Fusing the clever mind with the wisdom of the ocean, mountains and sky.

The Center for Nature and Leadership is a leadership incubator and national community of women designed to translate personal expertise and insight into impact for communities and organizations across the world.

We believe that:

  The creative empowerment of women is a powerful tool for social, environmental, and personal transformation that is required for our world today;

 effective personal growth is a process fueled by continuity and a supportive community for inspiration, motivation and accountability;

 an established community of mentors and personal advisors provides a depth of growth that cannot otherwise be achieved;

 nature-based leadership development supports the development of collaborative and generative soul-based leaders who lead with their heart, spirit and hands, as well as their minds; and

 when women leaders are a part of a multigenerational and diverse professional community, they are more likely to be champions for each other’s work, creating exponential impact in a world that so desperately needs it at this time.

Photo Credit: Mike Zanine (Header Image)

We believe that:

  The creative empowerment of women is a powerful tool for social, environmental, and personal transformation that is required for our world today;

 effective personal growth is a process fueled by continuity and a supportive community for inspiration, motivation and accountability;

 an established community of mentors and personal advisors provides a depth of growth that cannot otherwise be achieved;

 nature-based leadership development supports the development of collaborative and generative soul-based leaders who lead with their heart, spirit and hands, as well as their minds; and

 when women leaders are a part of a multigenerational and diverse professional community, they are more likely to be champions for each other’s work, creating exponential impact in a world that so desperately needs it at this time.

Photo Credit: Mike Zanine (Header Image)

Our Partners

Our unique partnership structure provides a platform for talented women leaders to share their expertise, wisdom and knowledge with you through mission-related programming.  Contact us to explore this opportunity.

BEVERLY WINTERSCHEID, PH.D.

Founding Partner

Beverly is a mentor and motivator for women who want to change the world through passionate commitment to their ideas, families, organizations, and communities.

After 20 years of a successful business and academic career that included a Ph.D. in Business Strategy, a post-doc at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management,  positions as VP, Strategy and Organization for Manco-Henkel, Inc. and Director of Strategic Initiatives for Stratton Corporation. she had a profound awakening.   After investing two decades in change management with a large systems focus, she came to the conclusion that change happens one person at a time.

Acting on her discovery, she began training in ecopsychology and nature-based guiding with the Animas Valley Institute.  In 2008, she joined Marlboro College’s Sustainability MBA, launching a 2-year nature-based leadership development course, where she stayed for the next seven years.

Also in 2008, she founded the Center for Nature and Leadership (CNL) to blend traditional leadership development with scientific findings on the beneficial effects of Nature on humans.  The Generative Council is CNL’s keystone program, designed to provide diverse women leaders the time & space to develop their personal impact, meeting  in places of wild magnificence three times/year, and supported by an ongoing community of previous participants.

Creating and achieving bottom-lines of all sorts, and helping others see the wisdom of Nature at work in their own lives is what she loves to do.  Cultivating fearless leaders, those who stand firmly on authenticity and truth, who strive to bring new visions into reality in concert with others is her passion and expertise.

And, when she’s not working with members of the Center for Nature and Leadership community, you’ll find her in the backcountry of her home in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado, or sailing in the Bahamas.

BEVERLY WINTERSCHEID, PH.D.

Founding Partner

Beverly is a mentor and motivator for women who want to change the world through passionate commitment to their ideas, families, organizations, and communities.

After 20 years of a successful business and academic career that included a Ph.D. in Business Strategy, a post-doc at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management,  positions as VP, Strategy and Organization for Manco-Henkel, Inc. and Director of Strategic Initiatives for Stratton Corporation. she had a profound awakening.   After investing two decades in change management with a large systems focus, she came to the conclusion that change happens one person at a time.

Acting on her discovery, she began training in ecopsychology and nature-based guiding with the Animas Valley Institute.  In 2008, she joined Marlboro College’s Sustainability MBA, launching a 2-year nature-based leadership development course, where she stayed for the next seven years.

Also in 2008, she founded the Center for Nature and Leadership (CNL) to blend traditional leadership development with scientific findings on the beneficial effects of Nature on humans.  The Generative Council is CNL’s keystone program, designed to provide diverse women leaders the time & space to develop their personal impact, meeting  in places of wild magnificence three times/year, and supported by an ongoing community of previous participants.

Creating and achieving bottom-lines of all sorts, and helping others see the wisdom of Nature at work in their own lives is what she loves to do.  Cultivating fearless leaders, those who stand firmly on authenticity and truth, who strive to bring new visions into reality in concert with others is her passion and expertise.

And, when she’s not working with members of the Center for Nature and Leadership community, you’ll find her in the backcountry of her home in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado, or sailing in the Bahamas.

CHRIS SCHNEIDER

Partner, Generative Council Guide

With 20 years of corporate management and coaching experience in my various business roles, delivering my passion of connecting people in the corporate arena with their inward journeys has led me to help others ignite their best self and deliver their purpose work to the world. Over the last 10 years,  I’ve also led corporate nature-based workshops and founded an Outdoor Enthusiast Club in my Fortune 50 company.

