Women, Wisdom, Leadership, and Power
Nicole Campbell boasts a fiercely flourishing career as an entrepreneur, educator, and professional speaker. To this list she has now added ‘author’. Driven by a passion for empowerment, she represented Jamaica at MIT’s Junior Summit and was selected to address then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at just 13 years old. She was subsequently featured in local and international media, including CNN and Nickelodeon and was chosen as one of “20 Teens Who Will Change the World” by Teen People Magazine.
She is a graduate of the St. Andrew High School for Girls, and completed her high school studies at Phillips Academy ‘Andover’ in Massachusetts, before going on to earn an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University in 2006. Nicole also studied at Stanford University’s Summer Institute and the University of London, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Globalization and Development.
Nicole returned to Jamaica immediately to join the Ministry of Education where she served as Senior Policy Analyst to the then Minister of Education, now Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness. At 25, Nicole resigned from the Ministry to start AIM Educational Services – with just two students. Nicole sites her decision to tap into her passion for human development in education as one of the best she’s made. Today, AIM sees hundreds of students and delivers an average return of over 5000% to parents – results Nicole attributes to a strong, motivated team whose focus remains on possibilities, not problems.
How Do You Streamline Your Goals?
Pursuing too many goals at once will lead to diminishing returns ... so the great ones say! Nicole breaks it down.
Beki Crowell has lived in the US, Canada and the Bahamas and since 1986 has made her home Charleston, SC where she owns and showcases her artwork in Utopia, Boutique and Gallery in the historic downtown district. She has exhibited her artwork internationally and has loved collaborating with other artists to create multi-sensory shows. Her bold, colorful paintings are a reflection of her own spiritual journey as well as the organic connection between nature and the nature of humanity as sensual beings embodying the Divine. She has been divinely guided to paint/channel 'Soul Portraits' along with other forms of Energy Healing, as a way to support others in their own journeys of spiritual expansion and Awakening to their True Divine Self. Her latest masterpiece she has yet to publish but looks forward to sharing her book, a spiritual memoir about her personal journey of Awakening.
Joanna Crowell is the founder of Ascension Theatre and the Women Writing from Experience workshop series, where she facilitated creative writing workshops for women and teens and created a platform for them to perform/share their stories. She was a professional actress for over 20 years, having been the member of numerous theatre companies, including Living the Dream Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, The African American Performance Troupe, The New American Stage Company, and The Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina. She has performed her own poetry across Canada and the US. At age 34, with a 9-month old baby at home, she returned to University and to her native country, Canada, in quest of incorporating more effectively women’s issues and social justice and peace issues into her performance art. She earned a BA in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, as well as Social Justice and Peace Studies from the University of Western Ontario. She is the author of a book of poems called I Ate a Rainbow for Breakfast and the play AWOL: A Soldier’s Journey produced by PURE Theatre in 2011. Currently, Joanna is a hardcore-single-tennis-mom, and manager of wonderful internal medicine & wellness center in Charleston, called Remedy. Joanna's remedy is the law of attraction and deep connections through art. She is all about affirming well-being in herself and in others. She does this through her art, her food consultations, her poetry, her photography and her performances.
Patricia Williams Lessane
Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty
Patricia Williams Lessane is the Executive Director of the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Dr. Williams Lessane is a cultural anthropologist whose focus areas include Pan African religious identity, Black feminist theory, and representations of Black life in popular culture. She earned a BA in English from Fisk University, a MALS from Dartmouth College, and a PhD in Anthropology from University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining The College of Charleston, she was a faculty member at Roosevelt University, and a consultant for The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
Since her arrival to Charleston in 2010, Dr. Lessane has emerged as a progressive and trusted voice in discussing race relations in the city. She has been featured on NPR, BBC, and in the New York Times, giving scholarly context to some of our most pressing issues. She is also currently co-executive producing a Julie Dash film on native South Carolinian Vertamae Grosvenor and her contributions to several key literary, cultural, and culinary movements of the twentieth century. Additionally, Dr. Lessane is writing a young adult novel that touches on race and class.
Patricia Lessane Named Director of Avery Research Center
Sarah Scott Putnam
Scotti Holloway is the founder/owner of SP Divine Explorations in Charleston SC and an International tutor for Accolade Academy, South Wales, UK. She is a spiritual teacher, visionary and intuitive with a worldwide client base. She enjoys guiding and empowering others along their spiritual path by offering private sessions, personal mentoring and workshops. She is a certified Six Sensory Practitioner and has studied at Arthur Findlay College in Stansted, UK.
