Let it not be said of our generation, “could they have done more?” but rather “look at all they did and how much they made things better”.

Building Community, Capacity and Courage.


Thursday, January 21 & Friday, January 22nd
10:00am-5:00pm EST

In the midst of surviving a pandemic, we are watching the world’s superpower on the brink of civil war and witnessing a growing polarization across western democracies struggling with increasing authoritarianism. Many experts have called this time a slow slide toward fascism. Yet, as always, when systems fall apart, the bridgebuilders always emerge.

This two-day conference is for JEDI (justice, equity, diversity and inclusion) leaders/ warriors/ change-makers who are passionate about collectively harvesting and imagining what it will take to repair our broken democratic systems. We need to be able to develop the inner fluidity to prevent internal and external lockdown as well as the ability to discern right course of action to interrupt oppression in the contexts we find ourselves in. There is no one way or right way to interrupt systemic oppression- we need many ways rooted in plural personalities, organizations, cultures and ways of being. This conference is an invitation for ordinary people to bring all we have to these extraordinary times. Join our global community to look ahead and vision what 2050 will look like if we act together now.

Across all sessions we will be a weaving together of inner and outer, head and heart, organizations and civil society, strengthening leadership and building community, and using storytelling as a radical tool for change. The conference will be audio and graphically recorded.

DAY 1 – Thursday, January 21DAY 2 – Friday, January 22
Opening Plenary session 10:00am-noon ESTPlenary session 10:00am- noon EST
Rising Authoritarianism: Signposts and Calls to ActionIndigenous Storytellers Circle: Story as Resistance and Resilience
With: Rhonda Magee, Law Professor & author of “The Inner Work of Racial Justice”With: Alicia Elliott (author of “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground”) and Waubgeshig Rice (author of “Moon of the Crusted Snow”)
Afternoon Session 1:00pm-3:00pm ESTAfternoon Session 1:00pm-3:00pm EST
Slow is Fast: A New Paradigm for Racial JusticeElders Circle: Bridge-Building and Imperfect Allyship
With: Anima Faculty and AssociatesWith: Judy Rebick (Feminist and author), Nancy Rowe (Elder, Anishinaabek Nation), Loretta Ross (Feminist Activist, Sistersong), Parker Johnson (Elder, Racial Justice efforts)
Community Sharing Circle 3:30-5:00pm ESTClosing Plenary 3:30pm-5:00pm
 Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times: Micro-actions for Systemic Change
With: Anima Faculty and AssociatesWith: Anima Faculty and Associates


Rhonda V. Magee, Author, Lawyer, Racial Justice Leader
Rhonda V. Magee (M.A. Sociology, J.D.) is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law and social change work. She is a member of the board of advisors of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and the Chair of the board of directors for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, and her first book “The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness” is a breakout in the field. Read more about Rhonda.

Alicia Elliott, Writer
Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River. Her breakout book “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” is bold and profound meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in North America.  She’s had essays nominated for National Magazine Awards for three consecutive years, winning Gold in 2017. Her fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2018, Best Canadian Stories 2018, and Journey Prize Stories 30. Elliott was the 2017-18 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC, and was chosen by Tanya Talaga to receive the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Prize in 2018.

Waubgeshig Rice, Writer and Journalist
Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation. He has written three fiction titles, and his short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies. His most recent novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was published in 2018 and became a national bestseller. He graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 2002, and spent most of his journalism career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a video journalist and radio host. He left CBC in 2020 to focus on his literary career. Read more about Waubgeshig.

Judy Rebick, Feminist Activist and Author
Judy Rebick is one of Canada’s best-known feminist activists, journalists and writers (including best-selling memoir “Heroes in my Head”).  She was President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada’s largest women’s group and a leader of the pro-choice movement using direct action to win the full legalization of abortion in Canada.  She was host of CBC debate show Face Off  from 1994 to 1998 and Women’s Discussion Show Straight from the Hip until 2000. In 2002 Judy founded the first independent online  news and discussion site in Canada: rabble.ca. Read more about Judy.

Nancy Rowe, Indigenous Elder and Teacher
Giidaakunadaad (The Spirit Who Lives in High Places) n’dizhinikaaz (is my name): Nancy Rowe is a Mississauga, Ojibwe of the Anishinaabek Nation located at New Credit First Nation, ON. Nancy is an educator, consultant and a Traditional Practitioner of Anishinaabek lifeway’s, views and customary practices and an avid volunteer who coordinates Akinomaagaye Gaamik, a grassroots initiative to provide educational opportunities for all peoples interested in Indigenous perspectives of life, health, education, history and the environment. Read more about Nancy.

Loretta Ross, Feminist Activist and Author
Loretta Ross is an expert on women’s issues, racism, and human rights. Her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how this transforms social change. She is a nationally-recognized women’s rights and human rights leader. Ross is the co-author of Reproductive Justice: An Introduction, a first-of-its-kind primer that provides a comprehensive yet succinct description of the field. She has written extensively on the history of African American women and reproductive justice activism and is a member of the Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices. Ross appears regularly in major media outlets about the issues of our day. Read more about Loretta.

Parker Johnson, Elder and Educator Racial Justice
Parker Johnson (B.A., M.Ed) is a group facilitator, mediator, intercultural educator, and organizational change specialist. Parker studied administration, planning and social policy at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and rounds out his education with practical application in mediation, coaching, intercultural communication and anti-oppression work.  He worked for the City of Vancouver for 10 years in the Equal Employment Opportunity Office delivering inclusive and respectful workplace workshops, conflict mediation and investigations, along with employment outreach to diverse communities.


Dr. Medria Connolly, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Medria Connolly is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, California.  In addition to her private practice, Dr. Connolly worked for many years as a consultant to a Los Angeles-based treatment program for adolescents in the juvenile justice system and in a high school-based health clinic in Watts.  She is currently involved in designing a national reparations project to promote racial healing for the African-American community and beyond.

Dr. Bryan Nichols, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Bryan Nichols is a Los Angeles based Clinical Psychologist with a practice focusing on teens, families, adults & couples.  He was also a long time consultant with a Community Based Organization where he was the Supervising Psychologist for an L. A. City gang prevention and intervention program.  Alongside Dr. Connolly, he is currently involved in designing a national reparations project to promote racial healing for the African-American community and beyond.

Vanessa Reid, Co-founder of the Living Wholeness Institute
Vanessa Reid Vanessa Reid is co-founder of the Living Wholeness Institute which works with citizens, teams, organizations and social movements around the globe on initiatives that are transforming broken systems and creating new, deeply sustainable social realities. She has a Masters in Architecture (McGill) and a Masters in Process-Oriented Psychology and Conflict Studies (PWI) and is currently working on her book, The Wild Life of Dying.

Barb Thomas, Educator, Writer, Facilitator, Organization developer
Barb Thomas is an educator, writer, facilitator, organization developer, committed to promoting racial justice, democratic process, and better ways of addressing conflict inside movement organizations.  She has worked with government, unions, and many other non-profit and activist organizations in Canada and internationally over the past thirty-five years.  She has co-authored numerous publications based on her labour education and anti-racism work including the book, Dancing on Live Embers: Challenging Racism in Organizations.


Date: January 21st-22nd, 2021 online from 10:00am-5:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, January 19 @ 9am EST

Location: Online conference hosted through zoom.  Recordings and supplementary readings will be available on the Anima LMS (you will be sent a link after registration to get into the site).

Conference Registration Fee: Participation is free (click below to register).
Conference recording package is $100 USD all inclusive (including recordings and all materials).

Contact: Info@AnimaLeadership.com or (416) 516-8728