facebook_pixel
Select Page

FOUNDATIONS OF AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP

Bring Who You Are To How You Lead
An Experiential Workshop

Learn More

An Experiential Workshop

Boulder, CO | Seattle, WA

  • Do you sometimes feel burned out or overwhelmed at work?
  • Do you wish you could bring yourself more fully into your leadership role?
  • Do you long for a sense of teamwork and community?
  • Do you want to act with more skill and creativity?
  • Join us and learn the three essential skills every leader needs in their workplace:

    Presence | Engagement | Wise Action

    How can we respond with authenticity, courage, and skill to the leadership challenges we face in the world today?

    Authentic Leadership is a powerful approach to leadership 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 taking wise action with confidence and compassion.

    Drawing on principles and practices from contemplative traditions as well as contemporary approaches to leadership and organizational learning, we will create a collaborative learning lab that will foster deep personal insights, enhance interpersonal skills, and increase overall leadership effectiveness.

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

    You will explore and work with the three competencies of authentic leadership—presence, engagement, and wise action—within the shared context of a diverse group of leaders.

    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 as you step forward on your path.

    Who Attends

    Leaders

    Leaders who want to create healthy and generative organizations and communities that cultivate authenticity, collaboration, innovation, joy and effectiveness as they engage in the complex issues of our time

    Change Makers

    Experienced and emerging leaders and change makers in business, education, healthcare, government and nonprofit organizations

    Organizations

    You, your team, or your organization

    “My Naropa experience was one of the highlights of my year. I get better at taking a breath and reminding myself to use the tools at my disposal instead of floundering around when something comes up.”

    Judy Hatcher

    Executive Director, Pesticide Action Network North America

    What It’s Like

    A Safe and Challenging Learning Community

    You will find a safe yet challenging place to stretch your ways of thinking and open to new possibilities for leading with more success in your organization. This unique leadership development experience not only expands your skills, but also connects you to a talented network of professionals.

    Brings Together Expertise and Proven Methodologies

    The experience brings together expertise in the practices of mindfulness, creative process, and systems thinking. Drawing from proven methodologies, the faculty teams 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 and too little on developing leaders themselves.

    A Learning Process with Years of Experience

    For 17 years, the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University has been ahead of the curve, integrating mindfulness, creative process, and systems thinking into a powerful model of authentic leadership development.

    “My journey has been one of allowing confidence to emerge and trusting that what I have to offer is sufficient for what the situation is asking of me. In cultivating a mindset of open inquiry and risk, I continue to face and embrace new challenges and opportunities.”

    Kim Kita

    Director of Special Projects and Partnerships, Colorado State University Operations

    “The Foundations of Authentic Leadership has been a journey to get in touch with my true self, to discover tools and techniques to practice presence, hence to bring authentic leadership into my life and work. The meditation, action-learning, and co-creative moments have made this program highly effective and stimulating. The Foundations of Authentic Leadership has been an experience that has deeply changed me so that I can now be more aware and effective as a change maker. Also, having the chance to become part of a larger community is also very important in my path of authentic leadership as change maker.”

    Simona Orlandi

    Marketing Intelligence Advisor, Coach & Team Facilitator

    “A big part of what made this program special lay beyond the actual syllabus. The facilitators radiate a sense of clarity and heightened awareness, and really know how to manage the group dynamics to get out the best in everyone. I rode home with my heart full of love and the reinforced conviction that there are far more precious people on this planet than you can meet in a lifetime.”

    Dennis Pachernegg

    Copywriter & Strategist

    Lead Faculty

    Susan Skjei

    Susan Skjei

    Lead Faculty

    Over the last 25 years, Susan 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. Formerly a Vice President and Chief Learning Officer in a fortune 1000 company, Susan is currently the director of the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University. Drawing on neuroscience, Buddhism, complexity science, organizational learning and leadership, the center offers programs in Authentic Leadership and Mindfulness. Susan is an Acharya (senior teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and consults internationally.

