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Naropa Authentic Leadership Program

Become the leader the world needs now.

Imagine your day 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 this be a great time to become the leader the world desperately needs now?

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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Featured Speakers

angel Kyodo williams

Rev. angel Kyodo williams is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer, and founder of Center for Transformative Change. Her critically acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, bridges the worlds of personal transformation and social justice..

Susan Skjei, PhD

Susan Skjei, director of Naropa’s Authentic Leadership Program, has helped hundreds of leaders and organizations successfully navigate change for 25 years, working with clients such as Hewlett-Packard, the Colorado Air National Guard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Habitat for Humanity.

Jerry Colonna

Jerry Colonna is the co-founder/CEO of the executive coaching firm He uses his decades of experience as a venture capitalist and entrepreneur to help develop more conscious careers and lives. He is the chairman of the board at Naropa University.

Tami Simon

Tami Simon is publisher, CEO, and founder of Sounds True, a multimedia publishing company with more than 80 employees and a library of more than 1500 titles featuring some of the leading teachers and visionaries of our time, including Seane Corn, Pema Chodron, MC Yogi, Andrew Weil, Jack Kornfield, and more.

Full list of faculty

Watch what our students have to say about their Authentic Leadership Program experience

Authentic Leadership Testimonials

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 11–May 6, 2016
Onsite 1: Jan. 25–29, 2016
Onsite 2: April 11–15, 2016
Onsite sessions occur on Naropa University’s beautiful campuses in Boulder, Colorado.


Tuition is $4,800 for the non-credit 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 December 15. Please email to request scholarship information.

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


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


>500 Graduates of Naropa University’s Authentic Leadership Program


4.5 out of 5 Average evaluation of the Authentic Leadership Program


21-63 Age range of former graduates

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