in Turkey; history of Islam in India; Hindu-Muslim relations; histories of Mizrahim, Sefardim, and other Jewish communities; Jewish and Islamic mysticism; Eastern Orthodox and Islamic mysticism (Hesychasm and tasawwuf); ritual music; global HIV; religion and LGBTQIA issues; popular culture and Islam; and notions of the "border" and of fluidities.

Before joining the faculty of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Farajaje was Professor, History of Religions and Sociology of Religion, at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C. Prior to that he was a Senior Researcher at Institut des Sciences Bibliques, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He currently spends half his time in Istanbul as a teacher and guide for spiritual seekers from both East and West.

Academic Background: Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajaje

Curriculum Vitae: Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Farajaje

Video: 2010 Faculty Summit Lecture by Provost Dr. Ibrahim Farajaje

Lynn Feinerman
Creator & Producer
Women Rising Radio

Lynn Feinerman is a media activist focusing on social justice, ecology and peacebuilding. Women Rising Radio profiles women in leadership across the world for peace, ecology, civil society and women's, children's and human rights. It airs nationwide on about 200 stations including NPR, community, and college radio, and is also broadcast in Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland and South Africa. Her award-winning movies have been broadcast on television and featured at festivals and other special events. Lynn's movie Ecorap: Voices from the 'Hood was chosen by the Library of Congress as part of its historical film archive.

Lynn says:

"Nothing causes more trouble to the established order than women who struggle and dream.."

Those words from the Movimento Sem Terra, the Movement For the Earth, are prophetic. When we women and girls dream, we transform the world. And the transformation of this world for the good, for peace, for justice and for equality must be done by us. We must make the trouble that brings the changes we need and want.

In addition to her media work, Lynn creates on-the-ground projects designed to educate and mobilize communities, from organizing teach-ins and protests during the Vietnam war era, to her Hebron CommUnity Project in the Middle East, created to teach nonviolent communication and other peace building techniques there. Her writing has appeared in Tikkun Magazine, Common Dreams online, the San Francisco Guardian, the LA Weekly , the Berkeley Monthly, the New York Daily Forward , La Opinion newspaper in Los Angeles, and other journals.


About Women Rising Radio

Rabbi Nadya Gross
Rabbi, Pardes Levavot Congregation, Boulder, CO

Co-Director, Ruach Ha'Aretz Mobile Retreat Center
Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal

Rabbi Nadya Gross was trained, from early childhood, in an oral mystical tradition -- transmitted from mothers to daughters -- with roots in ancient Israelite practice and woven with later Kabbalistic and Hassidic influences. A feminine oral tradition is, by its nature, inclusive and universal, organic and evolving.

This training, which she now transmits in a two-year wisdom school, has been the ground and framework for her calling as a rabbi, spiritual director, program director, educator, and mother of four remarkable young adults -- always in partnership with her beloved, Rabbi Victor Gross.

Together, they serve as rabbis of Pardes Levavot: a Jewish Renewal Congregation in Boulder, CO which welcomes all seekers choosing Judaism as a spiritual path -- regardless of formal religious identity -- and which shares its sacred space and an ecumenical relationship with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. They also co-direct Ruach Ha'Aretz: ALEPH's Mobile Retreat Center, hosting programs that promote the spiritual unfolding, or Paradigm Shift, to which they, and the Jewish renewal movement, are devoted. This year, Ruach Ha'Aretz will undertake the development of an interfaith dialogic dialog in partnership with One World Lights, beginning with leaders of vision, then offering educational/experiential programming in retreat settings -- and leading to an interfaith spiritual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Reb Nadya is the Director of HASHPA'AH, the ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal Ordination Program in Spiritual Direction, and co-Director and faculty for the ALEPH Sage-ing Program. She also serves as faculty in the Anamcara Project of the Sacred Art of Living Center for Spiritual Formation, a program which trains caregivers in the "art, science and practice of sacred relationship" through all stages of living and dying, drawing from many wisdom traditions and especially from Celtic spirituality.

Aleph's Mobile Retreat Center: Ruach Ha'Aretz

Boulder's Jewish Renewal Congregation: Pardes Levavot

Sacred Art of Living Center for Spiritual Formation

Contact Nadya: oneneshama@puaa.net

Rabbi Victor Gross, Ph.D.
Rabbi, Pardes Levavot Congregation, Boulder, CO

Director of Studies, Ordination Programs
Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal

Rabbi Victor Gross is a congregational rabbi and educator dedicated to paradigm shifting and guided by these teachings of two sages:

  • Morrie Schwartz, in Tuesdays With Morrie, says that "we must love one another or die."
  • Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi teaches that "in order to get it together we have to get together".
Reb Victor serves as a Director of Studies and teacher of Deep Ecumenism, Jewish History, and Jewish Thought in the ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal Ordination Programs, training the next generation of paradigm-shifting rabbis, rabbinic pastors and cantors. He is co-Director and faculty of the ALEPH Sage-ing Program, and serves on the faculty of the Anamcara Project of the Sacred Art of Living Center for Spiritual Formation, a program which trains caregivers in the “art, science and practice of sacred relationship” through all stages of living and dying, drawing from many wisdom traditions and especially from Celtic spirituality.