    How many authentic leaders does it take to shift a culture?

    “Culture doesn’t change because we think it should -in fact organizational cultures are notorious for not changing – no matter how many interventions we try. What can change a culture is a leader who behaves differently in challenging moments. Instead of reacting with defensiveness, a leader who can take a mindful ‘pause’ can make all the difference in both the process and the outcome. Of course, pausing alone is not enough -during the pause we can access our “felt sense” in the moment and make new choices based on our values and what is best for the whole situation. This takes courage as well as insight – qualities that can be developed through practice. So, how many authentic leaders does it take? Just you.”

    Regional Faculty

    Boulder, Colorado

    Rita Devassy

    Rita Devassy

    Founder and CEO of Deva Seed

    Rita brings twenty years of business experience in the competitive, challenging, and dynamic field of technology. Her company helps leaders incorporate mindfulness into how they live and lead. Originally from India, Rita moved to the United States in 1988 and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Science from Purdue University. Rita is a graduate of the Authentic Leadership program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and has studied meditation in various Buddhist traditions.

    Mary McHenry

    Mary McHenry

    Wilderness Guide and Leadership Coach

    Mary is a wilderness rites of passage guide and leadership coach with a background in music, movement, and creative process. Her work explores the voice as a complex, raw, and beautiful instrument for expression and communication; and embodiment as a vital leadership skill. Mary holds a master’s degree in Adult Learning. Her extensive background in communication, facilitation, mediation, and leadership combined with her down-to-earth enjoyment of life make her a catalyst for awareness and change. Mary is currently curriculum design & distance education manager for the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University.

    Seattle, Washington

    Steve Byers

    Steve Byers

    Organizational Consultant and Co-Director West Coast Regional Team

    Steve works with leaders, leadership teams, organizations, and other communities seeking to establish or renew their essential conversations. He focuses on helping human systems think, learn, and work together—better. He is the co-director of the Authentic Leadership West Coast Regional Team and lives in Olympia, Washington.

    JoAnn Schindler

    JoAnn Schindler

    Organizational Consultant and Co-Director West Coast Regional Team

    JoAnn has woven together a professional practice of organizational development consulting, leadership coaching, group facilitation, and teaching for the past thirty years. She is the co-director of the Authentic Leadership West Coast Regional Team and lives in Seattle, Washington.

    “The Foundations of Authentic Leadership (FAL) is a beautiful program and set at Windhorse Farm makes an astounding combination. I found the program takes a glimpse into the ancient tradition and teachings, along with a powerful experience into the approach to authentic leadership, skilfully guided by Susan Skjei and colleagues. It is possible, in this short program, to be open to deep and significant learning – this was true for me personally and I observed for others during our time together. Add to this the profound and simple location that Windhorse Farm provides, with the stewardship from Jim and Margaret Drescher, makes it an opportunity for anyone wanting to refresh the soul, mind and body. I am pleased to recommend it.”

    Jane Allen

    Leadership Coach & Consultant

    Example Schedule

    Morning


      — CONTEXT
      9:00 A.M. — WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
      9:30 A.M. — COMMUNITY BUILDING: CREATING OUR “LEARNING CONTAINER”
      10:30 A.M. — BREAK
      10:45 A.M. — EXPLORING ISSUES AND TRENDS IN OUR WORLD TODAY
      11:15 A.M. — IDENTIFYING THE “MOMENTS THAT MATTER” IN YOUR LEADERSHIP PRACTICE
      11:45 A.M. — WHAT IS AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP IN THESE TURBULENT TIMES?

