Cara Cruikshank = “Courageous Vulnerability: How Can Men Support Women to Speak Up and Be Seen?” 100TPC-Denver, Colorado 2018

“Courageous Vulnerability: How Can Men Support Women to Speak Up and Be Seen?”

A Conference Panel and Multi-Sensory Literary Salon

A Non-Profit Fundraiser in Honor of
#metoo, #hertoo, #timesup

presented by

Cafe de la Culture, Moving to End Sexual Assault, Musical Ambassadors for Peace, The Invisible City, 100 Thousand Poets for Change, The Caritas Center and Savory Spice


At The Invisible City in Denver

To stumble into Invisible City would feel like falling back in time. Housed in a building rich with Denver’s history, you may encounter emotions reminiscent of a dream, an era you have a hard time putting your finger on, breath taking and Intimate.
Invisible city is a place, yes. But it’s more than that, within these walls is a growing community. We are explorers, those who refuse to live a life at surface level. We are the curious, the engaged, a group who believes that to create the kind of life you want to live takes effort from within. We believe that the happiest people have the most community and that any moment has the potential to be the best of our lives.
Since it would be unlikely for you to simply stumble in…
Let us invite you.

Address provided when you RSVP.

One Night Only! Limited Seating!

A Multi-Sensory Literary Salon of Poetry, World Music, Discourse and Mediterranean Appetizers
Featuring an Expert Panel with Audience Q & A.

One Night Only! Limited Seating!

Proceeds Will Support Musical Ambassadors for Peace, Moving to End Sexual Assault and Our Efforts to Bring You World Class, Multi-Sensory Salons!


VIP $100
Front row seats, backstage drink with the panel, complimentary appetizers, complimentary beverage, autographed poem, Savory Spice gift bag

Visionary $75
Early entry for choice seating, complimentary appetizers, complementary beverage, autographed poem, Savory Spice gift bag

Sage $50
Early entry for choice seating, complimentary appetizers, Savory Spice gift bag

Explorer $30 / Student $25 (with ID)
General Seating, Complimentary appetizers, Savory Spice gift bag

With allegations pouring out of the entertainment industry and beyond, more female politicians on the world stage than ever before, Oprah’s stirring Golden Globes speech, and the word “feminism” named as Merriam-Webster’s word of the year, The Women’s Movement is now more diverse and mainstream.
Men are increasingly becoming more vocal and aware of gender issues and finding ways to be active allies. “Women’s issues” are finally being seen as human issues that we need to address together.


Women are Rising.

“We hope that men will start to understand that they are the solution. We have an opportunity to educate men about how our collective socialization results in a culture that devalues women and ultimately allows many forms of violence and discrimination to persist and harms all of us.” -Ted Bunch, co-founder of A Call To Men

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth…a new day is on the horizon. And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women…and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.” -Oprah Winfrey

The Evening Includes:
A Literary Salon and Conference Panel with Experts in a wide range of domains
Turkish, Arabic, Jazz and Soul Music and Poetry Performances by Award-Winning Artists
Exotic Mediterranean Appetizers by Savory Spice

According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault accumulate each year in the United States. Every 98 seconds, another person in America is sexually assaulted. So many wounds, so much violence, so much trauma-and yet the silencing of survivors, our unwillingness as a culture to really listen and witness to each other’s pain, means that trauma can inflict a double wound: crying out to be heard, only to be violated once more by those who turn away. It’s time to step up collective efforts to invite stories, listen, and not turn away; to hold space for the millions of survivors in our workplaces, schools, homes and communities. Because to witness and hear is to begin the work of individual and collective healing.

Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA), a program of Mental Health Partners, has served since 1972 as the only rape crisis center in Boulder and Broomfield counties. MESA believes that every person has the right to live free of sexual assault, is moving to end sexual assault and the suffering it causes in our community, and challenges all forms of oppression in recognition of their connection to sexual violence. MESA offers client services, victim advocacy, and prevention education in English and Spanish. 24-Hour Hotline: 303.443.7300 Website:

Musical Ambassadors of Peace
travels the world to build cross-cultural bridges, honor and preserve indigenous musical traditions and help heal those traumatized by war. We sent 40 drums with our Musical Ambassador to Iraqi Kurdistan to provide healing energy for Yazidi women recently liberated from 2 years of enforced sexual slavery under ISIL. The neighboring Refugee Camps were inquiring: “Where are our drums? Where is our Musical Ambassador?” We are Fund-Raising Now to send our Musical Ambassador back to Northern Iraq for musical healing for liberated Yazidi women. “I had the privilege to work with amazing Yazidi women on the second anniversary of their genocide and help heal the wounds of war. “Dilkhwaz Ahmad, Musical Ambassador of Peace


Theo Wilson, Community Activist and Poet

Theo Wilson is a founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, who won the National Poetry Slam in 2011. He began his speaking career in the N.A.A.C.P. at the age of 15. Theo attended Florida A&M University, where he obtained his B.A. in Theater Performance. He returned to Denver and is now the Executive Director of Shop Talk Live, Inc. In 2013, Theo began speaking with “Rachel’s Challenge.” In 2015, Theo went undercover online in the Alt-Right to investigate the roots of racial hatred in millennials. His TED talk on the topic has since received over 8 million views.