Together with his beloved, Rabbi Nadya Gross, he serves as rabbi to Pardes Levavot: a Jewish Renewal Congregation in Boulder, CO practicing deep ecumenism with the Lutheran Church with which they share sacred space. They also co-direct Ruach Ha'Aretz: ALEPH's mobile retreat center, developing programs that add to participants' spiritual tool chest. Victor is the author of Educating for Reverence: The Legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Aleph's Mobile Retreat Center: Ruach Ha'Aretz

Boulder's Jewish Renewal Congregation: Pardes Levavot

Sacred Art of Living Center for Spiritual Formation

Contact Victor: vngross@puaa.net

Kay Sandberg
Founder & Executive Director
Global Force for Healing

"Our mission is to nurture, strengthen, connect, and communicate about grassroots projects that express compassion and love in action.

"The vision for the Global Force for Healing came as a transmission from the spirit of Mother Teresa. One day while meditating, I felt a presence come very close to my right ear. The voice announced itself as the essence or consciousness of Mother Teresa. To this day I can feel that presence, which anchors my commitment to nurture and sustain our organization, to fulfill my soul's calling, and hopefully, to inspire others.

"Mother Teresa's message: 'You will found the Global Fund for Healing. You don't have to know how to do this or to emulate my lifestyle. Just study and learn from my teachings and you will be guided in what to do. You are still living in the San Francisco Bay area because you will meet people to help and partner with you.' I have spent the last 10 years meeting these allies, learning, practicing, refining the mission, and appreciating love and compassion in daily life."

Website: Global Force for Healing.

Facebook Page: Global Force for Healing.

YouTube Video: Engage: Global Force for Healing

Kay's LinkedIn Profile Kay Sandberg.

Contact Kay: kay@globalforceforhealing.org

Debbie Shapiro
Writer & PR Director

Debbie Shapiro has been a member of Jerusalem's Haredi community for over 42 years. A wife, mother, grandmother, well known writer and public speaker, she is passionate about her work as Assistant Director of Development at Achiya -- Learn That You Can. "Achiya is doing an incredible job of finding the children who need help, and helping them before the situation becomes desperate. Through providing failing children with the tools to succeed, they are saving children before they end up as children on the street. Achiya saves children before they NEED to be saved."

As a member of the OWL community, Debbie hopes to learn from the experience and wisdom of others who are also involved in improving the world, as well as share the wisdom that she has gained from her involvement with people whom she describes as "realizing that the path to self-actualization is rooted in giving of oneself."

Debbie is the author of five published books and over 600 articles. She focuses on the Orthodox women's struggles to balance multiple roles while sorting out their priorities. "Intellectually, I know that my family comes first, but as a busy woman, juggling work and social commitments, it's hard to carve out time to just sit with the grandchildren in the park, and be there for them. I find it a constant struggle to keep my life centered and balanced. I'm sure this is something that women in different cultures are also dealing with, and it's a topic that I often speak and write about."

Debbie's about Jewish women around the world: Women Talk

Blog: Debbie Shapiro of Jerusalem

LinkedIn Profile Debbie Shapiro

Achiya: Achiya -- Learn That You Can

Contact Debbie: bubbyonline@gmail.com

Liza Sichon
Executive Coach, Speaker & HR Consultant
Executive HR Coach LLC

Liza is a seasoned HR executive who has held global positions across the Americas, EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Originally from the Philippines and now based in Silicon Valley, she is a passionate champion for businesses opening the doors of job opportunity to at-risk youth and others who can use a helping hand. She has seen how one job can save a life, and many can save a community. She looks forward to continuing this work as an OWL Global Citizen.

Through her consulting firm, Executive HR Coach LLC, Liza specializes in assisting upcoming global HR leaders in achieving their full potential. She is also a sought-after motivational speaker in the areas of career success for women, HR as a profession, and developing global acumen.

Liza recently served as the Vice President, HR Transformation, Communications and Operations for Hewlett Packard's global HR function, serving 2,400 HR professionals. She was also HP's executive liason to OICW, now Job Train, a community-based education and training organization. There she was a leader in their mission of helping young people break out of the cycle of poverty, drugs, crime and prison -- and turning their lives around with their first jobs and first steps toward new careers.

Liza has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of the Philippines and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, NY. She and her husband Danny have been married for over thirty years and raised three children while relocating seventeen times across three continents, before settling in Silicon Valley.

Website: Executive HR Coach

LinkedIn Profile: Liza Sichon

Contact Liza: liza.sichon@gmail.com

Andrew Vidich, Ph.D.
Educator, Author, Speaker
Founding Member: Interfaith Council of New York

Dr. Andrew Vidich is an educator, spiritual teacher, author, editor, business consultant, and international speaker. He travels and lectures widely, bringing together people from diverse religious backgrounds to share the common experience of unity that underlies all spiritual traditions. His books include Love is a Secret (Author, 1990), The Heart of the Healer (Co-author, 1995), The Heart of Healing (Contributor, 2006), and Light upon Light: 5 Master Pathways to Awaken the Mindful Self (Author, 2009), which won the Best Book Award under the category of Eastern Religions by USA Book News.

Andrew has served as adjunct assistant professor of religion at Manhattan College and at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, where he has taught courses in the nature and experience of religion, meditation, death and dying and Islamic studies. He lectures and presents seminars and workshops at corporations, educational and religious institutions, conferences, radio and TV shows throughout the world on topics related to leadership and spirituality.

Andrew is a founding member of The Interfaith Council of New York, as well as a member of the council of trustees of The Temple of Understanding, a global interfaith organization that promotes interfaith understanding and cooperation across all religions and faiths. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Leadership Institute at the New York Open Center, a newly founded leadership school in New York City.

Contact Andrew: andrewtamir@optonline.net

Website: Leadership Training Programs