Lydia Dean’s memoir, Jumping the Picket Fence takes us through shelters for children across India, into the jungles of Costa Rica, Southeast Asia and Venezuela, and to China where Lydia and her husband adopt their third child. Believing that our collective small personal actions can make a difference towards a greater whole, she and a devoted team launch GoPhilanthropic Foundation, www.gophilanthropic.org, a non-profit devoted to strengthening the voice of community-based organizations around the world, providing access to education, healthcare and basic human rights.
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning author, artist, filmmaker, curator, and inspirational speaker. Her memoir, Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing, and Pregnancy After Loss, was a Kirkus Best Book of 2017 and received many literary awards. Expecting Sunshine is also a highly acclaimed feature documentary film, produced and directed by the author, that was screened around the world in 2018 and 2019. www.AlexisMarieChute.com