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Launching Women Luncheon


It’s Not About Balance; It’s About Fulfillment

Women are absolutely bombarded with instructions on how to live their lives.  From magazines, Facebook, the Lean In Movement to the thousands of books about how to maintain BALANCE, women face a world that basically tells them, “They Don’t measure up.”

In this series, we will begin an exploration of all the ways women can find their own definition of personal fulfillment.  This series is designed as a threshold; our hope is to add more topics with the input of our participants – they know what they want and what they need.

It will be a dynamic, active series of women working through discussions on personal, spiritual, and financial fulfillment - each which informs us as we move forward in the world, personally and professionally, being more focused and finding fulfillment that feeds that elusive balance.


"Thank you so much for organizing and leading the Intuitive Joy workshop for Women Leaders. The workshops were very impactful especially as we are all reeling from the crisis in our world. My family has a weekly zoom where we all share a high, a low and what has brought us joy in the past week. I shared how the workshops have given me new tools and new connections to amazing women and for that and much more, I am grateful."

– Joanna Ballantine of The Davis Financial Group, LLC

"Doctors, dolphins and diamonds…oh my! I just think it was a series of magnificent gatherings of women’s connective energy!  I thank you all so much for allowing me to share in those gatherings."

– Dr. Carla Oleska of Carla Oleska & Co.

'Lead with your heart and your mind.'

– Dr. MIchelle Helms, MD, FACS of Cooley Dickinson Health Care

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Series Presenting Sponsor
Supporting Sponsors
Past Contributors
Kim Pisinski, Legacy Counsellors, P.C
Joanna Ballantine, The Davis Financial Group
Ana Lourdes Artiga Paredes, El Comalito
Emily Must, Isenberg School of Management
Donna Haghighat, The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts
Lisa Totz, LT Consulting
Dr. Carla Oleska, Carla Oleska & Co.
Yves Salomon-Fernandez, Greenfield Community College
Dr. Leslie Salsberry, Intuitive Joy
Dr. Shalini Bahl, Downtown Mindfulness

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Carla Oleska, PhD.

Carla Oleska, Ph.D. has more than thirty years of experience in professional leadership roles as well as creatively addressing and facilitating the aspirations of underserved populations.  She has specialized in the design of programs enhancing academic preparation and higher education access, leadership development, and non-profit programming.  Under her leadership the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts developed and initiated the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact –LIPPI, a highly successful program which has graduated over 250 women who have gone on to successfully run for political office, achieve new leadership positions in their careers, and found new businesses.

Her work on behalf of women and girls has been recognized both regionally and nationally. In 2010 Oleska was one of the one hundred women across the United States selected as the charter delegates to Vision 2020, a national initiative to create leadership parity.  She was also one of 50 women from around the world invited to participate and speak at the United Nations Won Buddhist Center meeting on women and the UN development goals.

Whether Carla is working or not, she always loves to laugh, and she loves to spend quality time with friends, and that includes time spent on the golf course.

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Past Sessions:

  • SESSION 1 – September 20, 2019 11:30AM-2PM at the Inn on Boltwood

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  • SESSION 2 – October 18, 2019 11:30AM-2PM at the Courtyard by Marriott in Hadley

Our Spirit’s Fulfillment: Mindfulness as A Superpower: Breaking Through Your Inner Glass Ceiling, Shalini Bahl, Phd: Shalini Bahl Milne will join Carla to help us further discover ourselves and help peel away layers that will all lead to increased fulfillment.

  • SESSION 3 – "The Chapters of Our Lives," an engaging exercise as our final chapter to our series led by Dr. Carla Oleska November 15, 2019 11:30AM-2PM at the Courtyard by Marriott in Hadley

Welcome to my show.  How are we the writer, the producer and the director of our own show? Carla Oleska, PhD  

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  • SESSION 6 — Thursday, April 29, Noon Online via Zoom

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