Riane Eisler, JD
President of the Center for Partnership Studies
and Founder of the Caring Economy Campaign
The Caring Economy Campaign was inspired by Eisler’s book The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics – hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking,” Peter Senge as “desperately needed,” Gloria Steinem as “revolutionary,” and Jane Goodall as “a call for action.” Eisler’s work on cultural transformation as a social scientist, attorney, and author has inspired both scholars and social activists. She has been a leader in the movement for peace, sustainability, and economic equity, and her pioneering work in human rights expanded the focus of international organizations to include the rights of women and children. She is co-founder of the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV) with Nobel Peace laureate Betty Williams.
Dr. Eisler is internationally known for her bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, now in 25 foreign editions, including most European languages and Chinese, Russian, Korean, Hebrew, Japanese, Urdu, and Arabic, and is the author of numerous other books and articles. She keynotes conferences and speaks at universities worldwide, and consults to business and government on applications of the partnership model introduced in her work. She has spoken at the United Nations General Assembly and other venues have included invitations from heads of State. She is a member of the Club of Rome, a Councilor of the World Future Council, a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and World Business Academy, and a commissioner of the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality, along with the Dalai Lama and other spiritual leaders. Dr. Eisler is the only woman among 20 great thinkers including Hegel, Adam Smith, Marx, and Toynbee selected for inclusion in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians in recognition of the lasting importance of her work as a cultural historian and evolutionary theorist. She has received many honors, including honorary Ph.D. degrees, the Alice Paul ERA Education Award, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Distinguished Peace Leadership Award, and is included in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers as one of 20 leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King.
Director of the Leadership and Learning Programs
Sara has been supporting the Center for Partnership Studies’ Caring Economy Leadership and Learning Programs since early 2009, when she joined the team that developed the initial pilot project. As the programs have evolved, Sara has taken a lead role in program development as a curriculum designer,facilitator, and managing director.
With 15 years’ experience in adult education, five years as an organization development consultant, and broad expertise in the fields of communication, adult learning, and creativity, Sara specializes in the articulation and display of complex concepts, and design and facilitation of high-engagement learning experiences for adult learners
Ann Amberg, M.C.S
Associate Director of the Leadership & Learning Programs Co-Facilitator, Caring Economy Community Advocates Program
As a cross-pollinator and creative thought leader, Ann is a passionate advocate for social & environmental integrity—including looking to nature’s elegant economy to sustainably nurture people and planet. She has a 15-year background in holistic online course development, educational leadership development, group facilitation, communications and program coordination in the U.S. and U.K. She designs workshops and facilitate courses that connect science, spirituality, cultural transformation, art and leadership.
Ann served as the Program Administrator of the Leadership & Learning Programs from 2012-2014. Previously she was the Director of Special Programs at The Heritage Institute, where she co-created global educator professional development programs. Ann lives on beautiful Whidbey Island, WA.
Director, Social Wealth Economic Indicators
Indradeep Ghosh is currently a Professor of Economics at Haverford College. He has a PhD. (2007) from MIT in macroeconomics and international economics, and he has published research on current account dynamics, foreign direct investment, and international trade in peer-reviewed journals such as Global Economy Journal, and Review of Development Studies. At Haverford, Indradeep has taught courses in Introductory Economics, International Economics, Financial Economics, and Money and Banking.
After the 2008 Financial Crisis, Indradeep began to appreciate that traditional economic models offer very skewed representations of actual economic reality and in many ways create the very same present-day economic problems that they seek to alleviate. Accordingly, he began to develop a more dialogical orientation in his thinking and scholarship, actively seeking out dialogue with scholars in the other social sciences and in the humanities in an effort to develop a more integral understanding of the economic problems facing humanity in the present day. His scholarly interests shifted towards alternative economic models, interdisciplinary approaches to economic problems, and issues of economic equity and justice. In 2013, Indradeep was certified as a Caring Economy Conversation Leader, and has been volunteering part of his time since December 2013 to conceiving and executing the Social Wealth Indicators project.
Senior Advisor and Washington Representative
Joel has developed and managed communications and public affairs strategies for some of the nation’s largest corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations, including United Airlines, America Online, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Planned Parenthood, the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR), the American Association of University Women, People for the American Way, and many others. He has also woven together policy and communications for Members of Congress, city officials, and advocacy causes.
Joel served as a legislative aide and press secretary for seven years on Capitol Hill. His work included staffing for a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on International Development Institutions. Joel also created the first congressional caucus focused on computer software and information technology, the House InfoTech Caucus.
Director of Outreach, Caring Economy Campaign
Valerie carries the message and mission of the Caring Economy framework to advocates and policy makers in Washington DC and throughout the country. Immersed in public policy as it pertains to women’s status, especially the impact of family care on women’s economic status, Valerie is committed to social justice, family economic security, and income equality. Her work appears extensively in social media, @WomanInDC on Twitter, Your (Wo)Man in Washington on Facebook, and blogging for Mom-mentum.org. She also has written for The Shriver Report, Brain/Child Magazine, and is frequently featured on BlogHer.com as well as the CPS and CEC blogs.
