Women, Leadership, and the Sacred Future of PowerBy:
It seems like all over the world, everywhere I listen these days, there are amazing conversations going on about women, leadership, and power. The dialogue is validating the instincts of so many, who believe that women can “do power differently,” and that the success of our collective future lies in cultivating women leaders and embracing a more feminine-centered approach to power.
These conversations are happening in a big way at the Omega Institute , which this weekend will launch its Women’s Leadership Center with the Women & Power: What’s Possible Conference at the institute’s Rhinebeck campus. The thinking is that women leaders (not all, but most) tend to foster collaborative and innovative approaches to problem solving, and are more oriented toward goals of fairness, justice, ecological balance, and a more peaceful world. The new Center at Omega hopes not only to foment these conversations through conferences, retreats, immersion programs, and experiential learning, but also to help connect, unify, and amplify the various threads of conversation as never before. Of the events this weekend, the Omega team says:
“The conference is an exploration and celebration of what is possible when women trust their inventiveness to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems. In keynotes, panels, conversations, and breakout workshops, we hear from women who are using their power and passion to make real change. Prepare to be inspired to make a difference in your own corner of the world.”
Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of both Omega and the Women’s Leadership Center shared that this idea that women “can do power differently” has begun to take hold in a profound way, thanks to openings created by the Women’s Movement, which helped women achieve leadership roles across many sectors of society. The idea is now “backed up with empirical evidence in studies everywhere, from brain science to business,” Lesser said.
Carla Goldstein, another co-founder of Omega’s new Women’s Leadership Center and author of a fabulous series on the topic of spiritual activism, spoke of the opportunity and the challenge this way:
“Now, more than ever, we are becoming a global society with a shared responsibility to use our power for the greater good. Innovative and courageous women from all walks of life, and all corners of the globe, are working together to create conditions of equality, security, sustainability, and justice for everybody. We are proud to be launching the Omega Women’s Leadership Center at a time when new models of leadership are needed to create a fundamental shift in human consciousness from ‘us against them’ to ‘all of us.’“
It was great to hear Goldstein speak of reframing the ‘us against them’ story, as this has been top of mind for me lately as well. (See As God is My Witness & Buddha is My Publicist for more on that.) I think all of us walking a path of spiritual activism would benefit from a chance to explore how best to harness our personal power, learn to lead in a feminine-inspired way, and tell new stories in our work for the benefit of