Naropa Authentic Leadership Program
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Authentic Leadership Program 1.0

New 10-week Summer Program! May 30–August 5, 2016

Become the Leader the World Needs Now

Imagine if your work aligned with your purpose. If you could meet stress gracefully. And if you could address challenges with humor and creativity.

Imagine if you could inspire others to do likewise.

Wouldn’t NOW be a great time to become the leader the world desperately needs?

This summer session will feature a special track for entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs.




Authentic Leadership Program 1.0

Join the mindful leadership revolution.

School districts. Hospitals. Technology companies. Graduate business schools. Nonprofits. Sports teams.

These are just some of the organizations incorporating mindfulness into their leadership development programs.

Market pressures, passionless workplaces, and relentless “busy-ness” are reasons leaders and organizational visionaries are seeking to transform themselves—and in turn transform their workplaces.

Naropa University’s Authentic Leadership Program is an in-depth 10-week experiential course in mindfulness, authentic communication, and leading change, designed to help you acquire the equanimity, skills, and vision to lead from your courageous self.

Dare to become the kind of leader you know you can be. Become part of Naropa’s Authentic Leadership community.

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The Program

New 10-week Summer Program!

Naropa’s online learning environment allows you to download readings, share ideas, and participate at your own pace from wherever you are living or traveling.

Plus you will have the opportunity to network, share ideas, and learn with like-minded leaders during two onsite sessions during which you will engage with faculty, practice meditation, and apply leadership skills.

Naropa University’s Authentic Leadership Program consists of:

  • Ten weeks of internet-based instruction
  • Two five-day on-site seminars in Boulder, Colorado
  • Five individual sessions with professional leadership coaches
  • Online interaction with instructors and colleagues
  • Action-learning projects in the workplace
  • Teleconferences with coaches and colleagues

The Schedule

Online Program: May 30–August 5, 2016
Onsite 1: June 6–10, 2016
Onsite 2: July 18–22, 2016
Onsite sessions occur on Naropa University’s beautiful campuses in Boulder, Colorado.


Tuition is $4,800 for the noncredit professional. Travel, lodging and food are not included. (Please see below for the graduate credit pricing.) Some partial scholarships are available. Preference will be given to participants who register before April 15. Please email to request scholarship information.

If you have an undergraduate degree, you can receive 6 accredited graduate credits for this program. The tuition is $6,500*—which includes a non-refundable materials, technology and coaching fee. When taking the program for academic credit, two additional papers are required as well as regular attendance onsite and participation online.

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  • Authenticity, Self-reflection and Personal Mastery
  • Skillful Conversation and Conflict Resolution
  • Collaboration, Decision-making and Teamwork
  • Power, Influence and Empowerment
  • Leading Organizational Change

Featured Speakers 

Susan Skjei, PhD

Susan Skjei, PhD, is the director of the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University. The Center combines the network of practitioners and teachers from the acclaimed Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) Institute, formerly based in Nova Scotia, Canada, with Naropa's in-depth Authentic Leadership programs. The purpose of the Center is to inspire, educate, and empower current and next generation leaders to act as agents of positive organizational and social change.

Jeff Tkach

Jeff Tkach is managing director, vice president for Rodale’s Organic Life and Prevention, where he oversees business objectives and day to day operations for both brands, leading efforts across print and digital advertising, sales and marketing functions, digital, live events, and e-tailing components to maximize growth opportunities. Previously, Tkach served as vice president of sales and marketing at Life Time Fitness. He also served as group publisher at Active Interest Media (AIM) from 2013-2015, overseeing Yoga Journal and Vegetarian Times. He was responsible for leading Yoga Journal’s relaunch in 2014, which led to record-breaking fortieth year of publication for the brand. An Authentic Leadership Program alumnus, Jeff is an advocate for bringing mindful leadership to corporations to help people reach their greatest potential. 

Kim Couponas

Kim Coupounas is a visionary leader and entrepreneur who is a passionate advocate for responsible business and a firm believer in the power of the corporation to do good in the world. She is currently a Director of B Lab, a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good and certifies “B Corporations.” Kim was also co-founder, former CEO and Chief Sustainability Officer of GoLite, a global mission-driven outdoor apparel and equipment company.

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Amy Haddon is the vice president of communications and engagement for Renewable Choice Energy, one of the nation’s leading providers of products and services that advance clean energy development and the adoption of carbon reducing technologies. Since joining the organization in 2007, Ms. Haddon has been responsible for leading communications and sustainability engagements with some of the largest brands in the world, including Gap Inc., Intel, Goldman Sachs, TD Bank, the National Basketball Association, Jackson Family Wines, OCTAL, the City of Boston, Crown Prince, Summit Brands, and Bentley University. She also played the leading role in helping Renewable Choice earn the prestigious EPA Green Power Supplier of the Year award in 2012, 2014, and 2015 and its designation as a certified B Corporation.

Sheldon Romer

Sheldon Romer is a consultant and certified professional coach with more than thirteen years of experience. Sheldon works with some of the country’s most respected companies and non-profits, along with their CEOs, upper management staff, and board of directors. Sheldon is widely acknowledged for his unique perceptive insights into leadership development, change/culture management, team development, strategic advising, conversations, planning, facilitation and executive coaching. As the co-founder and former CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Sheldon led the company to become the largest organic bread baker in the United States. For the last 12 years, Sheldon has served as an adjunct faculty member at Naropa University in the Authentic Leadership and Advanced Coaching Program. He is a member of the Deming Board of Advisors at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business.


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“I graduated feeling more resilient, more empowered, and more effective as a leader.”
~Quentin Finney, regional sales manager, Google


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Phone: 303-245-4831