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Soul of Leadership Program: 21st-Century Contemplative Leadership

  • St. Mary's Sewanee 770 St. Mary's Lane Sewanee, TN 37375 (map)

The Soul of Leadership is an 18-month program that guides participants on a journey of transformation as they learn to integrate leadership skills and contemplative practices into their lives. Leaders are empowered to be more effective professionally as they experience inner renewal and clarity of vision.

Leaders today face difficult challenges that often leave them feeling depleted. Soul of Leadership is designed to restore and energize participants, helping them become more effective in their leadership situations. Through residencies and at-home activities, both individually and in community, leaders will:

-Learn strategies to address leadership challenges
-Engage in contemplative practices
-Master skills to strengthen their organizations
-Increase personal well-being and wholeness

The program includes four residencies at St. Mary’s Sewanee. Each residency features a different leadership focus. At-home activities include reading, reflection, spiritual companionship, and community.

Leadership Residencies:
21st-Century Contemplative Leadership: April 22-25, 2019
The 7 Rs of Sanctuary: October 28-31, 2019
Leading Effective Change: April 27-30, 2020
Putting It All Together: October 19-22, 2020

Each residency begins at 11:00 am on Monday and ends at 12:30 pm on Thursday.

An application must be completed to participate. It is located at

In the first residency (21st-Century Contemplative Leadership), participants will:  

-Identify decision-making structures
-Explore discernment practices
-Practice blending discernment and decision-making
-Learn spirituality, management, and leadership theories

This program will be led by Margaret Benefiel and Susan Vincent-Cox. 

Margaret Benefiel, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Shalem Institute, has served as Chair of the Academy of Management’s Management, Spirituality, and Religion Group. She also serves as co-chair of the Christian Spirituality Group of the American Academy of Religion, and has held various leadership roles in Spiritual Directors International. Over 1,000 executives, managers, and other leaders have participated in her seminars and courses. She is the author of Soul at Work and The Soul of a Leader, and co-editor of The Soul of Supervision.

Rev. Susan Vincent-Cox is both a psychotherapist (LCSW) and an ordained minister of the Reformed Church in America. She has over 28 years experience working in mental health, medical, and human service agencies, as well as her private counseling practice. In addition to her practice, Sue currently serves as a Minister of Small Groups and Discipleship at First Church in Albany, NY where she facilitates groups both in churches and in the community.

Sue developed and leads Pilgrim’s Walk, a 6-18 week small group ministry of spiritual direction and support for those in the 3rd stage of life (65 and older). Professional training includes Psychosynthesis, The Soul of Leadership (2014-16), and Nonviolent Communication.

To register, please visit the event web page or call (931) 598-5342 by March 22, 2019.

Please contact us for more information regarding the event cost details.