Naropa Authentic Leadership Program
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Authentic Leadership Program 1.0

 January 17-May 12, 2017

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?




Authentic Leadership Program

Join the mindful leadership revolution.

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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 16-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

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:

  • Sixteen 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: January 17–May 12, 2017
Onsite 1: January 30–February 3, 2017
Onsite 2: April 17–21, 2017
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. 

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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