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AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP FOR NATURALS

Deepen your roots. Grow the future.
Evening Reception + 2-day Workshop

 

BOULDER, CO | DEC. 6-8 2018

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Are you a Natural?

Are you:

  • A leader or future leader in the natural products industry?
  • Motivated to have a positive impact on society and do good in the world?
  • Wanting to enhance creativity in yourself and your team, even through challenge and change?
  • Passionate about the industry staying connected to its authentic roots as it grows and matures?
  • Interested in co-creating the future of the industry with other Naturals?
  • Seeking to authentically engage your team and customers in ways that promote growth and delight stakeholders?

Yes? Then this workshop is for you!

Are you a Natural?

Are you:

  • A leader or future leader in the natural products industry?
  • Motivated to have a positive impact on society and do good in the world?
  • Wanting to enhance creativity in yourself and your team, even through challenge and change?
  • Passionate about the industry staying connected to its authentic roots as it grows and matures?
  • Interested in co-creating the future of the industry with other Naturals?
  • Seeking to authentically engage your team and customers in ways that promote growth and delight stakeholders?

Yes? Then this workshop is for you!

Why Authentic Leadership?

Inspiring healthier lifestyles, often through greater transparency, is a founding principle of the natural products industry. Consumers expect clean, discernible ingredients and an honest experience. Your organization likely devotes considerable time and resources to creating reliable products and a trustworthy brand. But how often is your company discussing trustworthiness, reliability and congruency as it relates to leadership? Or as it relates to internal communications? Does your company stay rooted in authenticity when facing challenge or dramatic change?

We have entered a phase of business where companies can no longer fake it. Authenticity needs to be felt through the whole process – from product, branding and messaging to how the company interacts with and supports their employees, suppliers and community. Consumers are getting better at detecting what is false or incongruent with an organization and, more and more, they are choosing to support brands deeply rooted in authenticity.

We have entered a phase of business where companies can no longer fake it. Authenticity needs to be felt through the whole process – from product, branding and messaging to how the company interacts with and supports their employees, suppliers and community. Consumers are getting better at detecting what is false or incongruent with an organization and, more and more, they are choosing to support brands deeply rooted in authenticity.

“Organizations are no longer assessed based only on traditional metrics such as financial performance, or even the quality of their products or services. Rather, organizations today are increasingly judged on the basis of their relationships with their workers, their customers, and their communities, as well as their impact on society at large—transforming them from business enterprises into social enterprises.”

2018 Global Human Capital Trends, Deloitte

Now is the time to cultivate authentic leaders and authentic organizations. In a climate of high consumer expectations and greater transparency, blind spots in authenticity can have a catastrophic impact on business. However, organizations that prioritize authenticity can unlock tremendous amounts of creativity, innovation and genuine passion in their teams.

Authentic Leadership for Naturals cultivates these essential skills:
Presence & Purpose | Conscious Conversations | Teamwork & Change

Authentic Leadership is a powerful approach that encourages us to bring the best of who we are into how we lead. It is a process—a journey—anchored in self-awareness and the courage to genuinely show up for the moments that matter, and effectively lead the changes we want to see in our lives and work. This experiential workshop provides practical methods for fostering self-awareness, inspiring and engaging others, and leading our teams through challenge and change with confidence and compassion.

You are invited to bring yourself fully to this experience,
including the questions and issues that matter most in your life and work.

Drawing on principles and practices from ancient wisdom as well as contemporary approaches to leadership and organizational learning, we create a collaborative learning lab that fosters deep personal insights, enhances interpersonal skills, and increases overall leadership effectiveness.

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, you’ll go deeper in your practice of authentic leadership. You will leave feeling inspired and encouraged to bring yourself more fully to whatever life presents, with clarity and confidence.

Who Attends

Entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors, organizational change makers, trainers and coaches in the natural products industry. Experienced and emerging leaders who want to create healthy, generative organizations and communities. Leaders committed to cultivating authenticity, collaboration, innovation, joy and effectiveness as they engage in the complex issues of a rapidly growing industry.

“This program provided me with a whole new paradigm for leading in these uncertain and ever-changing times… We can be the solution. We have the ability to create a whole new paradigm in our world, through business. We can reclaim the values in our work environments and begin to shift mindsets.”

Jeff Tkach

Chief Growth Officer, Rodale Institute

What It’s Like

A Safe and Challenging Learning Community

You will find a unique leadership development experience that both deeply connects you to your inherent strength and wisdom, while also enabling you to stretch your thinking and expand your skills. The learning community also provides an opportunity to build relationships with a talented network of natural product professionals – including yourself!

Brings Together Expertise and Proven Methodologies

The program brings together expertise in the practices of mindfulness, creative process, and systems thinking. Drawing from proven methodologies, our facilitators bring a multi-faceted approach to authentic leadership development.

A Non-traditional Learning Focus

Current research concludes what many of us intuitively know—that traditional leadership programs fall short because they focus on transmitting technical information and content, without developing the leaders themselves. We cultivate the whole leader.

A Learning Process with Years of Experience

For 17 years, the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University has been ahead of the curve, integrating ancient wisdom with contemporary approaches to leadership and organizational learning. With over 800 graduates from our flagship authentic leadership program, our alumni have had a positive impact on all sectors in society.

Boulder, CO – Hub of the Natural Products Industry

Many dynamic and pioneering natural product companies, large and small, call Boulder home. The natural products industry has a rich history in Boulder, and today’s companies continue to grow, innovate and stay committed to healthier systems for people and planet. Anchored by Naturally Boulder, the natural products community in Colorado is highly collaborative. The generosity of information, advice and mentorship is not to be missed! In partnership with:

“The Authentic Leadership program is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the inner self and uncover one’s ability to positively influence people, organizations and society… It can benefit all levels of leaders and aspiring leaders, and offers practices that can be used throughout a career, as well as in personal life.”

Adriane Pilcher

Brand Director, The Jackfruit Company

“The Authentic Leadership Program provides students with a groundbreaking synthesis of mindfulness and business acumen. These skills are essential for successful leadership in today’s business world, especially for mission-based companies. It’s been two years since I took the course, and my co-workers and I use these skills every single day to be better managers and business leaders.”

Matt McLaughlin

Marketing Director, Organic India USA

“Leaders in the natural products industry often hunger (no pun intended!) for more meaningful interactions with others in our industry. Authentic Leadership for Naturals offers a chance for a retreat-like experience that provides networking that goes to a deeper level. Bonds are formed when masks are dropped and real challenges are revealed.”

Annie Brown

Development Director, Rodale Institute

Lead Faculty

Susan Skjei

Susan Skjei

Lead Faculty

Susan Skjei, PhD, PCC, is an international educator, coach and consultant specializing in leadership and transformative change. Over the last 25 years, she has worked with thousands of leaders in the US, Canada, and Europe to cultivate mindfulness and authenticity, strengthen relational skills, and effectively lead the changes they want to see in their organizations and in the world. Drawing on neuroscience, Buddhism, complexity science, organizational learning and leadership, Susan has developed programs for leaders from business, government and the non-profit sectors. Formerly a Vice President and Chief Learning Officer in a Fortune 1000 company, she is currently the founding director of the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University.

“Authentic Leadership is the willingness to engage in conversations starting with the question rather than the answer. Exploring that widely and often with our employees, our customers, our stakeholders, and a willingness to hear answers we don’t want to hear. That is what’s going to make all the difference in the success of our business.”
– Susan Skjei, PhD, PCC

Guest Faculty

Boulder, Colorado

Sheldon Romer, MSW, Coach & Consultant

Sheldon Romer, MSW, Coach & Consultant

Sheldon was the co-founder and former CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery and led the company to become the leading and largest organic bread baker in the United States. Sheldon is currently a consultant and certified professional coach who works with some of the country’s most respected companies and nonprofits in leadership development and strategic planning.

Authentic Leadership Competencies

Presence & Purpose | Conscious Conversations | Teamwork & Change

Join us to:

Presence & Purpose

    Cultivate your leadership presence through mindfulness practice.
     
    Work with your mind and heart in a direct and non-conceptual way.
     
    Discover a deeper purpose beyond your daily ups and downs.

Conscious Conversations

    Practice deep listening as a gateway for skillful engagement.
     
    Learn to cultivate a safe, respectful and honest workplace culture that encourages authenticity.
     
