ELIZABETH LESSER is a bestselling author and the cofounder of Omega Institute. Elizabeth’s first book, The Seeker’s Guide, chronicles her years at Omega and distills lessons learned into a potent guide for growth and healing. Her New York Times bestselling book, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow sold more than 300,000 copies and has been translated into 20 languages. Her latest book, Marrow: A Love Story, is a memoir about Elizabeth and her younger sister, Maggie, and the process they went through when Elizabeth was the donor for Maggie’s bone marrow transplant.
In 2008 she helped Oprah Winfrey produce a ten-week, online seminar based on Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth. The webinar was viewed by more than 8 million people worldwide. She was a frequent host on Oprah’s Soul Series, a weekly radio show on Sirius/XM, and a guest on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday television show.
In 2011, Elizabeth gave a popular TED talk called “Take The Other to Lunch,” a call for civility and understanding as we negotiate our differences as human beings. In 2016 she gave another TED Talk, “Say Your truths and Seek Them In Others,” a lyrical, unexpectedly funny talk about heavy topics such as frayed relationships and the death of a loved one.
JAMIA WILSON is many things: An activist. A feminist. A storyteller. A mediamaker. A writer. But more than anything, she is a natural-born thought leader. She speaks three languages, lived in Saudi Arabia 11 years and has travelled to 18 countries. As Executive Director of Women, Action, & the Media, TED Prize Storyteller, Jamia has been a powerful force in the social justice movement for nearly a decade.
As a leading voice on feminist and women’s rights issues, her work and words have appeared in and on several outlets such as New York Magazine, The Today Show, and The Washington Post.” Jamia has spoken alongside feminist greats like Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda, a true next generation leader, she has graced the stage at TED Women, Netroots Nation, SXSW, Ford Foundation, Twitter and Facebook.
“Lesser has reached into the center of her soul to write a book rich with love—love that is just as equally weighted by realism and as it is lightened by mysticism. It is real love: powerful and transformative.
Out beyond the ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field I will meet you there. – Rumi
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