I've been to a lot of social impact conferences, but rarely have I been in sessions, (especially over Zoom), where so many have opened their most tender wounds to strangers. I was in awe of the brave folks who stepped forward in both of the sessions I attended on grief at the Skoll World Forum. And I left inspired as each of us was acknowledged, honoured, and able to offer our grief in service of our collective healing.
Sometimes the things that we most avoid, that we never make time for, that we are afraid to share - are the very things that we need to bring forth to create the kind of world we need.
Thank you Mallika for the beautiful grief ritual you hosted at the SWF. You have an incredible presence and radiate courage.
Jessica Lax Founder & CEO, The Ember Circle
The Leadership Moves program that you have been running for the Ford Foundation BUILD community has been richly informative and thought provoking. The Deep Dive: Narrative Strategy and Storytelling was an exhilarating experience for me. I have shared your ideas and concepts with my colleagues, nationwide, at Artspace and at the Cowles Center for Dance in Minnesota and we are all having lively conversations on the topics covered in the presentations.
Thank you for sharing your powerful and life-changing work in India, the US, and elsewhere across the world. I really appreciate your inclusive and honest way of addressing the many important issues that truly define our lives.
Kelley Lindquist President, CEO Artspace Building better communities through the arts
Mallika is an extraordinarily gifted teacher, mentor and trainer. She brings a unique set of knowledge and skill to the practice of interconnected leadership. But what makes her work so transformative — at both the personal and organizational levels — is how deeply rooted it is in presence, love and respect.
Our staff found her teaching tools to be enormously helpful in coping with the everyday strains and demands of working in journalism. Journalists can be a tough lot and what made Mallika's work so helpful was how she listened, drew out, and intuitively responded to our group’s emotional needs — needs that some of our staff didn’t recognize at first.
She is truly a gift and a blessing.
David Bornstein Executive Director, Solutions Journalism Network
Mallika Dutt is a visionary force for healing and transformation of the human community. She leads with spellbinding clarity, drawing on her broad range of gifts and experiences, from shaping global policy, to creating new artistic modalities for change, to helping people gain deeper understanding of power and privilege. Her acuity for listening deeply for what’s important as a leader, facilitator, teacher, and coach has made her a critical and impactful partner at the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, helping build and deliver our leadership curriculum to ‘#DoPowerDifferently.’
Carla Goldstein President, Omega Institute
Mallika Dutt has the extraordinary talent to combine intellectual rigor with compassion and deep listening skills. She is able to understand the organizational context well and has the gift to develop a path to true transformation with the ability to engage many people around her. It is a pleasure to work with her.
Henri van Eeghen CEO, Synergos Institute
I wanted to express my gratitude for your outstanding presentation at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in March 2019. I have rarely seen our group of buttoned-up professionals respond so openly to a speaker. Instead of presenting facts and figures, you asked us to reflect on our own individual relationships to the issue of violence against women and shared pieces of your own. Your use of poetry, imagery, testimonials and music allowed us to be touched on many levels. Your open and accepting style created a safe space for participants to offer up their own experiences. This kind of personal public sharing is rare here at government agencies and it was a testament to your thoughtful and welcoming approach.
Tracy Sivitz Staff Attorney, US Securities and Exchange Commission
Mallika Dutt, with brilliance and passion, has walked a path of dedication and vision. She’s now guiding others on that path, which will benefit many at a time we sorely need it. I've learned a lot from her about the interplay of love and justice, how to look at power and privilege through a lens of compassion, and the seamlessness of bringing healing to oneself and to the world. She is clear and kind, and a tremendous amount of fun as an instructor, which makes her a great guide.
Sharon Salzberg author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
Your inspiring and moving presentation at the Wharton Leadership Conference had a powerful impact on those who heard you and - I hope - a lasting one. We greatly appreciated your story of the work you’ve done on behalf of women’s rights and human rights, and how we all can engage in that battle.
Kay Dowgun Wharton Center for Human Resources, University of Pennsylvania
Mallika led the Executive Committee of the NGO CSW/NY through a strategic planning exercise and helped clarify our goals and priorities at a critical moment of our evolution. She elevated our thinking as we were entering into a huge expansion (with 12,000 women set to participate at the NY sessions) with her keen recommendations on narrative strategy and communication priorities.
In addition, she hosted four global virtual sessions on interconnected leadership in partnership with NGO CSW/NY which were deeply moving and grounded in a feminist vision. These workshops were attended by hundreds of activists for gender equality from around the world.
Mallika is masterful in her ability to reach people across cultures and continents and brings out the best in each participant in the sessions she leads.
Houry Guedelikian Chair, NGO Commission on the Status of Women
Mallika helped me transform my attitude towards fundraising and resource mobilization with her help in developing a strategic narrative for my young non-profit organization. I knew her 30 years of experience raising money would be invaluable, and her strategic mind and powerful storytelling could point me in the right way to improving how we approached funders. What I was not expecting was a metamorphosis of my organization and myself as a leader, through her brilliant and transformative interconnected coaching, tools, woven guidance and modeling.
Mallika helped me unpack what it meant not only to raise money but to become more aligned with my greater purpose, one rooted in connection versus deficiencies. She encouraged me to tap into my most empowered place- seamlessly connecting the mission of my organization, my community, and my own self confidence. In a few short months, I was able to raise the full year budget amidst a global economic crisis.
Maya Bhattacharjee Co-Founder and Chief Program Officer, The Marcy Lab School
Mallika is a skilled guide and healer who not only brings considerable gifts herself but taps into those that others bring to the sacred space. She led us through a ritual that honored the start of a life transition. She nurtured it into a journey that was transformative by creating a deeply warm and light space in which everyone's power of spirit could emerge. It was the exact ritual we all needed at that time.
She brings her power of interconnection to the process, making power greater than the sum of its parts. Mallika listened to where I was and what I needed. She made sure I was in a place to receive the most from this group ritual by working with me on a one-on-one healing session before the ritual.
Mallika's presence and process are sacred, earthly, powerful, interconnected, loving, joyful and strong. She combines these gifts with a deep dedication to social justice. I feel grateful and honored to have had the opportunity to work with her both in a one-on-one healing session and a collective ritual.
Charlotte Lapsansky UNICEF
Thank you for a really insightful, honest, and moving conversation on interconnectedness. It was amazing, and a real testament to you, Mallika, how easily and quickly everyone dived so deep into the conversation. It really fed my mind, heart, and soul!
Ishita Srivastava Caring Across Generations
I attended your on-line workshop on interconnected leadership, presence and centering. Thank you very much for the inspiration and empowerment. I do not even know how to express all my feelings. I have also worked on violence against women and girls for the past 30 years in Russia. I have been burned out many times and it led me to a spiritual practice and growth. I have been thinking that we need to bring this aspect into women's rights activism and even have tried doing so. It is so inspiring to be a part of this change! Now I know that we will be developing programs in Russia.
Your workshop gave me a strong confirmation that this is the way to go and grow stronger with love.”
Marina Pisklakovska-Parker Center ANNA
I am an academic and wanted my work to have a wider reach. It was Mallika who first suggested and then motivated me to get my work out through popular press. I was unsure of my abilities. With her coaching I sent my work out and was indeed surprised at how well my work was received. Over the last 4 years I have contributed over 125 articles to several news outlets - print and on-line. Mallika is able to identify strengths and suggest practical steps to make change occur. This is a function of her keen perception as well as her knowledge of the wider world. She was able to identify where my work fit in the larger scheme. Perception and her global understanding make Mallika a powerful coach.
Jael Silliman author and artist