Courage & Renewal Academy for Leaders
Academy alumni say...
“A truly unique program focusing on the courage to build matters of the heart into the workplace.”
“A deep dive into the issues that matter most to leaders.”
“Like too many leaders, I’d assumed the form of a comet, sailing way too fast and at risk of burning out. Providing courage for renewal, this program placed me back on trustworthy ground.”
“This was an opportunity to do personal, reflective, inner work around my own leadership, supported by a community of like-minded peers from an array of professions.”
“What I’ve experienced is a trustworthy approach to professional development that brings us back to the true meaning of leadership in a world at risk of forgetting.” (Read more of this leader's story)
New leadership is needed for new times, but it will not come from finding new and more wily ways to manipulate the external world. It will come as we who lead find the courage to take an inward journey toward both our shadow and our light, a journey that, faithfully pursued, will take us beyond ourselves to become healers of a wounded world.
—Parker J. Palmer
The Courage & Renewal Academy for Leaders is designed for experienced organizational and community leaders from diverse professions—education, health care, business, public service, nonprofit, philanthropy, and religious life—to develop practices that support effective and courageous leadership
Specifically, we will
- Focus on six foundations of trustworthy leadership.
- Form a community of practice in which to strengthen capacities for serving with integrity and courage.
- Provide monthly peer coaching support to deepen the practice of the six foundations.
2014-2015 Program Dates - near Austin, Texas
Residential retreat I: October 16-19, 2014
November-March: Monthly facilitated Peer Circle teleconferences
Residential retreat II: April 9-12, 2015
Our retreat venue is the Canyon of the Eagles Resort, situated on a 940-acre nature reserve in the northern region of Texas Hill Country, 1.5 hours west of Austin.
Individuals from education/nonprofits/clergy: $2,000*
Individuals from business/foundations: $2,600*
*Reflects the $400 Early Bird discount available through August 1, 2014.
Total room & board costs for both retreats: $900 (double occupancy) or $1,200 (single occupancy) based on the actual venue costs. Commuter rate: $600 (meals only).
REGISTER NOW to save $400 with the Early Bird discount. Available through August 1, 2014.
If you're interested in future programs, please contact Rick Jackson for more information.
The Power of Peer Learning Circles
Rev. Elder Mona West talks about the value of peer learning in the Academy for Leaders. Mona is Director of Formation and Leadership Development for Metropolitan Community Churches in Austin, Texas.
"In addition to the two retreats that are very important to the Academy - the initial retreat and the capstone ending retreat - are the monthly cohort calls. We gather using the wonder of technology in smaller groups of four or five, on monthly calls that last about two hours each. You might think that two hours each is a long time to be on the telephone, and I first thought that when we started these meetings, but it goes very quickly.
"Each person has the opportunity to share from their own leadership journey and to receive support from their peers in that learning circle about a particular leadership situation or incident they want to share in those calls.
"My experience of those calls has been that I always leave those calls with a deep sense of peace. It’s a very spiritual experience for me because I have been supported in that smaller arena. I’ve had the opportunity for people listen more deeply with me about the particular pondering or problem or event that I bring to that call."
A Deeper Look at the Academy
Enjoy this Prezi slideshow that goes into more depth about the Academy, what it is and what in can do for you. Many thanks to Academy alumni Patricia Thompson for creating it.
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We asked some of our 2013 Academy for Leaders alumni to tell you what they found unique and valuable about the program...in their own words:
Mona West – Broadening my experience of community
Director of Formation and Leadership Development
Metropolitan Community Churches, Austin, TX
“It was really important to me to broaden my own experience of community across a wide array of professions, to get to know people who hold some of these same values and to learn from them.”
Ruth Moore – Reconnecting who you are in the cosmos
Teacher, Santa Rose Middle School
Santa Rosa, CA
“It’s not about a toolkit for strategies and techniques. It’s all about reconnecting with who you are in the cosmos, which I think is the greatest gift you can bring to any profession.”
Norman Sigler – The work always comes back to me
Managing Director, Leadership & Recruitment, CLEAR-Consulting.Biz
“One of the things I found most compelling about the Academy for Leaders program is that the work always comes back to me…It has been about my inner journey in this process.”
Carolyne Miller Abudullah – All the skills I needed lie within
Director of Community Assistance, Everyday Democracy
East Hartford, CT
“I was interested in learning more about what was needed for me to become more effective and a much more authentic leader. I’m leaving with the understanding that all the skills I need lie within.”
Karen Gygax Rodriguez – A framework for the soul to speak
Pastor, Green Lake, WI
“This has been the best community experience I’ve encountered. Ever. It’s amazing to me how in the very brief time with the foundations and the touchstones, we created a framework to open up to one another.”
Jim Kramer – Recognizing the common challenges we face
President, Kramer Consulting, Inc.
“I think it’s worth your time to do this program because it helps you, helps me especially and I think others as leaders, recognize the common challenges we all face and share in that kind of spirit and partnership.”
Christine Kelly-Kleese – Developing trustworthy relationships
Dean and Department Head, Student Engagement and Transitions
Durham Technical Community College, Durham, NC
“Nothing matters more than relationships. At the Center for Courage & Renewal Academy for Leaders, I’ve experienced that in a real, honest way.”
Mary Jensen – Going deeper into the heart of leadership
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Bethel Seminary
Saint Paul, MN
“If you’re looking for something that’s beyond techniques of leadership and you really want to go deeper into the heart of leadership, this is a great opportunity to do that.”
Bob Ryshke – Asking big questions about leadership
Executive Director of the Center for Teaching, The Westminster Schools
“It’s a great experience and one that I think is a good springboard for taking the big questions you have about leadership and trying to come to a place and get some resolution, maybe not answers, but some resolution around some of the questions you hold.”