Saturday, June 15, 2013

Panel description from MERGE! Women Conference, March 2013


Merging one's passion with one's profession

Event took place:
Sat & Sun, March 2nd & 3rd, 2013

Location:
Mahalo Studio
3525 Eastham Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

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Panel 1:
Creativity, Personal Fulfillment & Making a Difference
In this panel we will engage in a conversation that challenges conventional thinking about what it means to be creative. How to recognize symptoms of misalignment when we are identified with  external roles and definitions? What becomes possible if we redirect our focus inward and begin to access  this part within ourselves  that lies beyond the rules and assumptions of society we’ve  subscribed to? How does aligning with one’s authentic creative expression relate to a sense of personal fulfillment, meaning and purpose? How does a sense of ownership become the source for generating and designing one’s own life and career? How can a sense of passion  become a force of profound contribution to the greater good and flourishing of all?

Insights:
• It’s not personal, it’s collective
• Take inventory which mindset we have lived from
• Create clarity
• Establish new reference point / recontextualize our story

Speakers:
- Lina Shanklin Master Coach & Workshop Leader
- Monique Svazlian,  Executive Coach at Solstice Coaching & Consulting Inc
- Moderated by Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE!





Panel 2:
Can You Merge Passion and Profession?
In this panel our guest speakers will be sharing their thoughts, insights and unique journey as they themselves navigated the merging of, or are currently in the middle of  merging  their passion and profession. What were the obstacles of merging those  from a historical perspective? What’s our current orientation about passion and profession?  Where may we need to look at so as to create new models that allow for professions being fueled by passion? What skills, trades, attributes and qualities may be of necessity today so as to create and generate a life of passion, purpose and meaning?

Insights:
• Yes, you can
• Know yourself
• Adaptability is key
• Clear definition of goals
• Collaboration (don’t do it alone)

Speakers:
- Lara Federoff,  Founder of UX-Radio
- Patricia Handschiegel , Founder / CEO Condiment Media Company
- Karen Solomon, Co-Founder & Advisor, Opportunity Green Media,
- Sarah Backhouse, Founder of Future 360
- Moderated by Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE!






Panel 3:
Self-Expression, Passion and Profession
In this panel we will engage in a conversation about the various structures and professions that may allow for  self-expression. Our panelists will be sharing their unique journey of their own discovery about their passion and the various professions that allowed them to give voice and visibility to that inner sense of  passion. How is what she is doing today  a reflection of her self-expression and passion? What if you are still trying to find it? What do you do if you have multiple interests and passions?  And what can become possible when you begin to tap into  your own authentic creative self-expression with a deep sense of relatedness and understanding for the unmet needs of our world?

Insights:
• Everyone does it differently, no right way
• Own who you are, don’t be afraid to be different
• Define who you are / what you stand for & let others know
• Define your goals and find others with same goal
• Focus, focus, focus

Speakers:
- Kate Stahnke, VP, Product at Causecast
- Roxane Lukas,  Founder of The Realis Project
- Gedina, Singer & Song Writer
- Moderated by Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE!






Panel 4:
Women and the Future of Hollywood
In this panel we will engage in a conversation about how women’s active participation and leadership in Hollywood can forge and contribute to a redefining of Hollywood.  How can women leverage the platform, power and the reach of Hollywood as a vehicle to bring awareness and make a difference in areas they are passionate about? How can we utilize storytelling as a tool to transform cliche and stereotypes? How can we employ Hollywood to redefine women’s roles and tell new stories?

Insights:
• You have as much or more power as Hollywood
• You need to focus on delivering value
• You need to charge money from day one
• It’s not about technology, it’s about finding collaborators
• You need to be passionate about the content you are creating

Speakers:
- Irma Sanchez, TV & Radio Host with Estrella TV
- Lina Shanklin, Master Coach & Workshop Leader, Filmmaker
- Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer MERGE
- Moderated by Sarah Backhouse, Founder of Future 360





Panel 5:
User Experience Practices and Approach
In this panel we will engage in a conversation about the definitions, practices and approaches used  in User Experience Design. What are UX practices? How is it different from traditional models of  collaboration, partnership, team and consensus building?  What is a user-centered approach and how does it differ from conventional practices?  How can we apply principles and approaches from UX practices as the new standard process  for any idea engagement, business, service, product, project or movement?  And why UX principles may become the new model for human interaction in the 21st Century?

