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, Syracuse, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., Seattle and Atlanta.
CLA is designed for young adult professionals between the ages of 25-39. The ideal cohort is composed of fifteen to twenty emerging leaders representing diverse professions, faiths, and cultural/ethnic backgrounds. Participants will 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 must have the ability to engage in, and contribute to, development of the cohort experience by sharing honestly and respectfully.
CLA’s goal is to have participants:
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
Katie Steele - CLA Program CoordinatorLiz Coz - Magis Program Assistant, CLA Co-FacilitatorBrooke Rufo Hill - Magis Director, CLA Co-FacilitatorGlen 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! Beginning
in September 2014, CLA participants will also engage with and be supported by
the inaugural CLA Mentor Community, made up of 27 seasoned, faith-centered and
CLA Advisory Team Members:Rachel Forte Virginia Klamon Penny Koch-Patterson Tom Norwood Jolynn Suko Sarah ThomsonBill WeisAndrea Wong-Fontana
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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.Four 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. and Tattoos on the Heart by Greg Boyle, S.J. These texts will be drawn from at different times throughout the two years, and will be passed out at the Opening Dinner. Other readings may be recommended from time to time.