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Marcia Ann Gillespie, author, editor, and activist, emboldens us to reach critical mass as feminists in elected offices and political participation. More
Ai-jen Poo, MacArthur Fellow and director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, describes the three arenas we need to change to affect for meaningful social change and to create a more caring society. More
A nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education, Mellody Hobson is the President of Ariel Investments and the current Chair of the Board of Directors of DreamWorks Animation. Here she breaks down the basic reasons why it is imperative for women to be financially empowered. More
Wendy Davis, politician and speaker, discusses the interdependence of quality education, economic opportunity, and affordable health and child care. More
Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, Chair of the board of directors of DreamWorks Animation, and a national voice on economics, describes the importance of making the value of money, and saving, apparent to younger generations. More
Riane Eisler, an eminent social scientist and activist, attorney, and author, encourages us to bake a whole new pie, one that meets real global needs, instead of trying to get a slice of the old one. More
Sister Joan Chittister, one of the most articulate religious leaders of our time, explains the need for the redemption of religious institutions, and why she chose to advocate for women's equality and unity from within the Catholic church.  More
Isabel Allende, acclaimed novelist and lifelong human rights advocate, explains how the world can generate “mamisma," a critical mass of fierce abundant female energy. More
María Teresa Kumar, founding president and CEO of Voto Latino, explains the necessity of including Latino voices in politics. More
María Teresa Kumar, founding president and CEO of Voto Latino, describes the importance of her practice to keep her "present" in her life and work. More

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AWAKENING THE BEST IN THE HUMAN SPIRIT…for almost 40 years, these words have guided us at Omega Institute in everything we do. When we are developing curriculum and choosing teachers, as we work together as a staff, as we serve our guests and care for our campus and land, we ask ourselves this question: what can we do to help people activate their most creative, courageous, loving, and wise potential? More
Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally.” Many credit him with bringing this practice into the mainstream (through his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program), but the practices have been around in many forms for thousands of years and can be found in various spiritual traditions More
Noted Buddhist Psychology teacher Jack Kornfield describes mindfulness as “a practice that enhances our well-being in every way, from developing increased mental clarity and deep relaxation, to handling stress in healthier ways and escaping the grip of our reactive emotions.”  More
Permaculture Teacher Training for Women
Isabel Allende at her desk
An Interview With Isabel Allende
Omega: You start writing all your books on January 8th, write a letter to your mother every day, and meditate regularly. How did these rituals begin and what do you think the value of ritual has in women's lives? More
Isabel Allende on stage with microphone
An Interview With Isabel Allende
Omega: What do you think of the growing popularity and commercialization of feminism in pop culture? Isabel: It’s fine. Make condoms that say “feminist.” As long as it’s out there. It can take any shape or form or language—just bring it up. More
An Interview With Daniel Goleman and Tara Bennett-Goleman
Omega: Is emotional intelligence something we’re born with? Are there practices we can do to build our emotional intelligence? More
Young women leaders
An Interview With Gloria Feldt
Omega: A lot of leadership is about values, including how we value ourselves and each other. What values do women hold that align with strong leadership practices?  More
bird flying in mountain landscape
We all want to be successful and we all struggle with what that means. Someone tells a young man running track that he’d be good at jumping hurdles. So he trains and finds himself in the blocks, nervous, wondering if this is right for him. When the gun goes off, he’s running as fast as he can to beat the others, to stay in his lane, to clear every hurdle. Legs burning, he pushes harder and strains to cross the finish line. Out of breath, hands on his knees, he wonders briefly, how did I get here? Is this where I need to be?  More

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