Keynote Speakers

Still I Rise: Resistance, Resilience, & Resolve Feminism

"Sustainability of Women's Power and the Future World"

Ubaka Hill - performer, artist, inspirational speaker, drummer and master drum teacher for over 30 years has dedicated her music and art to inspire, motivate and encourage positive change and personal healing through art, music, and community initiatives. Ubaka teaches how to play hand drums and how to use songs, drums, bells, rattles and melody as an energy source that supports body-mind wholeness, wellness and balance. Ubaka’s drum workshops include hand technique, composition, musicianship, sound healing including women’s drumming traditions and women's empowerment.  Ubaka’s concerts, workshops, drum circles and talks are uplifting, inspiring, energizing, informational and transformative. "Through drumming singing, and mindfulness individuals and communities can heal and thrive".

Ubaka is the founder and musical Director of the Drumsong Orchestra and is the visionary founder and organizer of the Million Women Drummers Global Initiative. Ubaka is also the founder/curator of the Drumsong Institute Museum and Archive of Women’s Drumming Traditions (NY). Ubaka is currently on the Advisory board of The Women's Leadership Center at Omega (NY) and the We Want The Land Coalition (WWTLC) (National) and The Harambee Group (NY). Ubaka is recognized with numerous Awards and Special Recognition Citations as an artist for positive change through the arts.  In addition to teaching and performing, Ubaka recently presented the Keynote Address at the OLCA Conference (CA) and the Mid-West Women's Herbal Conference(WI). Ubaka is also featured in the documentary film "Radical Harmonies". She has contributed to many articles and is quoted in numerous books such as "Eden Built By Eves".  Ubaka has three CDs: ShapeShifters, Dance the Spiral Dance, and Beyond the Wind.  Learn more about Ubaka from her website at:


Dr. Arpana G. Inman received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. Currently, Chairperson of the Department of Education and Human Services and Professor in Counseling Psychology at Lehigh University, she was in India as a Nehru-Fulbright Scholar at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience. Her scholarly interests include multicultural competencies and social justice in supervision and training, international psychology, South Asian immigrant diasporic identity, and mental health disparities. Moreover, in the area of supervision, she recently co-hosted and developed the first DVD series on Supervision Models published by APA. 

Dr. Inman has published on feminist identity and social justice training of counseling psychologists, as well as cultural competence, race-based discrimination, and multicultural training and counseling. She has presented on international teaching, multiculturalism, and global issues in counseling. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the "2015 Excellent Contribution Award" from Division 17 of the American Psychological Association and the "'Ohana Honors Award: Counselors for Social Justice" from the American Counseling Association.