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Elizabeth Lesser & Omega Inspire Spiritual Arts Center in Newtown

9 months 1 week ago

“The idea for Sound began with seeing Omega cofounder Elizabeth Lesser on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006,” says Jennifer Zulli, new age composer, music educator, and founder of Sound, a spiritual arts center in Newtown, Connecticut. During the next five years and a number of life trials, Jennifer found herself continually turning to Elizabeth Lesser’s books,The Seeker’s Guide and Broken Open, for inspiration, support, and guidance 

During Jennifer’s second reading of Broken Open, the idea for Sound was birthed as a way for her to be of service. She long admired Omega, and even though she had never visited, it became a model for Sound.

Jennifer’s inspiration to serve the spiritual needs of others couldn’t have come at a more poignant time. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred the day before Sounds’ opening. Since then, Sound has served as a place of solace and healing for many of those affected by the tragedy.

Learn more about Sound: A Center for Music, Creative Arts & Mindfulness

How Carla Goldstein Is Catalyzing a New Model of Women’s Leadership

10 months 1 week ago
As an attorney, legislative staffer, and former vice president for public affairs at Planned Parenthood of New York City, Carla Goldstein worked in the public policy arena for 20 years. One day, she decided to shift gears. “I realized,” she said, “that rather than building a culture of caring, the public policy machinery was creating deep polarization between people.” Soon after, she joined Omega, where she is cofounder of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center and serves as Omega’s Chief External Affairs Officer. In a recent interview with Forbes magazine, Goldstein talks about her journey, the new vision of women’s leadership, and the importance of developing our multiple human intelligences of body, mind, heart, and spirit.
 
 

Omega Staff Attends Screening of Girl Rising

10 months 1 week ago
Centered by the new feature film Girl Rising, 10x10, a global action campaign, uses the power of storytelling to deliver a simple, critical truth: educate girls and you will change the world. 
 
Research shows that the well-being of girls and their ability to thrive is crucial to worldwide social, political, and economic development. Because Omega has a long-standing commitment to educating and empowering women and girls, our external affairs staff and members of the Omega Women's Leadership Center attended a special screening of the film Girl Rising in Kingston, New York to show our support for the film's important message. Afterward, we gathered in a coffee shop to discuss the film and think creatively together. Our whole team agreed, this film is a "must see".
 
 
Feel inspired? Here's how you can get involved: 
Tune in - Watch the Girl Rising CNN broadcast Sunday, June 16th at 9:00 p.m. EST 

Carla Goldstein to Speak at Leadership Tools for Women Conference

10 months 3 weeks ago
The SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center and the SUNY Leadership Institute are hosting their 9th Annual Leadership Tools for Women Conference titled, Centricity: It's All About YOU! Friday, June 21, 8:00 a.m.–5:00p.m. at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York. This dynamic, one-day conference will focus on enriching personal and professional aspects of life as well as building skills to support success.
 
Carla Goldstein, Omega Institute's chief external affairs officer and cofounder of the Omega Women's Leadership Center, will be speaking on "The Art of Seeking Balance: Mapping Your Own Voyage." She will share the importance of developing a regular practice of self-reflection as a tool for living with a greater sense of meaning, inspiration, purpose and joy. 
 

Omega Service Week Welcomes Participants of the 3rd Annual Women Serving Women Summit

10 months 4 weeks ago
At a time when nonprofits are forced to do more with less, Omega Service Week offers organizations the opportunity to make the most of nonprofit leadership retreat-time to plan, network, and build capacity. An integral part of Service Week, the Women Serving Women Summit brings together nonprofits that work to improve the lives of women and girls. Coordinated by the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, this 3rd Annual Women Serving Women Summit focuses on organizations working to ensure the safety of women and girls since their well-being and ability to thrive is crucial to worldwide social, political, and economic development.
 
The Women Serving Women Summit is pleased to welcome the following 2013 Service Week grantees:
 
Family of Woodstock
Family Services
TMI Project
Grace Smith House
Healthcare Is a Human Right
Mill Street Loft
Safe Homes of Orange County
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
GirlTrek
Hollaback!
New Harlem Renaissance Work Group
Powerstories
School of Leadership, Afghanistan
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls
 

