Since 1996, we’ve featured conference programming about topics designed to inspire and encourage women’s leadership. For the 2014 Bioneers Conference, you can explore “Women’s Leadership” as one of the 13 tracks for conference programming.
The goals of these sessions and keynotes are to liberate women and men from outmoded gender roles, and reclaim what’s useful about the essence of the masculine and feminine within us all. Restoring the feminine will guide us to achieve greater balance among the full array of facets of our human behavior. The program this year offers a bouquet of sessions, from keynotes and panels to numerous participatory sessions, designed to explore edgy conversations and articulate complex identities in practical and evocative ways.
In nature, dynamic equilibrium between yin and yang isn’t a goal or an aspiration; it’s a fact. The sooner we awaken to how much we have to gain from shifting our institutions, systems and ways of relating to reflect greater balance, both within and outside of ourselves, the better our lives will be, and the more harm I believe we can avert.
Women’s Leadership Keynotes
Eve’s purpose to stand on behalf of ending violence against women has recently expanded to connect what we do to the Earth and to women as octaves of the same societal illness. Her recent illness has led her to draw radical and lucid connections among the ways we treat our bodies and the body of our Mother Earth.
Terry’s writing as a naturalist has spanned the personal, the spiritual, the creative and activist worlds. Her recent book When Women Were Birds is eloquent in conveying much about what we women say, and don’t say. Her keynote will no doubt span the wilderness within as well as the wild lands that inform us. The depth of her love for life and her dimensional curiosity always expands my possibilities and vision.
I am also excited about the keynote by the legendary couple who have led Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco for 45 years, Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani. It’s rare to see a couple collaborating in full expression of each of their individual paths. Cecil and Janice dance like few others I’ve ever seen, with practical results that provide solace, healing and community for many thousands of folks, most of them urban poor.
Women’s Leadership Sessions, Intensives & Other Events
Since we’re all influenced—consciously or unconsciously—by myths, symbols and stories that depict women in many ways, I’m keen to explore some of these across disparate cultures in a session called Archetypes in Every Woman featuring wise storytelling women.
Duality is Reciprocal: Integrating the Feminine-Masculine Powers Within will be an experiential session to explore masculine and feminine energies internally. It’s offered by three skillful and soulful colleagues, Pele Rouge, Firehawk Hulin and Lana Holmes, who each hold a remarkable balance of both within.
When we launched a Women in the Economy Intensive in 2012, I was initially skeptical. A familiar habitual voice within me said, “Economics and finance are not your turf.” However, when I heard the stories and visions of the women who presented, and felt the excitement unleashed in me by accepting finance and economy as the manifest essence of what we love and value, I was hooked.
The Women in the Economy session and intensive this year will build on the outcomes we identified in 2012, helping make the foundations of this emergent field more visible. We’ll begin with the values we collectively surfaced last time, and leave with an emergent map of pathways and initiatives to help clarify this visionary landscape. The reinvention of economy integrates feminist values, so in addition to women such as Joy Anderson and Nikki Henderson Sylvestri, we’ve added some great men to the mix: Adam Werbach and Charles Eisenstein.
This year, I learned about a radical young indigenous group led by Jessica Danforth doing game-changing work in Indian Country. I’ve been especially wowed by how their understanding of gender roles and sexual health is pivotal in shifting folks toward self-determination and healing.
I realized that the widespread adoption of gay marriage and the revolution towards greater equity and rights of the LGBTQ community are contributing in profound ways to shifting our culture’s course and our empathic acceptance of folks who have different orientations from the supposed norm. From this emerged an opportunity to host a timely conversation on Gender, Sexual Health and Culture Change, a dynamic dialogue among four eloquent folks who have each thought and worked deeply, and carry real wisdom about this domain.
Intuitively, we all know there are deep connection among women, the feminine and nature, though it’s not always easy to articulate. In this time, as women’s leadership and the feminine within us all are called to be ascendant on behalf of the health and future of all life, I became enthused to gather some women who’ve considered these connections deeply from their own cultural vantage-points and generational points of view. They’ll shed some light on this topic in the session Woman and Nature: The Shadow and the Promise.
If you’ve ever taken a Cultivating Women’s Leadership retreat, or considered applying, join us for the CWL Sampler and Reunion. You’ll get a taste of a great group of diverse and purposeful women who have your back, and a sense of what we as women uniquely bring to leadership. Come meet other great women and our CWL facilitators, and experience some of the practices we teach. Additionally you’ll have the opportunity to learn about our new place-based retreats and how to bring a Cultivating Women’s Leadership Retreat to your community.
Connect with Great Women Leaders at Bioneers 2014
It would be easy to go on as I truly feel this year’s program is one of the best we’ve ever assembled.
Other great women leaders we’re featuring include Climbing PoeTree, the radical spoken word performance artists and activists, and Katsi Cook, one of the earliest and most effective Indigenous elders working for environmental justice and indigenous midwifery.
If you’re hungry to connect with great women and some good men walking consciously along the edges of our much-needed reinvention, together we’ll explore leadership and reclaiming the feminine from multi-cultural and multi-generational perspectives. I hope to see you there!