About Nina

Nina Simons is the co-founder and Chief Relationship Strategist at Bioneers, and leads its Everywoman’s Leadership program. Bioneers is a nonprofit that uses media, convening, and connecting to lift up visionary and practical solutions for many of our most pressing social and ecological challenges, using a whole-system approach. 

 

Nina is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about reinventing leadership, restoring the feminine, and co-creating a healthy, peaceful, and equitable world for all. She speaks and teaches internationally at schools, conferences, and festivals, and co-facilitates transformative workshops and retreats for women that share practices for regenerative leadership through relational mindfulness.

 

Throughout her remarkable career spanning the nonprofit, social entrepreneurship, corporate, and philanthropic sectors, Nina has worked with nearly a thousand diverse women leaders across disciplines, race, class, age, orientation, and more to create conditions for mutual learning and leadership development.  She produces and speaks at large-scale events to work intimately to help small, diverse groups of women leaders knit together to strengthen each other’s work pursuing intersectional healing and ecological justice. 

 

Nina serves on the Advisory Council for Daughters for Earth and is a member of the Women Donors Network, Confluence Philanthropy, and Edge Funders. 2017, Nina was a recipient of the Goi Peace Award, presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions toward the realization of a peaceful and harmonious world. Past honorees include Bill Gates, James Lovelock, and Deepak Chopra.

 

Her prior work includes President at Seeds of Change, which she helped grow into an emerging national brand in less than five years by using innovative approaches to public relations and community-based marketing. At Odwalla, as Director of Strategic Marketing, she grew consumer loyalty while guiding teams nationwide just after their IPO. 

 

Nina studied Theater Arts and Psychology at Cornell University. In addition to writing the first and second editions of Nature, Culture, and the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership (Green Fire Press), Nina co-edited 2010’s Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart (Park Street Press), which explores the flourishing, passionate forms of leadership emerging from women on behalf of the earth through the prism of more than 30 essays from successful women leaders.

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"NINA SIMONS IS A POWERFUL SPEAKER BECAUSE SHE IS ABLE TO ESTABLISH AN ALMOST INSTANT RAPPORT WITH THE AUDIENCE THROUGH THE LANGUAGE OF HER WARM HEART AND HER PASSION FOR EMBODIED KNOWING. WHETHER SHE IS SPEAKING OF WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP OR BEING A BIONEER, SHE IS ABLE TO WEAVE STORIES THAT ENRAPTURE AN AUDIENCE INTO BELIEVING THAT ONE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.."

Leny Strobel, Professor, Chair of American Multicultural Studies, 
Sonoma State University