    Engage differences and learn to resolve conflicts with ease and skill.

Teamwork & Change

    Discover how fear can be an opportunity for further confidence and connection.
     
    Embrace change and inspire your team to take appropriate risks.
     
    Lean into the emerging future – as well as the edge of what you know – as a source of innovation.

Authentic Leadership for Naturals Pre-Workshop Event (Community Engagement Panel & Reception):
Why Authenticity? Why Now?

Regenerative Earth Summit:
Food + Fiber + Climate

December 5-6, 2018

Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex
University of Colorado, Boulder
Use discount code ACT10 for 10% off (does not include the Farm to Fashion Show or the Farm to Table Dinner)

The courage to act is rooted in an authentic sense of purpose. The Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Fiber + Climate is convening influencers from the food and fashion industries to collaborate on elevating soil health through regenerative agriculture as part of their respective supply networks to address climate disruption. With the October release of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report, there is no doubt that action is needed. Join us to galvanize a movement of businesses, organizations and producers to empower a rapid shift to caring for our planet and communities. RES18 is a working summit designed to develop meaningful solutions, which provide the best opportunity for impact. Additionally, there is a special 5 course Farm to Table Dinner featuring Demeter certified wine pairing at Chef Daniel Asher’s River and Woods Restaurant on Wednesday, December 5. Tickets sold separately with limited seating. Discounts at local hotels have been arranged. Get your tickets today!

The Summit’s companion event, the Farm to Fashion Show, held at Larimer Social in Denver, CO on December 4, 2018, showcases well-known brands and independent designers from around the world who are actively setting examples of, and working toward, regenerative fiber sourcing for their apparel. These game changing efforts are making the textile industry more ethical and restorative for people and planet. This pioneering event features Eileen Fisher, Allbirds, prAna, Hoh Pabassi, INDIGENOUS, Patagonia, Study New York, YoJ and many more. Produced by At the Epicenter with partners Savory Land to Market and Fibershed, tickets are available now for $60 and includes delicious passed hor-d’oeuvres and wine by Bonterra.

We hope you will consider participating in both of these powerful gatherings to build our community of practice and empower ourselves to act with courage in service to all life.

Why Authenticity? Why Now?

December 6, 2018, 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Naropa University, Nalanda Campus
Nalanda Events Center
6287 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO 80503
$25 for evening panel & reception only

Your company is devoted to creating reliable products and a trustworthy brand. But how often do you discuss trustworthiness, reliability and congruency as it relates to leadership? Or as it relates to internal communications? Does your company stay rooted in authenticity when facing challenge or dramatic change? Just like great soil, authenticity doesn’t happen overnight. It needs attention, commitment and time. It also needs an ecosystem of support – teams and tools – to grow and flourish, even in the midst of challenge and change.

Join us to celebrate and nurture authenticity in the Natural Products Industry and learn about the many ways our panelists are bringing Authentic Leadership principles and practices into their organizations. This event will provide an exciting “bridge” between the Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Fiber + Climate and the Authentic Leadership for Naturals Workshop, cross-pollinating summit speakers and workshop faculty. The panelists will be invited to share examples of authentic leadership in action, including specific tools they have used in challenging situations to bring about increased authenticity, engagement and innovation.

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Schedule

5:30-6:30 pm – Light reception and networking
6:30-7:30 pm – Panel
7:30-8:00 pm – Light reception and networking cont

Panelists

Pricing & Registration

Pricing & Registration

Naturally Boulder and Naturally Bay Area
Members save 10%. Apply code at checkout.

Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Fiber + Climate
Registrants: Save 10%

*Only one discount applies, Naturally Boulder members or Regenerative Earth Summit Registrants

 Friend: Save 10% (2 Registrants)

 Teams: Save 15% (3-5 Registrants)

 Organizations: Contact us for groups of 6+

 
Partial scholarships available for those who qualify.

Scholarship Application Form

Donate to the scholarship fund during registration

Accommodations & Travel

Accommodations & Travel

  • Boulder has many lovely hotels.
  • We recommend the following because they are conveniently located to the public bus that runs to the Nalanda campus

Other lodging options:

Travel By Air

Questions?

(720) 608-1238 | [email protected]

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