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2017 Women & Power: #DoPowerDifferently

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If ever there’s a time for women across the globe to gather, share ideas, build community, and foster resilience, it is now. The world needs us to be outspoken, inventive, and brave. Over the past decade, women from around the world have gathered at Omega’s Women & Power weekends to be inspired, informed, and motivated to Do Power Differently®.

Power: it’s a charged word. It has come to mean the ability to wage control over others through domination or force. But that’s a worn-out definition that humanity can't afford to live by. So what does it mean to do power differently? That’s what we explored at the 2017 Women & Power Retreat. We gathered thinkers, artists, activists, and leaders to open our minds to new definitions of power, innovative ways of working and leading, and practical steps for releasing the untapped and critical wisdom of women. Together we asked and explored answers to these questions:

  • How do we develop personal resilience and compassionate yet courageous action in the face of adversity?
  • What steps do women take now to advocate for equality, justice, and healing—not just in our own communities, but everywhere? And not just for women, but for everybody?
  • How do we move beyond our own limitations and biases?
  • How do we use the strengths we have honed, not only in the workplace, but also as sisters, mothers, and caretakers, to upend a worn-out vision of power and leadership?
  • What are some of the most innovative and inspiring changes being made by women in the arts, economics, activism, business, philanthropy, healing, education, and other arenas?

Meet the Teachers

  • Elizabeth Lesser is the cofounder of Omega Institute, recognized internationally for its wor ...
  • Loung Ung is a bestselling author, activist, and co-writer of a Netflix Original Movie direct ...
  • Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher, and
  • Yasmeen Hassan is the global executive director of Equality Now.  Before becoming the gl ...
  • Gwendolyn Carr is a mother, advocate, and community leader. As matriarch of one of Staten Island' ...
  • Sarah Peter, the mother of three fabulous grown children, is an artist who lives in New York City ...
  • Pamela Shifman is the executive director of the NoVo Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation ba ...
  • Sharon Richardson is the founder and executive director of Reentry Rocks and the founding reentry sp ...
  • Carla Goldstein, JD, is president of Omega Institute and cofounder of the Omega Women's Leadershi ...
  • Judaline Cassidy has been a plumber for more than twenty years. She is a proud union member of Plumb ...
  • Joan Blades is a cofounder of, an open source effort to rebuild ...
  • Tia Oros Peters (Shiwi) is committed to Indigenous Peoples’ self-determination and serves as the ...
  • Eva is the executive director of TMI Project, a non-profit organization offering transformat ...
  • Women of the World brings women musicians from across the globe onto a common musical platform to co ...


Tell a New Story Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega and the Omega Women's Leadership Center, kicks off Women & Power with a keynote that taps into the unique ability that women have to do power differently.
Resiliency in Activism Elizabeth Lesser sits with Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father, as they discuss the power of community, forgiveness, and the importance of resilience.
Oli Aloha No Kaua’I Women of the World open up Women & Power with a song from Hawaii, Oli Aloha No Kaua’I.
Beginning Again Sharon Salzberg, best-selling author and cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, kicks off day two of Women & Power with a keynote and meditation practice to bring us into presence.
Turning Pain into Power Eva Tenuto, of TMI Project, moderates this panel discussing how prominent activists have turned the experience of profound pain into power. Gwen Carr, Tia Oros Peters, and Norma Bowe share their stories and the impact they've had on police violence, environmental policies, and more.
The Women’s Building Carla Goldstein, cofounder of Omega Women's Leadership Center, moderates a panel with four women who are central to the creation of the NoVo Foundation Women's Building in NYC: Sharon Richardson, Yasmeen Hassan, Judaline Cassidy, and Pamela Shifman.
Coming Together Joan Blades, founder of and Living Room Conversations, shares the importance of sitting down for civil conversations with people who think differently from us.
Eight Minutes a Day Sharon Salzberg rejoins us at the start of day three for a grounding practice and meditation, with advice to take with you beyond Women & Power.
Feminist Art Sarah Peter, cofounder of Omega Women's Leadership Center, brings context to Women & Power's art exhibit, Threads, with an overview and examination of feminist art.

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