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"What an inspiring evening! Not only did you teach my customers and me about microfinance, you also helped us figure out ways that we too can harness our expertise to assist other women in need. Clearly, you are all about women empowering women both domestically and abroad. Thank you, Dana for empowering us!"
   —Joyce Gardner, Owner, FIT Clothing
      Oakland, CA

Hosting for a Cause & Self-Growth

Dancers Are you looking for a way to boost your relationships with clients, colleagues, club members, students or friends? Using Transforming Lives as a backdrop, Dana offers a presentation about microfinance in a variety of formats: power point, lecture and/or discussion. Each talk vividly outlines the history, reasons for, challenges, successes and ways to get involved in what is believed to be the most successful alternative available today to help individuals pull themselves out of poverty's dehumanizing grip with dignity and hope. Or, delve into Morocco and yourself by hosting an event during which Dana will guide your group using the photos and questions in Exploring Morocco; Discovering Ourselves. You select the venue: your office, your home, a restaurant, or whatever space most comfortably accommodates you and your guests. Each talk is tailored to your needs and desires.

 View Dana's book talk of Exploring Morocco; Discovering Ourselves
Video coming soon!

"Last night was really inspiring. I am so impressed by your enthusiasm, stamina, presentation skills and book. Thanks for opening my eyes!"

 To schedule a book event, please email: Opening Eyes

Book Appearances

Book Stores
A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland, CA
Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
Books, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Busboys and Poets, Washington, DC
Candida's World of Books, Washington, DC
Cody's Books, Berkeley, CA
Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol, CA
Crystal Cove Canyon Club, Newport Coast, CA
Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Alameda, CA
Elliott Bay Books, Seattle, WA
Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, Berkeley, CA
Orinda Books, Orinda, CA
Paulina Springs Books, Sisters, OR

"It's always heartwarming to hear about someone who followed their whisper of an idea and turned it into such an incredible journey. Thank you for taking us all on that journey with you yesterday."
   —Sandy, Aon Consulting

Marin Academy, San Rafael, CA
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Haas Business School, University of California at Berkeley
Head Royce School, Oakland, CA
Howard University, School of Communications, Washington, DC

Amphora: Berkeley Olive Oil Works, Berkeley, CA
Farella, Braun + Martel, LLP, San Francisco, CA
FIT Clothing, Oakland, CA
JPMorgan, San Francisco, CA
Julie's Coffee and Tea Garden, Alameda, CA
Mellon Capital Management, WIN (Women's Initiative Network),
    San Francisco, CA
Merrill Lynch, San Francisco, CA
MORE Magazine
North Soles Footwear, Bend, OR
Union Hotel, Occidental, CA

African American Museum and Library, Oakland, CA
Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA
Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery

"Thank you for sharing your very inspiring story with our chapter. The group truly enjoyed learning about microfinance and seeing your beautiful pictures. The stories behind your subjects were incredible and your presentation so effectively captivated the women and girls. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we genuinely appreciate all that you are doing to make a better world."
   —Ann, President-Elect

Organizations and Clubs

AAUW, Berkeley, CA
AAUW, Oakland/Piedmont, CA
Albany Rotary Club, Albany, CA
Alpha Epsilon Zeta Fraternity, Inc., University of California, Berkeley, CA
Claremont Book Club, Berkeley, CA
Claremont Hotel and Spa, Oakland, CA
Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco, CA
Crystal Cove Canyon Club, Newport Coast, CA
Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Berkeley, CA
El Cerrito Rotary Club, El Cerrito, CA
Financial Women's Association of San Francisco, CA
Kappa Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta Chapter, Alameda, CA
Moraga Rotary Club, Moraga, CA
National Charity League, Alamo, CA
National Charity League, Piedmont, CA
Newfield Network, NorCal Alumni, CA
PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization), Oakland, CA
Savvy Women, San Francisco, CA
Stanford Women's Club of the East Bay, Orinda, CA
Terra's Temple, Oakland, CA
Town and Country Club, San Francisco, CA
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Tiburon, CA
WISE Group of Kieretsu Forum, San Francisco, CA
Women Advancing Microfinance, Northern California, Berkeley, CA
Women Advancing Microfinance, Pacific Northwest, Seattle, WA
Women's Initiative for Self Employment, Oakland, CA
YWCA Berkeley, Oakland, CA

"Dana's personal stories of microfinance successes coupled with her vibrant photographs made for an impactful presentation to our group of Savvy Women. Her passion stirs the hearts of those wanting to give back in a life-changing way."
   —Barbara Lowe, Savvy Women Luncheons

Special Events

2010 Microfinance USA Conference, San Francisco, CA
2011 Microfinance Conference USA, New York, NY
Festival of Women Authors, Berkeley, CA
Professional Business Women of California Conference, San Francisco, CA

"I want to thank you so much for your wonderful presentation at the Festival of Women Authors. Attendees were listening to every word you said!"
   —Executive Director, Festival of Women Authors


Photography Awards

Transforming Lives $40 at a Time Transforming Lives book cover selected for Picturing Power & Potential 2010 exhibition

Dana's book cover photo was selected by the International Museum of Women and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery to participate in the exhibition Picturing Power & Potential at San Francisco City Hall and on the IMOW web site from June 15 - August 27, 2010. Over 150 artists submitted work to this competition, and after a rigorous review process, 54 images by twenty artists from across the globe were selected. This exhibition is one component of IMOW's extensive online exhibition Economica: Women and the Global Economy.

Dana's photo of microentrepreneur Stella Sabang has also been awarded a Community Choice Award!

Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) Photo Contest, 2007

Winning Cover

Woman with Mushrooms