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Naropa University Authentic Leadership Program, 2018

The Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University combines the network of practitioners and teachers from the acclaimed Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) Institute, formerly based in Nova Scotia, Canada, with Naropa’s successful Authentic Leadership program.

The vision of the Center is to provide transformational learning that draws upon the disciplines of contemplative practice, organizational learning, expressive arts, neuroscience, and complexity science for improved performance at work and in life. Susan Skjei, PhD, who has served in leadership roles in both organizations for the last fifteen years, is the director of the new Center.



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The Program

Naropa’s online learning environment allows you to download readings, share ideas, and participate at your own pace from wherever you are living or traveling.

Plus you will have the opportunity to network, share ideas, and learn with like-minded leaders during two onsite sessions during which you will engage with faculty, practice meditation, and apply leadership skills.

Naropa University’s Authentic Leadership Program consists of:

  • Sixteen weeks of internet-based instruction
  • Two five-day onsite seminars in Boulder, Colorado
  • Five individual sessions with professional leadership coaches
  • Online interaction with instructors and colleagues
  • Action-learning projects in the workplace
  • Teleconferences with coaches and colleagues

Who Participates In This Program?

University has more than 750 alumni who have graduated from this program since it began in 2001. Most courses have 30-40 attendees. Participants have been leaders or aspiring leaders from small businesses, large corporations, non-profits, government agencies, as well as some coaches and consultants. The age-range of former participants has been 21-65+. The course has consistently received high ratings on participant evaluations (average of 4.5 out of 5).

What Competencies Are Developed In The Program?

Authenticity, self-reflection and personal mastery * Skillful conversation and conflict resolution * Collaboration, decision making and teamwork * Power, influence and empowerment * Leading transformative change

The Schedule

Online Program: January 16–May 8, 2018
Seminar 1: January 29-February 2, 2018
Seminar 2: April 16-20, 2018
Seminars occur on Naropa University’s beautiful campuses in Boulder, Colorado.


Tuition is $5,300 for the noncredit professional (save $500 when you apply before November 1)—which includes a nonrefundable $530 materials, technology and coaching fee. Some partial opportunities are available.

Please submit a application in addition to the program application.