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Saturday, October 20 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Healing and Recovering Sacred Manhood
As serial examples of abuses by men in positions of power reveal, much more is needed to address the issues of true equality between the genders and a society safe for all its members to bring forth their greatest gifts, whatever their gender identities. To reach that goal requires a profound cultural shift in our current concepts of manhood. Men of all ages and ethnicities will need to boldly explore, heal, and embrace new and ancient models of masculinity that reflect a strength rooted in loving compassion and wisdom rather than aggression or violence. Join us for a conversation as three men who grew up challenged by prevalent ideals of masculinity to later grow into voices for sacred manhood share their experiences. Hosted by Bioneers' co-founder Nina Simons. With: Kevin Powell, activist/author of My Mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the Last Stand of the Angry White Man; Jerry Tello, author of Healing the Wounded Male Spirit, co-founder of the National Compadres Network, who has 40+ years' experience working on transformational healing with inner city boys and men and war veterans; Zachary Draves, student activist, domestic violence community educator, Chair of the Subcommittee on Race in College Athletics.  

Keynote Speakers
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Kevin Powell

Writer, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood
Kevin Powell, a leading figure in the movement to redefine manhood and in contemporary American political, cultural and literary life as well as in the hip-hop arena, is the product of a single mother, absent father and severe poverty in his youth. In spite of those challenges he... Read More →
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Nina Simons

Founder, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and its Chief Relationship Strategist is also co-founder of Women Bridging Worlds and Connecting Women Leading Change. She co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and her next book, Nature, Culture & The... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Zachary Draves

Zachary Draves, a student at Illinois’ Aurora University and a Domestic Violence Community Educator in suburban Chicago, is a community activist involved with several local groups, including: Indivisible Aurora, the Aurora Immigration Liberation Alliance, and the Aurora Human Rights... Read More →
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Jerry Tello

Jerry Tello, of Mexican, Texan and Coahuiltecan ancestry, raised in South Central Los Angeles, has worked for 40+ years as a leading expert in transformational healing for men and boys of color; racial justice; peaceful community mobilization; and providing domestic violence awareness... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)