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Julie Daley: Women & Power—Wisdom Learned from Omega Institute's Conference

3 years 4 months ago

Julie Daley, teacher, coach, and creator of women's leadership blog Unabashedly Female, shares insights from the Omega Women's Leadership Center's Women & Power Conference in her latest blog post. She features quotes from many of the speakers and reflects on how the conference impacted her personally, including the observation that "Our power is not like that which has been wielded over others to dominate and control. Our true power, the power that flows through us when we are embodying the feminine principle, is the power to serve, and it is inclusive, holding, and connecting, and it weaves life together in a supportive bond." 

Read Julie Daley's full post "Women and Power—Wisdom Learned from Omega Institute's Conference".

What Young Women are Saying about Rachel Simmon's Workshop

3 years 5 months ago

Here's a blog post from Naomi Chick and Julia Hunter who recently participated in the Omega Women's Leadership Center's workshop for young women Say What You Mean, Be Who You Are with Rachel Simmons. There was a lot of enthusiasm and engagement among the young women who attended the weekend and a commitment to creating change not only in their own lives, but in the world.

Pat Mitchell Named One of the Most Powerful Women Over 50 by Huffington Post

3 years 6 months ago

Omega Women's Leadership Center Advisory Council member and Women & Power 2012 speaker, Pat Mitchell, has been named by the Huffington Post as one of the Most Powerful Women Over 50. She was recognized for showcasing female media innovators with the Paley Center series “She’s Making Media” and being an important connector of high-profile female activists. Her commitment to connection and collaboration not only make her a powerful woman but her forward-thinking spirit is helping to redefine power for women, the media, and us all.

Girls' Leadership Worldwide Visits Omega

3 years 7 months ago

Omega Women's Leadership Center (OWLC) and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) received a visiting today from an amazing group of young women from Girls' Leadership Worldwide. Formerly the Girls' Leadership Workshop, this international leadership development program for high school girls brings together students from diverse cultures and backgrounds for nine days in order to engage in workshops and activities designed to fully awaken the leader within them, using the leadership model of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Learn more about Girls' Leadership Worldwide

Carla Goldstein at DLD Women in Munich, Germany

3 years 7 months ago

Carla Goldstein, director of the Omega Women's Leadership Center, is currently at DLD Women in Munich, Germany. This international conference serves as a platform for creating create a new societal image of women. Bringing together global thinkers, CEOs, futurists, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, opinion formers, and creative talents to exchange experiences on all major leadership, health, and economic issues.

Watch the free livestreaming event from DLD Women on July 11-12, 2012 now.

Learn more about DLD Women

CNN's Christiane Amanpour Interviews Sister Joan Chittister

3 years 7 months ago

Sister Joan Chittister, a member of the Omega Women’s Leadership Advisory Council, is one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of our time. For more than 30 years, she has advocated  for dialogue about the critical questions impacting the global community. Courageous, passionate, and charged with energy, she is a sought after international speaker and unifying voice across all religions. In this CNN interview with Christiane Amanpour, she responds to the Vatican's recent assertion that American nuns have strayed too far from the church's teachings.

Learn more about Sister Joan Chittister's upcoming presentation at Women & Power this September.

Women Serving Women Summit 2012

3 years 8 months ago

The Omega Women’s Leadership Center held its second annual Women Serving Women Summit, which gathered 14 local and regional non-profits serving the needs of young women and girls. Organizations working in areas including gender, race, and economic equality, engaging youth in media making, ending street harassment, and helping young women and girls meet their fullest potential convened on Omega's campus to take much needed time away from their offices to envision, plan, network, and rejuvenate. Meet some Summit participants as they candidly share some of challenges facing young women and girls today and join them as they imagine a new, bold world for everybody.

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Carla Goldstein to Speak at NetRoots Nation This Friday

3 years 8 months ago

Carla Goldstein, director of the Omega Women's Leadership Center, joins Sharon Salzberg, Leslie Salmon Jones, and Mallika Dutt for a panel discussion called Love, Compassion and Other Outrageous Forms of Activism at Netroots Nation in Rhode Island this Friday.


3 years 9 months ago

Omega Flagship Program Kicks Off - 8th Annual Service Week to Focus on Reinforcing Hudson Valley Social Safety Net Services & Nonprofits Working to Empower Young Women & Girls

RHINEBECK, NY – As service-oriented nonprofits struggle to survive in the current economy and carry out their missions in spite of reduced funding and budget cuts, Omega has offered grants to 25 nonprofit organizations, many of whom serve young women and girls throughout the region, to participate in a retreat at Omega’s 195-acre campus in Rhinebeck, New York. At a time when nonprofits providing safety net services to vulnerable populations are forced to do more with less, the grant from Omega provides a rare opportunity and resources so organizations can take the time to plan, network, build capacity, and develop paths for future collaboration.