    Afternoon


      12:00 P.M. — LUNCH
      — PRESENCE
      1:30 P.M. — WHAT IS LEADERSHIP PRESENCE AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
      2:00 P.M. — HOW CAN WE CULTIVATE PRESENCE THROUGH MINDFULNESS?
      2:30 P.M. — BREAK
      2:45 P.M. — EMBODIMENT PRACTICE
      3:00 P.M. — WORKING WITH SELF AND OTHERS AND EXPLORING THE OBSTACLES TO PRESENCE; FEAR AS AN OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE:“SHOWING UP” EXERCISE
      4:00 P.M. — DEBRIEF
      5:00 P.M. — EVENING NEWS: SHARING OUR REFLECTIONS ON THE DAY
      5:30 P.M. — CLOSE

    Morning


      — ENGAGEMENT
      9:00 A.M. — CHECK IN AND AGENDA FOR THE DAY
      9:30 A.M. — MEDITATION INSTRUCTION: STRENGTHENING OUR CAPACITY FOR CLARITY, CONNECTION, AND COURAGE
      10:00 A.M. — PREPARING OURSELVES TO RECEIVE ANOTHER; DIALOGUE WALK IN PAIRS – LISTENING EXERCISE
      10:30 A.M. — BREAK
      10:45 A.M. — CULTIVATING A CULTURE OF AUTHENTICITY IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR COMMUNITY

    Afternoon


      12:00 P.M. — LUNCH
      — WISE ACTION
      1:30 P.M. — STYLES OF AUTHENTICITY; 5 LEADERSHIP ARCHETYPES TALK AND EXERCISE
      3:30 P.M. — BREAK
      3:45 P.M. — CREATING AN INTENTION OR ASPIRATION FOR AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP IN YOUR LIFE AND WORK
      5:00 P.M. — GROUP CLOSING AND SPONTANEOUS POEM
      5:30 P.M. — CLOSE

    Authentic Leadership Competencies

    Authentic Leadership competencies include presence, engagement and wise action, practiced within a shared context of a diverse group of leaders.

    The course will enable you to:

    Context

      Identify the issues and trends that matter to you and call your authentic leadership into action
       
      Understand the benefits of authentic leadership and why it is essential in these turbulent times
       
      Identify the “moments that matter” in your leadership practice

    Presence

      Discover the impact of your leadership presence
       
      Cultivate leadership presence through mindfulness practice
       
      Explore and overcome personal obstacles to your leadership presence
       
      Strengthen your capacity for clarity, connection and courage through self-awareness

    Engagement

      Practice deep listening as a gateway for skillful engagement with others
       
      Discover how fear can be an opportunity for further confidence and connection
       
      Learn to cultivate a safe, respectful and honest workplace culture that encourages authenticity

    Wise Action

      Explore a model of change and wise action based on 5 authentic leadership archetypes
       
      Understand your strengths using the 5 authentic leadership archetypes
       
      Use the power of intention to bring authentic leadership into your life and work

    Pricing & Registration

    BOULDER, CO

    TBA, 2018
    $495/person
    • Friday/Saturday

    • 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
    • Naropa University | Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapoahoe Avenue
    • * Early Bird Registration TBA

    SEATTLE, WA

    TBA, 2018
    $495/ person
    • Friday/Saturday

    • 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
    • The 2100 Building | 2100 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
    • * Early Bird Registration TBA

    NOTE: Please be aware that the workshop scheduled for December 1-3 at Windhorse Farm in Nova Scotia, Canada has been cancelled.


    Group discounts available.

    Special pricing for members, partners and sponsors.

    Partial scholarships are available for those who qualify. Donate to the scholarship fund.

    “I rediscovered my inherent purpose in life and how I could realize that purpose through my work. I discovered that obstacles were just opportunities for personal and professional growth. I now successfully lead and support my spirited team with a keen sense of possibility. What a precious gift to wake up proudly to my own authenticity and potential.”

    Resa Register

    RTT Director, Radiation Oncology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group

    Questions?

    • Briefly describe your question...
    • Fill in the details here. Please try to be as specific as possible.

    (720) 608-1238 | [email protected]

    Share This