Carre Otis,
Women’s Rights Activist, Author, Model, and Mom

Carré Otis has long been one of the most recognizable faces in the modeling industry. She first achieved fame when she appeared on the cover of Elle (France) in April 1986. She became an extraordinarily successful supermodel, headlining campaigns for Guess, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, and Revlon. Carré has appeared on the covers of Vogue (USA, France, Great Britain, Italy); Harper’s Bazaar; Glamour; and Cosmopolitan. Carré grew increasingly concerned about unfair labor practices and poor working conditions in the modeling industry and has become an advocate for young women in and out of the industry. She’s on the Advisory Board of the Model Alliance, a non-profit industry group working to establish fair labor standards for models in the U.S., as well as a long time Ambassador for National Eating Disorders Association. Carré’s memoir, Beauty Disrupted, was released in 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers. She has contributed to Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, Elephant Journal, Patheos, The Conversation and Vogue Australia. Her strong commitment to helping others reclaim physical and emotional health and develop positive body image is what makes her a powerful and inspiring voice for change in the world today. In December of 2013 she gave her first Ted Talk in San Francisco where she addressed several themes related to her activism.

Windy Borman, Executive Producer, Director, Transmedia Strategist

Windy Borman, MST is a multi-award-winning director and producer, as well the founder of DVA Productions She is currently the Executive Producer and Director of “Mary Janes: The Women of Weed”. Recent successes include directing and producing the 10-time award-winning documentary, “The Eyes of Thailand”, narrated by Ashley Judd and twice honored by the United Nations; and producing “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia”, which premiered at Sundance and on HBO. Other credits include producing and directing “The Vagina Monologues,” producing performances for Margaret Cho and Dr. Maya Angelou, and writing for and IndieWire: Women and Hollywood. Windy is an active member in Women in Film and Television with over 15 years experience producing and directing everything from feature films and shorts, PSAs, infomercials, event videos, and radio and print ads, to global socio-political actions, live events, film premieres and crowd-funding campaigns.
From 2003-2005 Ms. Borman dedicated two years to Teach For America, where she taught middle school drama and dance in the South Bronx. She founded DVA Productions in 2006 to produce films and digital media that give a voice to the voiceless and promote peace, justice and equality. Visit her at her website, and on Linkedin.

Sarah Dobson, Sexual Assault Activist and Prevention Specialist

Sarah Dobson is the Violence Prevention Specialist at Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA). Sarah grew up in Baltimore, MD and earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland. After graduating, she moved to Nicaragua and co-founded a peace education program for rural youth, and then worked as a Community Educator for sexual and reproductive rights. She earned her master’s in Gender and Peacebuilding from the United Nations mandated University for Peace where her research focus was engaging men to prevent street harassment. She has been a peace educator working with youth and adults in the US and abroad for the past 10 years. Sarah relocated back to the US in May to work for MESA in gender violence prevention and runs the Men Standing Up Program.


Camilo Casas,
Journalist, Sexual Assault Activist

Camilo Casas has been engaged in the movement to end sexual assault throughout his life. His work has included journalistic coverage of the issue, serving survivors in their recovery, and developing and implementing sexual violence prevention programming catered to boys and men. He is passionate about the uniquely pivotal role men must play in ending violence and oppression of all forms, and is deeply heartened by the blossoming of the #metoo movement. Camilo is the Strategic Director of United.Vote, a digital participatory democracy platform. In 2017 he became the first candidate in the United States to run for elected office on a liquid democracy platform.


