History

HISTORY OF THE ORGANIZATION

The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership originated in September 1997 when author and lecturer Naomi Wolf and current events KGO radio producer Margot Magowan came together to address their shared concerns regarding the future of American’s young women. Less than a year later, the two were joined by four remarkable women leaders from divergent social, ethnic and racial backgrounds, all united in their commitment to expand opportunities for the next generation of women. The group agreed that young women need greater guidance, skills and mentoring to support their leadership paths. This group dialogue led to the birth of the Woodhull Institute, a global community of women leaders.

The Founding Board understood Virginia Wolf’s need for a Room of Her Own. They took this concept one step further and purchased an incredible retreat center in Ancramdale, New York, so that women would have a true home of their own. Woodhull’s retreat center a place to grow, to develop new goals, and infuse ideas with strength and empowerment.

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