Isabel and Lori, her daughter-in-law and the executive director of the Isabel Allende Foundation, are traveling to NY this weekend to attend an Omega Institute conference entitled Resilience: A Retreat for Women. Omega co-founder Elizabeth Lesser will be hosting the event, along with Geneen Roth and Joan Borysenko, two noted experts on women’s health and spirituality. Learn more about it here. Lesser's book, Broken Open comes highly recommended. I am going to have to check it out! Take a look at it here.
With so much going on, I emailed Isabel this morning to check in and ask her a few questions:
How was your trip to San Antonio? Hey, aren't you on a sabbatical? You seem to be traveling so much?
I attended the first fundraiser for the Women and Girls Development Fund in San Antonio, a lovely lunch attended by 700 generous women and several smart teenage girls. Yes, it's my sabbatical, but this organization fits like a glove with the mission of my own foundation: empowerment of women and girls. I am convinced that's the only way we can end patriarchy and save the world. I had a good time in San Antonio, a city with Latin flavor and great cultural life.
Who took care of Olivia?
Nico and Lori took care of Olivia for two days and a night. She is one of those silly dogs with abandonment issues and although I explained to her that we would come back soon, she spent day and night with her nose glued to the door, waiting. Someone recommended a psychotherapist for dogs but Willie said "Over my dead body," so that's that!
How about this upcoming trip to New York?
On Wednesday Lori and I will attend the Omega Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City. San Antonio was 93º and the humidity curled my hair, which is normally limp. In New York it's snowing. It's hard to pack nowadays.
So—as Isabel would say—that’s that! I look forward to hearing all about New York and the Omega conference when she returns.