Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) is a two-year spiritual 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 to twenty-four 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.
Magis accepts applications on a yearly basis. Those interested in applying may check back in Spring 2016 for more details and an application.
CLA’s goal is to have participants:
The curriculum of the Contemplative Leaders in Action program is divided into four parts, with each part undergirded by one of the four weeks of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and emphasizing one of the four pillars of leadership outlined by Chris Lowney, and one segment of the model of Karin Botto, E. Springs Steele, and Ronald L. Dufresne. This structure is not intended to substitute for the Spiritual Exercises, but to provide an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises as a developmental process which results in decision-making and leadership skills that are faith-based, justice-oriented, and holistic.
Michael Alcantara - Seattle Prep, Seattle UniversityShandra Benito - Seattle University, Jesuit Volunteer Corp NWTony Capeloto - Seattle UniversityMeghan Casey - Boston College, Gonzaga in Florence, Seattle UniversityKara Cherniga - Boston CollegeMegan Choitz - Loyola Marymount UniversityJohn Conway - Seattle UniversityReilly Curran - Seattle UniversityLindsey Dvorak - Seattle University, Jesuit Volunteer Corp NW Sonia Falcon - Seattle UniversityJill Kinison - Seattle UniversityAlex Klemm - Seattle UniversityAmy Landgraf - Seattle UniversityRand Lutomski - Seattle UniversitySean Machack - Seattle UniversityKatie Madson - Boston CollegeJustin Milne - Seattle UniversityMeghan Patiño - Seattle University, Saint Louis UniversityMeaghan Quinlan - Boston CollegeHailey Rademacher - Gonzaga Prep, Creighton UniversitySarah Shives - Seattle University, Jesuit Volunteer Corp NWEden Tullis - Seattle UniversityAlexandra Van Ingen - Seattle UniversityDominic Wood - Seattle University
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 Chicago
The CLA Service Board helps to create and bring ongoing
spiritual and leadership formation, as well as community building opportunities,
to the vibrant Seattle CLA community. We are grateful to
the following members for their service:
CLA participants engage with and are supported by the CLA Mentor Community, which is made up of seasoned, faith-centered and inspiring leaders. The primary purpose of the CLA Mentor Program is to help participants to integrate CLA learnings, and further develop oneself as an Ignatian leader. The CLA mentor program is about accompaniment, learning, mutuality, trust, authenticity and humility. Magis matches mentors and mentees and provide ongoing support. Mentors and mentees meet on a monthly basis in the second year of the CLA program, and Magis provides catalyst questions tied to the CLA curriculum for mentor meetings. We are grateful for our mentors for their time and dedication in supporting our emerging leaders!