Charleston author and executive leadership consultant Kathleen Sullivan had just gotten back from a trip to the Omega Institute, located in New York’s Hudson Valley, when we spoke last week.
The Institute is a “mission-driven” nonprofit and considers itself a pioneer in holistic studies, “helping people and organizations integrate personal growth and social change.” Needless to say, Sullivan was feeling even more inspired than usual as she gears up for her event, Doing Power Differently.
Held on Sat. Nov. 10, this all-day leadership gathering features eight different speakers discussing how power can be done differently in various realms. Tickets are $99 and include a day of speakers, catered lunch, and a wine and cheese reception.
Sullivan first had the idea for this event when she wrote the book, 100 Days of Doing Power Differently, with her friend Kelly Tomblin. As the book’s Amazon description reads, “Offering a THINKLOVE model for leadership, 100 Days of Doing Power Differently helps leaders navigate toward that type of mindful leadership and blend the best of both feminine and masculine energies in the workplace.”
If all of those buzzwords have your head spinning, you’re not alone. Sullivan breaks it down for us by simply asking a question: “What does power mean to you?”
For a lot of people, negative words and ideas come to mind, like ‘domineering’ and ‘aggressive.’ “There’s a disconnect between what we think power is and why and how we can be powerful,” says Sullivan. Feeling powerful for a lot of people brings up thoughts and ideas of freedom, alignment with self, and the capacity to help others.
Sullivan and Doing Power Differently’s speakers want to bridge the gap between that disconnect so people who want to feel powerful are no longer viewing power as something that can, as Sullivan says, “undermine the human spirit.”
“Whether a business leader, artist, professional, church leader or parent, an opportunity exists to redefine the meaning of leadership and what it means to be powerful,” says Sullivan. “This gathering will merge our separate work communities and build on the growing movement toward a more inclusive, collaborative, creative and conscious leadership. I believe we can bring a new level of mindfulness and intention to our personal power and support and inspire each other to bring that renewal into our businesses, organizations, and communities.”
In addition to Sullivan, speakers include:
Sarah Scott Putnam, a ‘New Generation Thought Leader; Torreah ‘Cookie’ Washington, cultural creative and social activist; Simran Singh, author and creator of 11:11 magazine; Larry Shaw, social entrepreneur and speaker; Elayna Shakur, portrait artist;
Beki Crowell, artist, vibrational healer, and author; Jesse Ross, chiropractor and practitioner of holistic health (a 2013 P&C article details Ross’s wellness offerings); and Alison Sher, a generational strategist and author of The Millennial’s Guide to Changing the World.
The event also features movement from Stephaney Abilon, spoken word from Kurt Lamkin, Native American flute from Cerantha Corley, and classical guitar and flute playing from Pedro & Nancy Rodriguez.
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