Over the years, Scotti has developed a personal intuitive coaching modality and teaching style of her own. She helps her students to recognize the powerful guidance system within through connection to the higher self. This awareness brings clear recognition of our spirituality and link to Divine Spirit. Her intention is to help raise the vibration of the collective whole through guidance, love and joy. Scotti has researched and studied metaphysics and Spirituality for much of her adult life. She enjoys the role that Divine Spirit plays in our everyday life. She has studied with some of the most renowned speakers in the Mind, Body, Spirit World including Sonia Choquette, Dr. Doreen Virtue and medium John Holland.
Elayna Shakur has been an artist all her life - it’s a way of life. Her choice to become an art teacher is her way of sharing the joy and wonder of the art spirit she loves so much. From painting workshops in her home, to pastel portrait drawings done in public venues, to private portrait sessions in her studio, Elayna sees you and your inner being and is able to capture it on paper or canvas. She created her own process she calls Portrait Therapy, which offers the client a powerful experience of connecting to and healing the layered aspects of the self as they are revealed on the canvas.
Most recently she developed a body of work that are portraits of the 12 apostles from the bible, using models who were mostly homeless. They are showcased in the sanctuary of St. Johns Chapel in the heart of the downtown Charleston's inner city, the East side. Her current passion is painting “Outer Space” and weaving it into portrait art. As a portrait artist, her work is seen mostly in the homes and felt in the hearts of people all over the country and beyond. Originally from Columbus, Ohio she has lived many places including Canada and the Bahamas making Charleston, SC her home since 1990.
The Connection Show - Conversations in Race
Elayna Shakur, Henry Darby, and Armand Derner tell their stories of race relations and veteran civil rights laywers talk about dealing with racial turmoil. (Part 2)
Simran Singh, #1 rated, syndicated host of Voice America’s 11:11 Talk Radio and publisher of award-winning 11:11 Magazine is The New Thought Channel Host of 11:11 InnerViews TV. SIMRAN is also the author of IPPY Gold Award winning Conversations With The Universe, Your Journey to Enlightenment and Your Journey to Love.
Speaking nationally and internationally, she is a recognized speaker and catalyst for love, compassion, and humanity, Simran is an ‘Example’ for a New World Experience of Aliveness that integrates the Visionary and Mystic embodied within each person on the planet.
Conversations with the Universe: Simran Singh at TEDxCharleston
Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty
Carolyn Rivers is Founder and Director of The Sophia Institute. As a teacher, visionary, and spiritual mentor, her work centers on personal, interpersonal and societal transformation that fosters the emergence of Feminine, cultivating wisdom and mindfulness, for a more just, sustainable, flourishing world. Carolyn has worked professionally with many of the transpersonal leaders of our time, who are now on the faculty and National Advisory Board of the Sophia Institute. Carolyn is taking a stand for educating women to be change agents in creating a more conscious and compassionate world.
Carolyn Rivers' remarks at the 2017 annual luncheon
Kelly Tomblin has worked for more than twenty-five years in the energy industry in various leadership roles throughout the United States, the U.K., Latin America and the Caribbean. Throughout that time, Kelly has studied leadership and power and its impact on people, economic equality, and social consciousness.
She was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Intren in 2017 after serving as President & Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) since 2012 as an employee of Marubeni Corporation, a Japanese Trading Company. Prior to JPS, she served as Vice President for GDF SUEZ and International Power (now Engie), two of the world’s largest global energy companies and President of Pennsylvania Electric Company, a part of FirstEnergy, one of the largest utilities in the US.
In December 2016 Kelly was awarded the Platts Global 2016 CEO of the Year and she was selected twice among “The Top 10 most powerful women in Jamaica.” Under her leadership, JPS received numerous awards and accolades, both locally and globally. Kelly is known for her ability to transform companies while “Doing Power Differently” and she is a frequent speaker on gender issues in the work place and the potential of corporations to serve as a catalyst and leader of social change.
"How do I personally do power differently?" - Kelly Tomblin
We are living in a profound moment in human history. More and more women are waking to what they are called to on the deepest levels and willing to use their gifts and talents to create a more just and conscious world.
CEU’s available upon request. Price includes wine/cheese reception immediately following 5-6:30pm sponsored by BioKare Health and Wellness Center of Mt. Pleasant.
Carolyn Rivers- Tapping into Your Soul Call
More and more women are waking up to what they are called to on the deepest levels, doing their own inner work that leads to outer action and being co-creative agents for change. As co-creative agents for change, we are committed to creating a more conscious world and to live and lead with heart and wisdom.
