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Marcia Ann Gillespie, author, editor, and activist, describes the spiritual context that runs through all her work and relationships. More
Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and the Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC), remembers an encounter with Marion Zimmer Bradley in Omega's dining hall and the invaluable lesson in leadership that she took away from their conversation.  More
Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and the Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC), explains the alternative to the "comparison delusion" that women's inequality creates. More
Carlos Andrés Gómez, award-winning poet, actor, and writer, describes his "click moment" as a young man discovering poetry, how a poem can change a life, and how each of us can contribute to shifting the cutlture of gender. More
Shabana Basij-Rasikh, cofounder and president of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) describes the nuances and rewards of reinventing education for girls and young women. More
Sister Joan Chittister is one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of our time, presenting with the Dalai Lama and working with the UN. In this excerpt she speaks to religion, war, and women’s place in spirituality and creating a tomorrow in which we express values that are sound in ethics, empathy, morality, and love. More
Writer, activist, and women’s rights movement leader, Gloria Steinem, asks us to confront not just the denial, but the hatred, of the feminine around the world. More
Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and the Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC), challenges us to consider outdated ideas about women, especially those with a "tendency to change the world". More
Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and the Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC), celebrates the "guts" it takes to be an empathetic human being. More
Famed for her talent, creativity, and versatility as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, this Grammy Award-winning artist has used her music as a way to convey powerful, personal messages. Here she explains why she believes feminism is truly for every one of us, how we need to promote it to a younger generation, and why she is more convinced than ever that it will save the world. More

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Omega Institute Thinking Outside of the "Man Box": An Interview With Tony Porter
An Interview With Tony Porter
Omega: What exactly is a “man box” and how does it serve, as well as inhibit, manhood?  Tony: The “man box” is how men have been collectively socialized to understand what it means to be a man. It doesn’t mean that all men respond in the same way to this collective socialization but it does mean that all men have an understanding of this socialization. More
Ai-jen Poo
What’s Possible: An Interview With Ai-jen Poo
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. More
An Interview With Michael J. Gelb
Omega: What is your definition of a personal or professional Renaissance? Michael: We are all born with the capacity for genius. Every healthy child displays boundless energy, wild imagination, and delightful creativity. But then we go to school and get de-geniused. Renaissance means “rebirth.” I’m devoted to helping my students experience a rebirth or Renaissance of their original energy, imagination, and creativity.  More
An Interview With angel Kyodo williams
Omega: How do you see self-care as a particularly radical act of freedom and healing? How can meeting our individual needs bring us closer to being able to meet the needs of the many? More
Omega Institute Women's Leadership in the Middle East: An Interview With Nadia Al-Sakkaf
An Interview With Nadia Al-Sakkaf
Omega: You’ve noted that Yemen is a “young” country—most of the population is under 15 years old. Right now is a pivotal time for the future of the nation, as change accelerates in a short time. How has it felt to step into that history politically as one of the only women in a position of political authority?  More
Manisha Thakor
An Interview With Manisha Thakor
Omega: You spent 15 years working as an analyst, portfolio manager, and client relations executive. How did that experience inspire you to rethink financial health and investment? More
An Interview With Jamia Wilson
Omega: Many people see the United States as increasingly politically divided. Some blame the media for inciting or perpetuating misunderstanding and bad will. In a climate so easy to “otherize” for the sake of ratings and clicks, how do you think media can foster alternative conversation and how do you personally handle political disagreements? More
What’s Possible: An Interview With Cecile Richards
Marianne: Women are slowly achieving more leadership positions in many sectors, but we are still far from parity. For example, though we made strides in this last election, women still make up only 18% of Congress. What obstacles do you think keep women from entering and advancing through the pipeline, and what do you think we can do to change that? Do you think we just don't see ourselves there, or is it because there are structural obstacles?  More
Life coaching is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. More than 47,000 professional coaches now work worldwide, according to The International Coach Federation. More
What's Possible: An Interview With Anna Deavere Smith
Marianne: The Omega Women's Leadership Center (OWLC) is focused on encouraging more women in leadership and also helping create a new paradigm of power. How do you define power? What does power mean to you? More

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