Carla Goldstein, JD, is president and chief executive officer of Omega Institute, the nation’s premier holistic learning center, offering innovative educational experiences that provide an integrated approach to personal and social change. She is also the cofounder of the Omega Women's Leadership Center, a hub for convening, inspiring, and training women to Do Power Differently®. Prior to joining Omega, Carla worked extensively in city and state government and the nonprofit sector in public interest advocacy. In 2021, Carla was the recipient of the Helen Gurley Brown Genius Grant in recognition of her lifelong commitment to women’s leadership, public interest advocacy, and women’s rights.
Carla’s career highlights include serving as vice president for public affairs at Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC), where she directed the agency’s advocacy and strategic communications work. Before joining PPNYC, Carla worked for the speaker of the New York City Council, where she helped craft and advocate for state and federal legislative agendas. While in law school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, she was cofounder and co-editor-in-chief of the state’s first women’s law journal, Circles: The Buffalo Women’s Journal of Law and Social Policy. Carla was an adjunct professor at CUNY Queens College for eight years where she taught about the law and social justice.
Today, she teaches emerging and established leaders how to apply holistic principles at work, at home, and in community. Additionally, Carla serves in an advisory capacity to several organizations on the cutting edge of new ways of thinking about social and cultural transformation, including: Women Without Borders, Ctznwell, Connected Women Leaders, Feminist.com, and Living Room Conversations.