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Omega was founded on the holistic worldview that the well-being of each of us is deeply connected to the well-being of all living things. Since 1977, more than 600,000 women have participated in Omega’s holistic offerings and innovative opportunities for women’s development. Today, the need for women to lead from their authentic voice, values, and vision has never been greater.

In 2002, we created the acclaimed Women & Power series where visionary speakers and change-agents from around the world explore how women can use their unique experiences and voices to redefine power. By initiating a research and development phase, we listened to and learned from women about their leadership needs and interests, and in 2012 launched the OWLC to convene, train, and inspire women to use their leadership to Do Power Differently®

The OWLC is catalyzing a new way of envisioning women's leadership. We want to transform what it means to lead. We want to redefine power—from “power over” to “power with.” We offer an interdisciplinary leadership curriculum to support personal and professional development throughout the lifespan—for aspiring leaders who want to hone skills and deepen self-understanding; and for established leaders who are looking to make a change, give back, and impact the world.

Please join us, give us feedback, share your ideas, and help us build the OWLC.



Elizabeth Lesser is cofounder of the Omega Institute and the Omega Women's Leadership Center. Author of The Seeker’s Guide and the New York Times best seller, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, she has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, at the TED Women conference, and is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.

Carla Goldstein, JD, is Omega Institute’s chief external affairs officer and cofounder of the Omega Women's Leadership Center. An attorney with 25 years of experience in public interest advocacy, she has contributed to more than 100 city, state, and federal laws, and has worked extensively on issues related to women’s rights, poverty, public health, and social justice.

Sarah Peter is cofounder of the Omega Women's Leadership Center and an artist who lives in New York City. She has given generous and visionary support to the Modern Women’s Fund at the Museum of Modern Art, and the Odwar Fund in Uganda. At the heart of Sarah Peter’s philanthropic giving is the goal of acknowledging individual women’s contributions and helping to improve the lives of women.


Sarah Urech, LMSW, is the assistant director of the Omega Women's Leadership Center. A multilingual performer, social worker, and singer, she has performed and taught playback theatre in 15 countries, including Cuba, Japan, and Russia, and is the development director of Hudson River Playback Theatre. Watch Sarah speak about the practice of listening as an important step in human evolution.