2014 Leaders3

Cultivating Women’s Leadership was co-founded in 2004 by Nina Simons and Toby Herzlich. Rachel and Elsa joined the team soon after, forming a formidable collective of talent and diverse experience. We know that there are many types of women’s retreats and trainings available, what makes CWL stand out is the confidence, creativity, genuine sistership and openness that Toby, Nina, Elsa and Rachel offer each CWL participant. They don’t just lead – they connect, and every woman who has attended a CWL intensive becomes a part of that sistership of phenomenal women.

Meet Our Amazing Facilitators


§ Award-winning social entrepreneur

§ Co-founded Bioneers

§ Co-founded Cultivating Women’s Leadership

§  Public Speaker

Learn more about Nina


§ International facilitator of transformational change

§ Founder of Biomimicry for Social Innovation 

§ Co-founded Cultivating Women’s Leadership

§ Senior Trainer with the Rockwood Leadership Institute

Learn more about Toby

Rachel Small

§ Stanford Law Degree in Social Change

§ Fortune 500 Leadership Consultant

§ Poet and Creator of “Dekaaz”

§ Singer and Artist

Learn more about Rachel

elsa-headshot§ Trained at Boston University School for the Arts, Smith College and the University of New Mexico as well as with Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover, Vermont and the May Hill Puppet Theatre near Gloucester, England.

§ Spent the last 30 years working in theatre around the world, 

§ Co-founded of BOOM!theatre

Learn more about Elsa