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Attending the Authentic Leadership Program taught me more about creating and shaping
supportive environments for high performance, personal development, and enabling people
to bring their whole selves to work than any other program I've attended in the last
29 years. I graduated feeling more resilient, more empowered, and more effective as
- Quentin Finney, Google, Regional Sales Manager
I came to Naropa Authentic Leadership program noticeably stressed over what I saw
as obstacles in a demanding management position. Moral was low and I was posed to
leave the position if something didn’t drastically change. Something did change –
me. Through exceptional leadership and the encouragement of cohorts, 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
The AL course was both affirming and healing. It left me with an understanding of
both my place and value in the world.
- Lesle Jansen, LLM, Lawyer, Natural Justice
My key learning was to trust myself as a leader in life and in my work. Authenticity
to me is very grounded in self trust and self love. I love the program onsites!
- Amy Green, President, Dynamic Potential Executive Coaching, LLC
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
I came to the AL program looking for answers to big questions of life and work. I
left without answers. Somewhere through the process, I learned to listen, to really
LISTEN with my whole body and then the questions disappeared.
- Kabir Sanjay Bavikatte, PhD, UNU-JSPS Fellow
My journey through and beyond the Naropa Authentic Leadership program involves questioning
what it means to be a “professional” and a “leader.” The “authentic” part of 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.
The Naropa Authentic Leadership program has literally laid the framework for me to
create a more vibrant life, both at work and beyond.
- Kim Kita, Director of Special Projects and Partnerships, Colorado State University Operations
When I decided to take this class, my ideas of what I would be working on were relatively
simple: figuring out how to do a class on-line, meeting new people, leadership — and
being open to new experiences. I proposed a project for our family company, thinking
that was where the change was really needed and after that change had occurred, I
would then be able to make other personal changes. What actually happened was that
I became my own learning project. With an increasing awareness that came from the
teachings, coaching, meditation, camaraderie and divine timing, I looked at my life
and myself with a new depth and clarity. I saw that, in fact, I was the one who really
needed the work and was being worked on. How could it have been any other way?
- Melody S. Conway, Vice President, Wm & Assoc. Investment Co.
As I talked with my coach and wrote in my journal throughout the program, it eventually
became clear to me that my purpose in life really is to be a leader. It is a kind
of leadership that operates from a set of beliefs in human goodness, ethics, connecting,
resolving conflicts, and learning. No matter what I do, even when I try not to be
a leader, this sense of purpose plays through me and impacts my approach to life.
I can't even explain how powerful an experience it has been for me to name it and
stand in it.
- Phil Cass, CEO-Columbus Medical Association and Foundation