Naropa University's School of Extended Studies Announces 2014 Authentic Leadership Certificate Program


Boulder, Colo (Nov. 6, 2013)--Naropa University's School of Extended Studies has announced the launch of their 2014 Authentic Leadership Certificate Program. Drawing from the fields of neuroscience, Buddhism, complexity science, organizational learning, and leadership, the program helps leaders to cultivate self-awareness and creativity and enhance relationships with others. Participants also learn to effectively bring about the changes they want to see in their organizations and in the world. The 2014 session's classes will run from January 13 to May 13, 2014.

"With an increasing awareness that came from the teachings, coaching, meditation, camaraderie and divine timing, I looked at my life and myself with a new depth and clarity," reflects former Authentic Leadership participant Melody S. Conway. "I saw that, in fact, I was the one who really needed the work and was being worked on. How could it have been any other way?"

The Authentic Leadership Certificate Program is a combination of online and classroom instruction that blends the best of Western leadership practices with the wisdom of Eastern contemplative traditions to provide a transformative learning experience. Divided into sixteen weeks of online classes and two five-day on-site seminars, the program also grants participants five individual sessions with professional leadership coaches, action-learning projects in the work place, and other interesting learning experiences. Topics such as authenticity, self-reflection, skillful conversation, conflict resolution, and collaboration are included in the course, which is offered for credit as well as noncredit. The program was initiated in 2000 by Susan Skjei, adjunct faculty member of Naropa's MA Environmental Leadership program and former vice president of human resources development and chief learning officer at StorageTek.

"All leaders face challenges, but not all are able to access their authenticity and resilience in difficult times," explains Skjei. "This program broadens and deepens a leader's capacity to be present, creative, and effective in the moments that really matter."

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, non-profit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.