By Michael Aushenker
Harmony. Joy. Prosperity.
For some, blessings.
For others, elusive.
For BraveheartWomen, just another day in the life.
The women-empowering social network group returns to Los Angeles with Rise 2013, a convention of panels and plenaries at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel.
Keynote speakers include: actress Jamie Lee Curtis; motivational speaker, author and freshly minted politician Mary Williamson, who on Oct. 20 announced her candidacy for the 33rd Congressional District; New Age musician (and daughter of the Grateful Dead’s manager) Snatam Kaur; Agape music and arts director Rickie Byars Beckwith; and former Microsoft executive Jeanette Allom-Hill.
BraveheartWomen originated with one woman’s journey to self-sufficiency and self-empowerment. Founder Ellie Drake was 17 when her family fled Iran for the United States. Drake put herself through medical school, became a top chiropractor, fell in love and married fellow chiropractor Dr. Charles Drake, and, about six years ago, had an epiphany to take all that she had learned and extrovert it as a new age organization to benefit other women.
The Ventura-based doctor converses fluidly about how fear detracts from personal health, the “vibrational immune system” and the best methods of releasing the hormone oxytocin to stimulate personal empowerment.    Drake has drawn such notables as Maya Angelou, Helen Hunt and Nancy O’Dell into the fold via her energy- and endorphin-stimulating system DYBO (literally, an acronym for “Dance Your Butts Off”).
Estimated to attract about 1,200 people, the 5th annual Rise symposium will also feature a five-year anniversary party in which ticket-holders can rub elbows with BraveheartWomen specialists and facilitators.
BraveheartWomen’s Rise 2013 event happens Nov. 13 through Nov. 17 at Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 9620 Airport Blvd., Westchester. Five-day tickets are $1,997. Call (888) 236-2427.