Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Inspiration beyond any infighting....

Through last week's New York Times article about writer Catherine Orenstein's work teaching Op-Ed writing, I found The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership.

The Woodhull institute offers many retreats and classes to foster women's leadership. If you can get to New York it sounds like a fabulous place to network and study. Catherine Orenstein's upcoming Opinion Writing Class, 4 Tuesday evenings in May, is also accessible through phone call-in. I was told this morning they have a few slots left--if you are interested, you should register soon.

Institute namesake Victoria Woodhull was a 19th century feminist who "was a fearless lobbyist, businesswoman, writer and investor who advocated for a woman's equal status in the workplace, political arena, church and family."

The Woodhull Credo, as posted on their website, gave me just the inspiration I was looking for this morning:


To manifest, teach and learn in our relationships ethical conduct and compassionate leadership.

To create an environment of trust, respect, kindness, safety and open-mindedness.

To commit to honoring a higher purpose through our work.

To act with honesty, compassion and courage.

To recognize the essential equality and dignity of all.

To avoid negative gossip.

To bring up problems constructively and directly.

To find common ground in our differences.

To be of service to one another and to the community at large.

To take the risk of speaking out about injustice.

To be grateful for what others have done for you.

To be responsible for our actions and to practice forgiveness.

To tithe time and income.

To celebrate the achievements of ourselves and of others.

To understand that what we send out into the world comes back to us.


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Anonymous Karen said...

Ah yes! It's the last one, the last one, that holds the blessing and the bite. "What we send out, comes back." And they call this a "Secret"?

3:30 PM  
Blogger PunditMom said...

This sounds great! I was fascinated by that article -- we've got so many women blogger voices out there, this seems like a natural!

5:07 PM  

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