Dr. Rita Lustgarten is a global thought leader, visionary, social activist and philanthropist. She is CEO and founder of Women on the Leading Edge, Inc., a global leadership firm providing transformational and revolutionary programs in business, and leadership development for high achieving women and women of influence. She inspires women to go beyond where they presently are, unleashing the creative potential of themselves as leaders and thereby attaining greater levels of significance, influence and affluence.
Her company also provides Strategic and Brand consulting, high level mentorship and executive, leadership and business coaching, for both emerging women of influence and influential women and their organizations.
Dr. Rita is a keynote speaker and travels the world giving motivational talks on women’s empowerment and leadership. She is known for her ground breaking Global Leadership Summits and her Global Leadership Academy for Women of Influence. She is also the founder of the Women’s Global Think Tank.
Dr. Rita is known as a modern Renaissance woman, humanitarian and mentor to women business leaders. She is masterful at empowering women on a global level to become creators of their own destiny. As a dynamic, transformational leader, she has the rare and infectious gift of inspiring others to great heights, activating their unlimited potential and bringing out the natural leader in them. The people she touches are often infused with purpose and light, uplifted and motivated to extraordinary levels of accomplishment. For over 25 years she has been empowering women to unleash their leadership talents and creative abilities in such a way as to make a significant and meaningful impact on the world.
As a seasoned international consultant, speaker, transformational leadership expert, business growth strategist, facilitator and advisor to top leaders, Dr. Rita has been working in the field of personal and professional development and transformation, playing a central role in the human potential movement. To date, she has been engaged in over 40,000 hours of transforming the consciousness of individuals, businesses and organizations.
Dr. Rita is an inspiring and provocative speaker and a transformer and catalyst for change. She travels the globe giving provocative and illuminating talks on Women’s Empowerment and Leadership, Transformation, Innovation, Conscious Capitalism, to name a few. For many years now, she has been changing women’s lives. Whether within Fortune 500 companies or with women entrepreneurs around the globe, her company helps women define success on their own terms, dynamically distinguish themselves in the global marketplace and become a powerful part of a new economic force reshaping the world. She takes a powerful stand for women being the greatest untapped resource and is dedicated to causing global transformation through unleashing the unlimited leadership potential of women.
As a master influencer and evolutionary leader, Dr. Rita has been mentoring business leaders around the globe on innovation, communication, leadership, entrepreneurship, branding, strategy and execution. She has the rare capacity to take both women who are already influential, as well as women aspiring to be influential, to more significant levels of distinction, achievement and fulfillment. Through her work, women’s influence and impact in the world expands. The women she works with, become more visible and esteemed, and their lives take on greater meaning and purpose. Ultimately they become far more empowered and a make a greater contribution to the world.
Dr. Rita has been leading yearlong empowerment seminars for women for over 18 years. In her coaching, teaching, mentorship, and leadership work, she enters into a unique learning process that powerfully affects and transforms the business leader in such a way as to impact his or her ability to think differently, access new possibilities, and perform with extraordinary results. She is known for her rare capacity to engage with individuals, groups, and organizations from a place of embodied wisdom and has the intuitive ability to get to the heart of the matter. She combines her years of insight into human dynamics with whole systems organizational thinking and business acumen. She strongly believes in the power and impact of becoming a “force for good” through ones entrepreneurial endeavors and sees business as a 21st century vehicle for transformation. She also believes that by being in integrity and bringing greater consciousness to all our business endeavors, we can maximize profit while being socially and environmentally responsible.
As a facilitator, she has worked for many years with small and large groups in organizational and non-organizational settings, demonstrating a true gift for working with complex group dynamics. She is a synthesizer and integrator who facilitates the emergence of new levels of understanding and creates new possibilities and openings for direction and action.
Through her many years of working with executives of Fortune 500 companies as well as many powerful and successful women entrepreneurs and leaders, Dr. Lustgarten has a profound realization of the transformation required for women to acquire leadership mastery and become a groundbreaking economic, political and social force for inspiring change. She helps women transform their lives from the inside out resulting in greater credibility, visibility influence, global reach and income.
Her expertise is in Women’s Global Leadership development, Communication, Innovation and Creativity, Branding, Conscious Capitalism, the emergence of the Feminine in our business and leadership practices and the application of transformational technologies to individuals, businesses, and organizations. Dr. Rita is an advocate for the creation of collaborative partnerships and strategic alliances and holds a powerful unified vision of a world in global partnership.
Working successfully through the years with Fortune 500, 300, and 100 companies, along with a number of non-profits; Dr. Rita’s client list includes Exxon, General Electric, Motorola, The Gap, Citibank, Smith Barney, Google, Williams-Sonoma, Chicago Tribune, and Lucent Technologies. As an advisor for the past 15 years to top leaders in the financial, environmental world and retail industry, she also serves celebrities and consults with companies globally.
She is a founding faculty member for Compassion Happens, Inc., Faculty member of The Living University; founding member of Wisdom’s Goldenrod, a Center for Philosophic Studies, The Institute for Psychological Medicine; Institute for Evolutionary Leadership and is a member of the Association for Transformational Leaders, a forum for individuals of significant influence in artistic, academic, social, political, corporate and humanitarian endeavors, devoted to doing transformational work in their respective fields, while creating a world that is socially just, environmentally sustainable, and spiritually fulfilling. She is the author of an upcoming book on Transformation & Actualizing Human Potential. She has served on several non-profit boards.
Dr. Rita was recently featured in Forbes magazine as “Game Changer” for her outstanding work with women business leaders globally. She has been recognized for helping women to dynamically distinguish themselves in the global marketplace and become a powerful part of a new economic force reshaping the world. She is known for being a courageous and pioneering free spirit, whose mission in life is to bring new ideas into being. All of her work emanates her deep desire to create a world in global partnership through conscious compassionate reconciliation. She has recently received the prestigious honor of being knighted as “Dame” of Honor by the Orthodox Order of St. John, Russian Grand Priory (the oldest humanitarian order on the planet) for her philanthropic endeavors and lifelong service to humanity.
Dr. Lustgarten holds master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology, and Human and Organizational Development and a doctorate in Human Development & Organizational Systems with a specialization in Women’s Global Leadership. She was awarded a fellowship for her outstanding work in the field of women and leadership and her concomitant contribution to a national initiative called Creative, Longevity, and Wisdom, a project of the Institute for Social Innovation.
She is now spearheading a movement to transform our world through the empowerment of women as leaders and working with women of influence to collaboratively co-create a radically different future for our world.