Omega faculty Helen LaKelly Hunt

Helen LaKelly Hunt

Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD, with husband Harville Hendrix, PhD, are cofounders of Imago Relationships International. Together, they developed Imago Relationship Therapy and the concept of “conscious partnership.” Hunt is coauthor of ten books with Hendrix, including Getting the Love You Want, The Space Between, Making Marriage Simple, Giving the Love That Heals, and Receiving Love, plus three meditation books and two study guides. She and Hendrix also cocreated a DVD-based Relationship Toolbox for Couples.

In addition, Hunt is sole author of And The Spirit Moved Them, Faith and Feminism and Sister Wisdom. She has been active within the women’s movement for more than 20 years and has been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Founder and president of The Sister Fund—a private women’s fund dedicated to the social, political, economic, and spiritual empowerment of women and girls—Hunt has helped to found a number of other women’s funding institutions, including the Dallas Women’s Foundation, the New York Women’s Foundation, and the National Network of Women’s Funds (now Women’s Funding Network). She also has been recognized for her leadership in building the women’s funding movement with the National Creative Philanthropy Award and Gloria Steinem’s Women of Vision Award, and (in 2015) with an honorary doctorate of humane letters from her alma mater, Southern Methodist University, among other honors.

In 2004, Hunt completed a doctoral degree at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she explored how theology, or a spiritual perspective, has strengthened the work of women’s activism. Her dissertation, “The Religious Roots of American Feminism,” became the basis of her book, Faith and Feminism: A Holy Alliance.

Feeling strongly that our ability to function with integrity and wholeness within our communities and larger lives begins with our family connections, Hunt focuses a great deal of her time and energies on sustaining connections with her husband, their six children, and seven grandchildren.