WOMAN, wom•an
noun

daughter

sister

friend

wife

mom

leader

GIFT

Our Story

MARY MAHER, FOUNDER

Over 20 years ago God put this vision on my heart. I can still remember the moment. Since that day, I’ve been praying for you. And here you are. It would be my greatest honor to welcome you to the Lydia Institute. I created this for you. Because you work so hard. Because you give so much. Because the world needs what you ARE.

God wants you fully alive. We need you fully engaged. As you pour yourself out for others, we want to pour into you. If you’re longing for a moment to pause and reconnect to all that is good, true and beautiful, you’re in the right place. If you’re looking for a community that will help you live, love and lead with greater intentionality, look no further. 

to stay grounded and resilient. It’s challenging to keep things in balance, to live from purpose not performance. 

Women are a gift. During my doctoral research I realized how critical professional women are to the workplace, the family, and society at large. The feminine contribution is invaluable. Female leaders are vital agents of change and growth, and the world needs more of them, more of you. But it’s tough out there. The daily grind is real. The bar is high and the pressure is intense. It’s hard to stay grounded and resilient. It’s challenging to keep things in balance, to live from purpose not performance. 

Women are a gift. During my doctoral research I realized how critical professional women are to the workplace, the family, and society at large. The feminine contribution is invaluable. Female leaders are vital agents of change and growth, and the world needs more of them, more of you. But it’s tough out there. The daily grind is real. The bar is high and the pressure is intense. It’s hard 

Women have huge hearts. We work hard because we love hard. We stop at nothing for our people. We leave it all on the field. Every single woman I know is stretched thin, wearing too many hats, juggling multiple responsibilities at work, at home, and in the broader community. Often pulled in a million directions, we set ourselves aside to care for others, often forgetting to pause and honor our own needs. If this is you, please keep reading.

Besides my family, which is heavy on the girl-gene, I’ve been blest with incredible friends who make my life so good. From the Yucatan jungle to metropolitan Chicago, from the southern border to the Twin Cities, I’ve seen women give it all and then some. I’ve witnessed the unique impact women make on people & projects, causes & communities, families & futures. I’ve watched women from across the globe show up, stand up, and speak up: advocating for the vulnerable, fighting for truth and justice, nurturing and defending life in all its forms, doing the right thing when everyone else looks the other way.

"I realized how critical professional women are to the workplace, the family, and society at large."

"As you pour yourself out for others, we want to pour into you."

I’ve been surrounded by amazing women my entire life.

Our Why

What Does the
Lydia Institute Offer?

The Lydia Institute hosts a variety of spiritual experiences designed to support working women in their vital role as leaders and drivers of change. We offer a sacred space for authentic connection and community, as well as personal development and spiritual mentoring.  

What Will I Get Out of This?

The chance to connect with God and increase your inner peace. New friends and a community to walk with you and take you higher. Inspiration, wisdom and spiritual energy. A more integrated, wholistic approach to your multi-faceted life. A personal mentor for your spiritual and leadership development - and much, much more!

The Lydia Manifesto

We believe women are vital to all aspects of life.
Healthy women create healthy families, companies, and communities.

We believe every woman is a gift.

We uphold the dignity of every woman, of every race, creed and tongue.

We pursue excellence in life, love and leadership, for the good of each person and all people.

We value feminine leadership and our inherent capacity to put people over profit and positively impact both.

We commit to developing strong female leaders at every level of society.

We treasure the uniqueness of the feminine genius.

We show up, stand up, and speak up on behalf of women and all people, especially the most vulnerable.

We drive projects that make the world a better place. We will stop at nothing until all women have a voice and a space that allows them to thrive.

Who is Lydia?

In case you’re wondering, Lydia was a first century businesswoman and an influential leader in the early Church. She is an icon of purpose and passion, a witness of faith and integrity, and a model of leadership for women who step up to serve in the home, at the office, and in the broader community.   

Meet Our Team

Mary Maher,
Founder, Strategic Director, Lydia Circle Leader

Eleanor Segraves,
Cofounder, Creative Director, Lydia Circle Leader

Susan Rooney,
Lydia Circle Leader

Alison Sierens,
Lydia Circle Leader

Emily Cain,
Lydia Circle Leader

Lisa Friedlander,
Lydia Circle Leader

Monica Turek,
Lydia Circle Leader

Sandra Wagner,
Lydia Circle Leader

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