Riane Eisler, JD, PhD (hon)
RIANE EISLER is a social systems scientist, cultural historian, and attorney whose research, writing, and speaking has transformed the lives of people worldwide. Her newest work, Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future, co-authored with anthropologist Douglas Fry and coming out with Oxford University Press in July 2019, shows how to construct a more equitable, sustainable, and less violent world based on partnership rather than domination.
Dr. Eisler is president of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS), dedicated to research and education, Editor-in-Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, an online peer-reviewed journal at the University of Minnesota that was inspired by her work, keynotes conferences nationally and internationally, has addressed the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Department of State, and Congressional briefings, and has spoken at corporations and universities worldwide on applications of the partnership model introduced in her work.
She is internationally known for her bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, now in 27 foreign editions and 57 U.S. printings. Her book on economics, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, was hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking” and by Jane Goodall as “a call to action.” Her Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships, co-authored with Teddie Potter, won national and international awards, and her Equal Rights Handbook was the only mass paperback on the Equal Rights Amendment.
Other books drawing from Eisler’s research include her award-winning Tomorrow’s Children, Sacred Pleasure, and Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life, statistically documenting the key role of women’s status in a nation’s quality of life. Through the Center for Partnership Studies’ Caring Economy Campaign she developed new metrics demonstrating the economic value of caring for people, starting in early childhood, and of caring for nature.
She has written over 500 articles in publications ranging from Behavioral Science, Futures, Political Psychology, The Christian Science Monitor, Challenge, and UNESCO Courier to Brain and Mind, Human Rights Quarterly, International Journal of Women's Studies, and World Encyclopedia of Peace, as well as chapters for books published by trade and university presses (e.g., Cambridge, Stanford, and Oxford University).
Dr. Eisler pioneered the expansion of human rights theory and action to include the majority of humanity: women and children. Her research provides a new perspective on our past, present, and possibilities for the future, including a new social and political agenda for building a more humane and environmentally sustainable world.
She is the only woman among 20 major thinkers including Hegel, Adam Smith, Marx, and Toynbee in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians in recognition of the lasting importance of her work as a cultural historian and evolutionary theorist. She has received many honors, including honorary PhDs, the Nuclear Age Peace Leadership Award, the Feminist Pioneer award, and inclusion in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers as one of twenty leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King.
David Loye, PhD, Vice President
Social psychologist, systems-theorist, futurist, and CPS co-founder David Loye is the author of widely respected books on the use of the brain and mind in prediction, political leadership, race relations, and is the developer of new theories of moral sensitivity and evolution.
A former member of the psychology faculty of Princeton University, Dr. Loye was a Director of Research for the Program on Psychosocial Adaptation and the Future at the UCLA School of Medicine for nearly a decade. Loye is a co-founder of the new Society for the Study of Chaos Theory in Psychology and a co-founder of the General Evolution Research Group, a multidisciplinary group composed of scholars from Italy, France, Finland, Hungary, Russia, China and the United States, as well as an editor of the group's journal World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution.
Loye is also the founder and initiating developer and facilitator of The Darwin Project. The mission of The Darwin Project is to speed the shift in our homes, schools, and the media from only teaching destructive “first-half” Darwinism to the inspiring liberation of Darwin's long lost completing half — along with all the fields of modern science that support and expand Darwin's original full vision to reveal caring, love, moral evolution, and education as the prime drivers for human evolution.
3,000 Years of Love: The Life of Riane Eisler and David Loye is an unusual joint biography that describes the development of Loye's life and writings before and after he met Eisler as well as her life and writings. It begins with the humor of a Garrison Keillor childhood on a cool lake in Minnesota and the hot oil fields of Oklahoma, which he writes of in Brave Laughter. Next were World War II in the Navy, post-War years as a television newsman in the Edward R. Murrow days, his national award-winning book The Healing of a Nation, his decade as a psychologist on the faculties of Princeton and the UCLA School of Medicine. Then, comes the partnership of Loye and Eisler and the decades of their pivotal involvement in the development of evolutionary systems science, resulting in Loye’s books on Darwin, including Darwin’s Lost Theory, Darwin in Love, Darwin’s Second Revolution, Measuring Evolution, and lifelong involvement in social and political activism behind the visionary power of The River and the Star, The Glacier and the Flame I, II, and III, The Science of Evil, and other books of his Moral Transformation Cycle.
Besides 3,000 Years of Love, Loye writes of his and Eisler’s lives together in the development of advanced evolution theory, the great social movements of our times, and the joyful everyday enjoyment of life in Return to Amalfi and two books of love poems, 100 Days of Love and 1001 Days of Love.
