Carmen McKay has a long history of creating life-altering events for struggling social groups. As a child, her first events were Barbie doll striptease shows in her driveway – Ken was never invited. At 25 she was the assistant producer for the 1987 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington, which attracted over 750,000 attendees. During that time she also created and produced the largest outdoor women’s festival, Women’s Weekend, on the Russian River in Northern California. The festival attracted 6000 women twice a year for 8 years. She went on to create the first-ever women’s outdoor clean and sober festival in the 90s. Carmen also served as Stage Manager for the West Coast Women’s Music and Comedy Festivals in Yosemite for several years, as well as Entertainment Director for the Robin Tyler Women’s Cruise line.
From 1995 – 2003 Carmen was founder and CEO of a management consulting business called Serious Fun, which specialized in a unique method of management consulting to Fortune 1000 firms through humor.
In 2000 she founded “Reality Theater” in the San Francisco Bay Area, based on her “Philanthropic Entertainment” model for charitable fundraising. Reality Theater featured real homeless women and children telling their stories on stage. For the first production (focused on InnVision, a homeless services provider), Carmen was awarded the Distinguished Volunteer Fundraiser Award by the National Society of Fund Raising Executive for her “generous contribution and outstanding leadership to the philanthropic movement in Silicon Valley”. She also received the California State Senate Certificate of Recognition for her “creative illustration of the plight of the homeless”.
In 2007 She She and “40 Women Over 40″ was born from her quest to bring fun, joy and connection to lesbians over 40. A life-long advocate for animal rights, Carmen is proud to donate 10% profits from all She She Events to a dog rescue shelter in Baja. St. Paco’s Place is a no-kill shelter that Carmen helped to establish.
In her earlier years she served as Event Producer for Santa Clara County United Way.
A national keynote speaker, she has been featured in media such as the Wall Street Journal, San Jose Business Journal and KNTV.
Carmen’s successful one-woman show, “Elvis’ Secret Dyke Daughter” has been on tour recently and will resume on the West Coast in 2014.
Currently, Carmen also works as an Executive Leadership Coach working with women leaders in Fortune 50 companies through The Institute for Women’s Leadership where she has worked as a consultant for 20 years. http://www.womensleadership.com
Carmen lives with her soul mate and play mate, Annie, in San Diego with Annie’s 2 teenagers named Lucky and Sunny and 3 rescue dogs named Tater Tot, Honey and Keeko, one rescue cat named Mister, and a rescue tortoise name Tortalini. She is a very happy broad. She lives her life through one deep, spiritual inquiry; “What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it’s all about?”
Annie Albright holds a Bachelor of Divinity Degree from her many years of study and practice through the Sacred Arts Institute. Seriously, she actually holds it in her hand. Her passion in life is in effortlessly guiding others to explore their inner-sanctum (and yes, that’s legal in many states) while laughing all the way!
Hailing from a mid-western family of 10, Annie hopped a bus at 18 years old with a hard-earned $1000 in her pocket and landed in San Diego, California where she became the first and only person in her family to earn a college degree from the University of San Diego. And the only person in her family to be gay. You might say she was the “Pink Sheep” of her family. Considered a bonafide “City Slicker”, Annie went on to own and manage two hotels in the Hillcrest district of San Diego while raising girl and boy twins, Sunny and Lucky, who are now 16. And, they are really wonderful kind, awesome beings – and they’re teenagers … some of Annie’s greatest work!
Annie spent many years of spiritual study on the island of Kauai, Hawaii developing her abilities to tap into the deeper, meaningful consciousness of people.
Annie is the other “She” in “She She” and is the perfect business and life parter to Carmen. Her last name really is “Albright”, but you would swear it was assigned to her when you meet her. She is one fun, lovely walking light and is always bright.