Naropa University and Naturally Boulder Partner for Inaugural Authentic Leadership for Naturals

Two-day workshop December 7-8, 2018 designed to provide practical methods specifically for those in the natural products industry to foster self-awareness, inspire and engage others, and lead teams through challenge and change with confidence and compassion

November 11, 2018 (Boulder, CO)—Combining seventeen years of Naropa University’s Authentic Leadership Program experience with Naturally Boulder’s vibrant community, these two organizations are proud to announce a first-ever workshop that will address needs specific to those in the natural and organic products industry. Susan Skjei, founding director of the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University and Sheldon Romer, co-founder and former CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery, and now a professional leadership coach, will lead the two-day workshop.

This exciting partnership was born out of the recognition that the ever-growing dynamic natural products industry is just as much in need of cultivating authentic leaders and authentic organizations as any other industry. In a climate of high consumer expectations and greater transparency, blind spots in authenticity can have a catastrophic impact on business. However, organizations that prioritize authenticity can unlock tremendous amounts of creativity, innovation and genuine passion in their teams.

“I am so excited to be partnering with the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University on this unique program for the natural products industry. I see it as a way for us to help equip leaders in the industry to have a more positive impact within their own organizations so that those organizations can have a more powerful impact on society and the broader world.” - Carlotta Mast, SVP Content & Insights, New Hope Network

For two days the experiential workshop will provide practical methods for cultivating mindfulness, deep listening skills, examining fear as a catalyst for real change, strengthening relational skills, and fostering connections to oneself and others in the natural products industry.

Who should attend? Entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors, organizational change makers, trainers and coaches in the natural products industry. Experienced and emerging leaders who want to create healthy, generative organizations and communities. Leaders committed to cultivating authenticity, collaboration, innovation, joy and effectiveness as they engage in the complex issues of a rapidly growing industry.

“The Authentic Leadership Program is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the inner self and uncover one’s ability to positively influence people, organizations and society… It can benefit all levels of leaders and aspiring leaders, and offers practices that can be used throughout a career, as well as in personal life.” - Adriane Pilcher, Brand Director, The Jackfruit Company

“Naropa University has long been committed to offering experiential learning together with mindfulness and compassion training to a diverse student body,” said Naropa President Charles G. Lief, when the purchase was announced last June. “LeapYear shares our mission and we are delighted that the founders have entrusted their wonderful program to us. We are also excited that LeapYear students will now start their program in Colorado and have access to Naropa’s exceptional faculty throughout their learning journey.”

About The Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa UniversityThe Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University ( offers professional development, both online and onsite, for leaders across a broad range of sectors including business, education, healthcare, and government. The purpose of the Center is to awaken leaders to their inherent human goodness and cultivate their capacity to skillfully transform organizations and society. The Center offers public and custom programs to inspire, educate and empower current and next generation leaders to act as agents of positive organizational and social change. Utilizing the disciplines of mindfulness, coaching, organizational development, expressive arts, neuroscience, and complexity science, the Center’s transformative learning method fosters deep insight and increased leadership capacity for positive impact in organizations and society. The Center combines the network of practitioners and teachers from the acclaimed Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) Institute, formerly based in Nova Scotia, Canada, with Naropa's successful Authentic Leadership program. Susan Skjei, PhD, PCC, who has served in leadership roles in both organizations for the last seventeen years, is the Center’s director.

Media inquiries, please contact Susan Skjei, PhD, PCC, at (800) 772-6951, or email Susan.

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