Nina Simons

Re-Inventing Leadership: In Environment, Business and Civil Society

Nina Simons, CEO, Bioneers
February 21, 2014 (Fri), 3:00 – 5:00 p.m
UNM Continuing Education
1634 University Blvd NE (at the intersection with Indian School Rd)

From the political landscapes in Liberia, Iceland and Latin America to the ecological work of the Greenbelt Movement in Nigeria, diverse, grassroots women leaders are initiating many of the most profound movements globally. Simultaneously, women are advancing toward greater equity in the business sphere, from small, locally-owned businesses to the C-suites and boards of large corporations. Both in business and in social and environmental change work, might we need to redefine what kind of leadership is proving most effective in the 21st century? What might the emergence of women into greater leadership have in common with the re-invention of what kind of leadership is admired, aspired to, and deemed most effective? Simons suggests that perhaps it is not only the emergence of more women in leadership, but the rebalancing of the masculine and feminine principles within ourselves individually as well as our institutions and cultures, that is informing our emergent new leadership definitions.

Nina Simons is the co-founder of Bioneers, based in Santa Fe, NM, an international non-profit organization that works to engage communities in the creation of a sustainable, just and diverse world. The organization, renowned for its effective outreach and communications, spreads awareness of innovative leaders, projects and ideas through conferences, media and an award-winning radio program that is broadcast on over 525 stations globally. Simons co-designed and co-facilitates a week-long intensive workshop on “Cultivating Women’s Leadership,” and co-edited Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, an anthology of 40 essays from diverse leaders.  The anthology has received critical acclaim and is being used in college courses on leadership, diversity and women’s studies. Previously, Simons worked in the corporate sector, was a manager of small businesses, and was a social entrepreneur.