“These are extremely challenging times for nonprofits and the people they serve, as service demands and needs are high and resources are down. Omega's Service Week offers a unique opportunity for grantees to meet organizational challenges through reflection, teamwork, planning, and networking,” said Carla Goldstein, chief external affairs officer at Omega and director of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center.

Grantees will attend two-day, two-night organizational retreats that include free room and board, a private meeting space, use of all the facilities at Omega, and a consultation with Omega’s partner, the New York Council of Nonprofits, at an on-site Nonprofit Wellness Clinic.

“Omega’s Service Week, which now includes the Women Serving Women Summit, has had a unique, profound and deeply positive influence on the nonprofits that have participated over the years," said Doug Sauer, chief executive officer of the New York Council of Nonprofits. “This year’s focus on nonprofits that are providing and protecting safety net services in the Hudson Valley, along with the bringing together of organizations that support young women and girls in particular, reflects the potential of Service Week to contribute to systemic change,” said Doug Sauer, chief executive officer of the New York Council of Nonprofits.

“Our grants recognize the power of collaboration and allow organizations to come together for the greater good. The Women Serving Women Summit is a new program of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC). The summit brings together nonprofits that work to support and empower young women and girls,” concluded Goldstein.

The program has two parts:

  1. The 2nd Annual Women Serving Women Summit, May 28-30.
    The only nonprofit leadership retreat of its kind, the summit includes a pre-event site visit from the OWLC, which will inform and shape the gathering in May. Through this initiative, the OWLC is also gathering information about the current state of young women and girls nationwide, as well as the challenges and missions of the organizations who serve them. The summit is a key component of the new OWLC, a groundbreaking expansion of Omega’s core commitment to support lifelong learning, thought leadership, purposeful and inspired living, and community building. The OWLC will formally launch September 21, 2012, at Omega’s bi-annual Women & Power conference.
  2. The 8th Annual Service Week, May 30-June 1.
    By bringing together social service organizations based in the Hudson Valley, Omega provides a de facto planning conference for some of the region’s most critical nonprofits, many of which have lost or been stripped of any funding for strategic planning. Grantee organizations can utilize the time to develop strategic plans, cultivate relationships among their board members and with other nonprofits on campus, re-engage with their mission statement, deepen staff cooperation, and enjoy some much needed peace and relaxation. Service Week is funded in part by a grant from the Dyson Foundation.

Service Week will feature a welcome keynote address from John Elstrott, chairman of the board of Whole Foods. Elstrott will focus on ways that organizations can expand their reach in the community and form partnerships with businesses and other social change organizations.

“Despite current economic pressure and rising demand for service, nonprofits still have a responsibility to operate sustainably. I look forward to working with Omega Service Week grantees to help them achieve a greater level of sustainability for their organization,” said John Elstrott, chairman of the board of Whole Foods.

Omega is pleased to award 2012 Service Week retreat grants to the following organizations, which are actively engaged in creating a more compassionate and sustainable world: Women Serving Women Summit Grantees

  • Alternative Network for Employee Wellness (ANEW-NY)
  • Black Women’s Blueprint
  • Children’s Media Project
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension—Ulster County
  • Girls for Gender Equity (GGE)
  • Holistic Moms Network, Dutchess County Chapter
  • Hollaback!
  • Human Rights Project for Girls
  • Lower Eastside Girls Club
  • Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG)
  • The TMI Project
  • 2020: Project Women
  • YWCA of Ulster County

7th Annual Service Week Participants

  • The Children's Home of Kingston
  • The Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CADVSA)
  • Council on Addiction Prevention and Education of Dutchess County (CAPE)
  • Dutchess County Community Action Partnership
  • Hudson River Healthcare (HRHCare)
  • Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHADC)
  • Newburgh Community Action Committee, Inc. (NCAC)
  • Nubian Directions II, Inc.
  • Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP)
  • Safe Homes of Orange County (SHOC)
  • Worker Justice Center of New York (WJCNY)

“It is with profound gratitude that Safe Homes of Orange County thanks the Omega Institute for this opportunity to work on enhancing our goals and objectives to take our agency to the next level in providing comprehensive, culturally competent, and compassionate services—all while indulging our senses in an environment that embodies peace and tranquility. This experience will enable an organic process, building on a foundation free from outside stressors of everyday life,” said Kelly Kostyal, executive director of Safe Homes of Orange County.

“Our Health Center Managers are looking forward to this retreat. They oversee Hudson River HealthCare's 20 practice sites, directing health care activities at the center. Our patients are often uninsured and in need of comprehensive health services. The nurse and operation managers work hard everyday to get the patients everything they need. This retreat represents an opportunity for self reflection and renewal. It would not be possible without this generous grant from the Omega Institute,” said Katherine M. Brieger, RD, CDE, chief operating officer at Hudson River HealthCare, Inc.

For more information about Omega’s annual Service Week event and the grant program, please contact Marta Szabo, at 845.266.4444, ext. 403, or by email at MartaS@eomega.org.

About Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is the nation’s most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit organization, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 195 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 23,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York, and at exceptional locations around the world. eOmega.org

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