Donna Mejia, Dancer, Choreographer, Professor

Donna Mejia is an international touring artist and Assistant Professor of dance at CU-Boulder, Colorado specializing in transnational fusion and traditions of the Arab/African Diaspora, ethnic studies, gender studies, pedagogy and ethics. Donna served as Artist in Residence for fifteen universities, and completed her graduate studies from Smith College on full fellowship. She has headlined over 50 international festivals since 2012 and received the Fulbright Association’s 2011 Selma Jeanne Cohen honor for International Dance Scholarship. She tours globally to teach, lecture, direct and perform. For more information please visit her at

Kristina Sophia, Singer, Recording Artist, Activist

Kristina Sophia is an internationally recognized singer, recording artist, co-founder of Musical Ambassadors of Peace (a non-profit dedicated to healing the wounds of war through the power of music) a sound healer and a mother. She has performed in over half of the States as well as Syria, Jordan, Venezuela, Palestine, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, before an audience of 60,000 Egyptians in the Cairo stadium and on the streets in war torn Iraq. Singing in several languages Kristina and husband Cameron Powers have worked internationally, building bridges of peace through the power of music and have been televised to millions throughout the Arabic speaking world. She is passionate about the power of music to heal on a personal as well as an international level. She has taught workshops in voice, drumming and sound healing for over 20 years.,

Egemen Kesikli, Musician and Singer

Egemen Kesikli is a Turkish composer, conductor, and educator, who has been honored with numerous performances across North America, Asia, and Europe. Egemen’s music has been heard Forum Wallis, New York Composers Concordance, Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, Izmir International Music Festival, among other festivals and venues. He received honors and recognition from the American Composers Orchestra, ASCAP, Beethoven Club Memphis, the Eczacibasi Foundation, and the Minnesota Music Educators Association. Egemen has received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, Master’s in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin, and Bachelor’s in Music Theory & Composition from St. Olaf College with Departmental Distinction. His primary teachers and mentors include Carter Pann, Dan Welcher, Daniel Kellogg, Donald Grantham, Guher & Suher Pekinel, and Timothy Mahr.,

Wellington Bullings, Singer and Songwriter

Up and coming artist Wellington Bullings is establishing herself in the Neo-soul/jazz scene, finding ways to merge the two worlds. As a singer/songwriter from Boulder Colorado, she has drawn inspiration from the natural beauty of growing up in the mountains. Having been raised by a Jamaican father and a Scandinavian mother, she was exposed to many different styles of music at an early age. Because of this reason, her compositions integrate musical influences from many different cultures including: Reggae, bossa nova, Brazilian jazz, and folk music. Her deep love for jazz, however began at the age of twelve years old, when she got her hands on a Billie Holiday record. Blessed with a sultry voice and a captivating elegance, Wellington seduces her listeners with songs that elicits beauty and soothe the senses. Her musical influences are deeply rooted in R&B, Soul, jazz, and tasteful traces of Caribbean/Latin rhythms. In 2017, Wellington received the “Pathways To Jazz Grant,” which offered her the funds to help finance her upcoming recording project “Because I Want To” (expected to be released at the end of Spring 2018). The project features all original material written and sung by Wellington. Each song underlines the themes of love, betrayal, perseverance, vulnerability, and an introspective view on human desire. As a woman deeply educated in the arts, Wellington has studied at Berklee College Of Music, performs consistently in Colorado, writes music for film and TV, and teaches voices lessons in the Boulder area.

Niki Tulk, Writer and Theater Maker

Niki Tulk is an ex-pat Australian writer and theater-maker, and a double PhD student in Theater, and Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School, and taught writing-as-making at places such as Parsons The New School for Design. She has poetry, fiction, and criticism published in Emergency Index, The Saranac Review, Rock River Review, The Sheepshead Review, The Feminist Wire, and The West Trade Review. She is currently fiction editor of Antipodes, and co-managing editor of PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research. Her novella Before Rain was a finalist for the 2017 Miami Book Fair/de Groot prize.

Cara Cruickshank, Playwright, Moderator and Host
Cara is a Brazilian/American living in Boulder and Paris. As a woman living in 3 cultures, she has a first-hand, intersectional view on cross-cultural themes. She has a broad background in social entrepreneurship in performing arts, education, business management, childhood development, women’s empowerment, environmentalism, and public events. She has independently produced and curated hundreds of performances and events in the U.S. and abroad (including Turkey, France and Brazil). Her work has been consistently celebrity and media acclaimed. Cara founded Café de la Culture in 2011 to promote diversity, arts and culture. She recently showcased her international, theater production The Alchemy of Imperfection: An Intimate Portayal of Global Women in Paris, LA and Boulder.

Café de la Culture is an international venue which offers performances, literary salons and artistic residencies for a diverse population of artists, thinkers and visionaries. We are here to create an inclusive, dynamic meeting place for the exchange of timely ideas and creative vision. As a participant at Café de la Culture, you will join in a social renaissance, engaging in meaningful discourse with peers and experts from a variety of fields and backgrounds, while building constructive collaborations which bring forth understanding, new ideas and grass-roots social change.
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