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Treya Klassen, previously the vice-president of product and brand at RYU Apparel, currently the CEO of Design House Collective. She has over 30 + years of experience in building brands, culture and apparel related sales, product development, design, brand development, and manufacturing. As a results-oriented entrepreneur, Treya is responsible for creating and sourcing innovative design & product, high functioning teams, building company culture, and leading companies and organizations to be the most innovative and successful in the industry. She also has 19 years of leadership, coaching, seminar, team, and workshop training. In addition, she leads numerous seminars and guest speaking engagements on how to increase performance and communications that make a difference. Treya is a high performance coach working with visionary leaders all over North America, creating and building business that makes a difference.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19
OPENING GENERAL SESSION: EMERGING LEADERSHIP
Rev. Brian Akers
Rev. Brian Akers has been in the Science of Mind since age 12 and has served in leadership roles with the CSL Teen Program, Young Adult Program and several Committees and Councils. He began his ministry as the Youth & Family Minister of the InSpirit Center for Spiritual Living in Mission Viejo, California and is now the Sr. Minister of the Oneness Center for Spiritual Living Columbia in Columbia, Maryland.
Rev. Brian Akers lead the former Center for Spiritual Living Young Adult Program with a team of piers to its largest attendances in the programs history with over 120 participants at the annual gathering. He played a key role in the development of the Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills Young Adult Services as well as other related local projects to include a Young Adult group in Orange County, California and the only Centers for Spiritual Living Young Adult Retreat held on the east coast at the North Jersey Center for Spiritual Living. Rev. Brian reached a self-sustaining ministry when he was accepted as the Sr. Minister of the Oneness Center for Spiritual Living in Columbia, Maryland before the age of 35 and has been advising organizations and communities on the development of programming for younger audiences for more than a decade.
Rev. Masando Hiraoka
Masando “Mike” Hiraoka received his BA in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2004, was introduced to his Buddhist meditation practice in his travels to India through Naropa University's Buddhist Studies program in 2003, and became a minister in June of 2016. He has a monthly column, "The Art of Being Human" in the Science of Mind Magazine and is a former member of CSL's Diversity Commission, whose charge is to foster a greater culture Diversity & Inclusion within Centers for Spiritual Living.
His greatest passions include inter-faith and social justice ministry, finding that place where socially engaged participation and action can meet spiritual growth and the creation of greater communities of kinship and belonging.
Rev. Abigail Schairer
As a vibrant minister, dynamic speaker, and compassionate spiritual counselor, Rev. Abigail Schairer is inciting a global Love-olution by awakening people to their spiritual magnificence and radiant essence.
Her spiritual journey began at the age of 21 after walking into Center for Spiritual Living San Jose, where she instantly found her “tribe”. Diving passionately into spiritual studies, she became a licensed Religious Science Practitioner in 2005 and later in 2011 graduated from the Holmes Institute of Consciousness Studies with her master’s degree and ministerial license. In 2012, Rev. Abigail founded Center for Spiritual Living Peninsula, where she lovingly guides a growing congregation to embrace their own Divine potential.
Inspired by the awesome collective potential of women in this world, she birthed SisterSpirit Women’s Retreat in 2008. She continues to facilitate this annual retreat, empowering women to live fully in their authenticity, allowing their love, creativity, and spirituality to heal themselves and the world.
In 2015, Rev. Abigail also created a remarkable experience designed for spiritual adults ages 18–35, the Next Gen Retreat, as an investment in the future leaders of the world. This retreat educates participants about social justice, engaging in healthy relationships, leadership skills, and emboldens them to create a sustainable future of prosperity, service, and love for all. In 2017 Centers for Spiritual Living recognized her powerful and impactful work with the emerging leaders in the organization by bestowing her with the global Youth Champion award.
Rev. Abigail draws inspiration from the great spiritual masters of all religions and seamlessly marries it with practical guidance in her speaking and teaching. With a spirit as fun as her hair, love is at the core of all she expresses. She believes we are all a part of the human race, here to help create the life God intended us to have – one of absolute joy, complete abundance, and freedom.
tuesday, february 20
morning General Session
tracy brown, RScP
Tracy Brown is a Licensed Practitioner with Centers for Spiritual Living and is the current Chair for our organization's governing body: The Leadership Council. She is also the most recent recipient of the Ernest Holmes Award.
Introduced to Science of Mind by Dr. Donald Curtis in 1986, Tracy has used universal spiritual principles to infuse her life with peace and joy for more than 30 years. Her personal motto is “You Always Have a Choice.”
In her home community, Tracy is actively involved as a teacher and leader at CSLDallas. To serve beyond her local community, she has produced or hosted six spiritually focused podcasts, including: “Say Yes to Spirit” and “Spiritual Practices that Work.” Plus, she is the author of 11 books including “I Turn to Prayer” - a collection of prayers written in a variety of formats.
Outside of CSL, Tracy is the President of Intentional Inclusion Inc. and is recognized nationally as an expert on diversity and inclusion in business organizations. So, it is no surprise that she founded Stained Glass Spirit to provide resources that help navigate the intersection of diversity, spirituality and inclusion in spiritual communities. In addition to workshops and retreats, Tracy hosts the Intentionally Inclusive podcast specifically to focus on what leaders in spiritual communities should know and do to be inclusive. She challenges church leaders to explore their Diversity Welcome Factor and to examine their Inclusion Worship Factor so they can engage congregants and achieve their mission.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
SPECIAL EVENING CONCERT
Rickie Byars is the Music & Arts Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center where for 29 years she has directed the incomparable Agape International Choir. One of the 21st century’s most revered singer-songwriters, her transcendent music deeply touches the hearts of all she encounters through her solo concerts, women’s retreats, workshops, music festivals and appearances with Michael Bernard Beckwith.
She has produced nine solo albums, is the founder and CEO of KUUMBA-In-Motion Expressing Transformation, as well as the founder of the Rhythm and Joy Music Festival.
In its 19th year, Dr. Rickie co-partners again with Rev. Greta Sesheta in the dynamic Soul Sisters Retreat that they create together. With a fantastic team of intergenerational women who also facilitate, it is hands down the most fun, out of the box, diverse and eclectic women’s retreat, ever!
Rickie is on the Board of Directors for Voices 4Freedom an abolitionist organization that empowers enslaved people to free themselves and offers the infrastructure that empowers children and their whole families to live productive lives through education, nutrition, and the creation of their own businesses.
Last, Dr. Rickie is mother of two, grandmother to three wonderful and almost mini-versions of herself, sister to 11 siblings and daughter to a ninety-one-year-old wonder, Mama Byars. Says Mama Byars of Rickie, “Many people long to live their dream, and have visions of how they would like to make the world a better place. Rickie is the kind of person that makes it happen right where she is, and that is a WONDERFUL thing.”
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
MORNING GENERAL SESSION
REV. CYNTHIA JAMES
Cynthia James is a transformational coach, speaker and multiple award-winning author of What Will Set You Free and Revealing Your Extraordinary Essence and an Amazon #1 Bestseller for I Choose Me: The Art of Being a Phenomenally Successful Woman at Home and at Work in three categories. She has facilitated hundreds of workshops Internationally and is the creator of several music and meditation CD’s. Cynthia guides groups Internationally on pilgrimages to sacred sites; trains coaches in her innovative Freedom Techniques and is the co-creator of Women Creating Our Futures, hosting conferences and online programs.