During recent years he has been primarily involved with the scientific study of moral sensitivity. One phase of this research involves a comprehensive re-evaluation of the work of Darwin, Kant, Marx and Engels, Durkheim, Freud, Piaget, Kohlberg, Gilligan and other pioneers in scientific moral studies in the light of new discoveries in brain research, feminist and gender studies, human prehistory, and the systems dynamics of human cultural evolution. Loye has focused primarily on the development of action-oriented evolution theories. These include Moral Transformation Theory, Evolutionary Action Theory, and a Triadic Theory of Evolution.
With the motto “Books to Reclaim the American Mind, Heart, and Soul,” this new explosion of books for Loye in his eighties has set the goal and tone for the publication of new books on science . . education . . politics . . morality . . spirituality . . entertainment and humor . . and love by the Benjamin Franklin Press.
Board of Directors
Riane Eisler, JD, PhD (hon), President
Internationally known as author of The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future (Harper & Row, 1987), Eisler is a scholar, author, educator, organizer, social activist, and recipient of many honors. She pioneered women’s studies programs at UCLA; founded the first U.S. center on women and the law; wrote The Equal Rights Handbook (Avon Books, 1978), and introduced a new model of human rights that includes both women’s and children’s rights. She keynotes conferences worldwide; is Editor in Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies; and member Club of Rome and the World Future Council. Her other books include Sacred Pleasure (Harper Collins, 1995), the award-winning Tomorrow’s Children (Westview Press, 2000) and The Power of Partnership (New World Library, 2002), and The Real Wealth of Nations (Berrett- Koehler, 2007), hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world that we have been so urgently seeking.”
David Loye, PhD, Vice President
A systems scientist and futurist, Loye is former faculty member of Princeton University and the UCLA School of Medicine. He is author of many books and scholarly articles, including the award-winning The Healing of a Nation(Norton, 1971) on race relations, The Leadership Passion (Jossey-Bass, 1977) on politics, The Sphinx and the Rainbow (Bantam Books, 1984) on how we predict and affect the future, and Darwin’s Lost Theory (Benjamin Franklin Press, 2008) on a holistic evolutionary perspective.
Frances Collins is a caring thought pioneer in the interdependent fields of ethics, human development and whole brain thinking. Serving as a trustee of The Dillon Fund and the Clarence and Anne Dillon Dunwalke Trust, Frances supports non-profit organizations working to change and improve the poor thinking and unexamined beliefs that result in actions that create and sustain human ignorance, poverty, cruelty and suffering.
Bill Levis, Treasurer & CFO
A renowned expert on nonprofit financial management, Bill has extensive experience in the nonprofit field. He has published works on fundraising productivity and is a nationally recognized expert on the IRS Form 990 for non-profit organizations.
Nontombi Naomi Tutu, MA. PhD candidate
Naomi has dedicated her professional career to advocating for human rights. Tutu is an acclaimed speaker on gender issues and race relations with a passion for helping to build a partnership world of human dignity and peace. Born in apartheid South Africa as the daughter of Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Tutu, she faced the challenge of growing up black and female. She now lives in the United States, has taught at the Universities of Hartford and Connecticut and Brevard College in North Carolina, and currently serves as program coordinator for the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a candidate for her PhD degree. She holds a BA in Economics and French from Berea College, and an MA in International Economic Development from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Economic Development at the University of Kentucky. She has received numerous awards and honors from civic organizations, and serves on CPS’ SAIV (Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence) Executive Committee.
President at Trade Area Systems, Manager at Taunton Depot LLC, President at Land Development - Northeast. Developer and owner of a software business and several shopping centers; Joe is a well-known business and civic leader in Boston, MA.
Heidi Sieck MA
Sought after as a mentor, consultant and keynote speaker, Heidi Sieck’s expertise lies in issues of leadership, gender parity and political reform. Heidi has a 25-year career in political action that has focused on implementing foundational solutions that intersect technology, politics and well being. Heidi Sieck is the founding Chief Operating Officer of Civic Hall, the new community center for civic technology and innovation, launched in the New York Flatiron District in February 2015. She serves on the Advisory Board of VoteRunLead and is part of the founding leadership team of CTZNWELL, a new values-based well being movement. Heidi has led complex projects including the award winning San Francisco 311 Customer Service Center, establishing the foundation of the open government movement and ResilientSF, one of the first post-disaster recovery programs in the U.S.
Heidi has worked on five presidential campaigns and countless state and local races from Nebraska to New York City. She served as President of the nonpartisan San Francisco Women's Political Committee, the largest women's organization in the City. She also co-founded the San Francisco Women’s Policy Summit and created the San Francisco Women's Collaborative. Heidi is also a co-founder and former Chief Operating Officer of Democracy.com, a political technology platform she founded with classmates from Harvard. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Nebraska and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School where she was awarded the prestigious Holly Taylor Sargent Award for Advancement of Women in Leadership.
