Michele Bertran, MS, JD, is the director of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center. Before joining the Omega staff, she was the family division manager for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex Vicinage. Bertran began her career in the Superior Court in 1993 as a law clerk and held a number of positions before managing the family division of the court, including the position of New Jersey’s first Judiciary ombudsman. Bertran earned her law degree from the Rutgers University School of Law and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1993. While at Rutgers Law School, she served as editor-in-chief of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter and helped to found the first children’s rights organization at the school, for which she received several honors. She also was honored with awards from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Women in Federal Practice in New Jersey, Women Lawyers in Bergen County, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Rutgers School of Latin American Law Students organization. Michele Bertran is a Fellow of the National Center for State Courts and also holds a master of science degree in counseling from Long Island University. Before attending law school, she worked as a family therapist. Omega Leadership Center will be having a meaningful and empowering retreat entitled Women and Power Retreat: Being Bold this coming September 18-20. This retreat is for women who are ready to break new ground and heed the call for personal and collective boldness. Keynote talks and discussions inspire us to awaken our bold spirits, cultivate our innate aliveness, expand our ability to know both the self and “the other,” and connect with women who are redefining courage the world over. Aside from this wonderful event coming, we got chance to know more about Michele and the OWLC. We’re so excited to share it with you. Make sure to read our interview til the end! 1. Why was the Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC) created as an addition to Omega Institute for Holistic Studies? Omega was founded on the holistic worldview that the well-being of each of us is deeply connected to the well-being of all living things. We believe that when women are valued, respected, and empowered, everybody benefits—girls and boys, women and men. The OWLC was created to catalyze a new way of envisioning women’s leadership; to transform what it means to lead and to redefine power—from “power over” to “power with.” We set out to create a nurturing hub to inspire, train, and connect women who lead with love and creativity and who are re-engineering our communities, societies, and world—for the sake of everybody 2. What makes this Conference different from other Conferences? All women’s conferences have their unique features. The hallmark of Omega’sWomen & Power gatherings is an emphasis on “inner,” personal development which translates into relational and global “outer” action in the world. Omega is a place known for providing a platform for new ways of thinking and being in the world and for questioning both what is and what can be. Its commitment to holism and serene location add to the totality of the learning experience. 3. Women are busy multi – taskers – why is it important for them to invest in themselves? There’s a lot of important conversation underway now about the benefits and burdens of having the opportunity to work, raise families, and be engaged in global news and dialogue on a 24 hour, seven day a week basis — in other words — multi-tasking. That conversation asks us to consider the relentless pace, the distractions, and the mindlessness that can undercut the very real benefits of greater freedom and ability to engage globally. Omega is a place to develop the mindfulness and grounding that can be beneficial to women who are busy multi-tasking and haven’t taken time to “smell the roses” or sit under the trees. Or short answer: Good health makes all else possible. 4. How do women begin a relationship with the Omega Women’s Leadership Center? They can come to a conference, attend a workshop, apply for a Women’s Leadership Residency, check out our online video library, sign up for our e-newsletter, like and message us on Facebook, or call us and set up an initial half hour phone appointment to discuss their leadership interests and ideas. Join OWLC’s Women and Power Retreat 2015 by clicking the photo below.