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|The Women's Mosaic is a 501c3 nonprofit
organization dedicated to uniting and empowering women through programs
that promote intercultural understanding and personal growth. Each
month we offer unique educational activities and events that build
bridges, expand horizons, and improve the lives of women both here
and abroad. We are a community of dynamic women interested in expanding
our horizons by creating positive change that can individually and
collectively enrich the world.
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|The Women's Mosaic was founded in January
2001 to provide a friendly, creative atmosphere for open-minded women
of various backgrounds to easily meet one another, learn about other
cultures, enjoy new experiences, discuss issues affecting women, fundraise
for women's human rights organizations, and provide motivation and
inspiration to help women achieve their full personal and professional
|The Women's Mosaic believes
that strong, independent, creative and compassionate women are the
key to making this world a better place. Our mission is to foster
the growth of a unified, universal women's movement by dispelling
cultural ignorance, prejudice and bigotry and by providing women,
both here and abroad, with the resources and tools necessary to be
masters of their own lives.
|The Women's Mosaic offers
monthly educational, inspirational and motivational activities and
events that incorporate multicultural, self-empowerment and personal
growth elements in a variety of creative, unique ways. Our gatherings
provide a forum where women of every background meet in a comfortable,
relaxed atmosphere, and through sharing common interests, are able
to express ideas, gain new perspectives, develop friendships, discover
new passions, and make positive change in their lives as well as the
lives of others. A portion of the proceeds from some of our events
are given to other charities that support the overall mission of The
The Women's Mosaic explores the history, tradition and vitality of
a specific culture through guest speakers, food, photos, exhibits,
group activities and ultimately, members' personal experiences. Workshops,
conferences, lectures and panel discussions provide many opportunities
to support, benefit from and be inspired by others' knowledge, services
- Interact with diverse, dynamic women of all
- Participate in workshops and discussions that
enrich their lives and motivate them to clarify
and achieve their goals
- Learn about other cultures;
commemorate ethnic and religious festivals and holidays
- Generate awareness of and raise funds for local
and international women's human rights issues
- Become inspired by and learn from the experiences
of other women
- Plan events and activities that explore their
own interests and passions
- Make meaningful connections with other women
both here and abroad
- Have fun!
|The Women's Mosaic members
are strongly encouraged to plan a meeting or activity to further develop
and share their own cultural and personal interests.
Past and potential organizations to be supported: Global Fund for
Women, Equality Now, AJWS Women's Empowerment Fund, Sakhi, Women to
Women International, Gabriela Network, International Rescue Committee,
Earth Rights International Women's Project, RAWA, Avon 3-day Walk
for Breast Cancer.
|The Women's Mosaic members meet at least
once a month for scheduled activities. Most meetings are generally
held on weekday evenings at a New York City location. Additional special
events and workshops occur frequently throughout the year.
|All women who are interested
in meeting new people, learning about different cultures, and gaining
new perspectives and insights to improve their lives and the lives
of others can participate in The Women's Mosaic. Our meetings are
held on different days of the week each month. Attendance at and planning
of monthly meetings is encouraged to help promote a thriving member
foundation of community, continuity and commitment. Admission fees
and suggested donations vary ($5 to $40) and include the costs of
participation in the arranged activity, such as dinner at a restaurant
or attendance in a workshop, and at times a financial contribution
to a related nonprofit organization.
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"It was intimate and friendly, open and enlightening.
Everyone had very intelligent, intriguing stories to share - I
am so inspired
to effect change within our culture!!!"
Jenna G. (Sunset Roundtable
Discussion on Body Image at CLAY)
"I was extremely moved by
what I learned and equally impressed with the organization of
It accomplished exactly what I had hoped it would in terms of correcting
prejudices, teaching me the truth and expanding my understanding."
Quinn A. (from My Life as a Muslim Woman, Part I)
"It gave me a wonderful feeling learning about the power
of being a woman and the changes we can make."
Anonymous (from Voyage to Haiti)
"It was so wonderful to hear such well-spoken representatives
of the various religions speak about their personal experience
with religion. It was also very satisfying that they were all
so open about religion and spirituality without rules, restristrictions
and exclusive boundaries. It re-activated by faith in women and
in people in general, and made me so thankful to be part of a
world that is so full of loving and open people and ideas. I
feel so lucky to have experienced this - thank you!"
