“Women Are Different, And Their Difference is Needed”: Shaping Women Who Will Change The World

Dr. Rita Lustgarten, Founder & CEO of Women on the Leading Edge, Inc., has a Mission – to Prepare High-Achieving Woman to Lead the Global Shift to Conscious Capitalism

San Francisco, CA – April 17, 2015 - The current climate of unprecedented social, political and environmental change is leading to tremendous challenges and opportunity in the business world.  With over 35 years of experience in the field of personal and professional development and transformation, Dr. Rita Lustgarten has a unique perspective on who is best poised to lead the way.

“Women are different,” she explains, “and their difference is needed.” 

Dr. Rita is the founder of Women On The Leading Edge, Inc., a global consulting, leadership and business development company providing high-level mentorship, executive and leadership coaching, strategic and brand consulting, facilitation, professional speaking, Global Leadership Summits, and transformational programs for high-achieving women.  Working to prepare today’s women leaders to co-create a radically different future for our planet, Dr. Rita’s mission is to empower women to define success on their own terms, engage in meaningful endeavors, and become a powerful part of a new fundamental economic force to reshape the world.

“Women on the Leading Edge are women who fulfill their leadership potential and desire to leave their mark,” explains Dr. Lustgarten.  “They are leaders who are motivated by hope, vision and action. They are connected to the needs of the world, but not determined by them. They have an inspirational vision and a clear direction for how to get there.”

For years, Dr. Rita has worked as a global organizational and business consultant, psychologist, executive/leadership coach, mentor, international keynote speaker, facilitator and seminar leader.  Many of her clients are from Fortune 500, 300, and 100 companies, along with a number of non-profits, including Exxon, The Gap, Google, Williams-Sonoma, and Chicago Tribune. She regularly consults with top leaders in the financial and retail industries and several well-known public figures.

Women on the Leading Edge was developed to prepare women leaders to enjoy a higher level of success and visibility while facilitating these changes and spearheading progress.  The heart of this work is the Women’s Global Leadership Academy, a yearlong program highlighted by three, invitation-only, Global Leadership Summits. There a select group of influential women receive transformational leadership training, masterminding, and an ongoing dialogue exploring the positions women should be taking in order to grow their influence, overcome obstacles and accomplish their goals. 

The Academy also focuses on select initiatives that will give its members a real opportunity to bring about positive change, as well as providing a support system that will enable its members to go back out into the world and catalyze change within their organizations.

This shift away from the old business paradigms and toward conscious capitalism, along with shifting the power base back to the Feminine is what Dr. Rita believes may be the most significant shift in the business world – and may prove to be the arena where women will have the opportunity to exercise the most significant impact.  “I believe there’s a big change already underway in the entrepreneurial world, and I think it will eventually happen in the corporate world.  People are bringing greater consciousness to the work they’re doing, they’re connected to a greater meaning and purpose in their work. They understand the value and power of relationships as a fundamental contributing element to their success. They are much more aware of their impact and the kind of impact they want to have. I truly believe that today’s business’s need to be mission driven, aligned with a greater purpose that enables them to become an active force for good in the world. Companies need to be more responsible and conscious of the impact they’re having and align with a greater positive direction.”  I do believe the transformation of the world will come though business, and through women. 

Dr. Lustgarten holds masters’ degrees in Clinical Psychology and Human and Organizational Development and a doctorate in Human Development & Organizational Systems with a specialization in Women’s Leadership. She was awarded a fellowship for her outstanding work in the field of women and leadership and her concomitant contribution to a national initiative called Creative, Longevity, and Wisdom, a project of the Institute for Social Innovation.  She is also the mother of two grown children.

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