Naropa Authentic Leadership Program
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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?

Summer 2017

Ten weeks online June 5-August 11 and 
two five-day seminars June 12-16 and July 24-28 in Boulder, Colorado 



Authentic Leadership Summer 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 10-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 Summer Program consists of:

  • Ten 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: June 5–August 11, 2017
Onsite 1: June 12–16, 2017
Onsite 2: July 24-28, 2017
Onsite sessions occur on Naropa University’s beautiful campuses in Boulder, Colorado.


Tuition is $4,800 for the noncredit professional—which includes a non-refundable materials, technology and coaching fee. Some partial scholarships are available. Please email to request scholarship information.

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 March 1. 

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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

Susan SkjeiSusan Skjei, PhD, PCC

Program Director

Susan is an educator, executive coach, and consultant specializing in leadership, mindfulness, and transformative change. Drawing on the disciplines of neuroscience, Buddhism, complexity science, organizational learning and leadership, Susan's work offers skillful methods and practices that help leaders cultivate self-awareness and creativity, strengthen their relationships, and effectively lead the changes they want to see in their organizations and in the world. Formerly a Vice-President of Learning and Development for a large technology company, she directs the Authentic Leadership program at Naropa University and is a co-founder of the Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) Institute in Canada. Susan is an Acharya (senior teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and consults internationally through her company SaneSystems.

Gaylon FergusonGaylon Ferguson

Acharya 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 Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With. Additionally, his article, “Making Friends with Ourselves,” was selected for inclusion in The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 and his essay “No Color, All Colors” appears in the book, Mindful Politics.

Arawana HayashiArawana Hayashi

Arawana Hayashi  is on the faculty of the Certificate Program at the Authentic Leadership Center. She has been on the on the Creative Process faculty of ALIA’s Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership in Halifax, Nova Scotia since 2000. In these roles, Arawana mainly contributes as a performer and dancer.

Arawana is a co-founder of the Social Presencing Theater at the  Presencing Institute.

She invites individuals and groups to discover their natural creativity by paying attention to their own physicality and to their environment.


Mary McHenry, M.Ed., is a wilderness rites of passage 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 holds several professional coaching certifications and a Masters in Adult Learning. Her extensive background in communication, facilitation, mediation and leadership combined with her down to earth enjoyment of life make her a catalyst for awareness and change. Mary is currently Curriculum Design & Distance Education Manager for the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University. She is an avid Nordic skier and ice hockey player and comes from a long line of powerful women singers.

Bob Wing: Authentic Leadership Instructor


Bob is director of Wise Actions™, an organization dedicated to cultivating compassionate and transformative actions in the world. He is founder of Warrior of the Heart® seminars and retreats, designed to teach individuals and groups to live and work wisely and courageously via skillful leadership, and is currently associated with Authentic Leadership Trainings both in Boulder and Halifax. He presents seminars in the Art of Hosting™ and the Art of Social Innovation™, and is actively helping to organize these co-operative work communities. Bob was founder of the Aikido program at Naropa University, as well as having been an Adjunct Faculty member in the Contemplative Psychology Department. He is a respected sculptor/painter, and is trained extensively in Trager Psycho-Physical Integration. He 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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Phone: 303-245-4723