In-Person Live Event – Berkeley

Power of Purpose LIVE

The Power of Purpose LIVE was a powerful day of speakers and experts at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California on March 16, 2014. It was an amazing way to complete the Power of Purpose Summit. Thanks to the speakers and live audience who joined us. Even though the live event is over – you can still get the wisdom of all who were there by purchasing the full event! See the store page for more details.



Chris Kyle and Marci Shimoff

Introduction to the Live Event

Marci and Chris check in with the audience, share personal stories from their own purpose journeys, and set the intentions for the day.



Roger Housden

The Generous Heart: Purpose as Poetry

Roger will share his favorite poems that will cut through the mundane into the deepest heart of our lives as human beings — seeking connection, meaning, purpose and love.


Roger Housden grew up in St.Catherine’s Valley, a cleft in the Cotswolds on the edge of Bath, in England. He has led contemplative journeys all over the world, and in an earlier life was a freelance feature writer for The Guardian newspaper and an interviewer for the BBC. He has been a full-time author since 1997.
He is the author of twenty books on poetry, art, and travel, including the bestselling Ten Poems series which started in 2001 with Ten Poems to Change Your Life. His next book, due to be published in March 2014, is called Keeping the Faith Without a Religion. His work has been featured many times in The Oprah Magazine, in The New York Times, and in the Los Angeles Times. Roger emigrated to the United States in 1998 and now lives in Marin County, California.


Mike Robbins

Nothing Changes Until You Do

In order for us to live with purpose, we must first make peace with ourselves. Most of the things we attempt in life are relatively easy, the hardest part is getting out of our own way and being gentle with ourselves in the process. In this talk Mike Robbins discusses how living with self-compassion and personal responsibility allow us to live with purpose.


Mike Robbins is the author of two books, Focus on the Good Stuff and Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken, which have been translated into fourteen different languages. His forthcoming book, Nothing Changes Until You Do, comes out in May of 2014.
As an expert in teamwork, emotional intelligence, and the powers of appreciation and authenticity, Mike delivers keynote addresses and customized seminars that empower people, teams, and organizations to work together effectively and be more successful. He has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world to reach new levels of awareness and productivity, both personally and professionally. Through his speeches, seminars, and writing, Mike teaches people important techniques that allow them to be more grateful, appreciative, and authentic with others and themselves.
His clients include some of the top organizations and institutions in the world, such as: Google, Wells Fargo, Adobe, Charles Schwab, Twitter, the U.S. Department of Labor, Gap, New York Life, Stanford University, Chevron, eBay, Kaiser, UC Berkeley, Genentech, the San Francisco Giants, and many others. Mike is a member of the National Speakers Association and is one of less than 10% of the professional speakers in the world to have earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.
He has been featured on ABC News, the Oprah radio network, in Forbes, the Washington Post, and many others. He is a regular contributor to and the Huffington Post. Mike was also the host of his own radio show in 2009 and 2010, “Let’s Get Real,” on Energy Talk Radio. In addition to his three books, Mike is also a contributing author to: Chicken Soup for the Single Parent’s Soul, Creating a Marriage You’ll Love, and Thirty Things to Do When You Turn Thirty.
Mike lives in Novato, CA (in the San Francisco Bay Area) with his wife Michelle, and their two daughters, Samantha and Rosie.


Dale Herink

Finding Gold: A Doorway to Understanding the Sacred Feminine

An opportunity for men and women to visit the sacred Feminine through the Woman Within experience and open a doorway to understanding the wisdom it provides all of us as a parallel journey to the Sacred Masculine.


Dale facilitates changing intentions into actions through helping individuals and groups learn and integrate knowledge, skills and values. SageAdvice, her coaching/consulting practice, is the culmination of over three decades of experience in mission-based management, career counseling, leadership initiatives and empowerment trainings worldwide.
Dale’s key professional experiences include Life Coaching, Career Counseling at Duke University, Outplacement Consulting, Fund Development and Human Resources Management in both for profit and non-profit arenas. Dale brings enrichment to her work through the multicultural influences of living overseas and extensive international travel.
For over thirteen years Dale served in an organization dedicated to addressing the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and economic hardship. To this end, Dale has supported women from across the U.S. to Australia and South Africa in claiming their authenticity and personal power through educational and experiential learning settings. She is Co-Founder and past President of Woman to Woman Kentuckiana, and currently serves on the Woman Within International, Ltd. Board of Directors. As a result of her volunteer work in this organization, Dale was the recipient of the International Rose Award.
Dale earned her BA Degree in Psychology from Duke University, is a Certified Life Coach through The Life Coach Institute, is trained in the Hakomi method of body centered psychotherapy through the Hakomi Institute, Boulder, CO, and is a Certified Facilitator and Leader through Woman Within International, Ltd.


Ashanti Branch

The Ever Forward Story in 3D: Desire, Dedication and Determination

The story of a teacher who sets out to create a support group to help some young men pass Algebra and ends up creating a non-profit that has helped dozens of youth discover their true selves, graduate high school, attend college and begin living life on purpose.


