For the first time in its history, Esalen will host a property-wide gathering for women in January as a call to action for participants to advance their vision for a life-affirming world. The gathering is led by Michelle Stransky, formerly with Wisdom 2.0, as part of her brainchild WisdomWomen. Joining Michelle is Konda Mason, co-founder and CEO of Hub Oakland, and Sally Kempton, an internationally known spiritual teacher, and other women leaders. The following is a recent conversation with Michelle regarding the origins of WisdomWomen:
eNews: Michelle, we are so excited to welcome our first property-wide gathering of women leaders to Esalen in January. Can you share with us where your vision for WisdomWomen originated?
I am equally excited to be partnering with Esalen on this gathering. My vision for WisdomWomen originated when I was the Conference Director at Wisdom 2.0. Previously, I had been working as a corporate consultant and did not feel fulfilled in my work. It was mostly the women in my life who helped to remind me of who I really was and how I wanted to live and lead my life. From these realizations I left my job and soon after, the opportunity with Wisdom 2.0 came to me.
I was curious if other women in that community were interested in women’s leadership and wisdom. There was a huge response when I put out a call to the community and over time it became clear that this needed to be its own initiative. Ever since I put out that call, I would say the vision of WisdomWomen has been guiding me, versus the other way around. Often I am surprised to find where it takes me.