Zena- was inspired by the word, Demozenette, a family name that was shortened to Mozena by Lee's great grandparents, who came from France in the 1800's. Mozena and Mosina were familiar Slavic and Italian names in the Pennsylvania coal mining town where they settled and sought to blend in. Lee took the surname when no son was born to carry it on.
Zena and Mozena are words that are pronounced differently, depending on one's culture, language or experience. There's no 'right' way to say them, just like there's often more than one answer to the challenges leaders face. This reflects Lee's focus on a yin, (flexible), collaborative approach to business.
Zena also means "girl" or girl's name in Persian, Arabic and Czech. Lee is committed to bridging cultural gaps- especially between the different feminist values around the world. Lee believes how we do business matters, and supports Riane Eisler's, Caring Economy Campaign Coalition.
The fictional adventures of Pippi Longstocking was Lee's primary role model for strong females as a young girl. Zena is also a reminder of the campy '90's TV series, Xena, the 'Warrior for Good' Princess. Lucy Lawless, the main character, uses her athleticism for the greater good. Strong, smart and successful female warriors, (who aren't sex objects), are relatively recent additions to U.S. American mainstream culture.
Life balance- Lee maintains a balanced life through luck and the art, language and science of movement. She's studied tae kwon do and aikido to learn how to fight strategically as a woman. Lee holds national certifications in Yoga, (Iyengar style, 200 Hour RYT since 2014), and Nia Dance, (since 1998) and maintains a limited teaching practice.
Celtic knots- are an ancient style of ornamentation found in many cultures, from the British Isles to Byzantium and Rome. In Lee's heritage, knots represent the infinite nature of the human spirit and the Divine. Similar symbols in Islamic cultures represent Allah. The knot also represents our mission- bringing seemingly disparate pieces together to create something whole and strong.