- May 16, 2019
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Behind the glossy Instagram pictures, many people in their 20s and 30s are living frustrating lives: overwhelmed and confused, anxious and inauthentic, exhausted and afraid. They are leading lives that, unbeknownst to them, have been shaped by everyone but themselves-and by everything but the truth. From social media to the workplace, the stories that they have believed have left them constantly seeking a better life but rarely ever finding it.
Erica Williams Simon recognized that this was a recipe for disaster. At 27, she abruptly walked away from her career as a rising political media star to find her own truth along with a truth that would help others finally build a life worth living. She got "story smart," rejected the lies that the world had taught her, and rewrote the ideas that have the power to shape a generation.
Her latest book, You Deserve the Truth is a masterclass in how to challenge the narratives about fear, work, identity, success, love, and life that millions have been taught. Erica's approach is a blueprint for anyone seeking a new way to live and change the world.
Join CIIS Expressive Arts Therapy Professor Christine Brooks for a conversation with Erica and learn how to change the stories that shape your life, and in doing so, change your life.
Erica Williams Simon is an award-winning content creator, TV host, and social critic focused on asking the big questions about who we are and how we want to live. She is head of The Creator's Lab at Snapchat, host of Man Repeller's popular podcast The Call with Erica Williams Simon, and co-creator and host of the digital talk show The Assembly. A committed civil and human rights advocate and former political strategist, Erica is a frequent TV commentator seen on MTV, BET, and CNN. She is also an O, The Oprah Magazine Women Rule Leadership Award winner and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Christine Brooks, PhD, is a core faculty member in the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at CIIS. She received her BFA in acting from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Along with Masters work in Gender Studies and Religious Studies, Christine received a MA in Psychology and a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Christine went on to serve as professor and chair of the MA and PhD in Transpersonal Psychology programs for seven years.
Prior to her teaching life Christine worked as a book editor in the film industry and also helped to run an early start-up company utilizing artificial intelligence to replicate expert advice. These experiences afforded her rich opportunities to work with artists, authors, and entrepreneurs and these relationships continue to influence her current private practice as a professional and personal development coach. Areas of scholarly and professional interest include the intersections of transpersonal psychology with feminist and queer theories and psychologies, postmodern and post-structural theories such as: social constructionism and advocacy/participatory worldviews; diversity and multiculturalism in psychology, queer spirituality, qualitative research methods, and adult identity development.
Her interests also include the use of the enneagram as a developmental model. She has published several articles and book chapters on transpersonal psychology and qualitative research methods including Unidentified Allies: Intersections of Feminist and Transpersonal Thought and Potential Contributions to Social Change in the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies. She enjoys participating in "artivism" events such as V-Day performances of The Vagina Monologues and supporting the work of local performance artists through participation or production support.