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Theme: Infinite Possibilities

This event occurred on
May 10, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Blythe, CA
United States

The most effective way to end mass incarceration in this country is to begin mass education in our communities, as well as in our prisons. Even though we may be confined in prison, we are not confined in our dreams and aspirations. And the moment that we realized each of us has the power to actively shape our conditions, instead of being shaped by them, a world of infinite possibilities emerged...hence our guiding principle and theme.

Ironwood State Prison
19005 Wiley's Well Road
Blythe, CA, 92225
United States
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Hakeem Oluseyi

Astrophysicist, educator, and humanitarian TED Fellow Hakeem Oluseyi trounced race and class to become an important contributor to computer technology and space research. Back on Earth, he’s doing all he can to give young and underfunded scientists a chance to reach for the stars.

Sir Richard Branson

Richard Branson bootstrapped his way from record-shop owner to head of the Virgin empire. Now he's focusing his boundless energy on encouraging his Virgin group of companies to employ people freshly released from prison, and even some who are still inside and working towards release. "Everybody deserves a second chance," he says.

Douglas Wood

Douglas Wood is a program officer with the Ford Foundation, working on higher education issues with an emphasis on the needs of students from poor and marginalized communities in the United States. His grant making focuses on helping students transition from high school to college and improving the college completion rates of underserved students.

Dr. Robert K. Ross

Robert K. Ross, M.D., is president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment, During his tenure, the foundation has focused on the health needs of underserved Californians by championing the cause of health coverage for all children, strengthening the capacity of community health centers, improving health services for farm worker and ex‐offender populations, and strengthening the pipeline for bringing racial and ethnic diversity to the health professions

Hill Harper

He's best known for starring in hit TV shows like CSI: NY and Covert Affairs, but actor Hill Harper's most significant role may be off the screen. After writing several advice books, including the best-seller Letters to a Young Brother, Harper began receiving letters from young men in prison. He documents his relationship with one of them in his new book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother.

Carmen Perez

As Executive Director of Harry Belafonte’s social justice organization “The Gathering for Justice,” Carmen travels across the nation and internationally promoting peace, interconnectedness and alternatives to incarceration and violence while collaborating in national policy presentations. She has organized cultural, spiritual and educational events and provides support to individuals incarcerated in juvenile hall and inside California’s and New York’s prisons.

Lenore Anderson

Lenore is an attorney with extensive experience working to improve our criminal justice system. She is a regular commentator in the media and at events about challenges within our prison and justice system and the smart justice policies and practices that can overcome those challenges. Before launching Californians for Safety and Justice, Lenore was Chief of Policy and Chief of the Alternative Programs Division at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, where she spearheaded initiatives to reduce recidivism and improve public safety.

Gloria Bridget

Gloria Bridget has been working in the Criminal Justice Field for over 10 years as a Case Manager for The Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program (FOTEP), Transitional Counselor for the Re-Entry program at Ironwood State Prison, and as well as a Motivational Speaker. She has assisted thousands of people, including offenders, change their lives and reintegrate into society.

Organizing team


Oakland, CA, United States


Blythe, CA, United States
  • Scott Budnick
  • Captain Patrick Covello
    Ironwood Operations
  • Sgt Mike Smith
    Ironwood Public Information Officer
  • Anna Cho Fenley
    Event Production
  • Captain Brian Roe
    Ironwood Operations
  • Ben Yano
    Production Coordinator
  • Mark Taylor
    ISP Core Team Curator
  • Steve Duby
    ISP Core Team Master of Ceremonies
  • Reggie Ware
    ISP Core Team Rule Maven
  • Robert Espinoza-Matthews
    ISP Core Team Production Director
  • Ernest Harmon
    ISP Core Team Rule Maven
  • James White
    ISP Core Team Story Teller
  • Sherman Jackson
    ISP Core Team Speaker Coach
  • Raymond Smith
    ISP Core Team Speaker Coach
  • Ron McClain
    ISP Core Team Volunteer Coordinator
  • Johnson Le
    ISP Core Team Speaker Coach
  • Associate Deputy Warden Sue Smith
    Ironwood Operations
  • Gloria Bridget
    Speaker Coach
  • Anne Rice
    Speaker Coach
  • Marla Mitchnick
    Production Consultant
  • Matt Halmy
    Video Producer