Introducing myself and my journal: Women's Global Leadership

Barbara Spraker
Posted September 18, 2009 from United States

About Me: I am passionate about the role of women in global leadership and work to catalyze strong, dynamic, and sustainable connections of women around the world. Colleagues and I have created a public homeplace where women's voices can be heard, knowing that "As we claim our voice, step into our power, and connect our conversations, change occurs around the globe."

I teach at The Center for Creative Change at Antioch University in Seattle and have convened Women's Conversation Circles in the US, China and South Africa. Knowing that our personal power is enhanced when we are aware of being part of something larger than ourselves, I seek ways for women to stay in touch with other women leaders around the globe, sharing stories accomplishments, ideas and insight.

My Areas of Expertise: teaching, leading workshops, writing

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  • Fatima Waziri - Azi
    Sep 18, 2009
    Sep 18, 2009

    Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

    Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

    Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

  • Barbara Spraker
    Sep 19, 2009
    Sep 19, 2009

    Hi Fatima,

    Thanks for acknowledging my entry into this community. I am sending a great big "cyber hug" to all of you who envisioned, created and sustain this community. It is a fabulous medium for bringing voices to the global conversation that are usually not heard - and that have wisdom, insight and creativity to bring to creating a new future that works for all.

    I am convening Conversation Circles in Shanghai (October 20) and Beijing (October 27) and am seeking contacts there. These Conversations are small groups of women (usually 6 - 10) who gather to talk about "What is the Role of Women in Global Leadership?" These are not academic in nature, but rather, women speaking out of their own experience and their own awareness, experience, insight and hopes. I've conducted such Conversations here in Seattle, In Shanghai and in Johannesburg and they are vibrant, enriching and empowering. If you have contacts in either of these cities, or know folks who do, I would be happy to be in touch with them.

    I have sent invitations to each of the women from China who have profiles on PulseWire. However, most of them are names only with little information about themselves.

    Warm regards,


  • Jade Frank
    Sep 19, 2009
    Sep 19, 2009

    We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

    I am very interested in hearing more about Antioch University and your work with The Center for Creative Change. I had never heard of Antioch until I saw your smiling face on PulseWire yesterday. Later that day, I took the train to Seattle where I am spending the weekend with some friends, and I opened up the Seattle Weekly and saw an ad for the University! I encourage you to use your journal to tell us more about your work!

    There are several members on PulseWire in China. There profiles are listed below:




    Song Qinghua


    You can connect with these members by commenting on their journals, which are listed under their profile pictures, or by clicking on the "send a message" icon.

    We are looking forward to hearing more of your voice on PulseWire!

    Warm regards, Jade

    Online Community Manager World Pulse

  • Barbara Spraker
    Sep 20, 2009
    Sep 20, 2009

    Hi Jade,

    Thanks for your note of welcome. And for the references to women in China. I had located them and have sent an invitation to each. Not sure if any of them actually live in Beijing or Shanghai, but we will see.

    I love the synchronicity that you are in Seattle this weekend! :) I will be posting more about Antioch and the Center for Creative Change in the future. At the moment I am focused on the beginning of fall classes and the trip to China in October.

    I did want to say, Jade, that we have a women's Conversation Circle here in Seattle that has been meeting for two years. And we meet this coming Wednesday evening, at 6:00 at Antioch. If you are still in Seattle You are most welcome to join us. OR, if you have friends here who are interested. At the end of this note I will paste the invitation that went out about this month's meeting. This is an open group - the number of persons varies from 6 to 15 and it is not the same group each time. AND, each time the conversations are rich and meaningful! The group is called The Power of Yin and we meet in the Center for Creative Change Lobby on the second floor. Antioch is located in downtown Seattle, 2326 Sixth Avenue, near the Pink Elephant Car Wash on Deny Way. :)

    Thanks for your work as Online Community Manager.

    Warm regards,


    (Power of Yin invitation follows.) Good morning my dear friends and colleagues,

    I am filled with palpable gratitude this morning, as I savor the richness of life - the bounty of this amazing summer, the subtle signals that we are transitioning to fall, the truly soul-filling experience of being connected with each of you. And I am so aware of the sense of starting anew that always is a part of fall for me. I know, for a lot of folks January is the beginning of the new year, or July is the beginning of the new fiscal year, but I will forever be a student and teacher, and fall means “a new year” to me.

    I’m also keenly aware that it was two years ago at this time that some of us came together for an evening’s conversation about The Power of Yin ( the book published that summer by Hazel Henderson, Jean Houston and Barbara Marx-Hubbard), about what was significant to us about the book, and what it prompted in our own thinking and imagining. It was a great evening, and there was an interest on the part of several to meet again. And, so we did, and again, and again.

    And, thus The Power of Yin Conversation Circle emerged. It is an amazing experience, always, to be a part of emergence - or more accurately to be conscious that we are part of an emergence. None of us had an idea that the initial conversation would be sustained, that we would create opportunities to challenge, encourage and support ourselves and one another to step ever more fully into our own power, our own creativity, our own authentic leadership. Nor did we have an inkling that The Power of Yin would be a container for connecting in such meaningful ways with folks like Claudine, Betty, Shammi, Carol, Juliet, Dyuti - our sisters/colleagues from other countries.

    It is great to have The Power of Yin. Dianne Juhl, the femininefaceofmoney, called it a “public homeplace,” a place where women’s voices can be heard. AND, it is time for The Power of Yin to evolve.

    So, give yourself a treat. Set aside Wednesday evening, September 23, - to reconnect with each other, and enjoy the creative energy of exploring how The Power of Yin might evolve. Bring a friend, neighbor or colleague. Glenda Chaffin and I have met over the past few months and have some ideas, and, we’re eager to see what thoughts and inspiration we will all generate together.

    Wednesday, September 23, 2009

    6:00 - 8:30

    C3 Lobby

    Synchronicities are always fascinating and affirming experiences for me. And just this week, a new book was released - Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer prize winning (couple) NY Times authors, reveal the violence and abuse that is the real life experience of millions of women AND paint a powerful vision of practical, feasible steps that can be taken to change this reality. One more powerful message that the future does depend on women.

    I want to acknowledge a couple of folks in particular. • Claudine Zongo’s city in Burkina Faso recently experienced a horrible flood. A number of deaths, thousands left homeless, and their main hospital largely destroyed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Claudine. • Kierstyn Hunter has recently moved to New Hampshire. We will miss you Kierstyn. • A few new names are on our distribution. Some of you are recent graduates of C3. Please feel welcome to come and help shape the future of The Power of Yin, or to get some ideas about how you might want to create your own Conversation Circle.

    I’m excited - anticipating tapping into our collective creative energy.

    Love and good wishes,