Vision & Purpose

Since the founding of Omega in 1977, more than 600,000 women have participated in holistic offerings and innovative opportunities for women’s development. In 2002, we created the acclaimed Women & Power series. After initiating a research and development phase, we listened to women about their leadership needs and interests, and in 2012 launched the OWLC to convene, train, and inspire women to Do Power Differently®

Vision

We envision women’s leadership advancing a future where:  
  
Women are valued for their full human potential, live in safety, equality and freedom, and can express themselves and contribute meaningfully in all spheres of life; 
  
Men are free to express the full range of human qualities and share equitably with women in life’s responsibilities and joys; 
  
Our global society fosters nurturing and mutual relationships, healthy families and communities, and a peaceful, just, and sustainable world—for everybody. 

Purpose

The Omega Women's Leadership Center aspires to: 

Promote women’s leadership by convening, inspiring, and training women to lead from their own authentic voice, values, and vision. 
  
Create a power and leadership paradigm shift, from “power over” to “power with” others. 
  
Foster a balance between masculine and feminine principles, both of which are essential to creating a more just and sustainable world. 
  
Advance an integrated approach to personal growth and leadership by developing both inner strength and skills for action in the world. 
  
Develop the multiple human intelligences of mind, body, heart, and spirit as essential for effective women’s leadership. 
  
Cultivate an informed awareness, historic memory, and global understanding of the intersectional context and experiences of women’s and girls’ lives. 
  
Facilitate skillful alliances across age, race, class, gender, and nation. 
  
Support women and girls to recognize and increase their strength; develop their leadership skills; and validate their emotional intelligence and compassion. 
  
Help women and girls overcome family and cultural traditions that label power and ambition as unfeminine. 
  
Provide an evolving, dynamic curriculum. 
  
Model the values that the OWLC imparts. 

Staff

Sarah UrechSarah Urech is senior strategist of the Omega Women's Leadership Center. A certified coach, Master's social worker, and multilingual performer and singer, she has performed and taught playback theatre in 19 countries, including Cuba, Japan, and Russia. Before coming to Omega, she was the director of the Oncology Support Program at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, NY, where she received multiple awards for her work in holistic programming, patient advocacy, and oncology social work. Watch Sarah speak about the practice of listening as an important step in human evolution.

 

Founding Advisory Council

  • Isabel Allende

    Isabel Allende is a lifelong advocate for human rights and author of many books, including The House...

  • Jennifer Buffett

    Jennifer Buffett is president and cochair of the NoVo Foundation, a philanthropic organization...

  • Majora Carter

    Majora Carter, recipient of a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001...

  • Sister Joan Chittister

    Joan Chittister, OSB, PhD, a Benedictine nun, is one of the most articulate social analysts and...

  • Eve Ensler

    V (formerly Eve Ensler) is a playwright, performer, and activist. She is the award-winning author of...

  • Sally Field

    Sally Field is one of America’s most celebrated actors, a two-time Academy Award winner, and the...

  • Eileen Fisher

    Eileen Fisher began her clothing business, Eileen Fisher, Inc., in 1984. Eillen Fisher clothes are...

  • Jane Fonda

    Jane Fonda has been nominated for seven Oscars and won two of them during her legendary acting...

  • Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

    Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is senior research professor on trauma, forgiveness, and reconciliation at...

  • Ubaka Hill

    Ubaka Hill is a nationally known inspirational performer for over 30 years, artist and teacher of...

  • Pat Mitchell

    Pat Mitchell is known for her leadership in the media industry as a CEO, producer, and curator. Her...

  • Hibaaq Osman

    Hibaaq Osman is a global political strategist currently living in Egypt, where she leads three...

  • Edit Schlaffer

    Edit Schlaffer, PhD, is a social scientist, author, and activist who founded Women without Borders...

  • Gloria Steinem

    Gloria Steinem is a renowned activist, writer, and leader in the women’s rights movement. The...

  • Loung Ung

    Loung Ung is a survivor of the killing fields of Cambodia, one of the bloodiest episodes of the 20th...

  • Ann M. Veneman

    Ann M. Veneman, JD, has a distinguished career in public service, most recently serving as the...

Co-Founders

  • Elizabeth Lesser

    Elizabeth Lesser is the cofounder of Omega Institute, recognized internationally for its workshops...

  • Carla Goldstein

    Carla Goldstein, JD, is Omega Institute’s chief external affairs officer and cofounder of the Omega...

  • Sarah Peter

    Sarah Peter is an artist who lives in New York City. She has given generous and visionary support to...