Saturday, August 11, 2012

Happy birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!@Azlan White and many more#AWESOME#1

Azlan White, Executive Director, was born in Boulder, CO and raised in St. Louis, MO. where even as a young girl, she was outspoken about her desire for a world that allowed freedom of expression and showed care for all people and all life. Her childhood heroine was Harriet Tubman, the most famous leader of the “Underground Railroad,” aiding escaped slaves to reach the free states from the south.
Azlan studied in the respected journalism program at the University of Missouri in Columbia and began working as the assistant to the publisher of Mid-Missouri Magazine andMid-Missouri Business Journal. During this time of being submersed in Media, Azlan underwent a training in Alchemical Hypnotherapy and specialized in supporting people to go into trance to receive their own guidance for health and life direction. Relocating to Santa Fe in 1993, she has been the host of several radio shows at KSFR, Santa Fe’s public radio station. Azlan’s devotion to self-healing lead her to study at the University of Natural Medicine, familiarizing herself with the natural curative power of herbs, elixirs and essential oils. Through years of independent study, she has developed a proficiency in astrology and personal ritual, through which she offers perspective and guidance for the lives of many people.
With a heart impassioned by justice and truth, Azlan became a highly effective “grass-roots” political organizer with activist groups, Move-On and Free Press, out of which she was invited to be a panelist at the 2007 Media Reform Conference for her successful work on the Internet Neutrality Campaign. In addition to this advocacy work, she was engaged in organizational development, on staff, from 2001–2006 at Bioneers, a non-profit dedicated to promoting solutions around social justice and sustainability issues worldwide through a nationally syndicated annual conference and other year-round programs. In 2006 Azlan was trained to be a facilitator for the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium of thePachamama Alliance which is committed to “bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on the planet.”
Through a series of serendipities, Azlan met Bob Kline, the founder of Global Relief Resources, and was enlisted in August 2007 as it’s executive director. Having recently participated in a conference in Nairobi, Kenya with 30 African women activists working in their respective countries to end the violent cultural practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), Azlan was inspired to take GRR in a new direction while continuing it’s focus on making water resources available to people in less developed areas of the world.