SUMMIT SESSIONS

Paula Stone Williams

Be True To Who You Are

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What You'll Learn

  • Hear Paula’s insights into what being a woman means to her after coming out as a transgender woman and stepping into authenticity

  • Discover some of the inequities that women are still up against and what we can do about them

  • Learn how your living authentically can change a society

About Paula Stone Williams

Dr. Paula Williams is an internationally known speaker on gender equity and LGBTQ advocacy. She is the Pastor of Preaching and Worship at Left Hand Church in Longmont, Colorado. Paula has been featured in the New York Times, TEDWomen, TEDxMileHigh, the Denver Post, New Scientist, Radio New Zealand, The New York Post, NPR and Colorado Public Radio. Paula's recent TED talk with her son, Jonathan, has had over one million views, and her TEDxMileHigh talk on gender equity has had over 1.8 million views. With her son, Jonathan, she is the co-author of the book, She's My Dad. You can learn more about Paula and her work on her website.

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  1. Reb April 11, 2019 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    I have worked at two different places with a female alpha boss and I am someone who speaks out and I’m not afraid to participate and contribute. But sadly both female alpha bosses werent willing to listen and put me down or Rolled their eyes or just plain ignored what I was sharing. I’m wondering if you feel that sometimes women think they need to be like men, and that as leaders we are often still afraid our more feminine and compassionate side? .

  2. Pierce April 11, 2019 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    You’re getting it right Girlfriend! Thanks for your love and encouragement 🙂

  3. Patty April 11, 2019 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for your inspiring, informative talk.

  4. dari April 11, 2019 at 8:49 am - Reply

    An inspiration to humanity!

  5. Ana April 11, 2019 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Simply grateful for your contribution to the world and to women.
    You are truly an inspiration living your journey (previous one and current one) with authenticity, humbleness, compassion and true love.
    I am glad that you had the courage to choose to be who you really are. I am a therapist who wants to ease people’s pain and love to listen to their stories too, thank you for sharing yours.
    Thank you ?

  6. Laurie Ann April 11, 2019 at 7:56 am - Reply

    What an absolutely inspiring discussion! Thank you

  7. Joan April 10, 2019 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Watching this was an important transition for me — into realizing what insight comes from knowing both sides, gender-wise. I had been thinking too narrowly about ‘credentialism’ being a major cause of my being marginalized. I allowed myself to feel a bit crazy and over-inflated as I commonly feel I have answers and solutions to Big Problems but as an artist (!!) in a science community (!!) and having been written up in the most prestigious science journal in the world (“Nature”) — I still am not heard. If I might have the best most workable ideas, if I were loved, I’d be heard, but instead I have become the enemy. Because an enemy is need to fortify the walls of the institutions around me who suffer in their own familiar self-perpetuating soup. How sad.

    But not sad for me because your talk has been a refreshing catalyst to my enlightenment. You are beautiful, Paula Stone Williams.

  8. Cara April 10, 2019 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Just wow❤️ So true and inspiring!

  9. debbie April 10, 2019 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Arwa said it perfectly…what can I add? Paula, your light shines bright! You are a true feminist, an authentic, articulate, wise woman. Would that you lived nearby and would that we could take walks and chat. I am inspired and in awe of your strength and your compassion…Please continue to share and shine light on humanity. Please continue to understand, we are all star dust. Your perspective is a treasure.

  10. Josephine Lizarraga April 10, 2019 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    You got it right!? thank you from one being to another. It was a delight to listen to you, and meet you.

  11. Rachel April 10, 2019 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you Paula and Hannah, this was great and really inspired me!!

  12. Sidonie April 10, 2019 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Absolutely delighted… Thanks very much for this empowering conversation. Kudos for your work, Paula!!! Way to go. Sending you love, hugs and blessings galore. Godspeed!

  13. vidya April 10, 2019 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your courage, knowledge and wisdom! Blessings!

  14. Jean M Grycuk April 10, 2019 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Moved, inspired and ready to move forward. Everyone should listen to this.

  15. Carol Pranschke April 10, 2019 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Thank you Paula. My heart is very full right now. Thank you very much for your courage, your authenticity and your guidance.

  16. Mary Bergen April 10, 2019 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Wonderful, illuminating…….Paula of course amazing but also appreciate Hanna’s calm deep interview style.

    • Maureen April 10, 2019 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      Yes, perfectly stated. I also appreciated Hanna’s calm deep interview style. Thank you, Mary. Paula, you are a brave gift to the world.

  17. Richard April 10, 2019 at 11:42 am - Reply

    It is not easy for me to put into words, at the moment, as to what I feel, after listening to this interview, but what I do know, is that,I am positively inspired.I want to learn more of what Paula has to offer!

  18. Erika paez-Manjarres April 10, 2019 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Thank you Paula, I agree some spaces more than others women’s approaches can lack of that option of empower other women.
    However after more than 30 years working on women’s human rights, living with a woman for more that 10 years, raising 2 daughters , last 2 years full time yoga teacher (where 95% students are women) and moving to a new country where most of our friends and new community is made up of women, the solidarity, the capacity to listen, the empowerment, the care, admiration, acknowledgment, sympathy, attention, entitlement, compassion, caring sense of humor, vibrancy, affect, tender, complicity, intimacy, beauty, sweetness, open space, holding, nurturing, passion, creativity, happiness and love that I have received from them has allowed me to be where I am now. After years of campaigning (and still more to do!) and I agree with Paula 100% but let’s not forget all that we have received and we will do as another option to move forward for a better world for women and girls to come. Warmly, Erika

  19. Arwa Qutbuddin April 10, 2019 at 11:34 am - Reply

    So heart touching, heart opening, heart breaking and inspiring all at once. Paula spoke with so much authenticity and commitment to the truth of her own lived experience. A big hug to her and many blessings.

  20. Linda E Frischmeyer April 10, 2019 at 2:49 am - Reply

    Wow! Thank you!

  21. Patricia April 10, 2019 at 2:24 am - Reply

    Oh my. You gave up your male white privilege

  22. Deborah April 10, 2019 at 2:15 am - Reply

    Wow! You are making a big difference Paula! You are the difference! A most inspiring awestruck talk and words of deep wisdom and insight! Thank you Paula and thank you WISE WOMEN for putting together this summit! I have been craving this more than i realized!

  23. Luisa Elisa Almada Wright April 10, 2019 at 2:10 am - Reply

    Is interesting how woman are not reaspecting other woman and interupt a talk is good to get aware of that. Thanks

  24. Terry Guthrie April 10, 2019 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Thank you so very much Paula! What a blessing you are. I want to meet you and check out Left Hand Church. what an inspiration you are!

  25. Terry Guthrie April 10, 2019 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Thank you so very much Paula! What a blessing you are. I want to meet you and check out Left Hand Church. what na inspiration you are!

  26. Anita Pickens April 10, 2019 at 12:38 am - Reply

    Wow….we will always find the enemy. This talk but home on so many labels. As a Black female i find myself holding back so I won’t be seen as the angry Black bitch. How do you find the balance and get the respect you deserve. And oh yes I have Oh God quite a few times.
    I work for a female and a 80% female company. I agree 100% percent we don’t empower one another. Just the opposite jealousy and backstabbing runs rampant starting at the top. i was told by a male that we were going to implement something I was trying to make a point on regardless of what I say.. Rather than argue i excused myself. Knowing in my heart that was best for me and everyone. My CEO said “he probably looked across at that angry Black face.” And she mentioned that in my evaluation. Did I mention I am the only Black female and still there in the capacity of Operations Manager.
    Thanks so much for this. But I still wanna slap fool. 🙂

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