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Here you'll find a collection of interviews with Omega Women's Leadership Center presenters and faculty over the years, including the What's Possible Interview Series conducted by Marianne Schnall. Scroll down to explore our dialogue with Joan Halifax RoshiEve EnslerAi-jen PooSally FieldDr. Christiane NorthrupAnna Deavere Smith, Sharon Salzberg, and more. 

 

 

The Courage to Choose: An Interview With Elizabeth Gilbert, Part 3

Omega: Women in the 21st century are forging new paths while being held to impossible “women's magazine” standards—“perfection” and “balance” are words you encourage women not to use. The Signature of All Things tells the 19th century life story of a rare, intrepid woman scientist. Do you consider yourself political in your writing?

Elizabeth: Somebody asked if Signature of All Things is a feminist novel and I said, “I'm never going to write anything that's not a feminist screed in some way or another, explicitly so or not.”

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Omega Institute Women: See Yourself as Leaders: An Interview With Bonnie St. John, Part 2

Omega: When you think about the women you interviewed for your book How Great Women Lead, written with your daughter Darcy Deane, do you see any one trait, characteristic, or belief they all have in common?

Bonnie: They were all so different! Perhaps the most common thread was knowing themselves—really fitting into their own skin. Most of them had worked hard to...

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Sally Field

Marianne: The Omega Women’s Leadership Center is looking to redefine power and catalyze a new way of envisioning women’s leadership. What is true power and how do you think it should be used?

Sally: There is the obvious power that comes with money or success. But there’s also personal power that comes from someone working hard on his or her own internal process—the kind of power we talk about as “finding your voice.” It requires you to turn within on a daily basis and not leave any leaf unturned as you discover what it really means to be alive. You...

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In this interview by Elizabeth Lesser, Sharon Salzberg urges us to live from love and take care of one another.

Elizabeth: You are often called one of America’s leading spiritual teachers. What does it mean to you to be a spiritual teacher?

Sharon: I call myself a meditation teacher rather than a spiritual teacher. But, I understand why people use that word. I imagine they’re trying to capture the...

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Omega Institute Thinking Outside of the "Man Box": 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.

I use the example of the man box to have discussions with men in a simple but serious way. The ingredients in the box are how men have been socialized to define what it means to be a man. This...

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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.

Marianne: As you know, part of Omega's work is...

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Eve Ensler

Marianne: You have been a part of Omega’s Women & Power conferences since the very beginning. What was your experience of the 2012 “What’s Possible” conference?

Eve: There was a tremendous sense of unity. It felt like speakers and participants were equally engaged and equally empowered. I was moved by the kind of energetic hunger and clarity in women—this need to go further and do more and be bolder. There just seemed like a lot less fear in general and a lot more willingness to be disruptive and daring.

Marianne: Did...

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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?

angel: My colleague and dear friend Kerri Kelly and I talk about the difference between wellness and well-being. Well-being is about being well. It’s about having access to the resources to self-determine the unfolding of our lives, because we’re not going to all do it the same way and we don’t need to. Self-care puts us in touch with a personal...

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Omega Institute Women's Leadership in the Middle East: 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? 

Nadia: As the first female Minister of Information I faced huge challenges, expectations, and pressure. I belong to what is known as the "Professional Government' indicating the fact that many of us came from professional walks of life...

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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?

Manisha: It was two experiences. It was feeling like most of the financial industry was like fast food, having worked myself for some phenomenal places that were nutrient-rich but focused on corporations; and, it was wanting to help individual people have access to that nutrient-dense kind of financial information, including a handful of activities and pieces of advice...

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