Feminist Leadership Training:
Workshops, Strategy Sessions,
& Intensive Programs
I have immense gratitude for my research
as a feminist scholar within the university.
But my teaching methods are grounded
in redistribution of feminist study
outside university walls.
Most people have never had the opportunity to read at length in women's intellectual history. We live in a system of patriarchy, so women's voices and intellectual and creative research (like that of Mileva Maric Einstein) are continually silenced or stolen in history by men.
Feminist scholars research carefully the silencing of women's voices and the intersecting modes of power (such as colonialisms, class realities, and racial hierarchies) that shape who tells history.
We now have generations of feminist research and writing. It was created at great cost by feminist foremothers.
But our education system still does not include
— let alone center— their knowledge.
Level #1: Feminist Leadership Workshops offer learning methods I synthesize from my research in feminist theory—much of which is indebted to the insights and rigor of women of color feminist history—alongside my training in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theory and trauma research.
What you experience
Workshops are typically a small group of leaders (6–12 people) and come with three weeks of homework before me meet. You receive feminist theory readings, customized recordings on the texts, and my contemplative feminist practices to prepare you for our time.
Who the workshops are for
These workshops are made for a variety of contexts and professions: leaders in innovative businesses, non profits, faith communities, activist spaces, K-12 education, and mental health and medical practitioners.
(You might never know that Mileva Maric Einstein worked out her husband's math problems, and then he left her with children to care for full time, and then he shamed her for trying to get credit for their collaborative work. You might never know that women's feminist and intellectual contributions are vast, rich, and deep—and silenced.)
How do we reconnect to the power and depth of feminist knowledge and learning?
Graduate study is one route but it takes immense time,
flexible geography, the health to produce research at an intense level of output, and significant assets (or debt). Plus, graduate study is rarely designed around leading a professional life which simultaneously applies your research outside of academia.
My workshops, consulting, and intensive programs distribute the rigor of feminist learning
within academia into new paths.
Since 2007, I have offered holistic and customized
methods of study for individuals and organizations in a wide variety of professional realms. Drawing several research fields into connection—including gender studies, ethnic studies, contemplative studies, and psychodynamic therapy—I provide a unique path through transformative feminist learning.
Together, we open the borders of the university, and we ensure the passing on of women's history into more spaces. You will be supported to learn and carry these knowledges into your own areas of leadership and innovation.
Level #1: Feminist Leadership Workshops
Level #2: Feminist Leadership Strategy Sessions
Level #2: Feminist Leadership Strategy Sessions are useful for clients who want the illumination of feminist research on their personal and professional goals, but who don't have the bandwidth for a full training program of study. By phone, Skype, or Zoom, we discuss your experiences in your roles, and I provide for you social theory analysis and insight from feminist research. This service is different from traditional coaching models, as the core of our method together is grounded in feminist social theory methods of analysis.
As part of the approach, we focus on connecting the layered intersections of the larger culture to questions of career and work environments; relationships and vocation; and links of how you see your work connecting to cultural change models.
While these sessions are not therapy, we do go deep into understanding
your lived experiences. One key difference from traditional therapy is that
we analyze your individual experience within historical-cultural systems. We use the tools of feminist social theory research, as combined with psychodynamic theory, to conceptualize transformation.
These sessions offer scholarly rigor distilled down, customized, and made accessible. I may offer suggestions for reading and contemplative feminist practices for you, as is relevant, but these sessions are not a comprehensive training program in feminist theory and do not have a full curriculum, homework, or recorded lectures, as in the workshops and intensives.
Contact me for rates and openings. Feminist Leadership Strategy Sessions are booked in packages of 4.
Level #3: Feminist Leadership Intensive Programs
In Level #3, I offer limited spots for 1:1 or 1:2 Feminist Leadership Intensive Programs that provide in-depth and ongoing feminist social theory training. There are two durations for the intensives:
3.5 months ( 3 modules)
~an introductory program~
16 months ( 12 modules)
~the equivalent of a master's degree level course work~
The 16-month, highly customized training is intended for those who plan to teach or lead others using my research, learning, and pedagogical methods. I typically can work with 3–4 people a year with this program.