Ann Amberg, MCS
As a cross-pollinator and creative thought leader, Ann is a passionate advocate for social & environmental systems integrity. She has a 15-year background in holistic online course development, educational leadership development, group facilitation, communications and program coordination in the U.S. and U.K. She designs workshops and facilitate courses that connect science, spirituality, cultural transformation, art and leadership. Ann served as the Program Administrator of the Leadership & Learning Programs from 2012-2014. Previously she was the Director of Special Programs at The Heritage Institute, where she co-created global educator professional development programs. Ann lives on Whidbey Island, WA.
Dr. Susan G. Carter, PhD
Dr. Carter co-teaches the “The Power of Partnership” with Riane Eisler, an online course they designed and developed together for the Transformative Leadership Master’s and Transformative Studies Ph.D. Programs at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She has also developed “Partnership In Action” for CIIS and has co-developed Caring Economy webinars, Susan currently is chair of the Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program at Marylhurst University (Portland, OR), and recently introduced partnership coursework there.
As a feminist scholar and an avid advocate of volunteerism and community-based learning, Susan is actively involved in the nonprofit sector, and has served on a number of boards that promote education and empowerment of underserved populations, cross-cultural understanding, and the arts. She has formed and directed a 501[c] foundation, and consults with California Bay Area and Pacific Northwest educational institutions to help promote community service. In addition, she presents nationally and internationally on diverse educational, partnership, cultural and spiritual topics. Susan’s interdisciplinary work is further informed by looking to ancient cultures for ideas that may help shape our future. Her academic and personal interests come together with the study of women’s spirituality and prehistoric symbolism and art as an expression of ancient spiritual traditions. Over the last decade she has studied the prehistoric origins of the Japanese sun goddess, linking this goddess’ influence on the current political discussion of women’s right of ascendancy to the Chrysanthemum throne. Susan Carter holds an M.A. in Women’s Spirituality and a Ph.D. in Humanities/Philosophy of Religion from The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, CA.
Riane Eisler, JD, PhD (hon)
RIANE EISLER is a social and systems scientist, attorney, and author whose work on cultural transformation has inspired both scholars and social activists. Her groundbreaking research has impacted many fields, including history, economics, psychology, sociology, education, and healthcare. She has been a leader in the movement for peace, sustainability, and economic equity, and her pioneering work in human rights has expanded the focus of international organizations to include the rights of women and children. She is president of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS), dedicated to research and education on social and economic transformation; co-founder of CPS’s Caring Economy Campaign and, with Nobel Peace laureate Betty Williams, of the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV); and Editor in Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, an online peer-reviewed journal housed at the University of Minnesota that was inspired by Eisler’s work.
Dr. Eisler is internationally known for her bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, now in 26 foreign editions, including most European languages and Chinese, Russian, Korean, Hebrew, Japanese, Urdu, and Arabic. Her book, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics – hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking,” Peter Senge as “desperately needed,” Gloria Steinem as “revolutionary,” and Jane Goodall as “a call for action” – proposes a new economics that gives visibility and value to the most essential human work: the work of caring for people and nature. Her most recent book, Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Health Care, co-authored with nursing professor Teddie Potter, won an American Journal of Nursing award.
Dr. Eisler keynotes conferences and speaks at universities worldwide, and consults to business and government on applications of the partnership model introduced in her work. She has spoken at the United Nations General Assembly and at the invitation of government officials and corporate CEOs, including Prof. Rita Suessmuth, President of the Bundestag (the German Parliament) and Daniel Goeudevert (Chair of Volkswagen International); the Mayor of Bogota, Colombia; and Vaclav Havel (President of the Czech Republic).
Other books drawing from her multidisciplinary research include the award-winning The Power of Partnership and Tomorrow’s Children, as well as Sacred Pleasure, a daring reexamination of sexuality and spirituality, and Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life, documenting the key role of women’s status in a nation’s general quality of life. Her earlier books, drawing from her legal experience, include Dissolution and The Equal Rights Handbook, widely used in the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. She is a member of the Club of Rome and the Social Venture Network, a Councilor of the World Future Council, and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and World Business Academy.
Riane Eisler was born in Vienna, fled from the Nazis with her parents to Cuba, and later emigrated to the United States. She obtained degrees in sociology and law from the University of California, taught pioneering classes on women and the law at UCLA, and now teaches in the graduate Transformative Leadership Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Eisler has written over 400 articles in publications ranging from Behavioral Science, Futures, Political Psychology, The Christian Science Monitor, Challenge, and The UNESCO Courier to Brain and Mind, the Human Rights Quarterly, The International Journal of Women's Studies, and the World Encyclopedia of Peace. She sits on editorial boards of both scholarly and popular journals.
