Riane Eisler, founding President of the Center for Partnership Studies, is internationally known for her ground-breaking contributions on topics regarding human rights of women and children.
The Center for Partnership Studies is a non-profit organization working to create a more peaceful and equitable world through programs such as the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence -which Riane co-founded with Nobel laureate Betty Williams- and the Caring Economy Campaign on developing social wealth indicators that show the financial value of investing in people and nature.
She is the author of international best-sellers "The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future" (1988) and "The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics" (2008), hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as "a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking", by Gloria Steinem as "revolutionary", and by Jane Goodall as "a call for action."
Other award-winning books drawing from Riane's multidisciplinary research include "The Power of Partnership", "Tomorrow's Children", "Sacred Pleasure" and "Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life", documenting the key role of women's status in a nation's general quality of life.
She has written over 300 articles in publications such as Behavioral Science, Futures, Political Psychology, The Christian Science Monitor, Challenge, Brain and Mind, the Human Rights Quarterly, The International Journal of Women's Studies, and the World Encyclopedia of Peace, among others.
She is a member of the Club of Rome, the World Future Council, the International Museum of Women, the General Evolution Research Group, the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality, a fellow of the World Business Academy and the Academy of Art and Science.
She is the only woman included in the book "Macrohistory and Macrohistorians" in recognition of the lasting importance of her work, among 20 great thinkers including Friedrich Hegel, Adam Smith, Karl Marx and Arnold Toynbee. She was also included in the award-winning "Great Peacemakers" as one of 20 leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King.
Riane keynotes major conferences, speaks at universities and corporations around the world, and consults regularly for business and governments on practical applications of the partnership model introduced in her work. She has also given lectures at the United Nations General Assembly and the U.S Department of State.
Riane Eisler holds degrees in Sociology and Law from the University of California and honorary doctorates in Humane Letters from Saybrook University and Case Western Reserve University (U.S). She currently serves as Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies.