Women Leaders to Gather at Omega for Women & Power Retreat Aimed at Doing Power Differently

We convene to build resilience among women, and redefine the way power is used in the world. What would it look like to have power with, instead of power over?

The Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC) today announced its biennial Women & Power Retreat—to be held October 6–8, 2017 on Omega Institute’s Rhinebeck, New York campus—will focus on helping women #DoPowerDifferently. This year’s retreat brings together a diverse group of change leaders to explore themes such as turning pain into power, cultivating personal resilience, taking action in the face of adversity, and advocating for equality, justice, and healing.

“Over the past decade, women from around the world have gathered at Omega’s Women & Power retreats to be inspired, informed, and motivated to #DoPowerDifferently,” said Carla Goldstein, chief external affairs officer at Omega and cofounder of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center. “We convene to build resilience among women, and redefine the way power is used in the world. What would it look like to have power with, instead of power over?”

Omega has gathered thinkers, artists, and activists to explore innovative ways of working and leading, and to identify practical steps for making change. Select highlights of the weekend include:


  • Loung Ung, activist and author, in conversation with Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and the Omega Women’s Leadership Center. Ung, a survivor of the killing fields of Cambodia, together with Angelina Jolie, released the film version of her memoir, First They Killed My Father, this month on Netflix and in select theaters.
  • Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner and advocate against police violence, will participate in a panel discussion on turning pain into power.

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