San Francisco Continuing Education Venue Presents Isabel Allende on the Power of Women

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CIIS Public Programs & Performances presents What Women Really Want: Their Role in the World Today, featuring renowned author Isabel Allende.

Isabel Allende by Lori Barra

My most significant achievements are not my books, but the love I share with a few people, especially my family, and the ways in which I have tried to help others.

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Public Programs & Performances will begin a new program called Wise Talk: The Gwen Mazer Lecture Series. The series includes three lectures with women speaking from the heart in November and December 2011, and kicks off on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 7:00 PM with celebrated Chilean-American author Isabel Allende speaking on her recurring theme of women finding the strength to make their way in the world. This event takes place at First Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 1187 Franklin Street in San Francisco.

Isabel Allende, the Chilean-American internationally known writer and feminist, is a woman with a warrior heart, a passionate soul and a wild sense of humor. A consummate storyteller, the author of 19 books, with over 57 million copies sold, the first being The House of the Spirits, the latest, Island Beneath the Sea. She has received 12 honorary doctorates and fifty awards, and her books have been adapted for a variety of movies, plays, ballets and operas. In 1992, she created a foundation in her name to support the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.

The celebrated author transforms facts into magical stories and turns reality into endless possibilities. Her talent for creating a story becomes the conversation for this evening, focusing on her theme of women determining their own way. Supporting her commitments to empowering women and saving girls from exploitation and abuse, she explores the ever-changing role of women in today's challenging world.

"My most significant achievements are not my books, but the love I share with a few people, especially my family, and the ways in which I have tried to help others," says Allende.

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Public Programs & Performances is well known for their San Francisco continuing education and spirituality programs, and their performing arts presentations. Wise Talk: The Gwen Mazer Lecture Series presents three women of wit, wisdom, and intellect speaking the voice of the feminine, exploring the paradigms of spiritual traditions and science, and empowering the principles of leadership from the heart. A book signing follows each event.

Gwen Mazer is the author of the award-winning book Wise Talk, Wild Women, a collection of her observations and intimate conversations with women about their lives, loves and lessons learned at midlife and beyond. She is a charismatic speaker, workshop leader, and facilitator of the Wild Women's Wisdom Circle and other programs of spiritual inquiry.

To register for this event, visit, call (415) 529-4714, or visit CIIS Public Programs & Performances in person at 695 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Tickets are $20.

About CIIS Public Programs & Performances
CIIS Public Programs & Performances is an extension of the California Institute of Integral Studies, a nonprofit university dedicated to personal and social transformation. The mission of CIIS Public Programs & Performances is to uplift and engage San Francisco Bay Area communities by offering a global showcase of performing arts and educational events. Our performances celebrate cultural diversity by presenting traditional and contemporary artists from around the world. Our lectures by leading scholars and authors provide a platform for exploring new perspectives about oneself and society. Our workshops and certificate programs, taught by leaders in their respective fields, encourage personal discovery, spiritual inquiry and professional development.

For more information about Wise Talk: The Gwen Mazer Lecture Series, or any of CIIS Public Programs & Performances’ events, including their world music concerts, call them at (415) 529-4714, visit them on the web at, or visit their campus, located at 695 Minna Street in San Francisco’s SOMA district.

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