What do our hearts call us to tap into? What is our own particular genius as a woman? It’s soul level and requires us to tune in to the soul call, to align ourselves with it, to empower ourselves on the soul level and relate to one another soul to soul.
Join Carolyn Rivers to explore your own soul level call and find support for actualizing it.
Simran Singh- Authentic Presence: The Living Example
What would it mean to live in a natural way… unfiltered, organic, unstructured and boundlessly creating?
What holds you back from fully expressing passion, purpose, and potential?
What limits do you place on community, connection, and collaboration?
Who could you be if you were not you?
How would you be if you lived from the Unknown parts of you?
I ‘m not here to teach you… I am here to show you.
The greatest gift I can give and receive is… Being the Living Example.
Did you ever wonder … What if?
Cookie Washington- Activism in Art
Cookie believes that as women reclaim their power through an awareness of their Sophia Wisdom, we can open ourselves to the loving wise Activism that will change the world for good. We start with self-knowledge and then reach out to other women of all walks of life to share and nurture their knowledge with our own.
Listening and seeing ourselves in art and in the world will start us on the path to unity, peace, healing and love. Cookie has been creating art which speaks to restoring an awareness in the divine feminine and will share some of her beloved pieces in the space throughout the day.
Kelly Tomblin and Nicole Campbell – Do Power Differently
The Universe is calling with a vibrant voice for all of us to “Do Power Differently.” From our institutions to our corporations to our schools—literally everywhere—the great feminine spirit–through courageous and compassionate leadership– is emerging as the pathway to love and healing.
During this session, we will explore how each of us has an authentic voice to bring to this sacred and historical moment and discuss how our corporate world can step out of toxicity and assume a place of integration and inclusion. Finally, we will end with a call for your own brand of leadership and a simple way to remove any barriers blocking your true power.
Sarah Scott Putnam- The Intuitive Gifts of the Sacred Woman
If ever there is a time for women across the globe to come together to share their infinite wisdom, authentic solidarity, creative inspiration and hope for the future, it is now. As women, we are being asked to be bold, be strong, and to be fearless as we transition from a society of fragmentation and separation to a more peaceful, global community. This is our time to dig deep into the wisdom of our heart, listen to and trust the wise guidance within and put this guidance into action. The ancient old wisdom of our soul which resides in the heart, will never lead us astray. This voice of the soul will help us move beyond our fears and limitations to make brilliant choices in our life and powerful decisions in our workplace, aligning us with the universe, taking our life to the next level and awakening the magnificent power within us.
Elayna Shakur, Beki Crowell, and Joanna Crowell- The Power of Art to Connect, Heal, and Awaken
Come be inspired to your own artist or to tap into the profound healing and awakening power of the sublime art that surrounds you daily. In the spirit of Sophia Institute’s mission, art in action, as love in action, has the awesome power to transform our lives, transform our world.
Elayna Shakur and her two daughters, Beki and Joanna Crowell come together in a special collaboration, to share from the heart the ways in which art has the incredible power to heal, connect, and awaken. These three artists know this power intimately as their personal and collective journeys bare witness to this phenomenon.This dynamic offering will include poetry performance, story-sharing, and paintings that express the ways their art has navigated them through the inner landscapes of what it has been to be black, bi-racial, woman, mother, daughter, divine, human, broken, exposed, healed and broken open again.
Eliza Ingle- Authentic Movement
Authentic Movement, a guided practice of moving with eyes closed based on the impulses of the body. Dropping into this deeper level of being moved, you will feel refreshed and centered.
Patricia Williams Lessane – Please stay tuned
Imagine an extraordinary gathering of women inspiring each other to appreciate, celebrate and awaken to our individual and collective creativity, wisdom and power. The Sophia Institute’s Women Wisdom, Leadership, and Power will bring together women for a full day of exploration, discovery, and celebration with women leaders from the Arts, Business, and Spiritual communities who model authenticity and creativity and are living lives of powerful purpose. They will help connect our minds and hearts to our own inner wisdom as well as offer new pathways and practices to co-create a transformed future for ourselves and the planet.
It is our vision that this special gathering will offer powerful insights and “aha” moments, spark new friendships and connections, and leave you with renewed courage and inspiration to bring forth creativity, wisdom and power in your own life.
We would be blessed to have you join us. Space is limited, so register today.
When a woman rises up in glory, her energy is magnetic and her sense of possibility contagious.
– Marianne Williamson
One of the most beautiful sounds I have ever heard is the sound of a beautiful strong woman’s voice once she has discovered her true worth.
– Elizabeth Gilbert, EAT PRAY LOVE