Insights:
• It’s not about technology, it’s about humans
• Understanding others goals & needs
• UX is collaborative
•  It’s not about you, it’s about the others
• “Perfect” doesn’t matter
• Stories define the experience

Speakers:
- Crystal Ehrlich, UX Design Guru
- Angel Anderson, VP Experience Director at Crispin Porter & Bogusky
- Sarah Gallivan Mitchell, Sr. User Experience Designer at Belkin
- Moderated by Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer of MERGE
- Moderated by Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE!






Panel 6:
Conversation: Obstacles for Co-creation
In this conversation we’ll  be sharing our mindset and thinking about obstacles, challenges and new approaches to collaboration and partnership between men and women. We will be unpacking our own journey together as we were preparing, producing and co-creating MERGE.  We’ll be looking at our path of development, overcoming differences and creating alignment, resonance and partnership for the purpose of a mutual vision. What kind of new approach and mindset may be required to embark upon, accelerate, launch and scale a mutual vision to the next level?  

Insights:
• It’s not about gender, it’s about culture & gender roles
• It’s about brain chemistry
• Align Values
• Finding complementary people
• Embrace your feminine power & qualities
• Balance and Harmony is the key

Speakers:
- Jeff Solomon , Co-Founder & Executive Director at Amplify.la
- Stephanie Michele, Founder/CEO at SocialBling
- Moderated by Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer of MERGE
- Moderated by Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE!






Panel 7:
Whiteboard Battle: The Art of Alignment & Partnership
Part performance and part improv, Dorit Cypis and Jose Caballer come together to create a dynamic alignment exercise by merging tools, processes and strategies from each of their respective practices. Agile vs. mediation tools, each will battle it out to determine how two creatives can work to collaborate on a shared vision. Our goal is to show how you can make process fun.

- Dorit Cypis, Professional Artist & Mediator, Founder of Foreign Exchanges
- Moderated by Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer of MERGE






Panel 8:
Panel: The Future of Creativity
In this panel we will be exploring the various forms and  manifestations of creativity and self-expression amongst our panelists. How are we currently  utilizing creativity within the old paradigm? What might future creative self-expression look like? How can we push the boundaries and  integrate our creativity with media, technology and storytelling to impact, educate and transform consumer behavior, promote awareness, and create social change?

Insight:
• Creativity is going to be important in all sectors
• Creatives should lead the future
• We need our first creative president
• Creativity goes across all disciplines
• Creativity should be the foundation of education

Speakers:
- Marissa Levin, Executive Producer at Apologue, Inc.  
- Danixa Diaz, Executive Producer / Co-Founder at iartist
- Sara Vainer, Director of Communications, Community Curator at NextSpace @ Amplify
- Moderated by Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer of MERGE
- Moderated by Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE!






Panel 9:
Panel: Why the Future Belongs to Women
In this conversation we’ll be explore the reasons as to why they think it is critical for women to step up and come out of hiding, embracing and harnessing their own unique skills, gifts, passion, power and leadership as a profound contribution  to the reshaping and redefining of our social sectors.  We’ll be engaging in a conversation of co-creation and partnership between men and women, where all panelists will be sharing their vision of what such a model of collaboration might look like.

Insight:
• We need to bring the world back into harmony
• The qualities that women represent are needed
• How women relate to the world is critical to the survival of the world
• To start women need to take a leadership role
• It’s not about dominance, it’s about co-creation, it’s about merging

Speakers:
- Tali Krakowsky, Founder of Apologue, Inc, Experience Design
- Moderated by Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer of MERGE
- Moderated by Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE!




Panel 10:
Conversation: Jen Bilik, CEO & Founder of Knock Knock - Her Journey to Success
In this conversation Jose and Jen will be unpacking Jen’s  journey and ability of balancing feminine and masculine qualities without compromising her values, authenticity and integrity of what she stands for.
- Jen Bilik, CEO & Founder of Knock Knock
- Moderated by Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer of MERGE








Panel 11:
Conversation: Moving Forward into Collaboration
In this conversation Jose and Tatjana will reflect upon the collective discoveries from Saturday and Sunday as we all journeyed together through the inception phase of our passion, gifts and talents and align them with the needs of our world. We’ll be introducing the next steps as to how we collectively can move forward, form collaborations and new partnerships so as to support each other for a brighter and healthier future for you, for me, for all of us, and certainly for the generations to come.

- Tatjana Luethi, SKOOL Lead Coach, Producer of MERGE
- Jose Caballer, Chief Education Officer at The Skool, Executive Producer of MERGE






Panel curriculum prepared and written by:
Tatjana Luethi


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