Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership

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The San Francisco Chronicle’s Leah Garchik writes:

After the U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing 15 years ago, Hillary Rodham Clinton planted the seed for Vital Voices, a nongovernmental organization that works worldwide to support “emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs.” Cissie Swig, profoundly committed to a host of global causes, political campaigns, women’s rights and the arts, is on its board. And last Monday, she invited about 30 friends, mainly women with parallel passions, to dinner at Villa Taverna to meet Vital Voices President Alyse Nelson, who described the group’s work: identifying those women, educating and training them in financial skills, marketing, communication, leadership.

This gathering wasn’t just about providing financial support. After Nelson described projects in nearly 127 countries and suggested the possibility of a Bay Area council, guests leaped in with ideas for participating. Mills College President Janet Holmgren said Mills would be excited to be “the nexus” for a Bay Area presence; Anette Harris, board member for the International Museum of Women, suggested that institution and Vital Voices might work together on a speakers’ series; retired Bishop William Swing of the United Religions Initiative said, “A lot of times religion keeps women from taking a place at the table; we would like to sit down and talk with you about that”; radio producer-writer-Woodhull Institute founder Margo Magowan talked about training women for on-air appearances; and Cissie’s daughter-in-law Darian Swig, whose passion is Human Rights Watch, discussed the importance of supporting Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and suggested joining forces on a Liberia working group.

Cissie Swig had accomplished the evening’s goal, as she expressed in a goodnight wish: “Stay connected.”

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by Rima Pancholi, Woodhull Intern

Often unaware of how to properly budget, spend, and save money, people are thrown into debt and financial ignorance. (After all, a credit card is just a piece of plastic.) What does this mean for the woman? Further exacerbating the divide already caused by men receiving greater pay in the workplace, “financial ignorance” leads to poor credit, debt, dependence, and disappointment. (Aka: no more Manolos and getaways to Paris.)

As one of Woodhull’s newest interns, I had the opportunity to attend the “Living Large on Less” seminar with the wonderful Stacy Francis, founder of Savvy Ladies and Woodhull Alumna. Ms. Francis, in her seminar, gave hope to the woman hoping to pay off her credit card debts, become more financially independent, pay for her children’s education, pay off loans, spend money wisely, save for retirement, and invest wisely. (Gotta love those student loans.)


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Originally posted to Sassy Women Online

by Eva C. Haldane (Woodhull Alumna)

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend Woodhull’s Young Women’s Ethical Leadership Retreat.  It couldn’t have come at a better time.  In my life I’m still adjusting to my transition from full time employee to full time student, a different apartment and roommate and all my own personal issues.  It came after I did something that wasn’t too ethical and was beating myself up over it and getting beat up over it by the person I did it to.  In short, I was kind of a mess.  I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect,  but Leah and my aunt had both told me it would change my life.  I was looking for a change and so I went open minded. continue

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Need to work on book proposals and pitching ideas?
Want to work with some of the big names
in the business?
If you answered yes, then this is the Retreat for you!

Woodhull is holding its first FICTION Writers’ Retreat.  In a weekend of writing instruction and one-on-one critique, participants gain fundamental knowledge of: novels and young adult book proposals and pitching ideas and marketing trends with Barbara Victor and Melissa Walker.

Spaces are filling up quickly, so sign up today!  Contact Laura Sinkman, at lsinkman@woodhull.org, for an application and a flier to share with your personal and professional networks

BARBARA VICTOR is a journalist who has covered the Middle East for most of her career, has interviewed many of the major heads of state in that area of the world, including Yasser Arafat; King Hassan; Yitzak Rabin; Ariel Sharon and King Hussein. She is the author of five novels, Absence of Pain, Misplaced Lives, Friends, Lovers, Enemies, Coriander, and Reckless.

MELISSA WALKER is a writer who has worked as ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. She has written for a number of newspaper and magazines. In late 2008, she launched iheartdaily.com with fellow ex-ELLEgirl Anne Ichikawa. It’s a daily newsletter about likable stuff for a teen audience. Her young adult novels include: Violet on the Runway, Violet by Design, Violet in Private, and Lovestruck Summer.

Date: November 13-14, 2009
Where: Woodhull Retreat Center, Ancramdale, NY (transportation available from Grand Central Station, NYC)
Cost: $495* includes tuition, materials, room and board. (For an additional $50 you can spending the night on Friday Evening.)

*The Woodhull Institutes’s goal is to make it possible for every woman to participate in one of our powerful training programs. To this end, we offer need-based financial aid and scholarships. Further, substantial discounts are available to alumnae and members.