Kara M. (Girls, God & Goddesses: Women's Relationship
to Religion & Spirituality)
"The Filipina event was wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed
myself and learned a great deal. It was extremely well organized
and it was evident that a number of individuals put a lot of time
and effort into making this such and informative and fun event."
Christine B. (Filipinana Night)
"I thought about how wonderful it is when women come together
to share support and nurture one another’s souls and everyday
goals and aspirations, instead of competing with one another. We
do accomplish much more this way, and humanity, on the whole, benefits
from our unique gifts."
Analita M. (Declare Your Own Bastille Day!)
"Mosaic UN event REALLY ROCKED! The speakers were dynamic
and it was great that they represented two aspects of the U.N...My
group's guide was a powerful, fascinating tour leader. These woman
are all doing work that is meaningful and that they enjoy. What
inspiration! Many, many thanks!"
Sharon J. (The WM Goes to the UN!)
"I feel I have grown as a person because of The Women’s
Mosaic. Thank you."
Laci B. (One Year Anniversary Party)
"I'm so glad I found this group - none of my friends would
ever want to try anything like this."
Patricia P. (Jewish Holiday Celebration)
"I had a great time listening to all these wonderful women
and most of all I was inspired by their determination....based on
tonight [I know] anything involving women is going to be great."
Maya S. (3rd Annual ESP Conference)
" I look forward to participating in events that help challenge
us as a people, help us understand the struggles of different people
in the US and abroad, and move us to action. That can take any form
- whether inspiring us to write, dance, sing, speak, create spaces
in our lives and the lives of all to be free; free from violence,
poverty, and all the "-isms" imaginable. I am excited
to have stumbled upon the The Women's Mosaic, and look forward to
future events." - Sephora R. (Bridge &
Tunnel Performance and TalkBack)
|"The Secretary-General has asked me to thank you for
having sent to him the most recent issue of INSPIRER. You
importance which he attaches to efforts undertaken by inter-
governmental and non-governmental organizations alike,
as well as by individuals, to promote inter- cultural understanding.
He has read with interest, therefore, the account of the
recent activities of the Women's Mosaic in this field." -
Special Assistant to Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the
"....so happy to have a report on your work - it is
such important work - you are inspiring and result-producing." -
Helen Gurley Brown, founder of Cosmopolitan Magazine
"TWM brings women together to connect in deep and
profound ways -- offering transformative experiences that
empower the soul. Opportunities like these allow the healing
process to begin from a place which recognizes that we are
all universal beings." - Terrie M. Williams,
Inspirational author, The Personal Touch and the
forthcoming Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not
Hurting (Scribner 2007)
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INSPIRER Newsletter ISSUE 3 (2006-2009)
INSPIRER Newsletter ISSUE 2 (2004-2006)
INSPIRER Newsletter ISSUE 1 (2001-2004)
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|Kristina Leonardi was born in Long Island,
New York, and is a second generation American, of Paraguayan, Uruguayan
and Sicilian heritage. She grew up proud of her exotic ethnic background
and developed a natural curiosity about other cultures from a very
young age. She was always drawn to learning about other countries,
languages and customs, and her dream was to someday work at the United
At some point in early adulthood, she realized that if
the world was going to be a better place, it was up to the women
to do it.... So, in January 2001 she founded The Women's Mosaic
as a forum for women of every background - race, culture, occupation,
religion, age, whatever - to come together by participating in informal
educational activities in order to learn about each other, form
new relationships, improve their lives and the lives of those around
them. In addition to wanting to encourage women to appreciate both
the similarities and differences in one another and our connection
as a whole to the human race, it is her belief that all women should
realize their full potential and the more women who do, that this
would have a truly beneficial effect on our planet.
Kristina holds a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University,
and has over 20 years of experience traveling around and working
with people from all over the world. She has managed the client
service aspects of an educational travel company arranging tours
for Harvard, Yale, Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural
History and has taught extensively for NYU's Center for Hospitality,
Travel and Tourism. Kristina served as a representative from The
Women's Mosaic to the NGO Forum of the United Nations World Conference
Against Racism in Durban, South Africa in August 2001. She speaks
Spanish, has studied French, Italian and Mandarin and is an avid
dancer and fan of Latin music.
Kristina Leonardi is a women and diversity expert available for
seminars, workshops and other speaking engagements at your company
or organization. For more information, please visit www.KristinaLeonardi.com.