Keynote Speakers

2017-2018 Keynote Speakers 

Andi Ziesler

Gender Summit 2017: November 29th 7pm-8pm 
Andi is the cofounder of Bitch Media. A longtime freelance writer and illustrator, Andi's work has appeared in numerous periodicals and newspapers, including Ms.Mother JonesUtneBUST, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Women's Review of Books, and Hues. She is a former pop-music columnist for the SF Weekly and the East Bay Express, and also contributed to the anthologies Young Wives' TalesSecrets and Confidences: The Complicated Truth About Women's Friendships (both from Seal Press), and Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit(Crown). She is the coeditor of BitchFest: 10 Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine, and the author of Feminism and Pop Culture (Seal Press). Her new book on pop culture and the commercial co-optation of feminism, We Were Feminists Once, will be out in May 2016 from PublicAffairs. She speaks frequently on the subject of feminism and the media at various colleges and universities.
Andi graduated from The Colorado College in 1994 with a B.A. in Fine Art that has proved to be more or less useless, though she did use it to secure a job designing rugs for Pottery Barn back in the day. She passes her non-Bitch hours watching television and embroidering portraits of dogs, often simultaneously. Her other interests include drawing, reading, hiking, and eating cheese.

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Jessamyn Stanley

Febuary 7th 4-5pm Yoga & 7-8pm Keynote Speech 


Jessamyn Stanley is a yoga teacher, body positivity advocate, and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. Jessamyn uses high energy vinyasa flow as a way to move past mental and emotional barriers. Her classes provide a body positive approach to yoga which celebrates students’ bodies and encourages them to ask “How do I feel?” rather than “How do I look?” when practicing yoga.

Jessamyn studied with Kimberley Puryear of Asheville Yoga Center’s 230-hour Teacher Training Program and her eponymous yoga lifestyle blog and Instagram attract thousands of followers daily, offering tips and advice for other yoga practitioners while documenting her home yoga practice. Jessamyn contributes to Mind Body Green, Wanderlust, & Elephant Journal. She's been featured and profiled by a variety of International and National media outlets including Good Morning America, The Daily Mail, New York Magazine, The Sunday Times, New York Times' Women In The World, & People, among others.

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Kyla Lacey 

She Fest 2018: March 17th 7pm 

Kyla Jenee Lacey is a poet from Chilando… which is Chicago, Orlando and Atlanta. She has performed at over 200 colleges in 40 states.  She has been a finalist in the largest regional poetry slam in the country 4 times.  Kyla, a budding cat lady, also blogs for various sites including Huffington Post, as well as hosts and emcees multiple events.  Her poetry has garnered millions of views on Facebook and YouTube.  She’s won and been nominated for numerous awards including, but not limited to, APCA’s Poet of the Year and Campus Activities Magazine’s Best Female Artist. She was featured on Golden Mic TV, a show featuring the hottest spoken word artists from all over the country, and is currently working on her first book.

She has facilitated workshops in high schools as well as colleges and would be a perfect addition to festivities for Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Domestic Violence Awareness, Women’s Issues programming, and writing workshops. Kyla has an innate ability to balance heavy issues with her biting humor.  She is her parents’ favorite daughter, as well as their only daughter and would be a great edition to your school’s programming calendar.

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