I am passionate in my commitment to introducing children to nature through their sensory experience, recognizing that children are the stewards of our future.  I actively lead youth in nature, guiding on my home lands of Wisconsin and my current home in Arizona — so that both children and adults strengthen their leadership to become impactful difference makers.  I look forward to doing the same with you!

CHRIS SCHNEIDER

Partner, Generative Council Guide

With 20 years of corporate management and coaching experience in my various business roles, delivering my passion of connecting people in the corporate arena with their inward journeys has led me to help others ignite their best self and deliver their purpose work to the world. Over the last 10 years,  I’ve also led corporate nature-based workshops and founded an Outdoor Enthusiast Club in my Fortune 50 company.

I am passionate in my commitment to introducing children to nature through their sensory experience, recognizing that children are the stewards of our future.  I actively lead youth in nature, guiding on my home lands of Wisconsin and my current home in Arizona — so that both children and adults strengthen their leadership to become impactful difference makers.  I look forward to doing the same with you!

NANCY HENJUM

Partner, Generative Council Guide

With 30 years of organizational leadership, executive coaching and team facilitation experience, I seek to serve as a catalyst for positive engagement in and with the world. Two years ago I found the Center for Nature and Leadership. By bringing the wisdom of nature into my method and incorporating the practices I have learned with the women of the Generative Council, I have expanded my awareness, perspective and skillset.

Having lived the first quarter of my life in 14 different places as an Air Force “brat”, I determined to plant my roots and since 1990 Colorado is the place I have grown my branches. The light in Colorado’s crisp blue skies and the strength from its’ magnificent Rocky Mountains have become my sustenance. In addition to the importance of place, my deepest connection is to the people in it. Giving to and receiving from community is one of my highest values. Generative Council is a precious part of my community.

NANCY HENJUM

Partner, Generative Council Guide

With 30 years of organizational leadership, executive coaching and team facilitation experience, I seek to serve as a catalyst for positive engagement in and with the world. Two years ago I found the Center for Nature and Leadership. By bringing the wisdom of nature into my method and incorporating the practices I have learned with the women of the Generative Council, I have expanded my awareness, perspective and skillset.

Having lived the first quarter of my life in 14 different places as an Air Force “brat”, I determined to plant my roots and since 1990 Colorado is the place I have grown my branches. The light in Colorado’s crisp blue skies and the strength from its’ magnificent Rocky Mountains have become my sustenance. In addition to the importance of place, my deepest connection is to the people in it. Giving to and receiving from community is one of my highest values. Generative Council is a precious part of my community.

Our Board

These generous people give their time, talent and creativity to help give life to the Center for Nature and Leadership.  

CHRIS SCHNEIDER

Board Chair

Chris Schneider is connecting the world of corporate-leadership and inward-purpose for women of all ages. She is an Agency Administration Leader for State Farm Insurance.

As a guide on the land, she creates opportunities for women to learn about their bio-region and find space for self-empowerment to be born and thrive. Incorporating whole heart practices, intentional actions to ignite our best leadership, and personal authenticity. Chris also fosters a passion of introducing children to the natural world through their senses. Creating opportunities for kids to self discover a relationship with the living world. Inspiring them, as they flourish and develop into our future stewards of the earth. She dedicates time to community environmental education centers, The Sierra Club, and is an active member of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN).

Chris earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point. She also completed undergraduate work at Naropa University Boulder, Colorado in Ecopsychology. Chris is a founding member of the the Generative Council.

CHRIS SCHNEIDER

Board Member

Chris Schneider is connecting the world of corporate-leadership and inward-purpose for women of all ages. She is an Agency Administration Leader for State Farm Insurance.

As a guide on the land, she creates opportunities for women to learn about their bio-region and find space for self-empowerment to be born and thrive. Incorporating whole heart practices, intentional actions to ignite our best leadership, and personal authenticity. Chris also fosters a passion of introducing children to the natural world through their senses. Creating opportunities for kids to self discover a relationship with the living world. Inspiring them, as they flourish and develop into our future stewards of the earth. She dedicates time to community environmental education centers, The Sierra Club, and is an active member of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN).

Chris earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point. She also completed undergraduate work at Naropa University Boulder, Colorado in Ecopsychology. Chris is a founding member of the the Generative Council.

HOLLY BRAUN

Board Member

Ten years ago I shifted my professional orientation from advancing profit to fulfilling purpose and have spent the last decade helping redirect and align my organization’s existing mission of delivering safe and reliable energy to the societal charge of solving for climate change and reducing carbon emissions. I now work to advance the largest component of my organizations “low carbon pathway” through robust policy, customer-facing energy efficiency and technology, and organizational innovation.