Administrator, Data and Outreach
Ian Hunter has been a Developer, Consultant and Project Manager – mainly in Information Technology – since the 1960’s. He is South African by birth but has worked there, in the United Kingdom, and the USA. In the 1980’s he was a Management Consultant and Partner with Touche Ross & Co. in Cape Town and Johannesburg. During his 12 years in Dallas, Texas, he was active in the work of the Dallas Peace Center and in the Social Action team of the First Unitarian Church. His main work role there was as a Program Manager for the International Expansion division of Mannatech, Inc. He and his wife, Jenni, are now US citizens – retired and living in the Monterey Bay area.
Social Media Coordinator, Caring Economy Campaign
Kirstin is a news editor and writing at the Women’s International Perspective, and a Masters candidate in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology from Green Mountain College, where she was head delegate for the Model United Nations and president of the Psychology Club.
Marci Eads, Ph.D
Grants Evaluator & Corporate Outreach Advisor
Dr. Marci Eads has over 15 years of experience in training, applied research and evaluation, and policy and program development in the areas of gender, race, and sexual orientation inequality; diversity and inclusion; economic security; reproductive health; and international physical and sexual violence prevention.
Dr. Eads has been the lead on dozens of program development, research, training, and evaluation projects, including large multi-year federal, state, and foundation-supported projects including adaptation, training, and evaluation of the effectiveness of trainings and programs on reproductive health, violence prevention, health and other disparities, sexual violence prevention, and gender transformative programming, particularly for under-resourced communities. For example, recently she oversaw the adaptation, implementation, and evaluation of <¡Cuídate!, (a CDC evidence- based program) and Promundo International’s Program Mujeres to promote more effective reproductive health programming among young, at-risk Latinas. Additionally, she has trained staff at nonprofit organizations across the country that provide programming to girls and young women on the relationships between health outcomes and gender roles, norms, and expectations, and on gender transformative programming.
Currently, Dr. Eads is conducting research on and trains corporate, nonprofit, and government staff on issues of race, labels, and identity, with a goal of transforming existing diversity and inclusion strategies. She helped develop and is testing the efficacy of a gender transformative program designed to keep girls engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She serves as an expert consultant to TrueChild, a national nonprofit organization that helps donors, policy-makers and practitioners become more aware of the connections between reconnect race, class and gender, and how these affect at-risk communities, including communities of color, LGBT communities, and low income communities. Additionally, she is currently working with a foundation to develop and enhance their leadership programs and to evaluate the effectiveness of their strategic giving around economic security, and with an international gender-rights organization to collect and analyze data on sexual violence and health (including maternal health) from countries in the Global South, to utilize findings to develop new interventions that are culturally-specific and relevant, and to adapt existing interventions to reflect local realities and concerns. Dr. Eads has taught graduate statistics, research methods, and program evaluation for over ten years at the University of Colorado. She is a Principal at Health Management Associates and HMA Community Strategies, and is a Senior Fellow with the Buechner Institute for Governance at the University of Colorado. Marci received her B.A. from DePauw University and her Ph.D. from University of Colorado.
Elaine Menchaca, Ph.D
Coordinator, Educational Outreach
Elaine has worked for 18 years in higher education administration, research, grant and contract administration, corporate/university strategic partnerships, corporate relations, educational equity program development, community development, program development, technology transfer, and research/business park development. She spent nine years as professor of literacy and cognition at undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels.
Throughout her career with the California State University system, first at CSU Chico and later at CSU Monterey Bay, Elaine designed and implemented mentorship programs for women and underrepresented faculty and graduate students, as well as organized major corporate/university partnerships at both institutions, catalyzing collaborations with foundations and cultural institutions. Elaine served on the National Council of Graduate Schools Board, as President of the Western Association of Graduate Schools, and as system-wide Chair of the California State University Vice Presidents of Research and Graduate Deans for four years. Elaine holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics, Psychology, and Literacy from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Susan G. Carter
Consultant to Leadership and Learning Programs
Dr. Carter co-teaches the “The Power of Partnership” with Riane Eisler, an online course they designed and developed together for the Transformative Leadership Master’s and Transformative Studies Ph.D. Programs at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She has also developed “Partnership In Action” for CIIS and has co-developed Caring Economy webinars, Susan currently is chair of the Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program at Marylhurst University (Portland, OR), and recently introduced partnership coursework there.
As a feminist scholar and an avid advocate of volunteerism and community-based learning, Susan is actively involved in the non-profit sector, and has served on a number of boards that promote education and empowerment of underserved populations, cross-cultural understanding, and the arts. She has formed and directed a 501[c] foundation, and consults with California Bay Area and Pacific Northwest educational institutions to help promote community service. In addition, she presents nationally and internationally on diverse educational, partnership, cultural and spiritual topics. Susan’s interdisciplinary work is further informed by looking to ancient cultures for ideas that may help shape our future. Her academic and personal interests come together with the study of women’s spirituality and prehistoric symbolism and art as an expression of ancient spiritual traditions. Over the last decade she has studied the prehistoric origins of the Japanese sun goddess, linking this goddess’ influence on the current political discussion of women’s right of ascendancy to the Chrysanthemum throne. Susan Carter holds an M.A. in Women’s Spirituality and a Ph.D. in Humanities/Philosophy of Religion from The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, CA.