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.

CHRIS SCHNEIDER

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.

JENNIFER SIMPSON, PH.D.

Partner, Generative Council Guide

Both my professional training and 20+ years of experience working in complex organizations around the globe has confirmed my belief that humans operate from similar needs wherever they are. And, that when people feel held in community and see the valuable difference they can make, extraordinary things become possible.

I’ve dedicated my life (and career) to creating more healthy, rewarding and effective communities and organizations. After 20 years in the outdoor mecca of Boulder, Colorado, I know firsthand the restorative power of time in Nature.

JENNIFER SIMPSON, PH.D.

Partner, Generative Council Guide

Both my professional training and 20+ years of experience working in complex organizations around the globe has confirmed my belief that humans operate from similar needs wherever they are. And, that when people feel held in community and see the valuable difference they can make, extraordinary things become possible.

I’ve dedicated my life (and career) to creating more healthy, rewarding and effective communities and organizations. After 20 years in the outdoor mecca of Boulder, Colorado, I know firsthand the restorative power of time in Nature.

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.

DARCY STALLINGS WINSLOW

Board Member & Co-Founder of the Generative Council

Darcy is a champion of systems-change and sustainable design strategies. In 2012, Darcy joined the Center for Nature and Leadership as the co-founder and co-guide of the Generative Council.

She is currently the President/Managing Partner and co-founder of the Academy for Systems Change, an organization focused advancing the field of awareness-based systemic change in order to achieve economic, social, and ecological wellbeing.

In addition to the Academy, in 2008 she founded DSW Collective, LLC, which focuses on the alignment of organizational values and principles with the development and implementation of practical yet aggressive systemic sustainable design strategies.

Before starting her business and the Academy, she worked at Nike, Inc. for 21 years and held several senior management positions within the business and the Nike Foundation, most notably starting the Sustainable Business Strategies in 1999, Global Director for Research Design and Development, General Manager/VP for Nike’s Global Women’s Footwear, Apparel and Equipment division, and Senior Advisor to the Nike Foundation.

Darcy received her BS in Exercise Science, studied Sports Medicine, and received her MS in Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology and Biomechanics, and is a 2003 graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, University of Oregon’s School of Sports Management, the Center for Nature and Leadership, and the Board of Advisors for Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

She is a lifelong athlete and avid traveler, and splits her time between Portland, Oregon and Crestone, Colorado.

DARCY STALLINGS WINSLOW

Board Member & Co-Founder of the Generative Council

Darcy is a champion of systems-change and sustainable design strategies. In 2012, Darcy joined the Center for Nature and Leadership as the co-founder and co-guide of the Generative Council.

She is currently the President/Managing Partner and co-founder of the Academy for Systems Change, an organization focused advancing the field of awareness-based systemic change in order to achieve economic, social, and ecological wellbeing.

In addition to the Academy, in 2008 she founded DSW Collective, LLC, which focuses on the alignment of organizational values and principles with the development and implementation of practical yet aggressive systemic sustainable design strategies.

Before starting her business and the Academy, she worked at Nike, Inc. for 21 years and held several senior management positions within the business and the Nike Foundation, most notably starting the Sustainable Business Strategies in 1999, Global Director for Research Design and Development, General Manager/VP for Nike’s Global Women’s Footwear, Apparel and Equipment division, and Senior Advisor to the Nike Foundation.

Darcy received her BS in Exercise Science, studied Sports Medicine, and received her MS in Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology and Biomechanics, and is a 2003 graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, University of Oregon’s School of Sports Management, the Center for Nature and Leadership, and the Board of Advisors for Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

She is a lifelong athlete and avid traveler, and splits her time between Portland, Oregon and Crestone, Colorado.

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