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Contemplative Leaders in Action

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    What is CLA?


    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. 
     

    Who is CLA designed for?


    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.
     

    How will CLA benefit participants?
     

    CLA’s goal is to have participants:

    • Build a community of peers in various occupations;
    • Learn Jesuit techniques for making good decisions, for praying, and for daily effectiveness;
    • Polish their communication and leadership skills;
    • Reflect on their strengths, weaknesses and role in the world;  
    • Establish supportive relationships with seasoned mentors and/or spiritual directors
    • Discuss the current state of our world and figure out where and how they want to help lead.

    2013-2015 Cohort  
      CLA2 Retreat

    Meghan Arbuckle - Jesuit Volunteer Corps International, Seattle University
    Elizabeth 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 College
    Melissa 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 University
    Alycia McKenzie - Gonzaga University, Seattle University   
    Kristen Morgan - Seattle University, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest
    Tri 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   
     
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    Staff


    Katie Steele - CLA Program Coordinator
    Liz Coz - Magis Program Assistant, CLA Co-Facilitator
    Brooke Rufo Hill - Magis Director, CLA Co-Facilitator
    Glen Butterworth, S.J., CLA2 Chaplain
    Natch Ohno, S.J., CLA3 Chaplain

     

    CLA Advisory Team and Mentor Community

    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 inspiring leaders.

    CLA Advisory Team Members:
    Rachel Forte
    Virginia Klamon
    Penny Koch-Patterson
    Tom Norwood
    Jolynn Suko
    Sarah Thomson
    Bill Weis
    Andrea  Wong-Fontana

     Click here for bios of the CLA Advisory Team
     Click here for bios of the CLA Mentors 

     

    Cohort Schedule 2013-2015

     

    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.

     





      
      


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