Live Speaker Event – May 10, 2013 – Shift Happens

What a thought-provoking evening our second Live Speaker event with TEDTalks covering the theme of Exploring Shifting Paradigms was. Our speakers and TEDTalks covered some interesting topics including:

  • Changing the World through Parenting: Daring to question the way we raise children
  • Acknowledging the Power of Positive Stress
  • The Power of Listening: An ancient practice for our future
  • No More Missing Out: How I learned to Stop Worrying & Choose Change
  • The Relationship Between Artists and Fans
  • Nourishment, empowerment, education via one urban garden at a time

Date:  Friday, May 10, 2013    Time:  6:00 – 9:00PM
Location:  Redondo Union High School Auditorium

Event Curator / Emcee / Musical Performer: Christian Anthony Horvath
Champ Creative, Redondo Beach, CA

Indie-Singer songwriter Christian Anthony spent over 15 years performing, recording and touring in support of 2 EP’s and 2 albums. Along the way he opened for Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Chris Isaak and Natalie Merchant and received some nice reviews like:

“Fabulous. Phenomenal. Spectacular. Breathtaking. Unbelievable. He has the look, the sound and the talent. …Christian is going to be the beginning of a new craze of solo male performers.” Carol White, The Pacifican

But after all the excitement – the pull of home and family was more important than that of the road, and so in 2008, he laid his guitar down and took the day job to the next level by opening a creative design agency.

Now he gets to see the most priceless pieces of art, his children, grow, learn and question life on a daily basis. It’s been a beautiful and humbling experience that recently inspired him to pick the guitar back up and perform occasionally just for the fun of it. who knows… He may even begin writing again.


Alex Charfen
Charfen Institute, Austin TX

Alex Charfen has been an entrepreneur and business owner for more than two decades. In 2008 Alex and his wife Cadey founded the Distressed Property Institute, home of the Certified Distressed Property Expert, or CDPE, designation, the fastest growing independent real estate designation in history.

Today the Distressed Property Institute is known as the Charfen Institute, and also owns STAR POWER Systems, the Certified Investor Agent Specialist (CIAS) designation, the Agent GPS Course and Coaching program, and the LEAD Experience training for small business owners.

In addition to being a CEO, Alex is a sought-after keynote speaker and national television commentator for outlets such as FOX News and CNBC on real estate and small business topics.


Maddie Deutsch, MD
UC-San Francisco Center of Excellence for Transgender Health

Maddie Deutsch, MD (known to her patients as “Dr. Maddie”) is the Clinical Lead at the UC-San Francisco Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, and the Director of the Transgender Health Program at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center. In 2007 she opened a small private office in Downtown Los Angeles catering to the health needs of the transgender community. Over the years, as the public awareness of transgender health issues have grown, so has her career; she is currently the only medical school faculty member in the US who is both transgender AND providing and researching transgender medical care. Since moving from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 2009, she has maintained a “bi-urban” existence and flies to LA for two days each week to run the clinic there. In all she has provided primary and hormone care for over 700 transgender patients and has lectured nationally and internationally and has published on a range of transgender health topics. In addition to having A-List Preferred status with Southwest Airlines, she enjoys tweaking old electronic musical instruments and 1970’s motorcycles. Dr. Maddie is a native New Yorker who received her medical degree from the Chicago Medical School and completed her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She lives in San Francisco with her partner, Rachel.

Ruth Beaglehole
Echo Parenting & Education, Echo Park, CA

Ruth Beaglehole is the founder and Executive Director of Echo Parenting & Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting parents, teachers and other adults to break the cycle of early family violence.  Originally from New Zealand, Ruth has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for over 50 years.  She is the founder of two schools for children, and numerous programs for parents and professionals as well. She is the author of “Mama, Listen! Raising a Child Without Violence – A Handbook for Teen Parents,” and she co-authored Echo Parenting & Education’s Nonviolent Parenting curriculum, the “School Readiness Learning Module” of the North East Los Angles School Readiness Center as well as the It Takes a Community curriculum (ITC) for the Department of Mental Health in Los Angeles. She is an Early Childhood Education trainer for parents and professionals and an active member of the leadership group of the Magnolia Place Initiative, supporting the implementation of ITC and Strengthening Families’ Five Protective Factors. Ruth has received many awards, including the 2010 Betty Fisher Award from the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council in recognition of her work in breaking the cycle of violence within families and her challenge to the DV service providers to incorporate the Echo Approach standards of care.

Leon Berg
Ojai Foundation

Leon Berg is a founding member of the Ojai Foundation, an educational sanctuary in the Upper Ojai Valley of Southern California.  He is a Senior Trainer of the Ojai Foundation’s Center for Council Practice, and has been facilitating Council groups in the U.S. and abroad for over 20 years.

In 2001, he went to Israel to seed the practice of Council among Israeli Jews and Arabs, co-founding the Israeli non-profit organization Ma’agal Hakshava (Listening Circles). Leon has returned to Israel many times since then to conduct Council trainings and lead a variety of coexistence programs.

In 2008 Leon and his partner, Glori Zeltzer, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, began to teach their relationship workshops, Tools For Togetherness,  to couples seeking to enrich and/or heal their relationships. They now teach the practices to couples in the US and abroad.

We also showed the 2 following TEDTalks from the 2013 conference:

Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

Amanda Palmer: 
The art of asking

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