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Authentic Leadership Program

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?

Spring 2018

January 16–May 8, 2018, 2018 | 16-weeks Online 

January 29-February 2, 2018 and April 16-20, 2018 | Plus Two 5-day Seminars in Boulder, CO


Apply before November 1, 2017 and save $500!


Authentic Leadership Program

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 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 onsite 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 16–May 8, 2018
Seminar 1: January 29-February 2, 2018
Seminar 2: April 16-20, 2018
Seminars occur on Naropa University’s beautiful campuses in Boulder, Colorado.


Tuition is $5,300 for the noncredit professional (save $500 when you apply before November 1)—which includes a nonrefundable materials, technology and coaching fee. Some partial scholarships are available. Please submit a scholarship application in addition to the program application.

If you have an undergraduate degree, you can receive 6 accredited graduate credits for this programthe tuition is $6,500. When taking the program for academic credit, two additional papers are required as well as regular attendance onsite and participation online.

Travel, lodging, and food are not included.  

Preference will be given to participants who apply before October 1, 2017. 

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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

Faculty & Coaches

lyn ciocca

lyn ciocca

Lyn Ciocca, MBA, has experience and training that helps enhance leadership, decision-making and life skills. She has multiple coaching certifications from New Ventures West and the International Coach Federation as well as the Leadership Circle 360, Creativity in Business, and Emergenetics.


Gaylon FergusonGaylon Ferguson

Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition who has been leading meditation retreats since 1976. He is a member of Naropa University’s core faculty and the author of Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as Direct Path of Awakening and Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With.


Amy Haddon

Amy haddon

Amy Haddon, MEd is Renewable Choice Energy’s VP of Communications & Engagement, leading marketing, communication, sustainability, and engagement. She has worked with some of the largest brands in the world to develop customized communication and sustainability programs and tools. Amy is a trusted voice on sustainability, responsible business, and renewable energy markets and trends.

Jerry Granelli

jerry granelli

Jerry Granelli is a world-renowned musician and long-time faculty member of Naropa University. Jazz Times magazine calls Jerry “one of those uncategorizable veteran percussionists who's done it all.” A veteran of the San Francisco jazz scene, Jerry is now a keystone in the jazz community in Halifax.



jean-jacques Joris

Jean-Jacques Joris, MA, JD, LPC, is a Naropa graduate and former Swiss diplomat. Jean-Jacques worked in high conflict areas, witnessing the power of human resiliency. Fluent in five languages, he and his wife Isabelle founded Twin Oaks Farm, a center for mindfulness-based, equine-facilitated counseling and coaching.



Mary McHenry, MEd, is a wilderness 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 is currently Curriculum Design & Distance Education Manager for the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University.


Candice Reefe

candice reefe

Candice Reefe is Eileen Fisher’s new Chief Impact & Innovation Officer. Over her 23 years at Eileen Fisher, she’s been an intrapreneur, leading work that moves the company forward holistically, integrating creative with business—ranging from company voice to the design of the clothes, from leading ecommerce to leading company vision and strategy.


Sheldon Romer

Sheldon romer

Sheldon Romer, MSW, was the co-founder and former CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery and led the company to become the largest organic bread baker in the United States. Sheldon is currently is 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.


Susan Skjei

Susan Skjei

Susan Skjei, PhD, PCC, has been an international educator, coach, and consultant specializing in leadership and transformative change for over 25 years. Formerly a Vice-President and Chief Learning Officer in the technology industry, she is currently the Director of the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. 


Jeff Tkach

jeff tkach

Jeff Tkach is managing director, vice president for Rodale Inc’s Organic Life and Prevention Magazine, where he oversees business objectives and day-to-day operations for both brands. An Authentic Leadership Program alumnus, Jeff is an advocate for bringing mindful leadership to corporations to help people reach their greatest potential. 


Bob Wing: Authentic Leadership Instructor


Bob Wing, MA is director of Wise Actions™ and founder of Warrior of the Heart® and offers seminars in the Art of Hosting™ and the Art of Social Innovation™. Bob is also the founder of the Aikido program at Naropa University and currently leads workshops and trainings worldwide, dedicated to learning through experiential education.

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

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Contact Us

Email: alc@naropa.edu

Phone: 720-608-1238