Program Agenda



Book Series


Mind and Body Conference Activities

Walk and Talk With WLAG Chair Lynn Shollen

Sunday 11 June | 14:00 – 14:45 & 15:00 – 15:45 | Meet Outside Main Hall

Women WalkingS. Lynn Shollen, Christopher Newport University

Enjoy nature and inhale the fresh air while getting to know the WLAG Chair and other WLAG members on an approximately 1.5 mile walk on the Omega campus trails. Terrain will be mostly flat and we'll adjust the pace according to the group's needs. Wear comfortable walking shoes!

Cultivating Our Whole Selves: Reflective Writing as a Leadership Practice

Monday 12 June & Tuesday 13 June | 7:00 – 8:00 | Cedar

Denise Thomson, DeWitt-Thomson, LLC

Woman reflectingEleanor Roosevelt once said, "Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world." It follows then, that knowing oneself is a first step toward cultivating an authentic leadership style. Writing creates a mind-body-spirit connection that facilitates the inner knowing and outer congruency of an authentic leader — and we are all writers! Begin your day in a reflective writing session, explore the stories you tell yourself about yourself, and set an intention for the day. You will be prompted to quietly journal and given an opportunity to share your learnings in paired or group dialogues in this session.

Reflection — Female Vision: See Things Differently. See Different Things

Monday 12 June | 13:00 – 14:00| Sanctuary

Sally Helgesen Sally Helgesen, Author, Speaker, and Consultant

Women see things differently and women see different things. Women predominantly view the world through lenses of empathy, critical impact, and personal context. Companies and organizations can benefit by recognizing the power of women's visionary potential and using it to create welcoming and engaged work environments. This discussion will explore how women can articulate and share the power of what they see to empower their careers and help others to flourish.


Reflection — Trump and Testosterone

Tuesday 13 June | 13:00 – 14:00 | Sanctuary

Barbara Kellerman Photo Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

We'll use our one hour to ruminate over how President Trump's conception of manliness has shaped his conception of leadership. We'll conclude our one hour by coming to some tentative conclusions about the impact of gender on the incumbent American president. I'll open our session with brief remarks and then turn it over to collective conversation.

Omega Store

Sunday, Monday, & Wednesday | 12:00 – 22:30
Tuesday | 12:00 – 23:00

Welcome to OmegaAttendees are invited to visit the Omega Store, where you will find a wide variety of books by the presenters, as well as many other titles of interest.


Mind and Body Classes at Omega

Attendees who lodge at Omega automatically gain access to all activities listed below Sunday through Wednesday during the conference. Attendees who choose not to lodge at Omega should purchase a conference commuter plan from Omega, which gives attendees access to all conference meals in addition to these mind & body Classes.


Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday | 17:45 – 18:45 | Sanctuary
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday | 7:00 – 8:00 | Sanctuary

MeditationAll levels are welcome to attend the Meditation Daily Open classes held in the beautiful Omega Sanctuary. Classes will be lead by Ji Hyang Padma, Ph.D. who has been practicing and teaching Zen for twenty years, 15 of these as an ordained nun. She has completed several 90-day intensive retreats in Korea and North America. While her practice has been situated within the Korean Zen tradition, she has had the benefit of studying with teachers across a wide spectrum of Buddhist lineages. She is gifted at finding an entry-point into practice for people who are just beginning their journey as well as those who have been practice for many years.

Dance Movement

Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday | 17:45 – 18:30 | Movement Studio
Monday & Tuesday | 13:00 – 13:45 | Movement Studio

Enjoy attending the Dance Movement classes which are designed for all levels. Learn simple dance movement techniques from seasoned Dance Movement teacher Suzy Spivey. Suzy is a certified Dance Instructor of JourneyDance™, Shake Your Soul™, Kripalu Dancekinetics, Yoga TranceDance, and Zumba Dance. She finds immense joy in helping others tap into their own natural rhythm and find joy in movement. She studied with Daniel Leven, the Director of Leven Institute of Movement Therapy, co-founder of Kripalu DansKinetics® and creator of Shake Your Soul® and Body-Centered Expressive Therapy training, Toni Bergins, the creator of JourneyDance™, and Shiva Rea, the creator of Yoga TranceDance.

Tai Chi

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday | 7:00 – 8:00 | Movement Studio

Tai ChiStudents of all levels, including those who have never practiced Tai Chi, are welcome to attend the Tai Chi daily open classes. Learn basic movement sequences of this ancient and powerful slow moving meditative healing practice. Knowledgeable teacher David Haines who has taught at Omega for many years will guide you in a complete experience for the body, mind, and spirit.

Yoga (Beginner)

Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday | 17:45 – 18:45 | Stillwater

YogaStudents of all levels, including those who have never practiced yoga, are welcome to Omega's Beginner Yoga classes. Learn the basics of this popular and powerful practice in a slowerpaced and welcoming environment. Yoga teacher Elyce Neuhauser is known for her poetic and devotional style of yoga that encourages self reflection and acceptance, connection to the heart and to each other, while cultivating deeper physical strength.

Yoga (Intermediate)

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday | 7:00 – 8:00 | Stillwater

YogaStudents with some experience with yoga are welcome to Omega's Intermediate Yoga classes. Restart your practice or take your existing practice deeper with a stimulating class led by Yoga teacher Elyce Neuhauser is known for her poetic and devotional style of yoga that encourages self reflection and acceptance, connection to the heart and to each other, while cultivating deeper physical strength.


Photos Courtesy Omega Institute