After Jordan’s presentation, this hybrid event will segue into a series of intimate group sessions, where participants will be invited to open up about challenges in their life due to gendered expectations. Guided by Galen Erickson, relationship coach and facilitator, participants will be invited to embrace connections with one another through a collective discussion redefining our expectations of gender and what it means to be a man, at home and in professional life. (People of all genders are encouraged to participate!)
Galen Erickson is a men’s work facilitator and relationship coach. He is committed to dismantling toxic masculinity and creating a culture of empowered, compassionate manhood. For more information about his work please visit him at galenerickson.com.
Jordan Giarratano is a martial arts expert, teacher, and speaker. He is the founder and head instructor of Fighting Chance Seattle, a feminist karate and kickboxing dojo in Ballard. He’s appeared on Good Morning America, KIRO, King 5, and Q13 to provide self-defense strategies. He continues his own training in consent and boundary-setting, compassionate listening, nonviolent communication, and practical self-defense with a variety of internationally- recognized instructors.
This event will feature an introduction by its curator Erik Molano, Town Hall’s 2018 Inside/Out Neighborhood Resident representing the neighborhoods of Capitol Hill and the Central District. Erik is a graphic designer, prolific event organizer, and co-founder of Photon Factory (a hybrid organization that is half design studio and half community space). He lends his design background to connect Seattle’s creative professionals with social justice organizations. His current focus is on building authentic human connection while understanding and transforming toxic masculinity.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle with support with The Cloud Room and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods as part of the Civics series.