Elizabeth Lesser

Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of the Omega Institute and the Omega Women's Leadership Center, is author of The Seeker’s Guide, the New York Times best seller Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, and the memoir Marrow: Love, Loss, and What Matters Most (a 2017 Books for a Better Life Award Winner). She is one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a collection of a hundred leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity.

For almost 40 years, she has studied and worked with leading figures in the field of healing—healing self, society, and the earth we share. For much of that time, Lesser was a driving force at Omega, helping to lead the organization, create the curriculum, and spearhead many of its programs. In 2002 she initiated the Women & Power series, which offer a dialogue between women in leadership positions in a variety of areas—government, religion, media, the arts, and more.

Lesser is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide. She gave a talk at the first TED Women conference in 2011, Take "the Other" to Lunch, and spoke again on the TED Women stage in 2016, Say Your Truths and Seek Them in Others. She helped produce Oprah Winfrey's 10-week webinar for Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth, appeared several times on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Super Soul Sunday, and was a guest host on the Oprah Radio channel on Sirius/XM. 

A student of the Sufi master Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan since 1971, Elizabeth Lesser has also studied with spiritual teachers and religious scholars from other traditions, as well as psychological practitioners and healers. Lesser attended Barnard College and San Francisco State University. Previous to her work at Omega, she was a midwife and birth educator. She has been active in environmental issues for many years in New York State’s Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains, where she lives with her family.

Elizabeth Lesser talks about the inspiration for her book Marrow: Love, Loss, and What Matters Most.


Marrow: A Love Story
A mesmerizing and courageous memoir by Elizabeth Lesser, Marrow is the story of two sisters uncovering the depth of their love through the life-and-death experience of a bone marrow transplant. Told with suspense and humor, Marrow is joyous and heartbreaking, incandescent and profound. An unflinching memoir about getting to the very center of ourselves, Marrow explores the multifaceted nature of love and reveals how even our most difficult experiences can offer unexpected spiritual growth.

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