Welcome to Women Leading the Way

women leading the wayThank you for taking time out of your busy life to join us on this web site. This is a place where we celebrate the many ways that women lead. Each month we feature a story of a woman stepping up to lead the way - in her community, workplace, country, or tribe. We also offer capacity building activities and resources for nurturing all women in continuing to enhance our leadership skills and extend our influence. Knowing that we amplify our power when we connect with others, this site provides ways for women to learn with and from one another across cultures. We invite you to send stories of women you know who are making a difference in the world, and to submit methods and strategies you find effective in your own work as a leader.

What is the intention of this site? What will you find here?

Story of the Month January 2018: Leading Across Differences

Our focus this month is on Leading Across Differences.

What women bring to leadership is sacred!  Nowhere is this more significant than in the understanding of differences.  For centuries, differences have been treated as sources of conflict, competition, and power.  They’ve reflected underlying assumptions of “one best way,” and “either/or” thinking.

Women’s deep, intuitive understandin---that life is not a project with a finish line, but rather a process---is crucial to our survival as a human species.  Women‘s understanding that life is a process of continual change, a continual experience of the unknown, aligns with the swift pace of change we experience today.  It enables deeper insight into the cycles of life and the continual unfolding of reality.

Our future on this planet depends on living in this way.  It depends on embracing differences, going beyond our comfort zone and giving up our attachment to one way – of seeing, believing, and living.

The new posts illustrate this reality in 3 different ways:

In our STORY OF THE MONTH, Risho’s story takes us on a personal journey ~ from life in the Sudan, to the east coast of the US and university life, to the west coast of the US where she founded an organization, Mother Africa, which serves her community there.



In the NEWS section a brief (3 and ½ minute) video reveals the joy and beauty of co-creating a Celebration where all women are welcomed and vibrantly share their stories, food, laughter and dance!

Capacity Building Activities/Resources

The Toolkit for Project Management which has been added to the Capacity Building section of this website provides practical guidance for one way of leveraging differences to create a new way of BEING together.

Amplifying Women's Impact

Visit the  "Developing Women's Leadership ~Around the Globe" page to learn about building community across cultures at the Women's Leadership Summit. or click here to watch video highlights of the Summit.

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Visit the Blog: Women's Voices: Creating a New Story

The role of women in global leadership – in our homes, communities, organizations and our countries – is emerging in powerful ways every day in locations all around the globe.  Recent Blog posts reveal how Weub (Ethiopia), Betty (Uganda), and Claudine (Burkina Faso) are leading. 

Read about them >


About Barbara Spraker

Barbara SprakerBarbara Spraker, an educator, is a catalyst for transformation. She is passionate about drawing out and amplifying women's power.

Our future depends on women's leadership - leadership based on creating space  for diverse voices to be heard, nurturing creativity and compassion, building relationships of trust where shared vision can emerge, and collaborating in action to bring those visions into reality.

Barbara teaches in the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle and has led capacity-building workshops for women for more than 20 years. Read Barbara's bio>>