Session Type(s): Training
Training Tag(s): Operations
Starts: Thursday, Oct. 7 3:45 PM (Eastern)
Ends: Thursday, Oct. 7 4:45 PM (Eastern)
Movements are sustainable only if the people who power them intentionally care for themselves. If you were driving your car and the check engine and fuel gauge lights came on, you’d surely pull over. So why do we ignore the warnings our own bodies are sending us? There are simple techniques and strategies to calm our minds, heal our bodies and bring us to a deeper level of health and presence. Activists and operatives can use these techniques to find peace and balance while working in the intense environment of progressive politics. Everyone is welcome.
Lacey Connelly has been working on campaigns for 17 years. Starting as an intern Opposition Researcher during the 2004 Illinois Senate primary (where her boss lost to a little known State Senator named Barack Obama), she went on to work as a Field Organizer, Direct Mail Consultant, Compliance Manager, Training Director, and eventually, Caucus Director for the West Virginia House Democrats. She left the Caucus in 2021 to start her own business as a Burnout Recovery & Stress Management Coach working primarily with progressives doing political work.
Lacey has lived in big cities across the country, but her heart lies in the small towns of Appalachia. She loves working with organizers and candidates whose passion is making change on the local and state level. At her core, she believes that the purpose of government is to help people.
When she’s not coaching or training up-and-coming superstars with the NDTC, you’ll probably find Lacey teaching a yoga class via Zoom, reading with a cat or dog on her lap, or camping in the West Virginia hills.
Reggie is an internationally recognized yoga and meditation teacher and the founder/chief serving officer of Active Peace Yoga. His yoga and meditation practice have served as a sanctuary of peace and perspective while navigating the stresses of being a black man in the world and serving in pressure filled jobs at the height of politics. He began his contemplative practices under extreme emotional distress at work and now works with all walks of life in service to helping people navigate this thing called life with more truth, grace, peace and ease.
Through Active Peace Yoga, he offers guidance, teaching and tools/techniques to help others nurture peace of mind, creativity, equanimity in spirit and physical health – helping people commit to well-being as foundational, rather than an afterthought. Reggie has taught Members of Congress, Congressional Staff, major labor unions, educational institutions, leading progressive organizations and individuals from all walks of life – simple tools for managing stress and bringing peace to mind, body and spirit.
Reggie has held many senior strategic and logistical roles across a variety of fields, ranging from global marketing, digital and community organizing, government relations, international education to Presidential campaigning (Kerry/Edwards 2004, 2008 Dem Convention, Bernie Sanders 2016). He recently served as the Congressional Liaison and senior political strategist for MoveOn, managing their relationships, impact and communications with Capitol Hill from 2017 to 2021. While at MoveOn, he played significant roles in the impeachment process as well as bridging the gap between political strategy and connecting grassroots leaders with elected officials. He has spent most of the last two decades at the forefront of social change at the grassroots level and now advises grassroots organizations on how to effectively campaign and take care of themselves in the process.
In addition to his political work and deep study of yoga and meditation, Reggie has authored a thesis entitled, “Yoga and Spiritual Activism: Serving Humanity from a Sense of Devotion and Love.” as part of his studies, which articulates much of his teaching philosophy.
Reggie’s life work sits at the intersection of bringing more peace and balance to activists; guiding the wellness community toward being more engaged, concerned citizens; and, enhancing the well-being of all walks of life. Achieving this balance is how we catalyze transformative change in our society, which we are desperately in need of at this moment.
Reggie received a B.A. in philosophy from Yale University and an MBA in international strategy from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium.