Bioneers Everywoman’s Leadership Program 2016
In 2016, our work convening, connecting and featuring the leadership of diverse women through the Everywoman’s Leadership Program has flourished and deepened. We’ve had the joy of working with women whose large spheres of influence extend as far as Nepal, Ethiopia, the DR Congo, the U.K. and India, as well as Indigenous sovereign nations including the Hopi and Diné. With your support, the Everywoman’s Leadership program is creating transformative change across sectors, classes and issue areas. This is change which affects the everyday, lived realities of women who participate in and benefit from our program, as well as the communities they serve.
Our successes in 2016 have been thanks to the support of creative, passionate and engaged change-makers and contributors of every age, orientation and color. We are deeply grateful to our partners, allies and supporters for all the ways you’ve helped make Bioneers’ Everywoman’s Leadership program thrive.
Your support is integral to frontline women and community organizers who need access to this work and these resources, both in-person and through digital media.
Our work ripples out and seeds systemic change at multiple levels, bridging from the personal to the political. It helps to create the connective tissue needed to aggregate disparate women’s movements into larger coalitions for greater influence and power. That’s what we mean by “Intersectional on Purpose.”
Our Year in Review
In 2016, forty women leaders were selected by application to participate in two Cultivating Women’s Leadership (CWL) intensives, held in California and New Mexico. Twenty-three of the forty participants received financial assistance. Many were educators, leaders of women’s networks, community organizers, policy makers and climate justice activists, and several were Biomimicry professionals. In evaluations, attendees glowed with life-changing revelations – citing both new, practical toolsets for their work in leadership and life, as well as the valued opportunity to enter into a nurturing community of diverse peers.
It was profound to witness and be a part of women’s leadership in real time. The web of co-creation, collaboration and mutuality was tangible throughout our journey together.” – Cherine Badawi
In May, we convened a community of practice, gathering practitioners with lifelong experience hosting groups for collaborating across differences, to share best practices and cross-pollinate learning. A social technology – a way of working with individuals and groups to strengthen their capacity to cope with trauma and be resilient – came out of this process, and it holds tremendous promise for both movement-building work and working with at-risk or vulnerable communities.
Bioneers’ Everywoman’s Leadership learning and perspectives were featured in multiple media forums and platforms. The recently published book, Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices includes an essay by director Nina Simons (as well as others by Bioneers’ directors and contributors).
The annual Bioneers conference featured a dazzling array of leading-edge programming, and scholarship support helped several great leaders to attend. Scholarship recipients included women leaders working with incarcerated men and women, on restorative justice, and with Indigenous communities. Many CWL alumnae have traveled to support the Indigenous leadership at Standing Rock, and the program is deeply thankful for the many ways our friends and communities have rallied in solidarity, defending the inviolate sacredness of water.
In the coming year, with your help, we’ll be sharing podcasts, audio and video, covering a spectrum of leading-edge women’s stories. We’ll share these stories widely and freely across digital media platforms, through organizational partnerships and educational venues. We believe it is critical to share stories of diverse women as courageous, esteemed leaders, and as role models for all women and girls. While the media rarely covers these stories, we know that “If you can’t see it, you can’t be it.”
We’ll produce two more Cultivating Women’s Leadership intensives to strengthen women’s purposeful change work, while connecting them in networks for ongoing collaboration and mutual support. To apply for one of this year’s trainings, or to learn more, click here.
Today, with misogyny and the war on women as our new political reality, women’s leadership to resist, organize and promote common cause across communities and issue areas is an urgent necessity.
Won’t you to join us to strengthen women who are reinventing organizations, institutions and communities while protecting and defending the web of life? Bioneers Everywoman’s Leadership program leverages your support to reach women who are leading powerful grassroots change, but who would otherwise go unseen and under-supported in this pivotal time for the future of life on Mother Earth.
Please know how thankful we are for the many ways your voices, talents and resources have helped make the program possible; and beyond that, for the many extraordinary and diverse women leaders whose lives have been immeasurably enhanced through their participation in this work.
With gratitude, respect and love,
Program Director and Co-Founder, Bioneers
P.S. Those of you who have attended the Bioneers Conference may recognize Deb Lane as one of the gifted drummers who performs on the main stage. What you might not know is that Deb is also a water resources analyst for the City of Santa Rosa, and a CWL alum. Enjoy this short video, in which Deb shares how the CWL program and Bioneers helped to shape her life’s work.