Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) is a two-year faith formation and leadership development program rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. While the program nurtures individual growth, it also strives to develop a cohort of leaders who can bring the dynamics of faith and justice to lead their families, co-workers and communities. The program currently operates in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Atlanta, and Orange County.
CLA is designed for young adult professionals between the ages of 25-39. The ideal cohort is composed of twenty emerging leaders representing diverse professions, faiths, and cultural/ethnic backgrounds. Participants share certain key characteristics: a capacity for self-reflection, several years of work experience, a personal commitment to serve the common good, demonstrated leadership potential, and the willingness to pursue spiritual and professional growth. Because development of community is crucial to success of the program, participants also share a willingness to share honestly and respectfully.
CLA’s goal is to have participants:
Sarah Ahmad - University of San Francisco Shawn Allen - Gonzaga University, Loyola University New Orleans DuWayne Andrews, Jr - Seattle University Bethany Benson - Seattle Prep, Seattle University Antonietta Bertucci - Seattle University Andrew Campbell - Seattle UniversityAnnapatrice Clarke - Jesuit High SchoolAlex Cooper - Bellarmine Prep, Loyola University New OrleansJohn Crawford-Gallagher - Fairfield UniversityJes Erickson - Seattle UniversityMariane Escalona - Seattle University, University of San Francisco Christa Fagnant - Gonzaga University, Jesuit Volunteer CorpsValerie Fuchs - Gonzaga UniversityAnthony Gromko - Gonzaga UniversityKatrina Hale - Seattle UniversityZandy Harlin - Seattle University, Jesuit Volunteer CorpsBrian Hensley - Seattle UniversityKate LaPlante - Seattle UniversityAlexis McMahan - Seattle UniversityMeghan Pelley - Georgetown UniversityRosa Singer - Seattle UniversityMelanie Twohy - Gonzaga UniversityJeff Upton - Jesuit Volunteer CorpsDana Weaver - Seattle University, Loyola University ChicagoCLICK HERE for full bios
Meghan Arbuckle - Jesuit Volunteer Corps International, Seattle UniversityElizabeth Benki - Loyola University New Orleans Kara Casey-Adams - Seattle University Sheila Collins - Gonzaga University, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Emily Comerford - Gonzaga University in Florence, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Brandi Crawford-Gallagher - Gonzaga University, Boston CollegeMelissa Deutsch - Seattle University Nicholas Ford - Boston College Greg Forkins - Boston College, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Jim Freeburg - Santa Clara University Joe Gardner - Gonzaga University, Seattle University Patrick Green - Santa Clara University Bethann Gurrad - Gonzaga University, Marquette University Danica Hendrickson - Seattle University, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Kelly Hickman - Boston College, Seattle University Jean Higgins - Gonzaga University Katie Kaiser - Georgetown University Alex Kitchen - Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Bernard Koontz - Seattle University, Boston College Caitlin Lanigan - College of the Holy Cross, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Rebecca Mauldin - Gonzaga UniversityAlycia McKenzie - Gonzaga University, Seattle University Kristen Morgan - Seattle University, Jesuit Volunteer Corps NorthwestTri Nguyen - Seattle University Stephanie Orrico - Boston College Logan Reichert - Gonzaga University, Boston College Darby Reily - Santa Clara University Mike Schloss - Regis University, Seattle University Brittany Stevens - Gonzaga University Angeline Thomas - Seattle University Law School Byrony Treser - Jesuit Volunteer Corps David Uhl - Gonzaga University, Jesuit Volunteer Corps CLICK HERE for full bios
Brooke Rufo Hill - Magis Director, CLA2 FacilitatorMaria Ochoa - Magis Assistant Director, CLA3 Facilitator Lindsey Hittmeier - CLA Program Coordinator Glen Butterworth, S.J., CLA2 ChaplainNatch Ohno, S.J., CLA3 Chaplain
We rely on the sound advice and leadership of the CLA Advisory Team to develop, implement and assess the highest quality program possible and owe them a great deal of thanks! CLA participants also engage with and be supported by
the CLA Mentor Community, who are seasoned, faith-centered and
CLA Advisory Team Members: Holly Hoff, Chair - Vice President & Engagement Lead, Health Advocacy Strategies, LLC Glen Butterworth, S.J. - Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph ParishRachel Forte - Community Ministry and Service and Social Justice Programming at Seattle Preparatory SchoolPenny Koch-Patterson - Associate Director Academic Programs/Learning Technologies, UW Professional & Continuing Education Tom Norwood - Sales at The Luna Sandal Company Natch Ohno, S.J. - Assistant to the Vice President, Seattle University Student DevelopmentJolynn Suko - Administrative Director, Neuroscience Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center Sarah Thomson - Associate Director External Relations, Seattle University Career ServicesBill Weis - Professor of Management, Albers School of Business at Seattle UniversityAndrea Wong-Fontana - Program Coordinator, Ignatian Spirituality Center Click here for bios of the CLA Mentors
The curriculum is divided into four parts, with each part emphasizing one of the four weeks of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and one of the four qualities, or pillars, of leadership (Self Awareness – Ingenuity – Love – Heroism) outlined by Chris Lowney in Heroic Leadership. This structure is not intended to substitute for the Exercises, but to provide an introduction to the Exercises as a developmental process which results in decision-making and leadership skills that are faith-based, justice-oriented and holistic.Five texts will be provided for the program: The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by James Martin, S.J.; Heroic Leadership by Chris Lowney; The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times by Dean Brackley, S.J., Tattoos on the Heart by Greg Boyle, S.J. and Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads by Chris Lowney. These texts will be drawn from at different times throughout the two years.