Women and Power in the Workplace - Gathering Solutions

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The Walden Gathering is part of the social venture created by Nick Jekogian that invites individuals, groups and organizations to gather, learn and collaborate on how best to contribute and invest their time, talent and resources to recognize the healthy benefits of nature while creating solutions for the greater good.

Engagement. Not Expertise.


Women and Power in the Workplace Solutions

 What we act on today will determine the world we will live in tomorrow

Our conversation concluded that from a young age women need to get more comfortable talking about money if we want more of it. Ultimately power is knowing and demanding your market value.
— Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, Author and Walden Gathering Organizer.
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Women are running for office in record numbers, challenging the sexual status quo, taking back power and redefining their roles.


The Walden Gathering focused on these questions:

What is power for women? Money? Networks? Leadership? Honoring our true feminine nature?  

How can we make our workplaces and the world a better place for women to live their true nature and have their most authentic impact?

Walking Discussions

"What excites you in 2018?"


Deepening spiritual connections with design.

Blending architecture and nature.

Helping to empower women every day. 

Bringing more mindfulness into the workplace.

Reducing our ecological footprint.


A project in my neighborhood that cares about nature.

Using nature to replenish.

Exploring spirituality.

Bringing women’s voices together.

The hope that “man money” will someday be “all people money.”

Better media. 

Young feminists as the change.



Using my connections to make a positive impact on the world.

Female empowerment.

Facilitating great conversations with complete strangers.

We need to resist.

Stay resilient by balancing relaxation and action.

Gathering well connected people in nature to create scalable solutions to real problems.

Key Themes


Woman & Power

"Money is Power. And Women Need More of Both."

 “Money is Power. And Women Need More of Both.”  

Based on a March 10th, 2018 article in the New York Times. 


Gathering View


Women need more wealthy compassionate men behind them. (i.e. Tom Styer)

Women need to get more comfortable talking about money if we want more of it and more power. We need to start more "women and money" groups where we spread our knowledge about money, talk about what we’re doing with our money (see Ellevest), and also talk about why we are afraid to talk about money. 

Reporters need to cover women-run businesses, report the positive data/stats/ROI, so women business leaders win more investment. 

We need to get the story out about the “motherhood advantage” (see article in Slate, The Motherhood Advantage)  so company leaders know that women workers who are mothers are valuable and should be paid equally. 

We need to start teaching kids in elementary to talk openly about money. 

Power is knowing and demanding your market value. Always learn your market values and add 30 percent. 

Let go of the outcome and be willing to walk a way from a deal if you’re not getting what you want. You gain more power if you’re not as invested in the outcome. 

Build support systems that include mentors, peers, and your competition. 

Compete with yourself.  Support other women. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Have a mindset that we live in abundance and there is plenty of money to go around.

Money is a number, not emotional. 

We lose our power if we don’t have a voice around money.
— Amy Parker

How do we


create better communities?

Gathering View


Nothing can replace offline community. We can connect and reconvene online, but the connections will always be deeper offline.

You get what you give in a community.

Economic independence enhances women’s choice, and that means new roles and states of being for women - and the need for a re-evaluation of community.

Maintain a diverse spectrum of communities - one community can’t satisfy you. 

Be open to new community where you don’t expect it. 

Bring people together who think in different ways.

Community is being open to strangers. “Pour a little love in everyone’s cup.”

More men need to join women-led and focused communities and organizations.

Meet outside. Hiking as networking will enhance wellness and community. 

Practice true intentions in your communities
— Rosabel Tao

Gathering Actions & Solutions 


How do we address gender inequality?

Gathering View


Women need to let go of perfection.

Women need to practice more entitlement.
We all need to create more opportunities for mentorship/teaching women new scripts, so they can show up more confidently around money, sexuality and social interactions with men at work.
Be the behavior you want to see.

Actively participate.

Ask for what you need.

Determine your value and demand it/pay it forward. 

Get out of your comfort zone.

If you are a joiner, be a creator or vice versa.

Talk to men in power/educate them to be allies and advocates. Educate them on how impactful their influence is. 

Mentor and empower the next generation to lead/lead by example. 

Give with no expectations /be of service. 

Speak up compassionately. Use your voice.  

Share fascinating things with each other. It matters for collective wisdom. 


Key Action

Create a platform for sharing that offers mentoring, assistance and opportunities. 

No solutions are one-size-fits-all. Put one foot in front of the other. Rinse. Repeat
— Gina Pell


We aim to bring together passionate individuals, groups and organizations to gather, learn and collaborate in small groups on how best to contribute and invest their time, talent and resources to innovative solutions -- and then take them back into the world.   We see everyone who joins as an equal expert at the table because we believe in the wisdom of the crowd to find solutions.

Marysia Rybock - Janine Aurichio - Rachel Lehmann-Haupt - Yael Jekogian - Gina Pell - Stephanie Losee - Rosabel Tao - Amy Gershoni - Janet Crawford - Kelly Hanker - Annah Verderame - Hannah Miller - Carla Hashimoto - Marisa Freeden - Alessia Ucelli - Christine Handel - Perry Nelson


Follow up & Recommended Reading

The What List - A women-centric community for curious people. Lovingly curated by two BFFs on a mission to spark intellect and whet appetites. 

The Motherhood Advantage, Slate, June, 2018

Wall Street alum Sallie Krawcheck just raised $34 million for her investing platform — here's what it's like to use it, Business Insider, Sept, 2017

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Janet Crawford dives into the unconscious associations that are often made with regard to gender. It's hard not to reflect on our own unconscious associations as she talks through how our brain creates associations to help us make sense of the world.

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