Ashanti began mentoring when we was 17 years old growing up in Oakland, California. After participating in the Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement Program (MESA), Ashanti attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to study civil engineering. After working in Corporate America for 5 years, the deeply rooted passion to educate took over and Ashanti returned to school to become a high school math teacher. In 2004, during his first year teaching math at San Lorenzo High School, Ashanti founded The Ever Forward Club to decrease the young men of color who were failing classes. In 2006 the program added support circles for young women.
Ashanti was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2007 to teach math in India. This experience ignited in him a deeper trust that students held to high expectations and provided with high support can achieve academic success regardless of the odds they face. Since 2009, Ashanti has worked with several rites of passage organizations to initiate young men along their journey to manhood and has supported over 50 young men to complete their initiation. Ever Forward hopes to be a part of the development of a Rites of Passage initiation for urban youth.
As Ever Forward celebrates its 10th anniversary, the organization will be featured in a documentary from The Representation Project coming in 2014 called The Mask You Live In. The Organization is working to raise capital to bring the program to scale. In addition to his work with Ever Forward, Ashanti is currently the Assistant Principal at a middle school in Oakland.


David Hopkins

Social Entrepreneurship: Ignite Your Ability to Make Money and a Difference

At the heart of social entrepreneurship is the ability to experience consciousness-shifting revelations about how to make money and a difference at the same time. Learn how to ignite your unique skills and career interests to do well for yourself while doing do good for others.


David is a motivating millennial leader, social entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and published writer. Currently, he is Campaign Director of the GameChangers 500, a network of the world's top purpose-driven organizations. Similar to how Fortune 500 ranks organizations on revenue, the GameChangers 500 (GC500) ranks the top 500 purpose-driven organizations, such as Patagonia, Tesla, Whole Foods, and IDEO, based on their ability to make a profound positive impact using business as a force for good.
He is co-author of The Tactics of Hope: How Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing Our World, and speaks professionally on topics including next generation leadership, corporate social responsibility, social enterprise, and intergenerational collaboration.
David has developed socially entrepreneurial solutions for traditional corporate brands, global not-for-profit organizations, liberal arts colleges, and small consultancies. He has also developed digital advertising strategies with clients in Hollywood, professional sports, and music industries.
As an undergraduate at Middlebury College, David served as Director of the International Affairs Center of the Roosevelt Institution. In 2005, he wrote his thesis initiating a student-led program in Social Entrepreneurship, which led to the funding and creation of one of the first social entrepreneurship centers at a liberal arts college in the country.


Jenny Sauer-Klein

The Movement Blueprint: How to Start and Lead Your Own Global Movement

When you step into your purpose, you ignite the world with your passion, integrity and generosity. Learn how you can catalyze a movement by stepping into your own self-worth and the worthiness of your vision. Jenny will be sharing her 5-step Movement Blueprint, a system designed to take you from the inception of your method to its profound and scaleable impact.


Jenny Sauer-Klein is the founder of The Movement Blueprint, a strategic system designed to scale your method into a movement. She works with cultural innovators, thought pioneers, visionary entrepreneurs and passionate leaders to help their message reach thousands of people to create positive change. She is dedicated to merging passion and practicality, and is known for her balance of big vision and attention to detail.
As the co-founder of AcroYoga, Jenny has successfully developed a thriving international brand, community and organization from scratch. This movement, now with hundreds of thousands of practitioners on six continents, has been deemed a “global phenomenon” by Yoga Journal Magazine. Through AcroYoga, she has personally trained tens of thousands of students and over 250 teachers.
She is a regular presenter at events such as Yoga Journal Live, Wanderlust, Wisdom 2.0, Asia Yoga Conference, German Yoga Conference, Caribbean Yoga Conference, and Camp Grounded as well as at esteemed venues such as Esalen, Omega and Kripalu. Her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Origin, Newsweek, Shape, and Elle.


Tim Kelley

Masculine Power and the New Paradigms of Men and Women

What is the role of masculine power in the new paradigm? Negative depictions of masculine power flood the media; men are unsure how to exert power in a healthy, constructive way. Success depends on your access to these vital energies! How will you access them? How will you wield them?


Tim Kelley is a global change agent and internationally renowned expert on higher purpose. He works with top leaders in many fields and countries to transform human institutions and evolve society to its new form. Tim’s methodology, True Purpose, has been featured internationally in magazines, newspapers and on television.
Tim has trained over 1000 consultants, therapists and coaches in his methods. He has worked with hundreds of CEOs, including top leaders and executive teams from such companies as Nabisco, ING, Oracle, Lexmark and AOL. He formerly worked as a leader at Oracle, two levels below the CEO. He is the author of True Purpose and the best-selling coauthor of three other books.
Tim has commanded military organizations, including an amphibious assault craft unit, and is a retired Naval Reserve officer. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from MIT.