danea   Topic: Obstacles are great incentives, wisdom and growth accompany adversity.

Speaker: Danea Burleson

Bio: Danea is a Boudoir & Glamour Photographer diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 4. She has completely crippled hands, artificial knuckles and most fingers are fused, including both writsts. She was told that she would never drive a car, live on her own nor have kids. 38+ corrective surgeries later, from her feet to her jaw, she has done all those things. Danea does not believe that life's misfortunes are an excuse to give up, give in and lay blame.


Poornima   Topic: How to regain freedom and flexibility

Poornima Vijayashanker

Founder at Femgineer an education company whose mission is to get more women in technical leadership positions.

She was the founding engineer at Mint.com (fun fact: she named the product) and eventually went on to bootstrap her own startup, BizeeBee a platform for yoga and fitness businesses to manage their customer relationships.

Poornima has also been a lecturer at Duke University's Pratt School of engineering, and is currently an entrepreneur-in-residence at 500 Startups.

When she's not building products or companies, Poornima enjoys Bikram yoga, running, cooking, and traveling. She lives in sunny Palo Alto, CA.




amy   How to Eliminate Gluten, Dairy and Sugar in Your Cooking

Have you heard a lot about gluten-free but not sure where to start? Want to make replacements but just not sure how? In this class, participants will learn the basics of gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free cooking and baking from chef and author, Amy Fothergill. Amy will guide you in how to make satisfying replacements your whole family will love.

Amy Fothergill has over 25 years of cooking experience as a restaurateur, caterer, and foodservice manager. She was trained at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, a world-renowned, ivy league hospitality school. During that time she worked in restaurants and hotels in both the kitchens and front of the house. Now, as the mother of two young children, Amy has adapted her cooking knowledge to focus on healthy options. Her cooking style is easy, delicious and nutritious.

She realized she could help others since her strength lies in her deep culinary knowledge that not every home cook has. She has the ability to explain concepts to her class attendees which makes everything seem simple and approachable. Wholesome, nutritious food is a key to her repertoire. The food she cooks is simple and simply delicious as well as approachable.

Currently she teaches cooking classes, provides consultations and presentations, writes a cooking blog and gluten-free column, and is an author of the gluten-free cookbook, "The Warm Kitchen". She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband and two children. Visit her website at




  The Olive Bar - Health Benefits of Olive Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil & Blasamic Vinegar

This workshop will show you the health benefits of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and coconut oil.

Didi from The Olive Bar will show you how fine Olive Oil is supposed to taste! You will sample the finest 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oils sourced from around the world. Did someone say chocolate? Yes that is right, come sample chocolate balsamic vinegar. You will learn the health benefits of virgin coconut oil, another superfood. Find out which cooking oils to avoid that are hazardous to your health because they are processed and cleaned with chemicals.

Come sample some delicious condiments and learn how to include them in your diet to help your body naturally preserve and repair cell growth and fight against disease.

Chef Quentin Levy from Epiqurean Socials will do a cooking demo with grilled balsamic peaches. Something really marvelous happens when peaches are grilled. The heat caramelizes and intensifies the natural sweetness of the fruit, and the flavors are really something spectacular! 

Chef Q has 20 years of experience in hospitality ranging from 5 star hotel resorts, fine dining restaurants, catering, casinos, to out of the way Roadhouses. His culinary interest traveled south to the Gulf and then to Mexico. Chef Q is also a student and solid practitioner of Southern European, North African, and Pan Asian Cuisine.




rebecca   Practical Self-Defense Training

Many women in the community are concerned with rising crime and increasing reports of women being assaulted. A little more awareness, and some forethought about what your options are when faced with a difficult situation can make all the difference, and this self-defense class will offer some invaluable information, insights and skills. Topics such as:

  • Setting physical and verbal boundaries
  • Street ”smarts” and awareness
  • Pre-planning and preparing
  • Recognizing and avoiding trouble
  • De-escalating situations

Rebecca OBryan is the founder of Defense-ability Women’s Self-Defense Training. She is a former Federal officer and also trained federal/state agencies and taskforces in the use of surveillance equipment. She is also RAD (Rape-Aggression-Defense) certified.



leanne   "Turn Back the Clock" By Anti-Aging Naturally

In our toxic environment and with our fast-paced lives, our body's aging is accelerated. Join Leanne Hewlin, L.Ac., Dip. O.M. (NCCAOM) of Root of Health Acupuncture & Wellness as she discusses how the right food, detoxification and acupuncture can help you slow the aging process to look and feel your very best.

Leanne Hewlin is a California Board Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, Nationally Certified Practitioner of Chinese Medicine and Clinical Nutritionist. It is her passion to help others attain optimal health without the use of unnecessary drugs or surgery.

Leanne began her working life as a corporate attorney. While she loved the challenge of her legal career, the work itself was not her passion. As she began to search for natural and effective ways to handle her family's health problems (after conventional medical approaches failed), she became inspired by the results the alternative route produced. After Chinese medicine healed a 20-year old running injury that had derailed her college scholarship prospects, Leanne was so excited by its healing power that she left corporate life and immersed herself in its study.

While pursuing her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine, she was introduced to Nutrition Response Testing SM - an advanced technique of nutritional analysis. She was delighted to find that combining Nutrition Response Testing SM with Chinese medicine produced unparalleled health improvements in her family.

Her son, an elite-level tennis player, was no longer sidelined with low back pain, her daughter was migraine-free and Leanne was 30 pounds lighter with an energy and fitness level that rivaled her high school running days. Leanne now sees equally exciting results with her patients as she targets the root cause of health issues to reveal the body's innate ability to heal itself and produce a vibrant state of health with personally tailored natural wellness programs.

Leanne Hewlin, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.
Licensed Acupuncturist
Clinical Nutritionist