Naomi Katz is an author and educator and has been working with young women for over 20 years. She is the author of Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman, and the visionary behind Her Wisdom.
Naomi works with educators, parents, mentors and young people. Her work is a call to attention, to recognize that we are the creators of our culture. She focuses on empowering ourselves to take action into our own hands, to understand that we are the builders of our culture and that we drive the changes that we wish to see, beginning with ourselves and echoing into our communities.
Her work is deeply inspired by Carmen Vicente, a women's leader carrying the indigenous wisdom of the peoples of the Andes Mountains. Together with Carmen, Naomi is working with women around the world, with a particular focus on our relationship with our menstruation.
Naomi holds a BA from Brown University and an MA from University of California, Berkeley. Originally from New York, she now lives in northern Israel and has worked with young women and their mentors in a wide variety of settings in the United States and abroad. Beautiful, published by Bricktower Press, is a compilation of the writings of many young women who have participated in the Beautiful Project.
To read more about Naomi and her work, visit www.naomikatz.com.
Founder and President
Wende has an extensive background in both the worlds of education and business. She gave years of service as the Executive Director of a major private independent school on Long Island, NY, with an enrollment of over 700 students. Prior to serving in a not-for-profit educational environment, Wende’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to be the founder and owner of a personnel recruiting firm. Her experience extends into finance, budgeting, program development, fund development and marketing in both the public and private sectors.
For the last 15 years Wende has been the Executive Director of a non-profit institution that was dedicated to training women in ethical leadership skills and helping them to bring their voices into the public sector. She has been instrumental in empowering and honing the leadership skills of thousands of women throughout the United States.
Andrea Hoban, head of learning at Oji Life Lab, possesses more than twenty years of experience in leading large teams and building business. As a Regional VP within the staffing industry, she had a $30 million P & L responsibility over a four state area. As a sr. director of corporate learning, she established a global team designers and trainers that deployed job skills training to 10,000 internal employees. She built a reputation on successfully leading enterprise-wide projects, building teams and developing talent. At Oji, she is reimagining the way we learn skills that improve the quality of our lives.
Andrea is a sought after speaker, having presented at many state and national conferences. As an executive coach and facilitator, she works with individuals and teams to achieve goals and push past limitations. She has served as Executive Director of the Portland Chapter of Women in Technology, member of the National Association of Female Executives and troupe member of Barren Mind Improv. She is currently School Board President at St. Perpetua School in California.
Andrea holds a B.S. in Communication from Arizona State University.
Robin Stern, PhD
Robin Stern, Ph.D., is the associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and an associate research scientist at the Child Study Center at Yale University. She is a licensed psychoanalyst with 30 years of experience treating individuals, couples, and families. Robin is the co-developer of RULER, the Yale Center’s approach to bringing emotion intelligence to school communities and to the workplace; she is a co-developer of RULER for Families and a lead trainer for the Center’s Institutes. Robin is also on the faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University and the author of two books: The Gaslight Effect and Project Rebirth.
Robin was a founding member of the Woodhull Institute, where she spent 15 years creating and facilitating development programs for women leaders. Robin regularly consults to schools and companies around the world, and for the last 5 years has worked with Facebook to develop tools that help adults and children develop emotional intelligence and resolve online conflict. Currently, Robin consults to Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, helping physicians and nurses build emotional intelligence. In 2014-15 she was a fellow in the Yale Public Voices Fellowship, and her popular pieces appeared in Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, Time.com, The Washington Post, The Hill, and Harvard Business Review. She has been a guest on many local and national radio shows and has traveled widely to lecture on emotional intelligence and relational bullying. Robin is a member of the Emotional Intelligence Consortium and the serves as an advisor for Think Equal, Crisis Text Line and I’ll Go First.
Robin lives in New York and treasures her relationship with her son, Scott and daughter, Melissa who are following their own passions.