Bravery Conference Keynote Speakers

Nan Headshot 1 - from 2015 - 3x3.3 in at 72dpiNan Stoops

Nan Stoops has worked in the anti-violence movement as an advocate, trainer, and organizer for more than 35 years.  Currently, she serves as the executive director of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a non-profit organization that works on behalf of 70 community-based domestic violence advocacy agencies in Washington.

Before coming to WSCADV in 1998, Nan was the associate director of the FaithTrust Institute, a national organization that mobilizes religious leaders and communities to address sexual and domestic violence. Nan was a founding member of INCITE! Women, Gender Non-Conforming and Trans people of Color Against Violence, is a past board chair of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and has served on numerous boards and advisory groups.

Nan is the 2010 recipient of the Seattle Girls School Grace Hopper Award for Exemplary Leadership and WSCADV is the 2011 recipient of the Sheila Wellstone Award for outstanding service and leadership.  As a result of Nan’s participation in the pilot cohort of the Novo Foundation’s “Move to End Violence” program, WSCADV is now recognized as a national leader for its innovative approaches to ending violence against women and girls and its ability to mobilize constituents around bold vision and action.

For balance, Nan relies on her family, baseball, and movies (usually in that order).

Nan will deliver the opening keynote at the 2017 Action Alliance Biennial Retreat on the subject of bravery.

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Nubia Peña

Nubia Peña received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in May 2016. She was selected as one of 25 law students in the nation to be recognized and highlighted for her social justice activism in the National Jurist, a leading news source in legal education.

Ms. Peña has actively sought to bring awareness to issues of violence and systemic oppression through her personal and professional endeavors. She has over a decade of experience assisting survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and victims of violent crimes as a Law Enforcement Victim Advocate.

Since 2007, Ms. Peña has been the Training and Prevention Education Specialist at the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) where she developed trainings on Teen Dating Violence, Latino Youth Empowerment, Assisting and Empowering Immigrant Survivors, and Understanding Rape and Sexual Assault. Her most recent endeavor as a national training consultant includes bringing awareness across the U.S. to the intersections of violence prevention and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, an epidemic that targets our most vulnerable youth by streamlining them into the juvenile justice system. She was a contributing author in the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s “Fingerpaints to Fingerprints: Utah’s School to Prison Pipeline” report released in October 2014. In addition, Ms. Peña served as the Program Coordinator for the Racially Just Utah Coalition where their mission is to positively and proactively ensure racial equity in Utah through policy reform, accountability, and education.

Ms. Pena has recently joined the zealous team at the Utah Juvenile Defenders Office where she advocates for youth rights during detention and delinquency proceedings. Ms. Peña received a Bachelor’s in Sociology with a Criminology emphasis and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of Utah in 2006.


Soyinka Rahim photoSoyinka Rahim

Soyinka Rahim, Grassroots Spiritual Practitioner, was born and raised in Oakland, California in an Afrocentric family that explored holistic thinking, power to the people, the world’s religions, and many different art forms. Soyinka has channeled her experiences in dance, music, theater, poetry and song into facilitating movement, storytelling and ritual with diverse groups of children and adults in the U.S. and abroad. “Since we all deal with fear, doubt, shame and disappointment,” says Soyinka, “it’s important to make opportunities to play, laugh, celebrate and love one another through this human experience.”  BIBOLOVE WORLD: Breathe In, Breathe Out.

Soyinka is a Certified InterPlay Leader. She pioneered Changing the Race Dance with InterPlay co-founder Cynthia Winton-Henry over the last four years. They’ve lead both short and weekend-long workshops on embodied racial healing in over a dozen cities and conferences across the U.S. that have opened new layers and levels of awareness for participants. She has also worked as a “conference weaver” at conferences on race issues.
Soyinka is a beloved singer/song-writer. Her CD, Bibo Love, launched in 2016. Her work taps into the power of sound and vibration to create peace and happiness for all humanity! She is founder and director of OurThing Arts Company, and she has a long history as a member of the California Bay Area’s most renowned modern and ethnic dance companies. She created the original, acclaimed Dance Play “An Alter Piece to Alter Peace.” She has worked with passion for intergenerational community in schools and community centers all over.

Soyinka will act as Conference Weaver at the 2017 Biennial Retreat.

“Soyinka gathers people with drumming and singing and soothes the soul with her flute. And then she leads folks through the joys and depths of InterPlay forms and fun. Her way is heart-opening and healing. She embraces and honors the children and the child in each of us. After Soyinka’s visit we felt a little lighter, loving, and lovable.”
AJ Johnson, Community Leader, Eastern Shore, Maryland

The workshop call for proposals closed April 30. Thanks for submitting!