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GTW Conveners

We are blessed at Gather the Women with the gift of brilliant leadership; women who lead from a place of deep service. We are grateful for their creativity, their expansive vision, and their integrity. Gather the Women relies upon the effective power of circle principles for leadership of our grassroots global movement.

Our Conveners make up our Board of Directors

If you are interested in applying for a Convener position with Gather the Women Global Matrix, please download and complete this form and email it to

Dawn Gandalf: Matrix Convener
Dawn Gandalf: GTW Matrix Convener

There are things I know, things I have learned from deep inside. I have learned patience, acceptance, and tolerance from my relations the TreeElders. I have learned community from BeeSisters, been affirmed by the consistent flow of a river to the ocean, and the hoots of an owl while sending prayers on the wind in the deep silence of the pre-dawn. I have assisted bringing in life, looked into the eyes those leaving and washed/anointed their bodies. I have rocked children and Sisters, shared the “deep end of the pool” with many hearts while gaining respect, compassion and bridging differences. I have felt how healing forgiveness is; and, most importantly, I have loved and been loved. Who else I am won’t be measured by linear standards but by how I show up when called. The best role model in my life is how “S/HE” has shown me infinite patience and generosity, creatively providing “lessons” to grow by through unconditional love and acceptance and no attachment to outcome. I strive to do no less with others. I have been “called” and am ready to continue to serve HER, sharing what I have learned of the Divine Feminine with GTW. I have spoken and I am complete *) featherdawn 9 aka fd9

Debra (Debbie) King: Treasurer Convener

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We get to know each other through our stories. Let me introduce myself with a modification of a phrase I recently read on Instagram: I am chasing enlightenment, but mostly I’m chasing my own tail! And around and around and around I go. 😊


It is difficult for me to talk about myself. The easy thing to say is, “I’m retired”, “I’m a mom”, “I’m a ___ (fill in the blank). But those hats I wear don’t really represent who I am and who I want to be. The truth is, I am an earthly pilgrim with celestial aspirations, learning the language of the universe, one experience at a time. And honestly, most of those experiences have been wonderful and some have been really tough! I’m sure you understand!


The best way to describe myself is this: I have a balance of opposites in me. I am both introverted and extroverted, creative and analytical, strong and sensitive, compassionate and tough, nonconformist and structured. I have many identities: a mom, a daughter, a wife, an aunt, a niece, a friend, and more. But at my core, I am a soul enjoying this adventure called earth, which is mostly wonderful and sometimes really hard.


I could share many stories from my Book of Life with you, but what I want to say now, is that our stories are how we connect with each other. When we tell our stories and speak our truths, we inspire others. By being open and honest with other women, we reveal our true selves and can invite them to do the same. In doing so, we have created a safe space for them to be themselves with us. This is what Gather the Women is to me: a safe place for me and other women to come together in circle in a space where we can be ourselves without judgment or criticism. My love language is to serve and help others, so I am ready to lend a hand when someone needs me or when I can use my skills to make a difference. This is why I’ve joined the GTW Leadership Circle. I can't wait to meet you!

Sandra Murray: Secretary Convener

Sandra Murray: GTW Secretary Convener

I’ve always lived by the motto, “Dare to take risks every day.” It’s shaped my life in so many ways – from being successful working in male dominated careers, negotiating my first salary, to developing my own businesses, and learning to embrace and live in my Divine Feminine energy. My life started to transform about fifteen years ago when I started taking time to reconnect with a time when I wasn’t wrapped up in the "shoulds" of life. I began a process of self-exploration and discovered my love of hiking, cooking, art, traveling, connecting with other women, yoga retreats and much more. Ten years ago while attending a vision quest workshop I envisioned myself being part of a far reaching Divine Feminine led organization that supported and empowered women to connect with their Divine Feminine wisdom. I envisioned a place where I could share my insights and experiences to empower women and move an organization forward. Imagine my excitement when I discovered the opening for the Secretary Conveners position! It happened so organically that I knew it was what I was waiting for. I look forward to meeting with and sharing with women across the globe.

Lisa Schmidt: USA Circle Coordinator Convener

Lisa Schmidt: GTW USA Circle Coordinator Convener

I live with my husband and two college-aged children in Michigan. Previously, I worked as a nurse and a health educator. I found that work to be rewarding and it filled my life with purpose and meaning. Now I find myself on a new path as I enter the “second act” of my life. One of the most powerful things I have ever experienced is having deep, spiritual conversations with other women in circle. The energy, connection, and sisterhood fills my soul. When I first found GTW, I immediately felt at home. I had attended the Virtual Annual Gathering, and although I had not previously met the women I was in circle with, I felt a bond with them. Afterwards, I knew I wanted to be a part of GTW and help further its mission of transformation at a personal, societal, and planetary level. I look forward to welcoming new sisters to GTW and helping them to connect with others in circle where they may find a safe space to be deeply heard and held.

Vitian Robinson: International Convener

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I am a daughter, mother, and friend. I don’t have any sisters by blood, but I have met many wonderful sisters along the way. I have always known there is more to us than we could ever imagine. I remember looking into the night moon and feeling small in a big world. Being a part of GTW has given me a place to belong, to grow, and to connect. It is helping me to find and listen to my inner voice. As I move forward on this new journey. I am looking forward to being a part of something greater than myself walking with and meeting like-minded women on their journey.

Nadine (Nay) Bell: Communications & Marketing Convener

Nadine Bell: GTW Communications & Marketing Convener

I came to Gather the Women through a friend. In 2018 I attended the Canadian GTW Retreat in Ontario and have never looked back. I could be myself, felt heard, and was held and supported. I knew then that I wanted to get involved but didn't know how. I filled out the volunteer survey and jumped into the Communications and Marketing (C&M) Circle to use my knowledge of social media, publications, and design. I have worked in healthcare communications for the last 24 years and when I volunteered, it has been in public relations/communications. I have also volunteered as Stage Manager/Producer in Community Theatre and enjoy singing karaoke and women's Barbershop. I am a widow and live with my companion, a chocolate labradoodle named Rosie. I am humbled and grateful to be part of GTW and look forward to sharing and promoting this organization with more women around the world.

Sam (Sammi) Dickson-Draganac: Fundraiser Convener

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Sammi is a beacon of strength and hope, weaving the Divine Feminine into a journey of empowerment and resilience. Rising from the depths of personal adversity, including child abuse, gender-based violence, and chronic illness, she has transformed her trials into a mission to uplift others. Guided by the powerful mantra "Be the woman you needed when you were her," Sammi creates nurturing spaces for women to heal, connect, and rise together. As a seasoned coach, NLP practitioner, and advocate, she facilitates transformative experiences, guiding souls through rebirth and into their innate power. Her practice is a sacred convergence of continuous learning, community, and the profound belief in the resilience of the human spirit. Sammi's life is a testament to the strength found in vulnerability and the transformative power of the Divine Feminine.

Judith Hurley Prosser: Circle Convener

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Since the age of 4, when she learned she couldn’t be in cub scouts because she was a girl, Judith has been a feminist, working to empower herself and other women as equals in our culture.

In the Fall of 2002 she received an email from Marilyn Nyborg, a co-founder of Gather the Women, inviting her to attend a circle to see what needed to be done to Gather the Women in Nevada County, California.  She heard the call then, and 22 years, hundreds of circles, and seven Annual Gatherings later, she is still being called.


Judith had the honor of being the USA Circle Coordinator Convener for a little over a year in 2020-2021. In that timeframe she became one of the lead Fire Tenders for Circle Conversations and continues in that position today, as well as being a Fire Tender for the C&M newsletter circle.

Returning to the Convener Circle is a homecoming for Judith. Her vast experience in circle and leadership in GTW, her vision of empowerment for all women, her many connections with GTW’s circle leaders, and her desire to be a catalyst for change make her the perfect person to be a liaison between the Conveners and the women attending circles. She looks forward to visiting your circles soon.

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GTW Covenant of Leadership

The Covenant was developed by the GTW Conveners’ Circle to describe the core principles and practices which will guide our work together.

  • We will dedicate ourselves to the belief that each of us is enough right now. 

  • We will create containers that practice the form and principles of Circle, with a focus on shared leadership, shared responsibility, and shared deep listening, while evoking spirit. 

  • We will be honest and share what is true about our thoughts and feelings. 

  • We will aspire to be impeccable with our words, to do our very best, to take nothing for granted, and to suspend our assumptions. 

  • We will serve holistically – mind, body, spirit, and heart. 

  • We will show gratitude and affirm each other and each woman who participates in GTW. 

  • We will offer freely the abilities and skills that we possess and serve from a place of shared competency. 

  • We will serve as a global example of inclusivity, interdependence, and diversity – valuing, appreciating, and honoring all expressions of humanity and spirituality. 

  • We will dedicate ourselves to showing up fully and passionately in our readiness to serve. 

  • Our greatest value will be creating a place where all women can gather with the assurance their gifts will be honored. 

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