Elizabeth Lesser

Elizabeth Lesser

Elizabeth Lesser is cofounder of the Omega Institute and the Omega Women's Leadership Center.

For more than 30 years, she has studied and worked with leading figures in the fields of emotional intelligence and healing—of self and of 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. In 2002 she initiated the Women & Power series, which offer a dialogue between women in leadership positions in a variety of areas—government, religion, media, the arts, and more.

The New York Times best-selling author of The Seeker’s Guide and Broken Open, Lesser is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide. In 2011, she gave a TED talk at the first TED Women conference, Take "the Other" to Lunch. With Oprah Winfrey she helped produce the 10-week webinar for Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth. Elizabeth has appeared several times on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Oprah.com webcasts, and is a frequent host on the Oprah Radio channel on Sirius/XM. Lesser 

A student of the Sufi master Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan since 1971, Elizabeth Lesser has also studied with spiritual teachers and religious scholars from other traditions, as well as psychological practitioners and healers. Lesser attended Barnard College and San Francisco State University. Previous to her work at Omega, she was a midwife and birth educator. She has been active in environmental issues for many years in New York State’s Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains, where she lives with her husband.

 Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
In this beautifully crafted blend of moving stories, humorous insights, practical guidance, and personal memoir, Elizabeth Lesser offers tools to help us make the choice we all face in times of challenge: Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed? Lesser shares tales of ordinary people who have risen from the ashes of illness, divorce, loss of a job or a loved one - both stronger and wiser in their emotional intelligence.


Check out Omega cofounder Elizabeth Lesser on Oprah.com. You'll find inspiration, webcasts, in-depth interviews, and more!

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