This keynote mosaic features four local visionaries sharing how their outer work has evolved their inner work (and vice versa) in the realms of spirituality, science, creativity and community. Then, we’ll explore through dialogue groups how their inner work inspires our own. In celebration of our 25th anniversary and an announcement about Chrysalis’ evolution, each guest will receive a special gift. Register early...space is limited!
Includes boxed dinner from Ellwood Thompson
Thursday, May 2
Reba Hollingsworth, News Anchor at CBS-6
Rabbi Michael Knopf, Temple Beth-El
Named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Forward, Rabbi Knopf is passionate about using the Jewish tradition to contribute to a thriving, just, and inclusive RVA. Voted one of “Richmond’s Top 40 Under 40” by Style Weekly in 2017, Rabbi Knopf offered the benediction at Governor Ralph Northam’s inauguration and presided over the first-ever interfaith Passover Seder at Virginia’s Executive Mansion. He recently launched Encounter RVA, a series of public conversations featuring local religious, civic, and thought leaders with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, aimed at bridging divides, deepening understanding, fostering diverse relationships, and moving the Richmond region forward in these troubled and divisive times.
Jeremy Hoffman, PhD, Science Museum of VA
Dr. Jeremy Hoffman is the Climate and Earth Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia and Affiliate Faculty in the Center for Environmental Studies at VCU. Dr. Hoffman’s work centers on connecting museum guests to earth science concepts through educational media, interactive exhibits, and community-based science projects. Dr. Hoffman earned his Ph.D. at Oregon State University as a Graduate Research Fellow of the National Science Foundation and a Science Communication Fellow with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Ram Bhagat, PhD, Richmond Public Schools
Richmond Public Schools manager of School Climate and Culture Strategy, Dr. Ram Bhagat spent 30 years as an acclaimed educator, integrating drumming, dance, and drama into the traditional curricula. Founder of the Richmond Youth Peace Project and Co-founder of Drums No Guns, a world percussion ensemble, Dr. Bhagat is committed to healing emotional trauma through use of creative arts. He participated in Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities training in Burundi, East Africa, and serves as an international conflict resolution trainer for the Richmond Peace Education Center and Board President at The Conciliation Project.
Rachel Douglas, MSW, Chrysalis Institute
Before becoming Executive Director of Chrysalis Institute, Rachel served as Director of Nonprofit Learning Point and founding staff for the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence, working to build the effectiveness and efficiency of Richmond’s nonprofits. She has volunteered for many formal and informal organizations and believes the issues are all connected. In addition, she served on multiple nonprofit Boards, including The Richmond Queer Space Project, which thrived despite the hostile social climate of the early 2000’s. Rachel earned a BIS and MSW from VCU and considers herself a lifelong learner, holding multiple certificates.
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