For clients enrolled in intensives, we will first discuss your personal,
intellectual, and professional goals (and spiritual goals if that applies to you).
Why are you so drawn to this work and what is coming more alive in you as you move toward it? Describe your desire, creative pulse, grief, and ache for collective transformation and healing? Then, we commit to staying close to that alive energy inside of you.
We will also assess your time, health, and energy limits for the work ahead.
All my clients lead very busy lives, so we examine: How can you create moments of rich feminist study into the rhythms of life's fullness?
After the initial assessments, I create for you an effective pathway, with weekly readings, recorded lectures, and contemplative feminist practice.
Based on my expertise and your unique constellation of goals, I carefully select readings from feminist history, drawing texts into conversations across many different fields of research.
For each text you read, you also receive customized, concentrated recordings that quickly help you become oriented in the assigned readings.
My clients asked for this resource back in 2011, and I have recorded hundreds ever since. These lectures distill down my training cross 4 academic disciplines and save you significant time in your reading process.
(Plus, you can listen to them while commuting.)
So, instead of picking up a text and not knowing the context of its history, the key terms it uses, or the effects of that feminist text on social change, you will engage the reading much more prepared to grasp the layers of meanings.
The recorded lectures also help you to make connections in the research
(since feminist texts are always in dialogue with other ones).
Additionally, I create for you contemplative feminist writing exercises. These are from a carefully researched writing method I designed in my doctoral study, drawing on feminist ethnic studies, psychodynamic theory, critical pedagogy, and contemplative studies. The method helps you connect the intellectual, psychological, and emotional rigor of this work, supporting you as you find your own voice and purpose with the material.
We meet twice a month for learning sessions over Skype or Zoom. We discuss both the texts and your personal and professional process of discovery, growth, grief, joy, and creativity.
Contact me for tuition price points. Tuition is targeted to the professional context of the work together, as well as whether you are working in a historically under-resourced community.
Our key question
What have been the costs to our lives and our world of excluding feminist intellectual history from most of our education? I believe it is precisely the knowledge of feminist foremothers that we most need to support the issues facing us at this moment in history.
Together we build bridges—so that a customized course of feminist study can support your leadership and gifts as you do your work for justice.
For some people, experiencing feminist intellectual life and history is like walking through a new door for the first time and discovering a world of ideas that unexpectedly changes the course of their lives.
For others, the intensive program helps grow buds and blossoms for old and long-held inner truths.
For most, the integration of feminist coaching, study, and contemplative practices will introduce new and transformative ideas and also help to connect you to intuitions long held within yourself. These are internal and wise roots of knowledge, often inherited in our bodies and psyches from the stories we carry from previous generations.
In learning and reconnecting to the fullness of ourselves, we are part of a journey generations deep—and we are making change and creating healing for generations to come.
My Story: Why I Do This Work
at Harvard's Schlesinger Library
This is me as a baby feminist theorist. I am standing outside Harvard's Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. It is my very first time in the archives. The sun streamed in, and the hospitable librarian brought me the very dusty box I wanted. I held in my hands the archives of suffragist Alice Paul. I was ecstatic and wide-eyed to start to learn history in this way, with these archives in my fingertips—Alice's letters from jail to her mom. Alice was hunger striking in prison for the 19th amendment. Something awakened in me that day. I went onto apply to graduate programs to study with leading feminist scholars.
This is me more recently checking out 40 books from Columbia's Butler library to prepare a feminist theory class I am teaching. I promise I am still inwardly ecstatic (and grateful)—but I am tired because that is what rigorous scholarly engagement does to you! But I still savor the privilege to be inside academia, have access to resources, then redistribute these resources outside these spaces.