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Omega Hosts #femfuture Retreat

8 months 1 week ago

This October, Jamia Wilson, member of Omega's board of directors, and Vanessa Valenti, Omega faculty and cofounder of #femfuture, organized the #femfuture retreat at Omega's Rhinebeck, New York campus. #femfuture is "an experiment in movement-building that develops solutions for sustainability and impact in 21st century feminism." They commonly convene feminist bloggers, online organizers, writers, educators, and activists to collaborate and explore the present reality and future potential of the current feminist movement. 

The retreat at Omega was focused on self-care, reflection, and connection for feminist activists. More than 20 women from around the country were selected to attend, encompassing mothers, poets, journalists, and teachers. 

In attendance was Catherine Okafor, who has been looking for a way to continue her activism and connect with other feminists after the grassroots organizing she did in college. She wrote about her experience saying, "This was a blessing that fell from the sky as I'm no longer a college student but now a young professional trying to navigate through 'the real world.'"

Read Catherine Okafor's full story.

Learn more about #femfuture.

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Gloria Steinem Awarded Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal

9 months 5 days ago

On October 13th Gloria Steinem, an Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC) Advisory Council member, was one of six recipients of the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal. Recipients were celebrated for their work promoting social justice and human rights by the Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center in Hyde Park, New York, where the Roosevelts lived for many years. 

Michele Bertran, OWLC Director, attended in support as Gloria was recognized as an “extraordinary social justice activist.” Gloria joyfully shared her plan to live a long life in continuation of her work as well as upholding the Eleanor Roosevelt legacy. Since its inception, 111 individuals and organizations have been honored, “who through their service and contributions to their communities and the world exemplify Mrs. Roosevelt’s commitment to human dignity, social justice, enlightened leadership, and human rights for all.” 

Learn more about the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Ceremony

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Women Working for The World Invites Carla Goldstein to Speak at Upcoming Forum in Bogota, Colombia

9 months 2 weeks ago

Carla Goldstein, Omega’s chief external affairs officer and cofounder of the Omega Women's Leadership Center (OWLC), has been invited to join an international delegation of influential women speaking at the first Women Working for the World forum. The forum was organized by Catalina Escobar Restrepo, president of the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation, and Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media, and a member of the OWLC advisory council.

In addition to Carla, some of the confirmed speakers include U.S. Ambassador Nancy Rubin, Princess of Greece Tatiana Blatnik, Former First Lady of Panama Vivian de Torrijos, and many more.

The forum was designed to explore gender issues such as poverty; the impact of women in the global economy; social inclusion for sustainable social development; leadership and empowerment; as well as key issues on reproductive health and the effectiveness and sustainability of interventions to communities that are at-risk and require focused and immediate attention. 

Approximately 400 opinion leaders will attend, ranging from government and corporations to NGOs and media from Colombia, Panamá, Venezuela, and the United States.

Learn more about the Women Working for the World forum.

Carla Goldstein to Speak at Womensphere Global Summit

10 months 1 week ago

Carla Goldstein, cofounder of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center and chief external affairs officer at Omega will speak at Columbia University in New York City on Monday, September 30th at the 6th annual Global Summit & Awards. The theme of this year’s event is “Creating the Future: Evolution + Revolution,” and brings together international leaders in education, business, policy, foundations and NGOs, entrepreneurship, and social innovation.  The speakers and delegates at the Summit are divided into nine councils, according to their topics of expertise. Carla Goldstein will be speaking about “The Future of Women & Girls.”

The Womensphere Foundation seeks to advance women’s leadership on a global level. During the Summit, speakers will address questions that are crucial to the progression of women as innovators, entrepreneurs, visionaries, and key creators of the world’s future. Among the many ideas discussed, the Summit hopes to answer important questions about how participants can collaborate to create enlightened leadership and how global stakeholders can unite to create a world that is inclusive and sustainable, in which women play an active part.

Elizabeth Lesser & Omega Inspire Spiritual Arts Center in Newtown

1 year 2 weeks 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

1 year 1 month 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

1 year 1 month 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

1 year 1 month 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

1 year 2 months 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

1 year 2 months 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.

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