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Karma Lekshe Tsomo: Women in Spirituality

How did a Malibu beach girl who then moved to Hawaii and surfed the waves in Honolulu become the Mother of the "Daughters of the Buddha" (Sakyadhita)? Being teased as a teenager is rarely a trigger for life-changing serendipity, unless you're Karma Lekshe. Prior to ordaining as a...

Gitanjali Babbar: A Force More Powerful: Transforming Delhi's Brothels

Delhi's GB road is the biggest red light area in the nation's capital.  Behind most of the faces lie untold stories of pain and suffering.  More than 4,000 women and 1500 children live in 77 brothels, most of whom are there by force, having been kidnapped, sold as young...

Jane Baldwin: Stories from Women and Displaced Natural Communities

Jane Baldwin is an American photographer and educator who gives voice to people on the verge of displacement from their ancestral land and loss of cultural identity.  Since 2005, she has made annual trips to photograph and record stories from the women of indigenous communities in...

Bonita Banducci: Harnessing the Talents and Contributions of Women

"Women being fully expressed in the workplace is, for me, an integral part of being well and being whole," says Bonita Banducci.  "Calling out the brilliance of women both for my students and for women at large, men and women, to me is the access to just a higher level of...

Nilima Bhat: Men, Women and Shakti Leadership: Exercising Power Regeneratively

A facilitator of personal and collective transformation, Nilima Bhat facilitates leaders in achieving self-mastery in the areas of business and leadership. Her book, Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business (co-written by Raj Sisodia, co-author of Conscious...

Elle Luna: Designing a Life Beyond the Crossroads of Should and Must

Elle Luna is an iconic designer, artist, painter, and writer.   If you’ve used ever the Uber app … If you’ve ever swiped an email on your iPhone… If you’ve ever deferred an email for some date in the future… If you’ve ever self-published on...

Cheryl Angel: Standing Peacefully Firm at Standing Rock

Cheryl Angel is an indigenous leader, wise (Sioux) Lakota elder woman, mother of five children, and lifelong devoted water protector who helped initiate and maintain the Standing Rock camp since April 2016, and who was vital in the nonviolent resistance to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL...

Clare Dubois: Toward a New Nature-Based Feminine Consciousness

Clare Dubois is the founder of TreeSisters.org, a quickly-growing women’s crowd-funding and consciousness-shift campaign to inspire and direct the brilliance, creativity and generosity of women towards the reforestation of the tropics and shared leadership around ecological restoration....

Michael Penn: The Nature of Hope

Around the age of twenty-two, a near death experience transformed Dr. Michael Penn into a seeker. Following this profound encounter with his own mortality, he began an extensive study of sacred texts and the works of the founders of the world’s religions. Today Professor Penn is a...

Brenda Salgado: Midwifing the Prophecy of an Earth-Based Feminine Consciousness

“I am loved. I am a blessing. I am sacred just the way I am. I have dignity. I have wisdom and gifts for the whole.” The 2016 graduating class at Naropa University echoes Brenda Salgado’s words after she addresses them at their commencement ceremony. Brenda Salgado is a...

Scilla Elworthy: Wisdom in Action: Global Peace and a World that Works

"Wherever there is injustice, there is anger, and anger is like gasoline -- if you spray it around and somebody lights a matchstick, you have an inferno. But anger inside an engine is powerful: it can drive us forward and can get us through dreadful moments and give us power. I learnt this...

Jessica Roach: Midwifing a New Social Reality for Black Women and Mothers

Jessica Roach is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Restoring Our Own Through Transformation (ROOTT), a nonprofit organization focused on providing community-based maternal-child health and birthing support in Columbus, Ohio.  As a Black women-led reproductive justice organization,...

Miki Kashtan: Vulnerability, Shedding Excess, and Communicating Our Needs

Miki Kashtan is a self-described “practical visionary pursuing a world that works for all, exploring the application of the principles and tools of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to social transformation.” In 2002, she co-founded, with her late sister Inbal Kashtan, Bay Area...

Mary Pipher: Women Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age

When Mary Pipher, a New York Times best-selling author, told her friends she was next writing a book on older women “like us,” they immediately protested, “I am not old.” What they meant, she says in a recent New York Times opinion piece, was that “they didn’t...

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