Expressions

Speaking and Teaching

Welcome to examples of my work. May you and your work benefit from these talks and conversations.

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Deep Democracy 

East Oakland Building Healthy Communities - An introduction to building power toward systems change as the practice for deep democracy. (Approx. 13 minutes) 

 

KPFA 94.1 Radio -
Awareness, Acceptance, & Action: Conjectures of a Spiritual Activist in Recovery

Can we change only one person, ourselves, and still effectively change the world? Host, Marlena Willis, talks with Dr. Renato Almanzor about his work as a Transformation Catalyst, where he draws on lessons learned from 30 years of activism for social change and on Buddhism and 12-step recovery programs.

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University Graduation Keynote Address

A keynote on the virtues of formal and life education. (Approx. 15 minutes) 

 

Equity & Inclusion: Perspectives, Principles, and Practices for Now 

This is an overview shared with an organization approaching their next phase of equity and inclusion work. In this presentation, I share the impact of context, and how we can pivot toward anti-racist power building and structural change. (Approx. 15 minutes)

 

Everyday Equity: Practices, Principles & Perspectives

Hosted by Leadership Learning Community as part of their leadership development webinar series. This mindfulness-based webinar offers leaders perspectives and practices for compassionately awakening power, love, and justice. (Approx. 1 hour and 21 minutes)

 

A Conversation about Everyday Equity

With Dr. John Watkins, I discuss a transformational approach to designing school disctricts. (Approx. 32 minutes) 

 

Racial Equity & Inclusion within Leadership Development Spaces 

A virtual workshop that I co-presented with Patrick Brown and Deborah Meehan, hosted by Leadership Learning Community. In addition to reflecting on a brief history of leadership development, this workshop included embodiment practices and explored the use of story. (Approx. 44 minutes) 

 

Awakening Voices of the Heart

A conversation on how a heightened awareness of our own life experiences and internal voices can lead to empathy and ultimately shape how we "show up" for diverse families. (Approx. 39 minutes) 

 

Dharma Talks

 

Awakening Love, Power, & Justice

A Dharma talk for the East Bay Meditation Center's People of Color Sangha. "Seeking Refuge in the Three Jewels" explores how awakening love, power, and justice can emerge from the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. (Approx. 1 hour and 14 minutes)

 

Awakening Transformation: Perspectives, Principles, & Practices for Now

Spiritual frameworks can allow for the emergence of wisdom even within the confluence of our current context - the pandemics of COVID, Institutional Racism, Economic Uncertainty, and suffering. I draw from the tenets of my spiritual practice, Engaged Buddhism, 12-steps programs, and community activism, to offer reflections and inquiry toward awakening transformation and liberation.