Warriors for the Human Spirit trainings continue full force.
National Park Advisory Board, including Meg, resigns en masse
Meg Wheatley received the 2nd Annual Clara Snell Woodbury Distinguished Women’s Leadership Award April 15, 2016 in Burbank CA. Clara Snell Woodbury was the second wife of Francis Chute Woodbury who founded the university in 1884. She was a leader in her own right in those times: helping young women develop technical skills to eventually emancipate themselves into the modern workforce and seek positions in the judiciary (first as court stenographers then as early women jurists), nonprofit and private sectors. Meg received the award because she embodies the same forward thinking, intellect and leadership skills whose legacy is honored.
At the same event, Meg was honored by Leadership California (www.leadershipcalifornia.com) as part of Leadership California’s 25th Anniversary.
The Loretto Community is a religious community comprised of the Sisters of Loretto and the Co-members of Loretto. The Loretto Women’s Network is a group of feminists within the Community who are active in the causes for equality of women.
The award is named for Mary Rhodes, one of the founders of the Sisters of Loretto. The Mary Rhodes Award is a way Loretto chooses to honor women who have made a significant contribution to the cause of justice and equality for women. Meg was chosen because she “acts as an international agent of social change, especially for working women and with grass roots traditions.”
The award has also been presented to four other outstanding women: Dr. Ghazala Hayat, a strong advocate educating peoples about the role of women in Islam; Sister Simone Campbell, a Sister of Social Service and a national leader on issues of social justice and creator of “Nuns on the Bus”; the laywomen employees at the Loretto Motherhouse for their caring, attentive and respectful service; and Marcellina Otti, a Ugandan woman working with refugees in the Denver area.
Meg Wheatley shifted the field of leadership in 1992 with the publication of her book, Leadership and the New Science. The book was a revelation to scholars and leadership professionals, utilizing systems thinking, quantum physics, and chaos theory to create a new paradigm of organizational change and development. A bestseller, Leadership and the New Science has been translated into 18 languages and is currently available in its third edition.
At the same time, she co-founded, in 1991, The Berkana Institute, a global charitable foundation that worked for 20 years applying the principles of living systems to organizations around the world and creating healthy and resilient communities. Soon to return after a three year hibernation, Berkana continues to blaze new organizational paths by experimenting with what happens when an organization purposefully enters a reflective period of stillness.
Wheatley’s recent books all address, from different entry points, the darkness that exists in the world and how humanity can rediscover hope, learn perseverance, and strengthen our communities to work together to meet challenges, meaningfully contribute, and make a difference. Her two latest book are So Far from Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New Word (Berrett-Koehler, 2012) and How Does Raven Know: Entering Sacred World | A Meditative Memoir (2014).
September 2014, Portland Oregon
On September 26, 2014, Meg was deeply moved to be present for the inauguration of a school named after her in Portland Oregon (Multinomah Service District). This school serves children ages 5-21 who experience multiple educational challenges and medical complexities.
One of only a few such schools in the nation, the staff is dedicated to evoking each child’s maximum potential rather than see them limited by their challenges. (read more: http://www.mesd.k12.or.us/Page/269)
Meg was presented with a replica of the plaque now displayed on the building: