Poet Molly Fisk leads a Workshop in 2010

1. What is the See Jane Do Passion into Action Conference?

In serving as a platform for the voices of women and a variety of disciplines, the See Jane

Do Passion in Action Conference creates a space for the women in their community to meet, network, and explore ideas on how to work together on one another’s projects and strengthen their community.  Most important the content of the event will hopefully transfer ideas into action.   The event showcases real women with real solutions; mixing local and non-local female leaders, visionaries, artists and celebrate female empowerment in all  its forms.

The conference is designed for everyday women who want to make a difference in their lives and/or their community.   The event specifically serves women in rural communities and small towns.  These are areas where little steps can lead to bigger changes at a rapid pace and community members are vested on a personal level for taking care of each other the community in which they live.

2. What is See Jane Do?

See Jane Do is a social change multimedia production that captures the stories of everyday women doing extraordinary things for the planet. In November 2008, we received a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and nationally acclaimed community radio station KVMR based in Nevada City, CA to produce a series of twelve one-hour radio magazine programs to be aired monthly.

Thus far, we have successfully generated twenty-four episodes, which is hosted and produced by cofounder Elisa Parker and includes interviews with Gloria Steinem, Joan Blades of  Momsrising and Moveon, founders of BlogHer, Chef Ann Cooper, Marie Wilson of the White House Project, Gloria Feldt, Goldman Environmental Winner Marie Gunnoe, among others.  In addition to the radio show, See Jane Do writes a bi-monthly column called “Extraordinary Jane”, and has produced Media Lounges for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and for the White House Project at their EPIC Awards.

In 2008, See Jane Do’s Co-founder Jesse Locks organized the first ever Ladyfest Nevada County. With tremendous support from our community, See Jane Do is infusing the spirit and fun of Ladyfest along with transformative tools everyday women can utilize to incorporate their passion and create a positive difference in their community and beyond. In addition to our current Soiree’s into Action (parties with a purpose), we anticipate launching other conferences across the country, and uniting local groups of women and connecting them globally via our media program and open source website.

3. What are the workshops and do I need to stick to the same track?

The conference offers fifteen workshops led by female leaders who demonstrate excellence and passion in their field.    The workshops are intended to be hands-on, experiential, meaningful, and fun.  Each track is customized to fulfill the overall needs of the attendees including:

• Defining You ~self development and personal growth

• A Greener You ~ green living

• Taking Care of You~ health and wellness

• The Value in You

• Leading Your Life

You may attend any session and do not need to stick to the same track.

4. Should I purchase my tickets in advance?

Space is limited and we suspect the conference will sell out.   We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance at http://www.seejanedo.com.

5. Are volunteer opportunities available?

We have a limited number of volunteer positions available for the conference.  Please contact us at info@seejanedo.com if you are interested.

6. Is food provided at the conference?

Hor d’oeuvres will be available, plus a no-host beer & wine bar on Friday Evening.  Continental breakfast and lunch is provided on Saturday, Apr 30th by Summer Thymes and is included with your registration fee.

7. Should I attend the entire conference or can I just go to Opening Night or the Day Conference.

We recommend that attendees participate in both the Opening Night Reception with Nina Simons on Friday, April 29 and the all day Conference and workshops on Saturday, April 30th, but understand this might not be possible for some.  Participate when you can, but we recommend you purchase your ticket in advance.  We suspect the event will sell out and there are no discounts for half days.

8. What is the dress-code?

There is no dress-code for the event.  Come as you are.  Dress comfortable, dress up, dress down, it’s your conference to shine and have fun!

9. I’m coming from out of town, where should I stay?

The conference is located at The Holiday Inn and Conference Center, you can make reservations at (530) 477-1700.  Other near by hotels include The Holbrooke, 212 W. Main Street, Grass Valley (530) 273-1353, Courtyard Suites 210 North Auburn Street, Grass Valley, (530) 272-7696, and Sierra Mountain Inn, 816 West Main St, Grass Valley
(800) 377-8133 are just a few places you can stay.

10. Where is Grass Valley, CA?

Grass Valley and Nevada City, CA are pristine, charming and historic towns located in the Sierra Foothills.  Our community revels the days of the wild-west and the discovery of gold and now features a rich arts and music scene along with outdoor adventure.  Grass Valley is approximately 1 hour from Truckee, 1 hour from Sacramento, 2 1/2 hours from the Bay Area, and 1 1/2 hours from Chico.  The closest airport is in Sacramento.

11. Where should I park?

Free parking is available on-site at the Holiday Inn.

12. May I bring my children?

Babies six months or younger are welcome.  At this point we will not have on-site childcare.

13. Are men allowed to attend the event?

Absolutely.  While the event is designed for women, we suspect men would find value in many of the sessions as well.

14. Can I pass out materials at the event?

Please bring your business cards!  This is an opportunity for you to connect with others and share your passion.  We ask that you not place promotional materials on chairs or tables (sharing face to face is fine, we expect over 250 participants).  Should you wish to further promote your business please contact us about sponsorship opportunities or space at the expo area at info@seejanedo.com

15. Who do the proceeds of the event benefit?

Partial proceeds of the conference will benefit The Friendship Club and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition.  Additional proceeds will also help sustain the operation of See Jane Do and the radio program.

16. I want to help sponsor the event?

We have several sponsorship levels available for businesses and individuals.  Contact Jesse Locks at jesse@seejanedo.com for more information.


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