Our Leaders

At CPS, our partnership leaders are our greatest asset. We  honor the dedicated work of hundreds of leaders worldwide who are creatively applying partnership and caring economy principles in their work. CPS’s leadership community is intergenerational, ranging from teens to elders, spanning 30 countries and over 400 active leaders and 6000+ community members.

CPS's global leaders are active cultural change agents, catalyzing positive change in their circles of influence. They are community organizers, parents and grandparents, scholars, coaches, teachers, healthcare workers, business owners, policy advocates, students, and media creators, and many are graduates of CPS’s Leadership & Learning programs.

Read their success stories below and in the Leader’s Blog:

Leader's Blog

Get Involved

Connect locally with other partnership leaders, attend an online Community Gathering, write for the CPS Leaders Blog, the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, or other national publications, attend a webinar or take a class, start a community partnership meet-up or book group, get active in social media, make a video, or directly support CPS’s work as a monthly Caring Sustainer.

There are dozens of ways to get involved. Contact CPS and let us know how you’d like to contribute!

Partnership leader success stories:

Ginger Garner, PhD.: Leading in medicine and politics
Partnership leader, author and founder of Medical Therapeutic Yoga Ginger Garner ran for the North Carolina State Senate, District 2, and won her primary. She has lectured extensively across the world “...on how Dr. Eisler’s caring economics theory offers a solid, proven well researched path to end violence against women and create societies that value caregiving and the feminine qualities that raise up and nurture generations”.

Ginger wrote that her political leadership “is the means by which, through caregiving and service to the public, I can continue to translate caring economy principles into policy. I would encourage other partnership and caring economics leaders to consider what critical role they could have in influencing policy that would support and solidify the value of caregiving and of nonviolent action in their community. Whether running for the local school board or commissioner seat, or serving on a town committee, never underestimate the power of a few dedicated people to change the world”. “Dr. G”, as she is lovingly called by her clients, is currently focusing her EudeMOMia practice on empowerment and advocacy for new mothers recovering after birth.

Read more about Ginger's work


Sharon Sund: Exploring partnership & race – how do we create lasting change?
In 2012, Sharon ran for US Congress bringing in close to 100,000 votes. A consultant, speaker, community organizer and seasoned caring economy and partnership leader, Sharon has written for the CPS Leader’s Blog on race, intersectionality & partnership, and the roots of violence. Sharon writes, “During these turbulent times, there are hopeful movements, ‘Me Too’, ‘Never Again’, and ‘Black Lives Matter’. Many are asking, ‘how do we create lasting change?’ Let me suggest that lasting change will not happen unless America faces the violence and abuse it propagated and continues to administer against African American descendants of slave-workers and now toward anyone of color. When we consider how we move forward, the emerging Partnership social systems model should be our major focus”.

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Jason Campbell: Leading partnership models of negotiation in organizations
Jason Campbell, M.L.S., is a partnership leader and graduate student at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University. A long-time cultural change agent, he initiated the May, 2019 CPS Partnership Negotiations webinar and has launched a new Quantum Buoyancy Community space on Mighty Networks to leverage the conversation about partnership negotiations in organizations. He writes, “In partnership systems, we strive to negotiate with the focus on how we can actualize the greatest benefit of all. When we recognize that we are in the black hole [of domination-thinking], we must step up and step out in order to strengthen and preserve the partnership within. Without the guilt and shame of power-over paradigms, we can recognize our unconscious value drivers and then work with the ultimate nature of the mind – further developing the negotiation skillset and the ability to use a broad behavioral repertoire in a partnership-sensitive way”.

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Brie Mathers: Empowering young women and men to re-vision gender
Brie Mathers, outspoken CPS Partnership leader and founder of Love the Skin You’re In, is an activist and motivational speaker who has presented to more than 100,000 teens worldwide through her multimedia in-school events. Brie’s resiliency project empowers young women to think critically about their place in society, and about the popular and social media messages they are receiving about body image, sexuality, and self-worth. Her presentations to young men address toxic masculinity and traditional gender expectations. In her work she poses big questions such as ‘How can parents and kids break free from the unconscious bias that reinforce limiting gender roles?’ Brie: “We can aspire to be perfect and admired or we can drop into the gift of being authentic, lovable, and loving and recognize our common, vulnerable, messy, exquisite humanity. As one young man at The American School in Switzerland reflected in his testimonial, "This taught me that love can change everything. Looking toward the future, I’ll go with that.”

Brie is part of the CPS Speaker’s Bureau and represents the Partnership Next Gen program. She has appeared as a panelist with Ashanti Branch and Riane Eisler in the 2018 webinar Behind Our Gender Masks: Empowering Young Women and Men to Express their Full Humanity.

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Julie Hanks: Nurturing partnership families
Julie Hanks, PhD., LCSW, partnership leader, author, speaker and clinical therapist in Salt Lake City, Utah, speaks widely about ways we can work together to release domination-system patterns and nurture families grounded in partnership systems. In her CPS post 4 Ways to Create Partnership Families, Julie writes, “If every child grew up in a home where partnership was practiced, the world would be transformed. That is my vision, and I’m on a mission to help families develop partnership patterns and shed the shackles of domination that have formed rigid family roles. I want all people to see themselves as important caregivers in the lives of others, as creators of their lives, and as crucial leaders in the larger world. I want children to feel connected to themselves and others, to value relationships above status, and to respond to the suffering of others with compassion”. Julie reveals common parenting patterns and shows how we can move toward partnership parenting. She authored the article Bringing Partnership Home: A Model of Family Transformation in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies.

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Sabrina Chakori: Advocating systemic change
Australia-based caring economy leader Sabrina Chakori questions the assumption that to be a consumer is responsible citizenship, and suggests that the challenge of this century is to reconceptualize our role in the economy. Sabrina asks, “If people as consumers are primarily identified as economic entities, where does that leave culture, creativity, self-actualization and our capacity to evolve towards healthy and whole economic systems that embrace partnership values?” She contributed a chapter in the book Positive Steps to a Steady State Economy, titled “Consumer, citizen or a new definition? The necessity to change both the term and our behaviour.”

Sabrina emphasizes “the necessity of a shift toward a partnership model that takes into account all beings, one that becomes the norm in our society. Eisler (2005) express two key aspects of partnership systems: the importance of empowering people, and of linking rather than ranking. With these ingredients, we could achieve a systematic change that takes into account that society must operate within nature’s limits and that, the economy must serve (not dominate) society.” Sabrina presented caring economy workshops at a Sydney, Australia new economy conference (“Redefining people in sustainable economies: the consumer has to go”) and at the 2016 COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

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Liz Copeland: Organizing and advocating for caring economy policy advocacy in New Mexico
Liz Copeland, certified caring economy leader, educator and community activist, has taught caring economy and partnership systems workshops in her hometown of Albuquerque, including the Fall 2018 “Paradigm Shift: The Work of Riane Eisler“ through the Albuquerque’s Oasis educational program. Liz is a dedicated and resourceful community organizer and social justice advocate— in collaboration with other CPS leaders she has promoted the adoption of social wealth economic indicators to the state of New Mexico’s Democratic party Platform and Resolutions committee as an essential guide for public investment locally and nationally.

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