Kristin Pedemonti learned early in life the value and impact of choosing a different story. Growing up in a dysfunctional family with a chronically, severely depressed father; a Vietnam Veteran he served with an elite special ops core on highly classified missions. Unable to share his story and burdened with it, he tried to kill himself several times and died when Kristin was 22. Her older brother coped with the pain through alcohol and drugs, an alcoholic by age 15, he is now 21 years sober because he too chose a new story. Her mother coped by at times creating her own reality, and living in denial. Kristin chose a path out of the darkness through finding ways to share her truth, first through theatre and then the power of Storytelling to heal not only herself but offer a path for others too.
Today, she is an award-winning Cause-Focused Storyteller, Speaker and a former finalist in TED Talks Talent Search 2013. Currently, Kristin serves as a Storytelling Consultant and Presentation Skills Coach and Trainer at the World Bank as well as other organizations, serving staff to tell the stories behind their data. Kristin believes in taking risks and in connecting across cultures through story. She was the first American Storyteller accepted to perform in Iran at Kanoon International Storytelling Festival in 2015.
Author of 3 books, most recently published in 2017: A Bridge of Story in which she shares her journey selling her home and most of her possessions to create/facilitate a volunteer literacy project in Belize where she donated programs for 33,000 students and trained 800 teachers how to use their own cultural stories in their schools. Kristin is a huge fan of the power of story to heal; first ourselves and then others. We truly become the stories we tell. Together, let’s make it one that empowers and uplifts yourself and others.
Amethyst & Ether
Amethyst & Ether is a Washington, D.C. based, black woman owned holistic healing collective that curates yoni centric, sensory engaging healing experiences for women. A&E supports women in unlocking their divine feminine energy and connecting with their wombs primarily through holistic methods such as guided meditation, sensory stimulation, energy work, journaling, movement, breathwork and yoni care services.
Launched in 2017, Amethyst & Ether is the brainchild of longtime holistic healing practitioners and entrepreneurs Reshena Johnson and Tameko Rowe. The concept grew from their collective desire to create a nourishing, safe and expressive space for women to come together to prioritize and honor the integration of earth and spirit into their womb wellness journey.
Passion, personal experience and yoni power are the driving force behind Amethyst & Ether. With a combined 10 years of experience, the ladies are not only fierce advocates for womb health, they are highly skilled womb wellness practitioners. Reshena is a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master, Crystal Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified Womb Sauna Practitioner, Intuitive Coach, Holistic Birth Doula and owner of The Homegirl Healer. Tameko is a Traditional Master Herbalist, Gardener, Holistic Birth and Postpartum Doula and owner of Cocoa Butter Mothers.
Adrien Behn loves planting herself into thorny conversations. She finds herself most comfortable there. She was a lost soul after college and decided to pack her bags and has since traveled to 30 countries as a solo female backpacker by the age of 25. She desires to hit every country before she dies (with modern medicine, she still has plenty of time). She finds that the world often has more to teach us about ourselves and how the world actually works than staying in the familiarity of home. She has found that the conversations she has had with strangers have been just as impactful as the ones with her childhood friends. She wants to encourage a new generation to reach their full potential by being bold enough to break from the conventional path and experiment with who they are.
Adrien accidentally found a way to unite her dual degrees of Psychology & Gender Studies with her love of storytelling through podcasting and has self-produced her first podcast Strangers Abroad. It is a series of conversations she had with strangers she met while backpacking throughout Latin America for 5 months, overlapped with her personal stories about being a woman who travels alone.
She interviews fellow travelers, volunteers, couchsurfers, locals, mountain climbers, hitchhikers, and everyone in-between who have decided to take their lives in an unconventional direction. Strangers Abroad's overarching purpose is to encourage all people to go out and travel farther around the world and within themselves, in addition to analyzing the social and psychological effects of travel.
She especially wants to encourage a space for people to hear stories about women by sharing the stories of fearless women who have thrown off the yoke of gender expectations and are fiercely going after a life they are creating for themselves. She wants to encourage others, across cultures, to connect with themselves through travel and believes that can be done best through storytelling.
She wants to create platforms for people who are often silenced or have their stories told for them. She aspires to have honest, messy conversations where people can experiment and test out thoughts and ideas without judgment. Her work aspires to blend self-growth and storytelling. She is intentional about creating a space where people can explore, experiment, and discover who they are without judgment. She serves people who want to tell their own story and who don’t always have the voice to be heard: everyone’s story is worth telling.
Dr. Lourdes Ashley Hunter
Dr. Lourdes Ashley Hunter has served as a transformative thought leader and change agent for grass-roots initiatives that works towards the socio-economic growth and leadership development of communities disproportionately impacted by state sanctioned violence for over 20 years.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Hunter is currently based in Washington D.C. and serves as Executive Director of Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC). TWOCC is a grass-roots global initiative led by trans and gender non-conforming people of color that works to uplift the lived narratives, experiences and leadership of trans and gender non-conforming people of color, their families and comrades while building towards collective liberation for all oppressed people through healing and restorative justice.
Heather Beck currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has a Associate Degree of Interpreting and a Bachelor Degree in Deaf Education. She is a Nationally Certified Interpreter. She is an avid yoga enthusiast. She loves nature and connecting with her Mother Earth. She is thrilled to be apart of the Women of the Wild team. She believes in love, beauty and building connections with people, animals, and most importantly herself.
One of her favorite quotes: “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. "Happiness is a spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” -Denis Waitley