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2018-19 Academy for Leaders in MN

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - Sunday, April 28, 2019
2:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center - Chaska, MN

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Retreat 1: Oct. 25 – 28, 2018
Monthly Calls: Nov. – Mar.
Retreat 2: April 25 – 28, 2019

Oak Ridge Conference Center
Chaska, Minnesota
(35 min. from the airport)

Tuition: $2,000* plus
Lodging & Meals: $650-$1250

*Reflects the $400 Early Bird discount if registered by August 15

(Financial aid and payment plans available)



Sustainable, courageous leadership hinges on your ability to know your own values and act on them. When you’re true to yourself, and true with others, that authenticity translates into trust. And trustworthy relationships translate into more effective, wholehearted leaders, teams and results.

This program is for you if…

  • You want to take your leadership to the next level and you’re game for the challenge of introspection toward self-growth, trusting it benefits others.
  • You are rethinking how you want to offer your leadership to the world, whether you are in a new position, in transition with your life and work, or hoping to renew your sense of meaning and purpose.
  • You would appreciate learning with a community of diverse leaders who want to bring their whole selves to the hard work of solving complex social issues.

"quote-LI have gained personal and professional insights because of the transformative learning experiences with my Academy for Leaders cohort and facilitators. The wisdom of every person engaging in this integral work has been profound.”
—Kathryn Byrnes, PhD, Mindfulness in Education Netwok Board President

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What to Expect

The Courage & Renewal Academy for Leaders is designed for and enhanced by the participation of people like you: experienced organizational and community leaders from diverse professions—including education, health care, business, public service, nonprofit, philanthropy, and religious life.

The Process: The Academy will engage a 30-person cohort in a professionally facilitated three-part process that unfolds over six months.

  1. Retreat #1 will explore Courage & Renewal principles and practices that support effective and courageous leadership. Over four days, you’ll experience and explore the Six Foundations of Trustworthy Leadership. Then you will focus your intentions by creating a plan to more fully practice them in your life and leadership. We will also hold Clearness Committees. You’ll learn how to:
  • Click to Download PDFClarify your purpose and integrity through an ongoing inner journey
  • Ask honest, open questions and apply deep listening
  • Hold paradox and tensions in the face of complexity and uncertainty
  • Build trustworthy relationships in communities and organizations
  • Appreciate the value of “otherness”
  • Grow through seasons of personal, professional and organizational change
  1. Monthly Peer Learning Circles: Over the following six months, you will practice implementing these intentions within the realities of your organizational/community roles. You and your fellow participants will receive support in five-member Peer Circles. Five facilitated Peer Circle teleconferences will provide opportunities for mutual sharing, listening and learning.
  2. Retreat #2 is when you’ll come back together with your close-knit, trustworthy cohort for a final four days. You will share your case stories, gather the collective wisdom of the group, affirm your learnings, and identify opportunities to further apply the Courage & Renewal approach in your life and leadership. We will also hold Clearness Committees.

Program Dates

Calendarorange200x200Residential retreat I: October 25 – 28, 2018
November—March: Monthly facilitated Peer Circle teleconferences
Residential retreat II: April 25 – 28, 2019

Both residential retreats open at 2:00 pm on Thursday with an optional meet and greet, followed by the first session at 3:00 pm. The retreats conclude with lunch on Sunday at noon.

Participants are expected to attend both retreats and participate in monthly calls.

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Costs & Registration

Single Room Double Room Commuter
Lodging & Meals*
$1250 $950 $650
Early Bird Tuition**
$2000 $2000 $2000

Tuition Early Bird discount available through August 15, 2018. After that, tuition is $2400.

Lodging & Meals rates based on the actual venue costs. Commuter rate includes meals only.

Air/ground travel costs are participants’ responsibility.

A $400 deposit secures your registration. Tuition plus lodging & meals costs are due after acceptance into the program. We are committed to fielding a diverse cohort of leaders to participate. To help make the program financially accessible, we can: set up payment plans for you and/or your employer; support your application for outside funding; and provide limited financial assistance from our scholarship fund.

To apply for financial assistance, complete our online form:
To set up a payment plan, call the Center at 206-466-2055.

Cancellation Policy: See here

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Meet Your Courage & Renewal Facilitators

Laura Kinkead, MBA is a leadership development consultant, executive coach, and facilitator within health care. She works with teams and individuals to build leadership capacity and the ability to deal with strategic challenges, ambiguity, change and conflict. Her focus as a Courage to Lead retreat facilitator is in creating supportive communities that give participants the opportunity to explore meaning and purpose in their work and life and to rediscover and rekindle their spirit and passion. She has over 20 years’ experience in the health care field and has held leadership positions within both hospital and clinic organizations and health plans. She has facilitated The Courage to Imagine retreat series for medical fellows through the Archibald Bush Foundation and she has been a member of the community faculty at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota where she led a renewal retreat series for health professionals. Laura has studied Adaptive Leadership at Harvard University and has a MBA from the University of St. Thomas. She is a partner in the leadership development firm, The Collabrium.

estrus-tucker-2014Estrus Tucker is an independent consultant and keynote speaker specializing in small and large group facilitation, focusing on personal, professional and community renewal, transformation, healing and reconciliation. Estrus is a innovative practitioner of the Circles of Trust®, Habits of the Heart®, Dialogue and other models of civic engagement, leadership and organizational development. Estrus brings over 30 years of executive leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, including operations and board governance. He is a Vietnam-era Veteran and an ordained minister active in interfaith and ecumenical initiatives. Estrus is the 2012 recipient of the International Assoc. Of Human Rights Agencies’ (IAOHRA) Individual Achievement Award for his work and leadership in support of creative civic engagement and transformational leadership in Mississippi; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Cape town, S. Africa and Texas. His mission is to inspire practices that promote human dignity and nonviolent engagement, in service of a world that works for all.

About Our Venue

Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center is situated on 130 acres of lush meadows and miles of peaceful woodland trails, only 30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and the Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport. Stunning floor to ceiling windows of the grand entrance overlook the natural splendor of Lake McKnight. Luxurious accommodations offer a peaceful and refreshing environment for reflective work.

1 Oak Ridge Drive, Chaska, MN 55318 |


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