Nina Simons is one of those rare teachers who encourages and emboldens at the same time that she inspires curiosity about the topics of service, gender, and leading from the heart. She speaks here about the importance of collaboration between women (and between men and women) as we all strive to reinvent a model of leadership that can help steward the current changes taking place on our planet. “Liberate your own capacity,” she suggests “and get out of your own way!”
Nina’s book, Moonrise, is an anthology of over 30 voices and stories that illuminate how women and many men are redefining the leadership landscape across a diversity of perspectives, generations and ethnicities. Their narratives explore how they cultivated their leadership impulses and their “feminine” strengths, reinventing leadership to prioritize community, collaboration, the environment, and the common good. Illuminating a path to progressive environmental and social change, their passionate stories of joyful, creative, collaborative, and sacred leadership ignite within each reader the power to help co-create a healthy, peaceful, just, and sustainable world. Check it out!
About my guest: Nina Simons is co-CEO and co-founder of Bioneers, a national nonprofit that identifies, gathers, and disseminates breakthrough solutions to environmental and social challenges. A speaker and teacher on the environment, restoring the sacred feminine, and the call to engaged action, she gives workshops on cultivating women’s leadership and co-produces the annual Bioneers Conference. She lives outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Photo of Nina Simons by Jennifer Esperanza, a super talented photographer living in Santa Fe, NM.
Adopt a Woman of Green Campaign has Launched!
We believe women have a very special and urgent role to take on in the world now. As the original nurturers, we are integral in creating a sustainable future for our children, the planet and its beings. If not us, than who? But we need more women trained to take this mission on. So this year, the women of Women Of Green have committed to sponsoring a woman who is fully committed to creating a sustainable world through her work. To further her efforts and success, she will attend the Bioneers Cultivating Women’s Leadership training this summer. It’s going to take all of us to help her get there.
Our Goal Together.
The goal is $2,500.00 by June 2011. If you are reading this, it’s by no mistake. Be part of the family of Women Of Green and help us make this happen. $5.00, $10.00, $25.00 is all it takes. Carolyn will recognize all Women Of Green contributors in her podcasts and in all our social media channels. You’ll be in great company!
This is What You Can Be Part Of.
Your gift will support the Cultivating Women’s Leadership program in bringing together women of diverse cultures, ages and backgrounds to learn from and with each other. It focuses on leadership that is sourced from each woman’s deep love and passionate commitment – for the natural world, women, health, children, the sacred and justice. The form of leadership is informed by the combined intelligence of our bodies, hearts, minds and intuitive knowing. This kind of leadership values humility, listening and not-knowing, and understands vulnerability as a potential asset. It prioritizes authenticity, mutual respect, and collaborative and inclusive approaches. It is based upon the principal that leadership emerges from the inner work we do, and that we cannot influence change we haven’t embodied ourselves.
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