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

Vanessa Lesperance

Vanessa Lesperance (she/her) is a mixed heritage Metis woman originally from Treaty 1 territory (Winnipeg). She holds a graduate diploma in business from SFU and a masters in leadership from Royal Roads University, with a focus on decolonizing business through workplace spirituality.

Vanessa’s passions revolve around reconciliation and decolonizing business. She has run programs and services for Indigenous women and non-binary entrepreneurs with the not-for-profit the Indigenous LIFT Collective including co-hosting the podcast Circles of Matriarchy: Re-Matriating Mentorship and more recently has been working with the Indigenomics Institute to advance the $100 billion Indigenous economy. Vanessa has been published in SAY Magazine, Liisbeth magazine and World Federation Association of Teacher’s Education Journal (WFATE). She also teaches a course on Power and Privilege with the Justice Institute and instructs in their Centre of Leadership too.

Vanessa founded the Mindful Managers offering decolonial facilitation services, relational leadership workshops and hosts regular “Indigenous Enough” circles for community and organizations. She is a firm believer that a rising tide lifts all canoes.

Events with Vanessa Lesperance

Reconciliation and Well-Being
September 6 - 10, 2024

Overcome overwhelm and fears of doing the wrong thing, and step into ReconciliACTION. Heart-centered decolonial facilitators Vanessa and Ariana come together in this transformational deep dive to explore how teams and organizations can move towards Reconciliation in a holistic, embodied manner. The Reconciliation journey asks us to move beyond individuality…