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New York Times best-selling author, Elizabeth Lesser is cofounder and senior advisor of Omega Institute. For 30 years, she has studied and worked with leading figures in the fields of emotional intelligence and healing—healing self and healing society. For much of that time, Lesser was a driving force at Omega, helping to lead the organization, create the curriculum, and spearhead many of its programs, including the Women and Power conferences, which offer a dialogue between women in leadership positions in a variety of areas—government, religion, media, the arts, and more. More
Dynamic and inspiring spiritual teacher, Adyashanti reveals that as you become more conscious, the desire to be of service becomes a natural instinct. But, it is important to look deeply at your motivations to understand if you are coming to service from a place of division—you against them—which may create resistance, rather than coming to service from a place of wholeness which will create deeper transformation for all. Learn more about Adyashanti More
Judith Ansara, MSW, is the creator of Women, Spirit, and Power empowerment trainings, dedicated to bringing women and feminine leadership principles into effective presence in the world. In this video, she discusses the importance of Omega Women's Leadership Center (OWLC) and how the gifts of feminine will help heal and balance the world. Learn more about Judith Ansara: eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/9415318b2f12188ea2f5707563c04afe/ More
Robert Gass, EdD, has been known for leading edge work in human consciousness and organizational change for more than 30 years. In this video, he says that one of the fundamental challenges of our time is to find the balance of masculine and feminine power in leadership roles so that we are able to creatively and successfully adapt to the rapid changes we are facing as a society. Learn more about Robert Gass: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/cdddfb5e514c1ff95c46c9c113534b5d/ More
Internationally known yoga teacher and spiritual activist, Seane Corn encourages you to practice the ideals of yoga—integration, union, and love—by listening to your heart, being mindful of the choices you make with your money and your voice in order to create a more peaceful community for everyone. Explore more from Seane Corn.   More
According to the Nonprofit Finance Fund's annual survey of more than 1,900 nonprofit leaders in markets nationwide, there is a rising demand for nonprofit safety net services and a lack of adequate resources to meet the needs of society's most vulnerable. It is against this backdrop that Omega Institute awards a number of grants to our nonprofit peers, allowing them to attend Service Week, a one of a kind, free strategic planning and networking retreat on Omega's 195-acre Rhinebeck campus. More
Oscar Award winning actress and social change activist, Jane Fonda talks to Eve Ensler about the importance of raising young boys to be emotionally literate men at the Women & Power Conference 2007. Learn more about Jane Fonda: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/6b6203d82f8cea81570b351e7cf7bd17/ More
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 2004, Wangari Muta Maathai was internationally recognized for her persistent struggle for democracy, human rights, and environmental conservation. In this video, she shares with Eve Ensler the importance of taking active responsibility for working on political change from within. Learn more about Wangari Muta Maathai: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/9717db9e0b8268cae1db73017b98af68/ More
Famed for her talent, creativity, and versatility as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Ani Difranco made a name for herself in the music world with the release of her self-titled debut album in 1990. This Grammy Award-winning artist has established herself as a feminist icon and political activist, using her music as a way to convey powerful, yet personal messages. In 2006, she received the Woman of Courage Award at the National Organization for Women (NOW) Conference and Young Feminist Summit. More

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Financial Literacy for Women by Manisha Thakor
An Interview With Manisha Thakor
Omega: You spent 15 years working as an analyst, portfolio manager, and client relations executive. How did that experience inspire you to rethink financial health and investment? More
Omega Institute Reimagining Modern Manhood by Carlos Andrés Gómez
“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” — Douglas Everett More
Omega Institute How to Approach the Next 20 Years by Chris Martenson
The big story is this: the world has physical limits that we are already encountering, but our economy operates as if none exist. Our economy requires growth. I don't mean require as if it's written in a legal document somewhere, but require in the sense that our economy really only functions well when it’s growing. With growth, jobs are created and debts can be serviced. Without growth, these and many other facets simply and mysteriously crumble causing economic pain and confusion. More
7 Stages to Finding Your Passion by Gail Straub
The process of finding your passion is a gestalt with many interconnected qualities. For most leaders I’ve worked with, that process encompasses seven stages: 1. Get Quiet Enough to Hear Your Passion Calling You More
Omega Institute How Mindfulness Skills Help Children Flourish by Rob Schware and Jennifer Cohen Harper
An Interview With Jennifer Cohen Harper
Rob: What originally motivated you to do this work? Has that motivation changed over time? More
Omega Institute Finding Meaning & Purpose at Work
Lessons From the Bhagavad Gita
Written in approximately 200 C.E., the Bhagavad Gita unfolds as a dialogue between a warrior prince named Arjuna and Lord Krishna, who serves as his spiritual guide and charioteer as Arjuna prepares to fight against his own kinsmen to reclaim his kingdom’s throne. Along the way, Krishna and Arjuna discuss the various paths of yoga; the laws of karma; personal dharma; and the purpose of life. Here is Krishna’s advice for finding (and doing) work that really matters in the world, as interpreted by three spiritual teachers: Ram Dass, Sally Kempton, and the late Eknath Easwaran. More
Omega Institute Step Into Your Power, Part 1: An Interview With Gabrielle Bernstein
An Interview With Gabrielle Bernstein
Omega: As a New York Times best-selling author, motivational speaker, and the social media-savvy founder of HerFuture.com, you’ve been hailed as a next-generation thought leader and a role model for postmodern spiritual seekers. What is your advice for stepping into your power so you can lead with authenticity? Gabrielle: Stepping into your power is about getting real. So much of what blocks us from our true power comes into play when we’re not living from an authentic place of truth. More
Omega Institute Leading the Relational Inversion: From Ego to Eco by Otto Scharmer
From Ego to Eco
One of the biggest challenges we face in moving toward an ecosystem economy is to act collectively in ways that are intentional, effective, and cocreative. Over the past several years, I (Otto) have watched executives participate in a climate change simulation game at MIT, designed and led by MIT Professor John Sterman. He splits the group into small teams, with each team representing a key country group in the ongoing United Nations-sponsored negotiations over carbon emissions. The negotiators’ agreements are fed into a simulation model using actual climate data. More
What’s the Best Financial Advice You Ever Received?
Omega: What’s the best financial advice you have ever received? Manisha: If you don’t understand it, keep asking until you do. I think it’s particularly true in finance, where there are so many multisyllable words and acronyms. I want to encourage people that the good personal finance ideas are simple: Save. Don’t spend money you don’t have. Don’t take more risk in your investments than you need. More

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