My fingers tingle. My arms are outstretched. I can feel my feet on the ground. My eyes are not focused on one particular thing — my gaze is soft on the world around me. I can feel my breath moving in and out, up and down, through all the cells of my body. 700 others are doing the same. For a brief moment, it is as if I can feel each of them — their feet connected to the earth, their breath moving in and out, their heart beats. And, yet, I’m standing alone in my living room. …


How often is the advice you get actually helpful? When someone is sharing something, most often, it’s what they themselves need to hear. That doesn’t mean that hearing from someone else who has more experience on the subject or learning from someone else isn’t important. Sitting with teachers, mentors, and friends can be valuable spaces to process, vent, and clarify. Yet, one of the most transformative spaces I’ve experienced, has been inside a coaching circle.

Coaching. One can get hundreds of coaching certifications to become a really good advice giver, but what’s the key to supporting someone in their time…


Photo by Erwan Hesry on Unsplash

Sitting here at the end of 2020, I have a hard time considering putting up decorations, lighting candles or celebrating much of anything at all. With nearly 300,000 dead in the United States and a dumpster fire of a year in the bag, I can think of a million reasons not to celebrate and having a harder time finding the reasons to celebrate. In fact, as I was preparing to lead a session on ‘Sharing in Celebration’ for Women Together, I quite honestly considered passing it off to another teacher to lead.

As I started to research the importance of…


Photo by Jordan Donaldson | @jordi.d

The world as we once knew it no longer exists. From leadership to climate change, going digital to working from home, our lives have irrevocably shifted. Ecosystem Leadership has described a shift from one leader at the front of a movement to a more networked approach and August 2020 marks 100 years of women’s suffrage. Where do Ecosystem Leadership, personal growth and women’s empowerment intersect? Is Ecosystem Leadership feminine (and what do the social constructs of gender have to do with feminine/masculine polarity)? …


Eileen Fisher’s Women Together logo

Today I will host a ‘Women Together: Connect,’ a one hour online conversation, sponsored by the Eileen Fisher Foundation, open to all who identify with the term. Over the last few years, these hybrid (in person and online) events have been a place for women to use practices and small group dialogue to connect more deeply with one another and themselves. Over the last few months, and even more clearly in the last few weeks, connection has gone from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘need to have.’

The moment we are in is everything we were born for (as…


Why do we avoid talking about money? It’s often a taboo subject. How would you feel if we chatted and I asked: “How much do you make? What are you invested in? How much do you save for retirement? Are you in debt?” It seems to be particularly difficult for women, perhaps in part because (over generations) they haven’t had access to and did not create this debt based monetary system, but that’s a story for another time (and something I started writing about here). Over the last ten years, I’ve been working with a leading economist and a top…


To read this article in Japanese: click here.

Last night, Otto Scharmer and I were in Japan, working with a group of 200 people. Well, he was in his office and I was in my living room (office). It was 9 o’clock pm on a Friday and we had just completed a long and very full week but there we were in Japan (and Manila and Hong Kong) via Zoom- beaming into ~200 living rooms. This morning, I woke up in my own bed with the words ringing in my ears, “Shadow as the source for transformation.”

Fire from a night in the garden

Throughout the last…


It’s ok to not know right now. Photo: Antoinette Klatzky

A young woman, Class of 2020, texted a few weeks ago. She had just graduated and had a job lined up. The job agreed to start paying her even though they were going into lockdown. Her first real, post graduation job would be WFH. A few weeks later, she was let go. This young woman is one of about 20 million students worldwide who have been in colleges and universities in 2019. They, and we all, now sit at the precipice of a very uncertain future.

The deal was: go to school, get a job, make money — start a…


Recent events, and our current global crisis, have given us lesson upon lesson. If we are open enough to it, we can see the lessons coming towards us like waves crashing up on the shore. Often a wave will toss us, but when we can find the right rhythm and strength, we can surf.

Sensing emerging possibilities (photo taken by Antoinette Klatzky on Pacific coast)

Otto Scharmer, friend, teacher and colleague (Senior Lecturer at MIT and Founder of Presencing Institute) wrote in one of his most read, recent blog posts on lessons we are learning from the corona virus, “We are many. We are one.” He shared that this virus, almost…


What is at the heart of a product or service? Some, or many, might say, great design. The art of a beautiful product or service can be stunning. The smooth fit in the palm of the hand or the way something slides into the pocket. All of the world around us is by design in some way or the other. Design thinking is used across a myriad of sectors and spectrums of society. In many ways, when we apply design thinking to our lives or to our reality, we can use it to shift small to large scale problems and…

Antoinette Klatzky

Executive Director, Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute. Host/Co-Producer, Women Together. antoinetteklatzky.com

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