Dafna Michaelson



Dafna Michaelson is the co-founder, president and JourneyWoman for the 50 in 52 Journey, a project for which she traveled across America to all 50 states and Washington DC, spanning the 52 weeks of 2009 to find America’s problem solvers and idea generators. Through this Journey Michaelson has been sharing the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things for their communities throughout the country, with the goal of changing the mirror we use that reflects who we are as a society and thus inspiring others to action.

The project received national attention from CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, CNN as well as KUSA-TV, Denver’s NBC affiliate, the Denver Post, 5280 Magazine, multiple radio stations, local news outlets and countless blog recognition, and social media for social good awards as the country became motivated by the Journey.

In 2010 Michaelson launched the Journey Institute and Journey Productions to help others mobilize their communities to action. Most recently, Michaelson joined the TED family first as a presenter for TedxDenverEd and now as curator of TedxCrestmoorPark: Breaking Boundaries, Building Community and TedxCrestmoorParkWomen 2011, 2012 and 2013. She also curated TEDxCrestmoorParkED with Colorado Public Television in 2013.

Michaelson has been recognized nationally as well as locally for her achievements. She was awarded the 2010 Person of the Year award by Conversations magazine. More recently she was recognized by ColoradoBiz Magazine as a “Trendsetter” for being a social entrepreneur and “making a difference in business and beyond.” As well as by David Siteman Garland of the entrepreneurial business series The Rise to the Top amongst “35 Female Visionaries You Need to Know.”

In 2011 Michaelson was presented the Go-Giver award personally by Bob Burg, author of the international best selling series Go-Giver books, in recognition of her national and global achievements in community building.

Michaelson shares a beautiful Colorado lifestyle with her husband Michael Jenet, and their combined children Ryan, Gavriella, and Eytan.

Kelly Bean

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Kelly is a local and international leader and encourager as well as an activist for positive change in the community and around the world. From United Nations Commission on the status of women panels, to mud huts in Rwanda, to conference stages across the country, to living rooms in her own city of Portland, Oregon, Kelly Bean encourages community building for the sake of a better world. Life changing stories unfold when we come together. When we honor and respect difference, join to work for peace and reconciliation and create global community that build bridges of hope we are all changed for good.

Kelly Bean is co-founder and Executive Director of African Road, an International NGO working in collaboration with African leaders who are creating community collectives with people on the margins in their communities.

African Road takes action guided by values of:

  • Friendship- Partnering with women, children and their communities.
  • Hope- Working for sustainable change.
  • Transformation- Breaking the cycle of poverty for the next generation

A speaker, writer, mentor, activist, ‘minister at large’ and artist, Kelly is passionate about creating environments that seed deep community with diverse groups. Kelly has been creating and leading strategic networks for women in ministry for the past 10 years, four years with National Emerging Women Leaders Initiative and six years founding and leading Convergence. She is a member of the Parish Collective Portland steering committee. Kelly Bean served as Cultivator of Third Saturday organic community which gathered in her living room for 24 years. She is co-planter of Urban Abbey, an egalitarian inter-generational intentional community in North Portland. Urban Abbey is forming with values of sustainability, earth-keeping, authenticity and reconciliation with a commitment to learn from and root in this ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood.

She recently authored a book with Baker Books, How to Be a Christian Without Going to Church, to be released July 2014 and is contributor to a Fuller Seminary publication on the Church in Contemporary Culture and has written for E-Florescence, Mutuality and Idea-Lab magazines.

Kelly’s most remarkable endeavor is learning from her three children: Elliot the ace guitarist and mild mannered creative (age 18), Kate the adventurer (age 24), and Emilie the kind-hearted (age 28), gorgeous grandchildren Gabriel, Abby and Kiana, along with Kelly’s marvelous Harley riding husband, Ken.

For additional soul enrichment Kelly paints, rides her sky blue bike called “Libby”, cooks, eats, feeds others, naps, reads, travels whenever possible, establishes cross cultural relationships, retreats for spiritual direction at Mt. Angel Benedictine Abbey, cultivates good friendships and learns from a broad constellation of wise mentors and spiritual friends.

Wild Rastafarian puppy Maggie and three stealthy cats, along with an occasional infestation of sugar ants and meal worms keep the household lively most of the time.


Anna-Mieke Anderson

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Anna-Mieke Anderson (pronounced Annameeka), originally from the South Pacific (born in New Zealand and raised in Sydney, Australia). She currently resides in Portland Oregon USA and is the Founder and CEO of MiaDonna & Company.

She started out in the fashion world – as a kid she grew up “back stage” with a mother that modeled and a film art director for a father. Her teen years were spent on stage and as an adult she returned backstage as a high fashion makeup artist. Now she is a mother, philanthropist and entrepreneur.

Anna-Mieke was a woman passionate about learning the origin of her earth-mined diamond – what she found was startling. She became so haunted by what she learned about the trade of illicit diamonds, that she took off her own diamond wedding ring and didn’t look back.

“People need to know that the unethical harvesting and trading of diamonds is still damaging communities and lives.” says Anna-Mieke

She started by sponsoring a child in Liberia, Africa and then set out to find a diamond alternative she could live with. In search of a conflict-free diamond, she soon realized that the only true conflict free diamond was a man-made option. The female entrepreneur knew there was a better way and quickly discovered she wasn’t the only one in search of a beautiful, ethical diamond alternative, that was also affordable – MiaDonna & Company was born.

Pushing boundaries in an industry heavily dominated by men and old traditions, Anna-Mieke offers consumers an alternative to mined diamonds: a man made, eco-friendly, beautiful and affordable diamond.

“We can now make diamonds in a modern-day lab environment, that are more beautiful and affordable than earth-mined diamonds; without the conflict that is associated with getting them out of the earth,” states Anna-Mieke.

Fueled by her passion to give back, Anna-Mieke has built her eco-friendly empire from the grassroots level creating one of the greenest eco-friendly jewelry boutiques online. And it wasn’t long before Engagement101 crowned her, “The Queen of Eco-Friendly Engagement Rings.” While humbled by this title, she considers it a true honor to be seen as an industry leader.

She has taken her efforts a step further – Anna-Mieke founded The Greener Diamond, which is MiaDonna’s charity foundation dedicated to rebuilding communities negatively impacted by the harvesting and trading of earth-mined diamonds. Passionate about her foundation’s work, she has personally visited West Africa to oversee the 100-acre rice farm in Sierra Leone and is currently planning a community farm in Liberia, all funded by MiaDonna® consumers.

The work Anna-Mieke is doing has captured attention around the globe by creating a conversation among diamond consumers. MiaDonna® has quickly built a strong reputation and loyal following with their jewelry designs going viral on social media outlets, creating an overwhelmingly positive consumer demand for MiaDonna’s eco-friendly offerings. MiaDonna® has received a spot on the Portland Business Journals’ Fastest Growing Private Companies with an impressive growth rate, now for two years in a row.

“We’re dedicated to making a difference” explains Anna-Mieke, “We don’t just write checks to foundations, hoping they do a good job. Instead, we create our own projects that restore diamond-mining communities – and visit those communities, to ensure we’re making a serious impact. It’s a good feeling.”

The Dali Lama once said, “Western women will save the world” and Anna-Mieke is proving that he might be right.

Lisa Manyon

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Lisa Manyon is “The Business Marketing Architect” a content strategist for mission-driven entrepreneurs and business owners. The creator of The New Marketing Model for Success, Lisa’s “Challenge. Solution Invitation.™ copywriting and marketing formula has shifted – and is shaping the future of – the way we market today. Her relationship-first approach is friendly, effective and teaches people how to create marketing messages with integrity based on values.

Her philosophies have been featured in Inc. Magazine and alongside visionaries Richard Branson, Jessica Jackley, Arianna Huffington and B Corporations like Ben and Jerry’s in the bestselling books Wonder Women: How Western Women Will Save The World and Engage: Your Step by Step Guide to Creating a Workplace that You, Your Co-workers and Your Customers Love!

A thought leader in copywriting, strategy and marketing, she specializes in powerfully communicating your marketing message to increase results. Her innovative marketing vision has been known to accurately predict marketing trends. Lisa’s philosophies offer an alternative to the notion that “copy is king,” with her message that copy is actually QUEEN (the feminine energy of marketing), strategy is KING (the masculine energy of marketing), and together they are the key to creating strong, effective results. She is a master of matching your message to market. Renowned for her Manyon Marketing Web Makeovers, Content Strategy Plans and website copy and strategy packages, Lisa helps clients build relationships, attract ideal clients and increase income online and offline (often uncovering unrealistic web expectations). Lisa’s consulting techniques have doubled client engagement and opt-in rates quickly, generated over $40,000.00 in just one focused email campaign and produced over $75,000.00 in sales via a single launch concept. Lisa’s big vision ability to see all the pieces of your marketing puzzle allows her to help you reverse engineer your big ideas into tangible action steps to turn your dreams into reality.

President of Write On ~ Creative Writing Services, LLC, Lisa has successfully operated her business since 2003. Additionally she has spent well over 20 years in the marketing trenches of advertising agencies, radio stations, and nonprofit organizations. She is the recipient of the Charles Schwab Financial Literacy Award in The Hot Mommas 2011 Competition and is featured in the world’s largest digital library of role models for women and girls, housed at George Washington University. Lisa is a co-author of the #1 best-selling book Success Rituals 2.O – Winning Habits of High-Achieving Women: How She Does It and You Can Too.

Lisa is a Council Member for the Women Speakers Association, Founding Member of the Evolutionary Business Council and Expert Faculty for Business Brilliance University. Her articles are featured in Dare, Healthy Wealthy N Wise, Feminine Soul, Compose, SoulWoman, Aspire magazine and more. She’s a guest expert on Experience Pros radio and available for media interviews, speaking engagements, training, workshops, and breakout sessions. Learn more via her media kit at lisa.instantmediakit.com or visit her APEX award winning blog where she offers free marketing resources www.writeoncreative.com/blog.

Teri Hockett

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Teri Hockett, CEO of What’s For Work? created a unique social community for women returning to the workforce that have been Employed by Life. What’s For Work? teaches them how to craft their personal brand, and learn how to effectively use social media to create their next job opportunity.

What’s For Work? helps women find the work they love by providing a rich set of tools and resources to locate jobs, build resumes, prepare for interviews, explore the hidden job market, blog, connect with other women, network with experts; giving them the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to be successful.

Companies join What’s For Work? because they that understand the value that women in the workplace bring and want to contribute to their successes. Companies create their profiles, post job openings leveraging a state of the art applicant tracking system, and market their products, services, and expertise, as well share events and promotions.