Elizabeth Lesser to Speak in Newtown, Connecticut

11 months 3 weeks ago

Omega cofounder Elizabeth Lesser and Episcopalian priest Reverent Ed Bacon will present a talk, Finding Your Invincible Summer, on May 9 at Newtown Middle School. The talk will help support the healing of a community torn apart by the deadly shooting of December 14, 2012. Drawing from a quote from Albert Camus, “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer,” Lesser and Bacon will offer hope that the community can move on in a way that honors the victims, the grieving process, and the promise of the future. The event is organized by the now-nationwide group Sandy Hook Promise, founded by Newtown friends and neighbors to heal and be part of the conversation about violence in America. The talk begins at 7:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

Learn more about Sandy Hook Promise

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BeadforLife & Maya Azucena Launch The Opportunity Tour

12 months 4 days ago

Omega sponsor BeadforLife, an organization working to create sustainable opportunities to lift women and their families out of extreme poverty, is thrilled to bring two inspirational women, Joan and Teddy, from Uganda to America for the first time ever. Throughout the month of April they will share their stories in six cities across the United States. The Opportunity Tour first launched in Bolder Colorado, where Omega faculty member Maya Azucena, an award-winning singer, activist, and cultural ambassador, performed. Maya first learned of BeadforLife during Omega's 2012 Women & Power conference, and later joined them on a recent trip to Uganda as an ambassador.

Watch Joan & Teddy's Inspiring Story

Learn more about BeadforLife's meaningful work

Interview: Joan Halifax Roshi Talks to Krista Tippet

1 year 2 weeks ago

Renowned Zen teacher and activist Joan Halifax Roshi has spent a lifetime practicing engaged Buddhism. She's applied the depth and breadth of her wisdom to the problems of everyday living in venues around the world, including the Omega Institute, where she will be teaching at the Omega Women's Leadership Center's 2013 Women & Power Retreat.

Through initiatives like Being and Dying professional training program at the Upaya Institute, Joan Halifax Roshi has addressed both the needs of the dying as well as those who care for them. In this interview on public radio's On Being with Krista Tippet, she addresses the reality of caregiver burnout on a broader scale, touching on themes central to this year's Women & Power Retreat, including care, strength, and compassion. In this wide-ranging talk, she also introduces the concept of "edge states," places where our compassion meets the human limits of facing the suffering of the world.

"I think a lot of this world that is hooked up in the media right now, that a good part of the globe is going numb. And I don't really agree, Krista, with the term "compassion fatigue." I think what we're seeing actually is not compassion fatigue, but empathic distress where there's a resonance, but we're not able to stabilize ourselves when we're exposed to this kind of suffering. When we are more stabilized then we can face the world with more buoyancy, we have more resilience. You know, we've got more capacity to actually address these very profound social and environmental issues. So that's why I call these things edge states because they really call us to our edge."

Listen to the complete interview.

Read a transcript of the interview.

Come study with Joan Halifax at this year's Women & Power Retreat.

Majora Carter Builds Community With Startup Box: South Bronx

1 year 1 month ago

Omega Women's Leadership Center (OWLC) advisory council member Majora Carter continues her groundbreaking work in sustainable business creation and neighborhood revitalization with a new effort, Startup Box: South Bronx. Based in Carter’s native South Bronx, Startup Box: South Bronx will offer world-class programs in engineering, technology, design, and entrepreneurship to local youth; deliver extensive community outreach services; and porovide support to local early-stage companies with the goal of connecting the promise and excitement of the Tech industry with the extraordinary creativity of the South Bronx.

In an interview with Forbe's Fast Company, Carter explains, ""There is a dramatic shortage of engineering talent in theU.S.labor force, and we want to fill that gap with people who could otherwise end up in the criminal justice and welfare systems. Places like theSouth Bronxhave a lot of talent, but most of it leaves or is never nurtured into something positive. Opportunities make all the difference."

Carter’s partner in the innovative nonprofit is tech educator Lyel Resner, who says, "There are virtually no start-ups north ofCentral Park. We want to change that."

Learn more about Startup Box: South Bronx.

See the complete list of OWLC advisory council members.

Hear Majora Carter speak at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference in October.

Ai-jen Poo: Looking Through the Eyes of Women

1 year 1 month ago
Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, talks with Marianne Schnall, founder of feminist.com, about the importance of recognizing the value of women’s work and women’s point of view in order to transform our world.

Marianne: When you hear the term power, what does it bring up in you? How do you define power?

Ai-jen: We talk a lot about the importance of organizing, especially among women, because we believe that we need to build power to change the world and win for women everywhere—particularly low income women. When I hear the term power, what it brings up is what it takes to win meaningful change in people's lives at scale, and that's the kind of power that we're interested in building.

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Ai-jen Poo will be speaking at the Omega Women's Leadership Center's 2013 Women & Power Retreat: Find Your Own Strength.

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