Toni Carbone White and Christine Morse

WHY Local attorneys, together they founded and run Ascend, which is a unique, holistic criminal offender re-entry program. Researchers at CSUS have being donating their time for several years gathering data and documenting their successful approach (Dr. Jennie Singer received a fellowship in 2013 as a result of her work on Ascend). They are truly amazing women.

BETCHA’ DIDN’T KNOW:

–3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SACRAMENTO? Tenancious, compassionate and feisty.

–FAVE LOCAL CAUSE? Helping others away from a life of crime. We help because showing “criminals” how to transform their lives with education, prosocial networks and mindfulness (and yes, yoga too) helps us all.

–WHICH SACRAMENTO WOMAN INSPIRES YOU? Our best friend, Julie Mumma. She was born and raised in Sac and a lawyer like us committed to championing justice. She now teaches at CSUS and tries to make the world a better place @SacURBAN. She made the video for Ascend that allowed others to see our vision http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnz6pIo1shU.

–WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE IN SACRAMENTO IN 5 YEARS? More vegetarian restaurants and dedicated bike lanes.

–FAVORITE SACRAMENTO “GUILTY PLEASURE”? Treating ourselves to delicious organic, vegan meals at La Green Boheme, over-indulging at Rick’s Dessert Dinner and shopping for unique gifts at Evangelines in Old Sac.

–IF I WASN’T IN MY CURRENT CAREER… Toni would run an organic winery and Christine would write novels on the side as a journalist.

–LADY MENTOR GROWING UP? The Grimke sisters. Early advocates to end slavery & advance women’s rights. We try to embody their brave, peaceful ways by never giving up to make society more just.

–BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? Toni lives by the advice that doing things that fill your soul is a necessity, not a privilege. A 95 year old man told Christine that life zips by so fast that you better get busy with life before aging limits you. We bring that soulful zest for life to Ascend.

–ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO A SACRAMENTO WOMAN IN HER 20’S? Trust your intuition. Be mindful of the cultural indoctrination of women to be “wives” and “mothers” in the traditional sense. Honor yourselves and insist on fulfilling your life’s mission. Push back against society and be truly independent women who shape their lives according to their own vision. Do more yoga.

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