2016 NYC Empowerment Workshop Series

The Art of Creating Your Life and Leadership as You Want It

An Empowerment Workshop Series for Social Justice Leaders in New York City who identify as Cis and Transgender Women of Color, and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color

Hosted by: The New York Women’s Foundation, The Scherman Foundation, North Star Fund, New York Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation

This Empowerment Workshop Series, “The Art of Creating Your Life and Leadership as You Want It,” is designed to support cis and transgender women of color, and gender non-conforming people of color in New York City to become increasingly powerful and effective social justice leaders.  How? By uncovering a wholehearted and total vision for their lives and leadership, overcoming barriers to their fulfillment, and developing skillfulness to navigate their interior landscapes. Participants will cultivate practices and connections, which builds collective power for greater results from their efforts without sacrificing individual happiness, sustainability and well-being.

The Series will kick-off with a two-day retreat in May, followed by four half-day workshops during the week from June to August. This program is designed for a cohort of 14-16 participants who will be selected through an application process. Participants are expected to attend the retreat and all four workshops.

Retreat: May 20-21, 2016 at The Watershed Center

44 Kaye Road, Millerton, NY 12546

During this two-day retreat, participants will build trust, community and safe space together, which will be the foundation that supports ongoing work together.  Participants will be grounded in the empowerment model and receive tools to engage in continued work, including peer coaching.

The retreat will be at a The Watershed Center, a retreat center for social justice changemakers located on a 73-acre farm adjacent to hundreds of acres of state forest, two-hours north of New York City in Millerton, New York. With 19th century farmhouses, post-and-beam barns, a 30-foot yurt, swim lake, hiking trails, waterfalls and a beautiful organic farm from which fresh meals are prepared.  Hosting the kick-off retreat in a natural setting away from daily routines supports participants to relax and deeply engage in a transformational experience.

Series of 4 half-day workshops (June – August)

Following the kick-off retreat, participants will engage in four follow-up half-day sessions (June-August) to deepen into the empowerment model and receive ongoing support.  These sessions will be held at locations in NYC on the following dates.

Workshop #1:  June 10, 2016

Workshop #2:  July 8, 2016

Workshop #3:  July 29, 2016

Workshop #4:  Aug 12, 2016

For additional information, please check out these Frequently Asked Questions.
Click here to apply today.  Applications are due on April 15, 2016.

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Participant Goals:

Content Outcomes (Educational):

  • Be supported to look critically at their current leadership and organization and apply the empowerment model to usher in transformational change.
  • Learn specific actions they can take to:
    • Live an empowered life;
    • Be powerful, sustainable leaders;
    • Experience healthy relationships and communication;
    • Cultivate greater success in achieving personal and movement goals;
    • Achieve a healthier, more vibrantly alive body and mind; and,
    • Spiritual growth (however you may define spirituality).
  • Deepen leadership skills to support and coach others.
  • Hone voices and become more proactive with sharing stories and perspectives.

Process Outcomes (Experiential):

  • Uncover personal and organization/movement transformation goals.
  • Foster deep and lasting relationships and build a community of practice.

Participants will each receive one complimentary coaching session from a member of our facilitation team. They will also receive tools and be paired up to engage in peer coaching throughout the 4-month initiative, and beyond.

About Standing in Our Power (SiOP)


SiOP envisions a world where all who identify as women and girls of color co-create a new story of holistic transformation, sustainability and wellness for all across the gender spectrum.

We are an intergenerational network of social justice movement makers who identify as women and girls of color. Through our transformative leadership development and capacity building model, we radically redefine the status quo to ignite personal, structural and cultural liberation.

SiOP leverages the healing and catalyzing power of the arts, culture and spirituality. We amplify the voices and visions of women of color social justice leaders and social entrepreneurs. Collectively, we are co-creating new leadership paradigms and practices for our social movements and beyond.  Read more.

If you have any questions, please contact Taij Moteelall at taij(at)spiritinaction(dot)net.