Generative Council came midway through this journey and provided the necessary spiritual expansion to fulfill my quest. Retreating from the clutter, obligation, and pace of city-life into the quiet, reflective and harmonious non-judgment of nature was both humbling and emboldening. I found direction, clarity, and conviction that nourished and guided me to a place of sustained richness. I’m inspired how accessible this gift is and yet, it can be veiled and mysterious without models. While always a student, I am grateful to serve as a guide in this journey for future generations of council women.

HOLLY BRAUN

Board Member

Ten years ago I shifted my professional orientation from advancing profit to fulfilling purpose and have spent the last decade helping redirect and align my organization’s existing mission of delivering safe and reliable energy to the societal charge of solving for climate change and reducing carbon emissions. I now work to advance the largest component of my organizations “low carbon pathway” through robust policy, customer-facing energy efficiency and technology, and organizational innovation.

Generative Council came midway through this journey and provided the necessary spiritual expansion to fulfill my quest. Retreating from the clutter, obligation, and pace of city-life into the quiet, reflective and harmonious non-judgment of nature was both humbling and emboldening. I found direction, clarity, and conviction that nourished and guided me to a place of sustained richness. I’m inspired how accessible this gift is and yet, it can be veiled and mysterious without models. While always a student, I am grateful to serve as a guide in this journey for future generations of council women.

“JAC” JODI CLARK

Board Member

Jac is a passionate, community-minded educator, inspired by groups committed to creativity, learning, and healing. She began her journey co-creating what she has come to call “collective awesome” via co-founding a Renaissance Faire in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Her professional journey has taken her from advising the LGBT student group and working extensively in student affairs at Marlboro College to teaching/directing for ActingOut, an issue-oriented improv theater training and performance program for New Hampshire youth.

She’s served as a designer and facilitator of community processes for groups dedicated to co-creating after-school programs, community strategies for healthy food and physical activity, or substance abuse prevention. Her work interests include peer-to-peer mentoring, the power of stories shared and witnessed, creating sacred tech virtual space and exploring embodied leadership via sword training and martial practice. She’s a former member of Global Round Table Leadership and a consultant with the Center for New Leadership.

Jac finds deep healing, spiritual wisdom and nourishment in the time she spends with mountains, forests, streams, and lakes as well as with the other beings who call those places home. She was a founding board member for Wolfgard Northeast, a wolf and wilderness education center in southeastern Vermont. She is also an active member of the EarthSpirit Community and Chase Hill Folk.

“JAC” JODI CLARK

Board Member

Jac Jodi is a passionate, community-minded educator, inspired by groups committed to creativity, learning, and healing. She began her journey co-creating what she has come to call “collective awesome” via co-founding a Renaissance Faire in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Her professional journey has taken her from advising the LGBT student group and working extensively in student affairs at Marlboro College to teaching/directing for ActingOut, an issue-oriented improv theater training and performance program for New Hampshire youth. She’s served as a designer and facilitator of community processes for groups dedicated to co-creating after-school programs, community strategies for healthy food and physical activity, or substance abuse prevention. Her work interests include peer-to-peer mentoring, the power of stories shared and witnessed, creating sacred tech virtual space and exploring embodied leadership via sword training and martial practice. She’s a member of Global Round Table Leadership and a consultant with the Center for New Leadership.

Jac finds deep healing, spiritual wisdom and nourishment in the time she spends with mountains, forests, streams, and lakes as well as with the other beings who call those places home. She was a founding board member for Wolfgard Northeast, a wolf and wilderness education center in southeastern Vermont. She is also an active member of the EarthSpirit Community and Chase Hill Folk.

NANCY HENJUM

Board Member

With 30 years of organizational leadership, executive coaching and team facilitation experience, I seek to serve as a catalyst for positive engagement in and with the world. Two years ago I found the Center for Nature and Leadership. By bringing the wisdom of nature into my method and incorporating the practices I have learned with the women of the Generative Council, I have expanded my awareness, perspective and skillset.

Having lived the first quarter of my life in 14 different places as an Air Force “brat”, I determined to plant my roots and since 1990 Colorado is the place I have grown my branches. The light in Colorado’s crisp blue skies and the strength from its’ magnificent Rocky Mountains have become my sustenance. In addition to the importance of place, my deepest connection is to the people in it. Giving to and receiving from community is one of my highest values. Generative Council is a precious part of my community.

NANCY HENJUMR

Board Member

With 30 years of organizational leadership, executive coaching and team facilitation experience, I seek to serve as a catalyst for positive engagement in and with the world. Two years ago I found the Center for Nature and Leadership. By bringing the wisdom of nature into my method and incorporating the practices I have learned with the women of the Generative Council, I have expanded my awareness, perspective and skillset.

Having lived the first quarter of my life in 14 different places as an Air Force “brat”, I determined to plant my roots and since 1990 Colorado is the place I have grown my branches. The light in Colorado’s crisp blue skies and the strength from its’ magnificent Rocky Mountains have become my sustenance. In addition to the importance of place, my deepest connection is to the people in it. Giving to and receiving from community is one of my highest values. Generative Council is a precious part of my community.

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