Dr. Eisler is the only woman among 20 great thinkers including Hegel, Adam Smith, Marx, and Toynbee selected for inclusion in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians in recognition of the lasting importance of her work as a cultural historian and evolutionary theorist. She has received many honors, including honorary Ph.D. degrees, the Alice Paul ERA Education Award, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 2009 Distinguished Peace Leadership Award, and is included in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers as one of 20 leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King.
Leah Gowron, MPA
As one of the longest-term consultants with CPS, Leah Gowron oversees the back-end support of the organization, including donor management, email engagement, grant assistance, support to Dr. Riane Eisler and general office services. Outside of her part-time contracting role at CPS, Leah leads the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey's alumni relations efforts, including alumni engagement, oversight on the website, and fundraising, as well as providing information, contacts, and resources to the over 20,000 alumni scattered around the world. Leah holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in history from the University of Manitoba, as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from the Middlebury Institute. She has an extensive public speaking background, including annual presentations with the JET Programme in Tokyo, and has conducted cross-cultural trainings and career development sessions with a range of organizations in the U.S. and Canada. A transplanted Canadian, she resides on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula.
Ian Hunter has been a Developer, Consultant and Project Manager – mainly in Information Technology – since the 1960’s. He is South African by birth but has worked there, in the United Kingdom, and the USA. In the 1980’s he was a Management Consultant and Partner with Touche Ross & Co. in Cape Town and Johannesburg. During his 12 years in Dallas, Texas, he was active in the work of the Dallas Peace Center and in the Social Action team of the First Unitarian Church. His main work role there was as a Program Manager for the International Expansion division of Mannatech, Inc. He and his wife, Jenni, are now US citizens – retired and living in the Monterey Bay area.
Brie Mathers, Founder and President of Love the Skin You’re In, is a powerful transformational speaker who is introducing Partnership to the next generation in her dynamic school presentations to young women and men. 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. Brie’s message deeply resonates with the students that receive her vibrant presentations in schools in the US, Canada and Europe.
Karen McLean Hessel, M.Div
Karen is the former Program Director, Justice for Women, National Council of Churches (1992-2004) and former Board Member of the Sister Fund, and Interfaith Worker Justice. Karen is a specialist in Ecumenical women’s leadership with decades of involvement in economic and social justice. work intersecting with gender, race and class. Karen works as a volunteer with projects such as Interfaith Worker Justice Southern Maine and Caring Resources for Living. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary.
Teddie M. Potter, PhD, MS, RN
Teddie Potter has a rich practice history including over thirty years in home care. Dr. Potter has often been at the heart of paradigm shifts, including being one of the first home care nurses in her state, starting a specialized home care program for people living with HIV/AIDS, and helping start one of the first palliative care programs in the nation. Dr. Potter has been a nurse educator for over sixteen years. She has also shown a long-term commitment to diversity and inclusivity, studying factors that help diverse students succeed in nursing school and teaching healing traditions of our diverse community. Her current positions in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota are a natural extension of her interests and passions. She is Coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership and Director of Inclusivity and Diversity. In 2015, she received the distinguished Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award. Dr. Potter is Executive Editor for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies; a peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal promoting interdisciplinary collaboration as a solution for solving society’s grand challenges.
Dr. Potter has spoken nationally and internationally about partnership-based health care and The BASE of Nursing, new theories to guide nursing practice, education, and research. She co-authored with Riane Eisler, Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Health Care, which received a 2014 AJN Book of the Year award and the 2015 Capstone International Nursing Book Award. This book equips nurses to be full partners, ready to lead necessary change to advance the health of all nations.
Sara Saltee, MA
Sara has been supporting the Center for Partnership Studies’ Caring Economy Leadership and Learning Programs since early 2009, when she joined the team that developed the initial pilot project. As the programs have evolved, Sara has taken a lead role in program development as a curriculum designer,facilitator, and managing director. With 15 years’ experience in adult education, five years as an organization development consultant, and broad expertise in the fields of communication, adult learning, and creativity, Sara specializes in the articulation and display of complex concepts, and design and facilitation of high-engagement learning experiences for adult learners.
Valerie carries the message and mission of the Caring Economy framework to advocates and policy makers in Washington DC and throughout the country. Immersed in public policy as it pertains to women's status, especially the impact of family care on women's economic status, Valerie is committed to social justice, family economic security, and income equality. Her work appears extensively in social media, @WomanInDC on Twitter, Your (Wo)Man in Washington and on Facebook. She also has written for The Shriver Report, Brain/Child Magazine, and is frequently featured on BlogHer.com as well as the CPS and CEC blogs.