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Speak Easy: Say it Loud, Say it Proud, With These Speech-Giving Tips by Tara Bracco October/November 2010 BUST Magazine. Read Full Article Here

“If you were asked to give a speech to a roomful of people, could you do it? For lots of women, public speaking is scary stuff. But if you back away from the challenge, you may be missing out on things like impressing your boss with a killer presentation or giving a moving toast at your BFF’s wedding. Anyone can be a good public speaker, even if the thought makes your palms sweat and your heart pound. I know because over the past six years, I’ve traveled across the country with the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership– a non-profit dedicated to professional development for women– teaching hundreds of mic-shy gals how to deliver a speech. The hardest part is saying yes when given the opportunity. ” Continue Reading Full Article Here

Developing a Community of Women Leaders by Melissa Cober August 15, 2010 WE Magazine For Women. Read Full Article Here

In today’s world, women have made many wonderful advances as leaders in their countries, businesses, and communities. However, despite the fact that women currently dominate the field of higher education, the overwhelming majority of powerful leadership positions are still held by men. Moreover, women that have broken this barrier often feel that helping other women will undermine their own successes. Women leaders clearly face unique challenges in their battle upwards; The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership exists to respond to these challenges.  Continue Reading Full Article Here

Defining Beauty In Their Own Terms by Lynn Marie Franco October 29, 2007 Publication – The Daily Free Press, The Independent Student Newspaper at Boston University
Long blonde hair, flawless skin and petite Barbie-like features typify the perfect woman in many cultures, but Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty is teaching Boston University students that beauty comes in many forms. Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women, told 30 students that perceptions of beauty are actually illogical in nature Saturday afternoon at Morse Auditorium. “Have that jelly doughnut,” she said. “Fat layers contain sex hormones. Infertility is tracked to women who are too skinny, and that is not sexy.” The day of self-esteem-boosting talks included Wolf’s speech as well as a panel discussion and leadership seminars for the campaign along with the Woodhull Institute of Ethical Leadership, a nonprofit organization promoting female empowerment. “Our new campaign called Reality Check shows how what we see on TV isn’t real . . . . We’re just showing how they create these unrealistic images of beauty,” said Woodhull Institute spokeswoman Allison Dunning. Only 2 percent of women consider themselves beautiful, according to a 2005 Dove global study. “The media has made a fake and unattainable image of what beauty is,” said Dove Campaign representative Stacy Bright. Wolf also lectured on the unrealistic standards that women face. “The cosmetics industry wants you to hate your face,” Wolf said. Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital psychiatrist Dr. Nancy Etcoff, author of Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty, also spoke about the myths of beauty and how empowered people can change social norms. “I’m trying to reach out to people at events like this because doing something for someone else is intensely pleasurable,” said Etcoff, who received her doctoral from BU. Wolf said the main causes of misconceptions of beauty stem from the cosmetics, dieting and cosmetic surgery industries. She said the cosmetic surgery industry grows 25 percent each year. “There is so much competition among women,” said College of Communication junior Carrie Chiusano, vice president of Every Person Counts, formerly the Women’s Center. “We’re so quick to judge one another instead of providing compliments.” Other panel members encouraged audience members to make a difference. “You are potentially more powerful than the media, so I want you to seize that power and use it,” Etcoff said.

Work Habits That Hurt You by Tara Bracco October 2007 Publication – Cosmopolitan
You speak up in meetings and work late without complaining. But despite busting your ass, you still might not be as far along in your career as you’d hoped. What gives? Well, according to experts at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, a nonprofit that trains women in business skills, even many determined Gen-Y chicks aren’t asserting and advocating for themselves enough. “You women are ambitious, but they still have self-doubt, which hinders success,” explains Naomi Wolf, Woodhull’s cofounder. Read full article here.

Stop the Presses Boys! Women Claim Space by Patricia Cohen March 15, 2007 Publication – New York Times
About author and activist, Catherine Orenstein, and her efforts to get more women to publish op-eds and the overall importance of women having a voice in the press. Read the Full Article Here

Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership by Kathleen J. King March 2007 Publication – DivineCaroline.com
I recently had a conversation with Wende Jager-Hyman, the Executive Director for Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, a not-for-profit educational organization that provides ethical leadership training and professional development to women. The organization is named for Victoria Woodhull, a nineteenth-century feminist and first woman stockbroker on Wall Street. She also was the first woman to produce her own newspaper and run for president before women had the right to vote.
Q: What has been your experience at Woodhull?
A: I’ve been able to work with so many remarkable women. I’m a child of the seventies. I worried about this new generation [of women]. I thought that they didn’t have the passion we [women of the 1970s] had. Young women seemed too materialistic or jaded. But the more I’ve been here and met these young women, I’ve realized that’s not the case. I’ve met so many incredible young women who have a different kind of passion… in the long run, they’re far more productive. They take charge of issues and really make change. It’s been incredibly inspiring…
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Women Leading Women by Melanie Lasoff Levs January 19, 2007 Publication – DivineCaroline.com
When was the last time a crowd applauded for you? Better yet, when was the last time you let yourself actually bask in that applause without bowing your head in embarrassment or humility, or running off the stage with a nervous smile pasted on your lips? I stood before a dozen of my peers on a warm summer morning in the Berkshire Mountains gazing at their smiles and listening to that clatter of hands coming together. There, I realized how difficult it is to revel in applause. But we women should, we deserve it. That’s one of the many leadership and life lessons I have learned from the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, a New York City-based non-profit that offers professional development and leadership training to women nationwide. In August 2005, I took part in the organization’s five-day young women’s seminar on 100 acres of trees, hills and grassy meadows in Ancramdale, NY. Read the Full Article

Luminaries Train Young Women to Lead the Way by Sara J. Wolcott May 2005 Publication – Bay Area Business Woman
“What are your biggest dreams?” Wende Jager-Hyman, executive director of the Woodhull Institute, asked the eight young women seated before her during a recent weekend retreat in Petaluma. The room grew quiet as the women let themselves think of those dreams they rarely tell others, the really big ones they whisper into the dark, like prayers. “Now make them bigger.” The young women paused, pensive. How could they make their dreams bigger? So often it is hard to just dream. Rarely have they been asked to dream “bigger.” “Now, what do you need to do to make those dreams come true?” Jager-Hyman challenged. “Ask for those things.” Read the Full Article

Big is as Big Does by Sara J. Wolcott May 2005 Publication – Bay Area Business Woman
I am a big woman: I have big dreams, a big laugh, and a big personality. I live in a world that, overtly or not, values women who are meek and mild. So though I may be a big woman, I can be shy to speak out, resorting to ineffectual and weak ways of talking that had been handed down to me from generations of women. I struggle with taking up space; the inner part of my self that wants to let my light shine brightly, and the wall that stands between my light and the outer world. I have spent time analyzing how that wall got there, but these days, I am more concerned with how might I get around it. Sometimes it takes another big woman who has figured that out to pull you over to the other side. Some of those strong women currently teach at the Woodhull Institute. The Institute seemed to be designed for women like me, who desperately want to become one who instigates change and serves her community, but keeps on running into a seemingly impenetrable wall. Read the Full Article

Woodhull Women May 2005 Publication – The Women’s Times (The Berkshire Region)
This month a group of women will gather at Ancramdale, New York, in the Berkshire foothills for an intensive weekend discussing financial literacy, conflict resolution and public presentation. They’ll light candles to rekindle and reclaim forgotten dreams. And they’ll come away, organizers hope, with grounding in “ethical leadership” and the confidence to exercise it. The May 20-22 retreat is hosted by the Woodhull Institute, a New York, N.Y.-based nonprofit dedicated to leadership training and professional development for women. In addition to the Ancramdale retreats, Woodhull runs programs in New York City and San Francisco. Its new Think Tank focuses on leadership gaps of particular significance to women; currently, they’ve set their sights on redressing women’s under-representation in the media as pundits and experts. Over 1,000 women have taken part in Woodhull’s programs since the organization’s 1997 founding by Naomi Wolf, lecturer and bestselling author whose books include The Beauty Myth and The Treehouse, forthcoming this month, and Margot Magowan, writer and radio producer. Conceived as a way to expand opportunities for the next generation of women, Woodhull reaches out to “the broadest possible spectrum of women,” says Wende Jager-Hyman, Woodhull’s executive director. Scholarship opportunities abound, says Jager-Hyman, one-third of tuition revenue funds scholarships. “Women of every ethnicity and socioeconomic background develop leadership skills together here,” she says. “At one Ancramdale retreat we had a young woman from a homeless shelter in Manhattan and a woman whose dad founded Vail [the ski resort].” The Woodhull Institute is named for pro-feminist Victoria Woodhull, spirited woman of firsts, including an 1872 run for the U.S. presidency. Her legacy shows in its leadership ethos: “Ethical leadership,” says Jager-Hyman, “is the compassionate use of power.” It’s something women need to do more of, she asserts, for themselves, their country and their world. For details, call 646-435-0837 or visit www.woodhull.org.

2003 Institute Pokes Holes in the Glass Ceiling San Francisco Chronicle
2001 What Nicole Did Next Night and Day Magazine Money and Power On Investing

2000 Grooming Young Women to Be Leaders San Francisco Chronicle Woman Power Fostered by Institute The Lantern A Course in Money and Power Money for Women

1999 A Conversation With Naomi Wolf Flair Follow These Leaders New Women