Leigh Hopkins is a writer, speaker, and educator. In 2010, she left a career in social policy and education reform to move to Brazil, where she launched a retreat center and founded Viva Institute by rigging a satellite dish to a boulder in a banana field.
After writing a monthly column, “Secret Circus,” at bestselling author Lidia Yuknavitch’s online writing workshop, Corporeal Writing, Leigh was invited to be a guest writing instructor. Her essays have been published in Elephant Journal, ENTROPY Magazine, The Manifest-Station, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Viva Institute, and at LeighHereNow.
Career highlights: Leigh was the Vice President of a leading social policy think tank, where she provided programmatic and fiscal support to 500 literacy programs in historically underserved communities throughout the U.S. She specialized in “midcourse corrections,” one of which resulted in the successful turnaround of a foundation’s $25 million investment in a five-city education initiative. A native of New York, she holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education and Music, and a Masters in Education.
What’s a Polyglot? Leigh is mostly fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and can order dinner in French, Italian and Greek.
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