ELIZABETH GILBERT is a journalist and best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love,The Signature of All Things, and the forthcoming Big Magic. Her writings have also appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, GQ, and the New York Times Magazine. elizabethgilbert.com
BONNIE ST. JOHN After having her right leg amputated at age 5, Bonnie became the first African American ever to win Winter Olympic or Paralympic medals, graduated with honors from Harvard, became a Rhodes Scholar, a White House Economic official, and is now a popular Fortune 500 leadership consultant and best-selling author. bonniestjohn.com
WENDY DAVIS is an attorney, author, former Texas state senator, and the 2014 Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee with 15 years of public service advocacy. She is best known for her historic 13 hour filibuster in the Texas Senate to prevent legislation dramatically reducing women's access to reproductive healthcare. facebook.com/wendydavistexas
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, the TED Women conference, and is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide. elizabethlesser.org
NATALIE MERCHANT is a singer/songwriter and musician who rose to fame at the helm of the popular folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs. Her first solo album Tigerlily sold five million copies. This November she will release her newest album and documentary film Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings. nataliemerchant.com
ANGEL KYODO WILLIAMS Sensei is an author, spiritual teacher, master trainer, and the founder of Center for Transformative Change. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. angelkyodowilliams.com
NADIA AL-SAKKAF is the first woman to have been appointed as Minister of Information in Yemen. She is the first Arab to receive the Gebran Tueni Award and the Oslo Business for Peace Award and the former editor-in-chief of the Yemen Times.
MARIA TERESA KUMAR is the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino and an Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC. A 2014 Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum, she serves on the national boards of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Latino Leaders Network.
KJ DENHERT is a songwriter, guitarist, and performer. She has earned four Independent Music Award nominations and in 2009 was named as one of Jazz.com’s top female vocalists. She has performed at festivals around the world and has residencies at the ’55 Bar’, Smoke in NYC, at the Baz Bar in St. Barth’s, and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. kjdenhert.com
JAMIA WILSON is a feminist media activist, organizer, and storyteller who is currently the Executive Director of Women, Action, and the Media. She previously served as the TED prize storyteller at TED Conferences, the executive director of Youth Tech Health (YTH), and Women’s Media Center vice-president of programs.
SHIRLEY VELASQUEZ is the director of content of Latina magazine, Latina.com, and The Latin Kitchen and the author of the Global Girls children's book series. Her work has appeared in Elle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan Magazine For Latinas, InStyle, and Ms.
SARAH PETER is an artist who lives in New York City. She has given generous and visionary support to the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, 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. estateofmind.com
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.eOmega.org/owlc
RAVEN KOCH has taught self-defense and assertiveness for more than 15 years, specializing in services to marginalized populations. She was formerly the self-defense program coordinator at Sexual Assault Support Services in Eugene, OR, where she also served youth as a legal and medical advocate. Currently, she offers weekly classes to homeless LGBT youth in Manhattan.
BARBARA BASH is a calligrapher, illustrator, author, and performance artist. She teaches classes in illustrated journaling, communication, creative process, and the popular Big Brush workshop. Her classes create a space for everyone to make their mark in the world, including Buddhist centers, corporate settings, elementary schools, prisons, and mental health facilities. barbarabash.com
ROBYN MORENO is a writer, editor, and spokesperson for Woman's Day and a frequent guest on Today, PlumTV, NY1, Good Day New York, and the Early Show on CBS. She has written fashion, travel, and lifestyle articles for InStyle, Glamour, Latina, Woman's Day, and the New York Daily News. robynmoreno.com
VANESSA GARRISON is an advocate of social justice issues focused on improving health outcomes and quality of life for Black women and girls. Vanessa currently serves as the COO of GirlTrek, a national health movement that she co-founded in 2011, and has been featured on NPR, CNN and The New York Times.
T. MORGAN DIXON is the Co-Founder of GirlTrek, a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C that inspires African American women and girls to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives—simply by walking. She has been a featured on CNN, in The Washington Post, and The New York Times, and currently serves on the Boards of Trustees for both the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Teach for Haiti.
SARI BOTTON is a writer and editor and serves as the Editorial Director of TMI Project. Sari's work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, and Harper’s Bazaar. She is the editor of Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York and a columnist for The Rumpus.
EVA TENUTO is the executive director of TMI Project and the founder of The Women’s Experimental Theater Group. She is the director for the award-winning Tales of Geriassic Park; On the Verge of Extinction, and America’s Next Top. Her stories have been published in Goodbye to All That, Writers on Loving and Leaving New York and Slant of Light.
LORI AHAVA WYNTERS is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, Kripalu Yoga Teachers, and Ayurveda Association. A faculty at Vassar, Goddard and SUNY New Paltz in education, psychology and social/ecological medicines, she is also a rabbinical student and Director of Kol Isha.
MICHELE BERTRAN, MS, JD, is the director of the Omega Women's Leadership Center. Before joining the Omega staff, she worked for almost two decades on the staff of the New Jersey Courts. An attorney, mediator, and former court manager, Michele Bertran is committed to social justice and creative conflict resolution. She is also a Fellow of the National Center for State Courts. eOmega.org/owlc
SARAH URECH is the manager 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. eOmega.org/owlc