Hollyhock Presenters

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Our presenters are curated for their quality, depth, integrity, and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

People smiling at Activate 2023 Hollyhock Leadership Institute

Leonie Smith

Leonie Smith is a first generation Canadian of Jamaican heritage working at the intersection of nonviolence (which is about recognising and welcoming the full humanity of all people) and anti-racism,  anti-oppression (ARAO).  She is the principal at her consultancies, The Thoughtful Workplace and Necessary Trouble Collective. In her work she provides practical tools to turn values and principles into doable solutions supporting more cohesive and humane communities of all types. She is a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication.

The Thoughtful Workplace
Necessary Trouble Collective
People of Colour for Nonviolent Communication