Cat J. Zavis is the Executive Director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, a collaborative divorce attorney, mediator, and Coach for Parents co-parenting their children after divorce. She is also a sought after trainer in empathic communication, having trained hundreds of collaborative attorneys, coaches, financial professionals, therapists, mediators, spiritual practitioners, and parents. In 2009, she was awarded a Peace Builder Award for her business. She also has a MA degree in Women and Gender Studies. Cat has been a long time activist in social change work. She has worked as a volunteer with the American Civil Liberties Union, and with prisoners’ rights organizations, domestic violence victims, the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights, and many others. She worked as a public defender and then as a women’s rights lawyer. Cat grounds her life and work in the wisdom and spiritual traditions and brings those values to her work every day. You can reach Cat at: Cat@spiritualprogressives.org
Rabbi Michael Lerner is the editor of TIKKUN magazine, rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue in Berkeley and San Francisco, CA, and the author of eleven books, including most recently Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Path to Healing the Middle East, and the National Bestseller, The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right.
Rev. Carolyn Wilkins is the Program Director of the NSP, a speaker, mediator, and facilitator in nonviolent communication and compassionate leadership programs; she also trains students in peer mediation. Rev. Carolyn is founder of PeaceNet, a voice for women, president of Inspirational Consulting, and chair of the Culver City Area Interfaith Alliance. She is the director of the philanthropic and interfaith ministry at Agape International Spiritual Center, and was co-director of global outreach project for Oprah Winfrey’s Belief series. She is the author of an upcoming book entitled “Peace, Hope and Happiness: A World of Possibilities.”
Chris Philpot is the operations manager at Tikkun and the NSP. He holds a BA in Spanish from Kenyon College and an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Forklift, Ohio, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. His chapbook, The Way to the Citadel, is forthcoming from Seven Kitchens Press.