Authentic Leadership Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Who participates in this program?

A.  We have more than 500 alumni who have graduated from this program since it began in 2001. Most courses have 30-40 attendees. Participants have been leaders or aspiring leaders from small businesses, large corporations, nonprofits, government agencies, as well as some coaches and consultants. The age-range of former participants has been 21-65+. The course has consistently received high ratings on participant evaluations (average of 4.5 out of 5).

Q.  What do the participants report are the benefits the program?

A.  Former participants report that by the end of the program they are more energized and clear about their values, purpose, and future direction, as well as the personal and collaborative skills to engage others in meaningful change. They also say that they are more effective in dealing with organizational issues, have more satisfaction with their work and their relationships, are better able to empower themselves and others, and to balance work and life commitments.

Q.  What competencies are developed in the program?

A.   * Authenticity, self-reflection and personal mastery * Skillful conversation and conflict resolution * Collaboration, decision making and teamwork * Power, influence and empowerment * Leading transformative change

Q.  What are the hours of the onsite sessions?

A.  The onsite sessions take place from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday and are held at Naropa's Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder Colorado. Events also take place most evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The evening events are not required, but attendance is strongly encouraged.

Q.  How much time does the online portion of the program take each week?

A.  On average, it takes about 2-3 hours per week for reading, participating in online discussion, practicing skills, journaling, coaching sessions, etc. Participants can adjust their time commitment to the program, depending on their work or travel schedules. The readings are prioritized, so participants can read as much as they have time for in a particular week.

Q.  How much do books, etc. cost for the program?

A.   All of the readings are provided online so there is no additional fee for books. There is a $130 nonrefundable tech fee for online access.

Q.  How much does the program cost for non-credit students?

A.  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.

Q.  Can I take the course for college credit?

A.  Yes, 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. It takes a bit more time, but most people who have taken the class for credit have said that they were glad they put in the extra effort and that writing the papers helped distill their knowledge and insights from the class.

Q.  Can I speak with the program director?

A.   Yes, please contact Susan Skjei (pronounced "shay") at or call 720-320-7860.