Sunday, August 17, 2008

Episode 13: Where are Women Leading in the World?

As women develop economic, social and political influence, profound shifts occur: children's health improves, literacy increases, families stabilize and communities learn self-reliance. Wherever women step forward to lead, significant changes happen and the whole system benefits.

Brenda Chaddock welcomes guests Margaret Wheatley, inspirational leader of the Women’s Leadership Revival Tour and founder of the Berkana Institute, and Debby Edelstein, founder of the Quality Life Company in Johannesburg and host of the annual Women’s Leadership Conference there, “We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For” about the unique and critical ways women are leading in the world today.

Guest Experts

Meg Wheatley writes, teaches, and speaks about how we might organize and accomplish our work in chaotic times. She invites us to attend to the quality of our relationships to weather the increasing turbulence. She knows that whatever the problem, community is the answer. She is co-founder and President emerita of The Berkana Institute, a charitable global foundation that connects and supports pioneering, life-affirming leaders around the world who strengthen their communities by working with the wisdom and wealth already present in its people, traditions and environment. ( She has written four books :Leadership and the New Science (in twenty languages and third edition), Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future, A Simpler Way and, most recently, Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time. Her numerous articles appear in both professional and popular journals and may be downloaded free from her website. Wheatley received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior and Change from Harvard University, and a Masters in Media Ecology from New York University. She has been a global citizen since her youth, serving in the Peace Corps in Korea in the 1960s. She was a practicing consultant for 30 years to a very wide variety of organizations on all continents.

Debby Edelstein is a facilitator, writer and international speaker on the new leadership. As co-founder of QualityLife Company, she designs and delivers programmes for South African organisations who appreciate the importance of feminine leadership principles and what it means to bring soul to the workplace. A graduate of Wits University and Wits Business School, she sits on the advisory board for the Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University in Canada and on the editorial board for the international Spirit in Work Journal.

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