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Ripple Catalyst Studios develops and produces creative live experiences that highlight some of the most critical social justice issues of our times. As catalysts for change, we disrupt existing ways of thinking and push the boundaries to bring energy and momentum to new ideas.


We are dedicated to emphasizing the ripple effect we have on one another, our communities and the world. It is in these connections that true transformation takes place.

Cecile Lipworth

Chief Rippler

Cecile is a passionate change-maker, recognized as a leader and catalyst in movement building, supporting social change on a global scale. She is the host of the weekly feminist radio show, Brave Space. Cecile consults with state-wide and international women-led organizations harnessing her expertise in movement building, event producing, fundraising, marketing and communications to support their work.


Prior to founding Ripple, she worked for 15 years at the intersection of art and activism at V-Day, playwright Eve Ensler’s (The Vagina Monologues) global movement to end gender based violence. As Managing Director she manifested the vision for V-Day to change culture in the way the issue of gender-based violence is talked about, creating a global grassroots leadership model based in art and activism, that raised over $100 million for local community organizations working to end violence. 

She grew up in South Africa and has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for 22 years.


TEDx Acequia Madre, Santa Fe NM

SFAI140 - Santa Fe Art Institute

2017 Women's March, Santa Fe NM


Julia Abbiss

Associate Director


Julia has worked with nonprofits in the United States and abroad on issues related to women’s empowerment, education access, rural community development,  reproductive justice, music education, and water conservation. Julia obtained her master's degree in Nonprofit Management from Johnson & Wales University. She has a bachelor’s in Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Management, with concentrations in environmental sustainability, ecotourism, and sociology, also from Johnson & Wales.

Julia's skillset in event production, communication strategy, web and graphic design, and fundraising enhance the work of Ripple Catalyst Studio.

When she's not planning events or raising money, Julia can be found on a local hiking trail, eating a breakfast burrito, or binging the latest true-crime documentary.


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Sarah Ghiorse 

Executive Director 


Cecile is a powerful advocate and organizer for gender equity in New Mexico, and around the world. She is a movement visionary, with a salient sense of what is required to make social change in this unique cultural moment. Through Ripple Catalyst Studio, she convenes some of the greatest feminist voices and thought leaders of our times. Cecile’s work and leadership encourages all of us to be bold and brave.

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Nina Simons
Co-Founder & Chief Relationship Officer

Thank YOU for being so skillful, wise, muscled in multi-culturalism and feminist perspectives and your prowess as a host/moderator made all those sessions possible. I’ve actually never invited anyone to come solely to host/moderate before, and really, I’m so thankful for all that you brought, held and skillfully navigated.

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