October 25, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at Asheville Masonic Temple
part of a series on Flow
About the speaker
Allison is the Director of Policy and Programs for the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE). She is a proud Asheville native who attended Reynolds and Erwin High Schools as well as AB Tech. Before coming to work at CSE Allison’s career was in Information Technology for over two decades. Last year after volunteering and donating her time in Asheville she made the career leap to the nonprofit sector to pursue her passion for LGBTQ advocacy. In 2018 she was chosen by USA Today to be one of the 50 Faces of Pride for NC. Over the last 6 years she has collaborated on many initiatives such as working with NC schools to implement inclusive LGBTQ affirming policies, introducing a bill to stop the harmful practice of conversion therapy on minors, and leading programs such as name change clinics in the trans and nonbinary community. For three years Allison served on CPAC, the Asheville Citizen’s Police Advisory Council, who’s mission was working to help resolve issues that arise between the community and local law enforcement. Currently she also serves as the treasurer for Girls Rock Asheville.
Founded in 1996, the Center for Craft (formerly The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design) is the leading organization in the United States identifying and convening craft makers, curators, and researchers, and matching them with resources, tools, and networks to advance their careers. Over the years, the Center has become a vital community resource, serving thousands of visitors annually. As a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft, the Center administers more than $300,000 in grants to those working in the craft field. www.centerforcraft.org.
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Our Mission is to preserve and protect the Masonic and architectural heritage of The Asheville Masonic Temple, encouraging and promoting its continued Masonic use by offering the public an exceptional and unique event venue.
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Surrender to FLOW This is my story of the day I lost all hope and unknowingly surrendered to flow. It was in many ways the death and birth of who I am now and what it took to make that possible. At the time it felt like the end of everything I knew, never in my life had I felt such hopelessness. I didn’t know it at the time but what I was experiencing was being stuck, living my life for everyone but myself. Flow was about to begin …