Women of The World; a summit

Early last spring, we  (Andrea Steffens, executive director and Wendy Hawkins, operations director)  attended The Women in the World summit.  



We were deeply moved -- to tears constantly --  by the depth and incredible bravery of women in the world -- very well produced and created by women who care about women. It included people like Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Christiane Amanpour and other well known people -- but wait... it wasn't about them, about the celebrities, it was about their commitment to the unknown women and girls who are committed to change even where it is dangerous and there are few resources.  The presence of celebrities brings public attention that is otherwise impossible to acheive. The profits from this event goes to the WITW foundation that supports the work of unknown women and girls (some as young as fifteen years old) who, for example, risk death as they fight for young girls desire for education. We want to thank the women who created this event -- Tina Brown for starters -- they didn't have to do do it.  

So look at the you-tube insert below and Google Women in The World to see the ten or twelve video clips of speakers and panels at the summit. If you come away with a dry eye or without being inspired, write us.  

We will be going next year and hope to see you there.



Who We Are

We believe that those who dive deeply into the personal story will emerge in the human story.  

Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is an arts driven non-profit educational organization that serves the Personal Story.

We are Peace Builders working with the individual and community. 

Our goal is to create the global story of war as experienced through women and children.

Our desire is to nurture relationship, encourage learning, healing  and teaching by exploring and telling the personal and collective Story.

We come to our clients by invitation and with them develop culturally relevant programs.

The goal is building resiliency and capacity through the story telling process and creating a relevant Self-Care program. 

We use spoken word, writing, and arts processes  to extend  language and give voice to the unspoken, to make coherent the life story.  

Our purpose is to give these stories public exposure across platforms.  

While our work is highly therapeutic it is not psychotherapy.

Our processes lie closer to anthropology, and spirituality with their mythological underpinnings.

We invite you to invite us.

Cruise the web page and stay tuned.