Gifts of Connections Speaker Series

Presenters

Romi Elan

Founder of SoulPlay

Romi Elan is Founder and CEO of SoulPlay, a values-based brand of festivals and events focused on creating more connections in the world. Operating since 2015, SoulPlay holds 3 multi-day festivals and 5-10 single day events per year in Northern California. Romi also currently serves as Head of Operations & Strategy for Rising Team, a technology startup building solutions that revolutionize Leadership Development and Team building.

 

Romi holds an MBA from UC Berkeley-Haas, and a BA in Economics from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Prior to his MBA studies, Romi worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co, led real estate investments in Russia and Sri Lanka, and served as a platoon Sergeant in the IDF (Israel Defense Force).

 

Bringing people together in community has always been his passion from when he was 15 years old. He aspires to create a future world that both he and his kids will thrive in.

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Join Romi!         July 15th
 
 

Brian Sabo

Olympic Level Horse Trainer

Brian Sabo is an Olympic level horse trainer and volunteer enthusiast. He's invested the majority of his life as a leader in the equestrian world, holding a plethora of positions along the way. Notably as the President of the United States Eventing Association, Coach for the Mexican National Eventing Team and Coach of Gina Miles, Olympic Silver Medalist. 

 

With a history in the Eventing, Vaulting and equestrian leadership worlds, Brian’s list of accomplishments goes on. Among his incredible personal achievements, was named leading rider in USEA Area VI in 1969 and 1981, was a founding member of what is now The Horsepark in Woodside, and was Eventing Show Jumping Course Designer at the 1984 Olympics. Brian's also proud to have coached the Hidden Hills Horsemen Vaulters to an unprecedented three national "A" Championships and served as Chief Liaison at the 1984 Olympics for the sport of Eventing. 

 

After serving 17 years Brian retired as a faculty member of the USEA Instructor Certification Program. Brian is still focused on helping others become the best trainers, mentors and volunteers they can be.

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Join Brian!         July 29th
 

Tim West

Venture Philanthropist

Tim West is a Slow Food chef turned Social Entrepreneur and Social Capitalist,  Co-Founder of Sundial Ventures, which work to solve some of the toughest Social and Environmental challenges, by creating a space where  makers and entrepreneurs can work together for change. 

 

Tim has also been recognized as one of  Zagat's 30 under 30 Food World up and Comers for his work producing Food Hackathons, and has served as a Fellow4Good at the Institute for the Future in 2015. He has designed learning journeys, spoken on panels, advised startups, placed executives and worked with clients including Facebook, Verizon Media, Burning Man, Tesla, and many more notable names. 

 

Tim currently serves as the Global Ambassador of the Future Food Institute supporting community events, Summer Schools and corporate innovation strategy.

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Join Tim!         August 12th
 

Stell Bahrami

Founder Rediscover Exploration

Stell Bahrami(They/Them) is the founder of Rediscover Exploration, Liquid Presence Aquatic Dance and an Empowerment Coach. Stell’s work focuses on connection, empowerment, authenticity and embodiment to guide you into deeper connection with yourself and others as your means for creating a more purpose filled and meaningful life. Whether it is on horseback, in the water, in community, in relation, at work or in your personal life Stell’s focus is in helping you reignite connection and act from your authentic empowerment and inner guidance systems.

 

Stell integrantes their experience with various conscious communication forms, leadership, team building, cultural anthropology, energetic and physical healing, kundalini yoga, meditation, contact improv, work with animals, and many, many other physical, mental and spiritual modalities to complement their offerings. In their work with Rediscover Exploration, which focuses on team building, community and transformational personal development, Stell helps you rediscover meaningful connection with your team, organization and Self.

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Join Stell!         August 26th

Tiffany Persons

Multi-Talented Connection Creator

Tiffany Persons is a true multi-hyphenate with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Tiffany Persons is a creator known for her compelling and innovative approach to her diverse body of work.

 

Tiffany began her career in music video production at the height of the artform where she worked with popular artists such as Missy Elliott and Beyonce. After venturing into documentary filmmaking, she was inspired to launch the award-winning educational organization Shine On Sierra Leone which holistically supports over 500 children. During this time, Tiffany also created Tiffany Company Casting where she discovered her gift as a casting director in sourcing the stories of real people for commercials.

 

In 2020, she launched a production company with partners Lilakoi Moon and Rebecca Rogers to create content committed to storytelling capturing the raw truth of the human experience.

 

Tiffany is the founder of Tiffany Company Casting in Shine on Sierra Leone and she is also the director of Empathy at the advertising agency, David and Goliath

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Join Tiffany!         September 6th
 

Trish Doolan

Film Maker & BRCA Awareness Advocate

Trish Doolan is a versatile, accomplished storyteller, and an acclaimed screenwriter, playwright, director and actor. She wrote, directed, produced and starred in the film April's Shower, which was released by Regent Films and promptly won four best picture awards. The New York Times called April’s Shower highly “enjoyable” and “refreshingly volatile.” The San Francisco Chronicle deemed it “expansive, talky and zany,” and called Trish’s storytelling “impressive.”

 

Trish also leads 'Dish with Trish', a food channel that makes cooking a joy and as Trish says teaches viewers the most important ingredient is 'love'. A recent cancer survivor, Trish is currently working on passing legislation centered on women's health rights. An inspiration and a joy to be around we are thrilled to have Trish join us on The Gifts of Connection Series. 

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Join Trish!         September 23rd
 

Eldra Jackson III

CO-Executive Director of Inside Circle

Eldra Jackson III,  Co-Executive Director of Inside Circle, is a writer and sought after public speaker on the topics of at-risk youth advocacy, effective criminal justice rehabilitation, authentic leadership, diversity and inclusion and turning around 'toxic' masculinity.

 

Eldra brings clarity of purpose, mission focus and inspiration to his role at Inside Circle. He was an inmate at New Folsom when he was adopted by Inside Circle and began the inner personal journey that eventually led to his release in 2014 and his current leadership role. A living example of successful re-entry, Eldra has dedicated his free time to serving at-risk youth and acting as a facilitator, trainer, mentor and coach.

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Join Eldra!         October 7th
 

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joe tabanella

Trainer of Hypnosis, NLP & MER

Joe is an Instructor at Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI), the first accredited college for hypnotherapy as well as an trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Mental and Emotional Release (MER).

 

Joe teaches and mentors students on how to incorporate biofeedback, MER and NLP into hypnosis, highlighting the importance of self-regulation and mental rehearsal in order to build emotional resilience. Joe is also a group facilitator and hypnotherapist at Milestones ranch Malibu, and Connect Wellness.

 

Joe has been featured on BRAVO and LIFETIME. He is also the co-creator of POSSIBLE, an app designed to help release negative emotions, reprogram limiting beliefs and construct a positive future version of oneself. He is also the co-author of several children’s books designed to help children access the resources they need to overcome common developmental challenges.

 

Joe focuses on educating and empowering his clients to develop rapport with their subconscious mind, helping them to achieve their goals and live the life they desire.

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Join Joe!         October 14th