Women in Leadership 2016

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Womens Institute 2016


What is the story you tell yourself about being a leader?


Interweave and the Institute for Emerging Women Leaders Proudly Announce:

Women In Leadership 2016!

Conducted Over Four Saturdays: February 27, March 19, April 23 and June 4

Are you being called to find your voice, identify your talents and gifts, and support others in finding theirs? Would you like to experience more collaboration and balance, while generating the results you truly want to have? In contrast to the traditional hierarchical leadership models, this program is about a different way of leading our work and our lives. It is about leadership as an energy, which resides in and emerges from individuals and communities. We call it Shared Leadership and we believe women will be prominent in expressing this new form of leadership. 


“In an organization or community energy goes by many names: innovation, productivity, commitment, high performance, motivation, morale, loyalty, alignment, accountability, trust… Shared Leadership goes beyond the individual actions of the leader to the essence of leading, to the soul of leading.” (Marlowe/Lizza; in-Spire)


Through group dialogues, meditation, lectures, art, music, movement, storytelling, experiential exercises and working with learning partners, we will apply the principles of Shared Leadership, Organizational Learning and Personal Mastery to our life and work situations. 


By the end of the program participants will understand how to:

~ Build, focus and sustain energy for themselves and their teams

~ Create a compelling personal vision

~ Deepen intentions and invitations

~ Lead collaboratively

~ Listen more deeply to self and others

~ Understand and shift unhealthy situations

~ Learn from all experiences and take in the good


Participants should plan to attend all four sessions – 9:00am to 4:00pm   

2/27 and 4/23: Summit, NJ

3/19 and 6/4: Watchung, NJ

Tuition: $499 – includes a copy of in-Spire resource book; light refreshments

Early Bird Special: $449 – register by January 5th

Buddy Discount: $425 – register with a friend by January 5th

To register: www.interweave.org or call 908-277-2120


We hope you will join us. Please consider giving the gift of learning by donating a scholarship.


The “WIL” Faculty – Who We Are and What We Care About


Looking forward to bringing you Women In Leadership for our third year together!


Betty Livingston Adams holds a Masters of Divinity from Drew University, a Masters of Philosophy and a PhD from Yale University. She is an associate minister, an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, and has more than 20 years of corporate managerial experience. Betty’s activities center on issues of social justice and the systemic forces that silence many voices in our communities. Betty’s forthcoming book (New York University Press) explores the historic strides African American women made in the early 20th century to counteract these forces, and the lessons from their accomplishments relevant to all leaders today. Betty serves on the Board of Trustees of Interweave and is also on the Interweave faculty.


André Bernard has a B.A. in Political Science and History from Columbia University. He is a musician and Certified Leader of the Dances of Universal Peace. Through music and movement, he helps people build connection to spirit, self and community. André has been a student and teacher of the universal Sufi teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan for the past 35 years. He uniquely connects these deep teachings to the principles and practices of Shared Leadership, and through the Dances enables our workshop participants to experience these connections at a visceral level. He has worked in a corporate environment as an Operations Manager for the past 25 years. Andre serves on the Board of Trustees of Interweave, has served on Board of the Unitarian Church in Summit, and is an advisor to the Peace and Unity Bridge organization. 


Asha Bernard holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the College of St. Elizabeth. She is a Nationally Certified Licensed Professional Counselor, an Oncology Counselor and a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Asha teaches coping skills from multiple disciplines including cognitive techniques based on neuroplasticity research to reduce stress and increase calm, happiness and well being. She provides emotional support for hospitalized patients leading families through their experience from initial diagnosis through recovery or end-of-life. Asha is the former founder and director of the Girl Project, a program providing opportunities for girls to enhance social skills and assertiveness. Asha has received many awards including “Women as Agents of Change”, “Women We Admire” and “Service Leadership” awards. She is currently a Roothbert Fellow pursuing advanced training in integrative end-of-life care. She served on the Interweave Board of Trustees and continues to serve in a leadership capacity bringing innovative programs to our community.


Lisa Brown holds a Master’s in Creative Arts Education from Rutgers University. She is a self-taught visual artist who has spent many years experimenting in mixed media, teaching, exhibiting, and selling her art. Lisa has extensively studied Art Therapy, Art for at Risk Children, Creative Writing, and Educating the Creative Mind.  In 1996 during a long illness she found art to be so rewarding and comforting that she wanted to share it with others and developed “Art-as-Therapy”. Using drawing, watercolors, mixed media, pottery, sculpture and journaling with art, Lisa offers an array of programs geared toward renewing your spirituality, capturing your imagination and channeling feelings into creative endeavors. She believes that art is therapeutic and helps us overcome adversity and pain. She has worked with cancer survivors and their families, bereavement groups, and other support groups bringing them a way to express what words cannot. In the Women In Leadership program Lisa shows us how to access our right brain and deeper intuitions, to envision what we want to create in our lives.


Mary Livingston holds an MBA from the University of Missouri. She has held numerous executive positions at AT&T, most recently as Global Sales VP for Canada and Latin America. Mary led a major transformation initiative, which resulted in a significant business impact and is featured in Jon Katzenbach’s book: Real Change Leaders. Over her 38 years in leadership roles, Mary developed a deep expertise in Organizational Learning, Team Effectiveness and Personal Mastery – practices that enable a person to learn and create the results they truly care about. Her achievements include: Top-level Sales Recognition 5 times, the NJ Top 50 Women Award, and the Greater New York Women Achievers’ Award.  She served on the NJN Public TV Board of Trustees and the Summit YMCA Board of Managers. Mary became a first time triathlete at age 49 and has completed over 70 triathlons to date.  She created and led a women’s triathlon team (ages 16-60+). Mary has helped 107 women complete their first triathlon. Today she shares her passion for fitness and health as a Personal Trainer and Swim Instructor.


Lorri Lizza holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is a former Vice President of AT&T Human Resources, on the staff of the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health, and an advocate for Shared Leadership.  She has led teams for over 20 years in the design and implementation of corporate-wide initiatives, and has been a trusted advisor to senior executives in areas of HR, Organizational and Leadership Development, Large Scale Strategic Change, Culture and Values. In 2007 Lorri began her collaboration with the Center for Shared Leadership to pioneer new approaches to leading and learning. She is passionate about helping people grow and bringing all voices of a community forward. She has facilitated workshops and learning circles at the Shambhala ALIA Institute (Authentic Leadership in Action), the Omega Institute, and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She was a founding member and Corporate Liaison Officer of the MIT Organizational Learning Center, which was chaired by Dr. Peter M. Senge; served on the Board of Trustees of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL); and is Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Interweave where she also serves on the faculty.