YOG Talks #5 Brought Tears And Cheers

YOG Talks #5 Brought Tears And Cheers

Photos By Ken Dapper (@kendapperphotography)

The topic of discussion for YOG Talks #5 was The Art Of Making An Impact, and an impact it certainly made! On a perfect September evening in Venice, California, conscious folks gathered at Fabric Studios to mingle and engage in a discussion which would prove to be the most raw and intimate yet...

As per the usual YOG Talks format, the formalities kicked off by shining a light on a YOG or organization doing great things in the world. This time around, it was Sally Henley on the stage talking about The Torch Foundation, which is a Non-profit organization in Los Angeles that delivers emotional intelligence and leadership training to teenagers. 

After thanking our partners GT's Kombucha and Fabric Studios I introduced to the crowd one of the resident artists whose fabulous art was on display as the stage back drop, who goes by the artist handle "Shplinton".

The main panel discussion kicked off with a great intro video for Asha Leo, produced and narrated by herself! Her story, energy, vulnerability, authenticity, intellect and humor had the audience dropping into their hearts, and immediately setting the intimate tone in the room for the rest of the night.

It was an enormous privilege and pleasure to also welcome the Co-founder of The Movember Foundation Adam Garone to the stage. Adam's story extended well beyond his experience as CEO of one of the largest fundraising organizations for Men's health on the globe, as he also spoke into his challenges around transitioning out of the military, into a new career and also into fatherhood. He shared very vulnerably and authentically why tackling men's health issues such as prostate cancer and depression is so important to him. Asha and Adam complimented each other perfectly and both were wonderful spokespeople for the topic of making an impact in the world through service and contribution.

This was a special moment at the end of YOG Talks #5 during the raffle prize draw. audience member Bubba contributed $100 as a prize for the winner to donate to a charity of their choice. That winner ended up being avid YOG Talks attendee Jessica Blue, who donated the $100 to the Huntington's Disease Society Of America. She shared with me why she chose HDSA:

"I chose the Huntington’s Disease Society of America as their focus is to offer support and research for this incurable disease. Most people haven’t heard of it, but it affects thousands of people every year. It’s a fatal genetic progressive brain disorder that causes the breakdown of nerves in the brain. It’s like having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimers all at the same time. 
My mom had it and passed away last year after a very long battle. It’s also hereditary, so children of those with this diagnosis have a 50/50 chance of also having it.  Thankfully, my sister and I tested negative, but my brother is positive and is currently showing symptoms (it’s mostly adult onset in your 30s-40s).  
My mom was active in following up and staying current with the latest research for this disease in the hopes that by the time my brother started showing symptoms, there’d be a cure for him. So, I’ve taken the baton so to speak and donate to this foundation and raise awareness whenever possible.  Thank you again for doing what you’re doing with YOG, creating community, generosity and spreading love and kindness!!"
- Jessica Blue

Photos by Ken Dapper @kendapperphotography

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