A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Joan Chittister, OSB, has been a leading voice on spirituality for more than 25 years. She is a best-selling author of 22 books and a well-known international lecturer. She is founder and executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality, and past-president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Sister Joan has been recognized by universities and national organizations for her work for justice, peace, and equality for women in the Church and society. She is an active member of the International Peace Council. She attended the Fourth U.N. Conference in Beijing in 1995 and the Parliament of the World's Religions in South Africa in 1999 as media representative for the National Catholic Reporter and is a regular columnist for that paper.
Carla Goldstein, JD, is Omega Institute’s chief external affairs officer and director of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center. Carla discusses the 2010 Conference theme—Our Time to Lead—and challenges us to imagine a different perspective on the meaning of leadership and life. Learn more about the Omega Women's Leadership Center: http:eomega.org/OWLC.