Courage & Renewal® Health Care Institute

Courage & Renewal® Health Care Institute

Integrity in Health Care: The Courage to Lead in a Changing Landscape

March 26-29, 2014
Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center, Minneapolis (Chaska), MN


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Voices of Health Care

See video stories of leaders talking about their insights from the most recent Health Care Institute.

This is about wholeness and there is wholeness in each of us. I think it's about time that those of us in health care begin to really take it seriously, the work of becoming more integrated, so that we can do the work in a better way.
-- Herdley Paolini PhD (see video)

It’s hard to imagine a more challenging time in health care. This is a time of unprecedented change. From every direction come fundamental questions about the future state of medicine. As health care leaders and professionals, we are asked to guide our organizations with courage, resilience and wisdom. It’s a challenge that requires not only our skills, but our full human capacity in every role and at every level.

How do we move forward?  How can we act with both conviction and humility? How can we inspire others to be an active part of the process, to think critically, speak honestly and contribute constructively? How do we create an environment in which our colleagues are able to retain their commitment while also openly expressing their concerns?  And through it all, how do we honor our own experience and not lose sight of the core values that brought us to medicine and to leadership initially?

This Courage & Renewal Health Care Institute will give you an opportunity to explore these questions, to consider new tools for leadership, and to reconnect with your core values in medicine. Parker J. Palmer's "Habits of the Heart" from his latest book, Healing the Heart of Democracy, will give you new practices to bring back to your work. You will learn how other leaders in health care are currently using Courage & Renewal practices in their work and you will have dedicated time for individual reflection and renewal.

Join us for this 3-1/2 day program offered in the belief that our best hope for an improved system of health care lies in developing trustworthy, passionate and respectful leaders like you who are capable of creating alignment and a shared sense of purpose in your organizations. You will leave inspired by what you learn, who you meet, and what you discover about yourself.

Who Should Attend?

Physicians, nurses, healthcare leaders and administrators interested in new skills and professional renewal to navigate the complex demands and changes facing healthcare today. See related blog by Hanna Sherman MD.

CME Credits

mma logo rgbThis activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Minnesota Medical Association and the Center for Courage & Renewal. The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Minnesota Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 5:00 p.m. – Saturday, March 29, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
The institute will include evening sessions.


Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center
1 Oak Ridge Drive, Chaska, MN 55318, 952-368-3100


Registration                                     $1500

Plus Room &/or Board Option
Commuter Rate (Meals Only)              $  350
Single occupancy (Lodging & Meals)     $  700

You will be responsible for travel to and from the event.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

To reserve your spot, please register for the program and submit at minimum a $100 nonrefundable deposit. Half of the program fee ($925 for commuters/$1100 for single occupancy) is due two months prior to program start (by January 27, 2014.) The balance must be paid in full by one month before program start. Contact to establish an individual payment plan.

We understand that life challenges emerge and changes happen. If you find it necessary to cancel, a full refund minus your $100 deposit will be given if notice is received by February 26. For cancellations received less than one month prior to the start date, no refund can be given, barring exceptional emergencies.


Contact Lisa Sankowski, Project Manager for Courage & Renewal in Health Care, for more information.

Read about the History of Courage & Renewal in Health Care.

Meet the Faculty

Henry Emmons MDGUEST SPEAKER: Henry Emmons, MD is a psychiatrist who integrates mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness and Buddhist teachings, and compassion and insight into his clinical work. Henry developed theResilience Training Program, which is currently offered at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. This unique program is based upon the ideas developed in his books, The Chemistry of Joy and The Chemistry of Calm. His career has been animated by the desire to develop more integrative approaches for the treatment of depression and anxiety. Henry is a sought-after presenter and a respected consultant on such topics as integrating natural and mindfulness therapies in psychiatry, building personal resilience, and personal and professional renewal. In addition to Resilience Training, Henry has developed “A Year of Living Mindfully” and “The Inner Life of Healers: Programs of Renewal for Health Professionals,” offered through the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing. He is also a founding board member of the International Network for Integrative Mental Health.


Laura KinkeadLaura 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.


Loie Lenarz Loie Lenarz, MD is a family medicine physician who works with individuals and teams to help them develop and maintain resilience and passion in their work, and to increase their capacity to successfully navigate the challenges they face. She has nearly 30 years of experience working as a clinician, facilitator and teacher with physicians, hospitals, health care systems and educational organizations. Currently Loie is the medical director of clinician professional development at Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and also serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota. In 2007 she was awarded an Archibald Bush Foundation Medical Fellowship, during which she became a Courage & Renewal facilitator and had the opportunity to study Adaptive Leadership with Dr. Ron Heifetz at Harvard.


Diane Rawlins Diane B. Rawlins, MA, LMHC is principal at InsideOut Consulting LLC, where she helps health care leaders and their teams engage the complex challenges and unprecedented opportunities that exist in health care today. Her belief is that leaders who develop a mature understanding of self and purpose, whose actions are rooted in both their convictions and compassion, who can forge collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders, and who want to bring out the best in people are in a powerful position to transform their institutions. Originally a psychotherapist, Diane has been working for over 25 years as a consultant, coach, facilitator, and teacher with health care leaders and providers in the US, UK, and Canada. She is a founder and senior faculty of Leading Organizations to Health, a nationally acclaimed health care leadership institute. She is also a founding partner of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting LLC, a global consultancy committed to creating positive transformation in organizations and communities, and is a facilitator for the Center for Courage & Renewal where she leads retreats for serving professionals.