Carla Goldstein, JD, is chief external affairs officer at Omega Institute and co-founder of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center. As the head of a leading center for expanding the role of women’s leadership in the world, Carla is at the heart of the current wave of the global women’s movement.
“As women increasingly come into positions of power and wealth, there is a new round of efforts to realize the vision of equality and justice that fueled the women’s movement of the 60s. The past several decades have created greater individual and collective capacity to engage the full scale of issues facing our society, and women are prepared to lead in new ways,” Goldstein said, speaking of the women’s conference, Women & Power, that she hosts annually on the Omega campus.
“Ultimately leadership is about how power is used, for what purpose, and with what end result -- is it being used to uplift humanity and preserve the planet, or to secure the interests of the very few? Cultivating leadership models that uplift all of humanity is at the heart of our work,” she added.
Carla is an attorney with 20 years of experience in public interest advocacy and has worked extensively in city and state government on issues related to women’s rights, poverty, public health, and social justice. She has contributed to more than 100 city, state, and federal laws. Carla has appeared on local and national radio and television and makes public presentations to a wide range of audiences on issues related to women’s empowerment, activism, and spiritual activism. Carla serves on the Advisory Board of Feminist.com and is on the Board of Trustees for Friends of Women Without Borders. She was featured at the New York State Bar Association’s “Women on the Move: Successful Women in the Know.”
Before joining the Omega Institute, Carla was the vice president for public affairs at Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC), where she directed the agency’s advocacy and strategic communications work. She also served as the so-founding director of the PPNYC Action Fund, the political arm of PPNYC. Before joining PPNYC Carla worked for the speaker of the New York City Council, where she helped craft and advocate for the City Council’s state and federal legislative agendas. She joined the council after working as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society. Before that, she worked for the speaker of the New York State Assembly as a policy analyst on human services issues. While in law school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Carla was a cofounding editor-in-chief one of the country’s first women’s law journal, the Buffalo Women’s Journal.
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, "Can Yoga Wreck Your Body?" http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/45964428#45964428
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women "Women, Power, and Peace: Leadership in a New World" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmY_Cvz2nbk
Feminist.com - "Spiritual Activism" a column by, Carla Goldstein