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Courage to Lead for Social Impact: A Retreat Series & Peer Support Network to Equip and Sustain Your Leadership | Special Introductory Offer Below!

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Sunday, June 3, 2018

Talaris Conference Center

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Friday, January 26, 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018
Friday-Sunday, June 1-3, 2018 

Talaris Conference Center
(First 4 dates)
Whidbey Institute (June retreat)

$1800 covers all materials, meals and lodging at the June retreat. Financial aid is available.

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Registration deadline: JULY 30

Courage to Lead for Social Impact is a renewal and leadership retreat series that will create the next cohort in a new network of leaders across the greater Seattle and Northwest region. The program is for people who are committed to making a positive difference in the world, while strengthening the fabric of social equity in our community.

We envision a safe and welcoming place to foster reflective leadership and forge trustworthy relationships among others with similar passion, helping us sustain each other in our long- term commitments. While most of us are focused on the external demands of change, we also need a place to cultivate and nourish our leadership within, in the company of wise and understanding colleagues.

This program is for you if…

  • You are an experienced social impact leader and key decision maker.
  • You are committed to creating a more just, compassionate and healthy world.
  • You want to be part of a diverse community of experienced leaders from across professional sectors – people you’ll come to know, trust and support as allies.
  • You’re seeking greater courage, integrity, and resilience to sustain your commitment to solving complex social issues.
  • You welcome introspection and reflection as resources to help you grow personally, and to take your leadership to the next level.

Join other social impact leaders from Greater Seattle and the Pacific Northwest in this deep dive into the heart of leadership. Through storytelling, reflection, and facilitated discussions, you’ll have an opportunity to consider your heart’s work, renew your energy and passion for your cause, and strengthen your leadership within a community of practice.

Get a Taste for a Special Price!
Introductory Experiences and Q&A
These low-cost 3-hour introductory experiences offer you a taste of Courage & Renewal to see if you’d be interested in the full retreat series. Bring your curiosity!
Sign up for only $25!
Friday, May 19, 2017
9:00am – 12:00pm

Talaris Conference Center
4000 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105
Register here!
Thursday, May 25, 2017
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Talaris Conference Center
4000 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105
Register here!

Courage-170Retreat Series Details

This yearlong program provides social impact leaders with opportunities, individually and in community, for personal and professional insight and growth.

  • Quarterly Retreats with a group of other leaders create opportunities to build a deep and trusted community of peers.
  • Monthly Leader Circles allow participants to continue the work and reinforce learnings between meetings in a small group environment.
  • Individual Coaching (optional, paid separately) allows leaders deep exploration of the retreat topics and how they intersect with their lives.

Series Dates and Venues

Participants must commit to attend all retreats.

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 (Talaris) | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Includes refreshments
  • Friday, September 22, 2017 (Talaris) | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm | Includes refreshments, breakfast, and lunch
  • Friday, January 26, 2018 (Talaris) | 8:30 am – 8:30 pm | Includes refreshments, lunch, and dinner
  • Friday, April 6, 2018  (Talaris) | 8:30 am – 8:30 pm | Includes refreshments, lunch, and dinner
  • Friday – Sunday, June 1-3, 2018  (Whidbey Institute) | Starts at 2:00 pm on Friday, ends at 12:00 pm on Sunday | Includes dinner on June 1, all meals on June 2, and breakfast on June 3

The first four events are held at Talaris Conference Center, located on 18 acres in a natural, park-like setting near the University of Washington. Talaris is just minutes from downtown Seattle and within walking distance to bus lines, with ample complimentary parking. 4000 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

The final date is a 3-day residential retreat at the Whidbey Institute at Chinook on Whidbey Island. The Institute’s 100 acres of heartland, gardens, forests, and wetlands provide space to deepen our commitment to a healthy world. Lodging is in double rooms (let us know if you require a private room). 

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Meet Your Facilitators

Gloria_Burgess_WebSmGloria Burgess, PhD, mobilizes and leads transformation as Executive Director of The Lift Every Voice Foundation, an organization she founded over 20 years ago to serve underrepresented K-12 students and their teachers to bridge the leadership gap in technology and the arts. She also mentors, coaches, and equips executive leaders at Seattle University, University of Washington, University of Southern California, and in other settings in the US and abroad. A Trusted Advisor, Gloria consults to leaders and presents workshops and keynotes for private and public sector organizations. Her favorite assignments include facilitating learning circles, presenting the opening keynote for the South African Embassy’s 50th Anniversary Tribute to the South African who marched on the Parliament Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, and presenting a special invocation for the Kenyan Parliament. Previously, Gloria worked as an executive in the corporate and philanthropic sectors. A long-time friend of the Center for Courage & Renewal, Gloria has directly benefited from Parker Palmer’s expert facilitation in Circle of Trust® and related work. An experienced facilitator, she has led leadership retreats in diverse contexts for more than 25 years. She enjoys co-creating environments that provide safe, gracious sanctuary to welcome and host deep learning and renewal. Her passion is serving others to make the invisible visible. Gloria lives with her husband John in the Pacific Northwest, overlooking beautiful Puget Sound.

kim stokely-portraitKim Stokely has spent 20 years as a nonprofit leader coaching emerging nonprofits and community groups as they’ve formed, developed, and taken action. She co-founded Courage to Lead for experienced non-profit Leaders in 2008, where she nurtures other nonprofit leaders in their professional and personal lives so that they can bring the gifts of leadership to whole-hearted service for others and the world. Kim is a certified executive coach helping people lead with integrity, courage, and heart. She is also an educator and has been facilitating workshops and retreats for educational leaders for 25 years. Most recently she directed the science education leadership academy for elementary school teachers for University of California, Berkeley. Kim is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and holds a teaching credential from California State University, Chico.

Fees and Registration

Fees: $1,800 covers the full cost of all four retreats, including materials, meals, and lodging at the final retreat. Financial aid is available. You must apply by July 30th at

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Deadline: July 30, 2017

A $400 deposit is due at registration.

We’ve limited this program to 25 participants in order to create a tightly knit cohort of leaders.

Contact Info
Please direct questions to Kim Stokely,, (530) 949-5558


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