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Raise Your Voice: Nonfiction Writers’ Retreat
May 29-31, 2009
Ancramdale, NY

woman-at-lap-top1Our writers’ retreats give participants writing instruction, one-on-one critique, and fundamental knowledge about publishing in the non-fiction market. Surprisingly, many otherwise talented non-fiction writers have never been taught the basic skill of organizing their material – their narrative or argument – into a coherent and clear outline. The outline is the scaffolding for all good and marketable non-fiction writing and teaching participants to apply an outline method clarifies their work for publication whether the text in question is as short as a 700 word op-ed or as substantial as a 100,000 word book. Our courses focus on writing op-ed pieces, features, book proposals and pitching ideas. Our Faculty Members Include: Deborah Siegel, Kristen Kemp, and Catherine Orenstein. Alumna of this retreat write for New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Salon, Bitch Magazine, Glamour, Christian Science Monitor, and many others. Our writers have published books; “Fat Envelope Frenzy“, “On My Own Two Feet“, “Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters“, “The Devil, The Lovers & Me: My Life in Tarot” to name just a few.

The retreat is going to take place over the weekend of May 29-31 at Woodhull’s Retreat Center in Ancramdale, NY. The cost is $695 which includes tuition, materials, lodging, and meals. To some that price may seem daunting but Woodhull will create a payment plan that is feasible for all women interested in this retreat.

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retreatStudents have always grappled with what they will do after graduation. But, in today’s economy the stress can be unbearable. Spend a weekend with an awesome group of women working through the same kinds of stresses in an intimate space away from cell phones, e-mail, and school pressures.

Our Weekend Covers:
One-on-one Public Speaking Coaching
Tapping into your inner voice
What it means to be an ethical leader
Speaking with confidence in an interview
How to develop mentoring relationships
Why you should always negotiate your first salary
The art of Networking
… and much more!

April 17-19th, 2009
$495 covers tuition, room, and board for the weekend.
(Need-based scholarships are available, but we can not give them if YOU don’t apply! We also offer very flexible student payment plans.)
Location: Ancramdale, NY (transportation is aranged from Grand Central Station)

For more information call 646-435-0837, or email skirby@woodhull.org. Space is limited!  Contact Stephanie Morgan Kirby for an application.

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happy womanImagine having the ability to design your life instead of just letting life happen to you. In this powerful introductory course, you will first determine which areas of your life are not working for you and then create a road map to get to where you want to be. Together, we will break down your fears, thoughts, and deep beliefs that are “explaining your life away”, and we will get you thinking, creating, inventing and dreaming about your life.

Date: May 20th
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM-EST
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Park, NYC
Cost: $10
RSVP: here

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Strong Lady During the 1 hour mini-workshop, you will learn:

*  How to create an identity that defines you in the NOW.
*  How to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be
*  Why having a strong financial vision is important

You won’t want to miss this information-packed discussion. Author Yvonne Bynoe will be signing copies of Who’s Your Mama: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers

Date: May 7th
Time: Noon
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Park, NYC
Cost: $10
RSVP: here

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mother and daughter“If you also see your mother when you look in the mirror, you are not alone,” says Dr. Laura Arens Fuerstein, analytic therapist with over 30 years of clinical experience and author of MY MOTHER, MY MIRROR: Recognizing and Making the Most of Inherited Self-Images. Far from blaming the mother for the daughter’s problems, Dr. Fuerstein’s work highlights hidden patterns passed on from generation to generation – mother to daughter. These patterns distort each mother’s self-image and are unwittingly passed down to her daughter – often affecting the young girl’s concept of herself and influencing her adult choices. Dr. Fuerstein offers a five-phase process to uncover these hidden messages

Date: April 29th
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM-EST
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Park, NYC
Cost: $10
RSVP: here

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alice_paul_smVirginia Ann Harris will share interesting little-known facts about the clash of personalities and dramatic events that led to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Harris will focus on the life of young suffragette Alice Paul.

Alice Paul’s high-profile activism led to her being arrested and jailed, and nearly committed to an insane asylum. Yet she kept up the fight. Thanks to her courage, and the steady push provided by the more established suffragette organizations, Alice Paul was able to cast her first vote in the 1920 election.

Date: Monday, April 6th, 2009
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM – EST
Location: 16 W 23rd Street, New York, NY

Cost: $10 (a small dinner will be provided)
RSVP: is mandatory for security reasons

Contact Stephanie Morgan Kirby at skirby@woodhull.org with any questions or concerns.

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