Leadership as a Spiritual Practice
Friday, June 8, 3:45–5:15 PM
Most people spend their lives preparing for work (getting educated), working (40+ hours per week), recovering from work (weekends and vacation)—and raising children hoping they get work. Leaders not only share this routine, but are also called to help inspire and guide other workers. Spiritual traditions the world over honor the importance of work calling for “right livelihood” (Buddhism) or “joy in your work” (Hinduism, Christianity and Taoism). How are we doing? Can work itself be a “yoga,” a spiritual practice, an inner as well as outer discipline which demands mindful focusing as well as service to the community? We will discuss these and other important matters about our inner and outer work exploring the four paths that mark a spiritual journey in work including the Via Positiva (joy), the Via Negativa (letting go), the Via Creativa (creativity) and the Via Transformativa (justice, healing and compassion).
Matthew Fox, Ph.D.,
holds a doctorate from the Institut catholique de Paris in the history and theology of spiritualities. He is author of 30 books on spirituality and culture including Original Blessing, The Reinvention of Work, A Spirituality Named Compassion, Christian Mystics, Creativity,
and The Hidden Spirituality of Men.
He is currently a visiting scholar at the Academy of the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Emerging Global Myth
Betty Sue Flowers
Friday, June 8, 7:30–9:00 PM
Three myths—large cultural stories that form the accepted reality of daily life—have shaped our western world: the hero myth, the religious myth, and the scientific, or Enlightenment myth. We are now living in the economic myth, the first truly global myth. As with all cultural myths, the economic myth offers both challenges and opportunities, which this presentation will explore. Specifically, we will discuss: What symbols and archetypes would be most helpful to transformational leaders now? What is the role of the imagination and stories (scenarios) in creating visionary, diverse, coherent, and effective teams? What new myth might be emerging from the economic myth, and how might we help to midwife its birth?
Betty Sue Flowers, Ph.D.,
is a writer, editor, and international business consultant. Her publications range from poetry therapy to human rights. She has served as a moderator for seminars at the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, a consultant for NASA and the CIA, an advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, and Public Director of the American Institute of Architects. She was a consultant for the PBS series, “Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth,” and previously served as Director of the Johnson Presidential Library.
The Transforming Leader:
Living & Telling New Narratives for New Times
Carol S. Pearson
Saturday, June 9, 9:00-10:45 AM
Many of the old leadership models and ways of thinking are outdated and ineffectual today. For this reason, Carol Pearson undertook a three-year investigation, funded by the Fetzer Institute and involving the International Leadership Association, to explore the ways of thinking, being and relating that characterize leaders who are achieving transformational results today. This project led to the book, The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century, which is just off the presses of Berrett-Koehler Publishers and is being launched at this conference. Many who have seen advance copies have described it as the most useful leadership book to emerge in a very long time, and participants at this conference will be the first to hear Carol talk about it. In doing so, she will reveal stories we can live and tell that support success in today’s complex world.
Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D.,
is the President of Pacifica Graduate Institute,
an internationally recognized scholar, and a leader in the application of Depth Psychology to human, leadership, and organizational development. She is the author of The Transforming Leader: New Approaches for Leadership in the Twenty-First Century, The Hero Within,
and Awakening the Heroes Within.
She is co-author of Magic at Work: Creative Leadership and Everyday Miracles and Mapping the Organizational Psyche.
Additionally, she has created tested instrumentation that accesses archetypal energies in individuals and organizational cultures.
The Journey & Practice of Transformative Leadership
Saturday, June 9, 11:15 AM-12:45 PM
Storytelling is an integral part for both transformative leadership and transforming leadership, and there are very practical steps you can take today to deepen and strengthen your journey. What are they and what’s the return on investment? During this talk we will explore the intersections and links between the deep journey of transformative leadership, the role of stories, new ways of measuring leadering, and practical daily steps you can take today.
Karen Dietz, Ph.D.,
is a business consultant, coach, storyteller, and the former Executive Director of the National Storytelling Network. She has over 25 years of storytelling, leadership, business, and training experience. She coaches business and community leaders in becoming compelling storytellers, and works with organizations on their core narratives for marketing and branding purposes.
Liberating the Work Instinct from the Economy
Saturday, June 9, 2:15-3:45 PM
The economy is not just a system of production and consumption. It is a way of looking at things, a collection of interconnected business ideas, whose frame of reference is ultimately a financial bottom line—money. One of the challenges for leadership today is to liberate work—your work, participants’ work, the “work”—from its repressive enchainment to money. It’s not that money doesn’t count. Equal pay, a living wage, performance evaluations, merit pay, are all necessary but not sufficient conditions for work at its best. James Hillman suggests “If we could just loosen that linkage, work could be returned to instinct and it could be reimagined as a psychological phenomena, a soul activity, not an economic activity, merely.” Following this line of thought, this presentation will explore work as an enactment of the imaginative ingenuity that is the wellspring of economic activity and business success.
Michael P. Sipiora, Ph.D.,
teaches in Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Clinical Psychology, Depth Psychology, and Mythological Studies programs. He holds graduate degrees in psychology and philosophy, and was a longtime member of Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and practicing psychotherapist, and co-founder of PsychoGuys, LLC, an organizational development and individual coaching organization.
From Paulo Freire to the Occupy Movement
Saturday, June 9, 4:15-5:45 PM
As we awaken to the need for radical transformation of the structures of oppression and their residues in our affects and interactions, let us discern the qualities of leadership and relationship that we need to nurture and practice. Turning first to the past to ground ourselves in Paulo Freire’s understanding of “revolutionary leadership,” we will then turn to how we can each embody such leadership in our workplaces, communities, and in the national and global struggles to re-occupy our “Commons.”
Mary Watkins, Ph.D.,
is co-chair of the Specialization in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology in the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute and coordinator of its Community and Ecological Fieldwork and Research. She is a clinical and developmental psychologist, studied at the Jung Institute (Zurich), and was an early member of the archetypal/imaginal psychology movement. She has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings and with groups on issues of peace, diversity, social justice, reconciliation, immigration, and the envisioning of community and cultural transformation. She is the author of Waking Dreams, Invisible Guests: The Development of Imaginal Dialogues,
co-author of Toward Psychologies of Liberation,
and Talking with Young Children about Adoption,
and co-editor of Psychology and the Promotion of Peace.
She is a Peacebuilding Associate of the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, and a member of the national Steering Committee for Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR). Her current work concerns the role of restorative shame in bridging communities that have been historically alienated due to histories of injustice.
Transformative Leadership & the Heart of Collective Wisdom
Sunday, June 10, 9:00-10:45 AM
If we are to disentangle the extraordinary challenges that we face today, in organizations, communities and nations, we must transcend our divisions and develop solutions together. But what enables us to collectively make wise decisions and sound judgments instead of splintering apart? Using dramatic scenes from documentaries, unique images, research on what makes groups effective, and experiential group process, Alan will bring the experience of his many years of working successfully with leaders and work groups. Weaving together a multi dimensional pattern for understanding the conditions that are required for wisdom to emerge, participants will come away both inspired and realistic about the conditions that foster wisdom’s emergence.
Alan Briskin, Ph.D.,
is a consultant, author, and artist and is co-founder of the Collective Wisdom Initiative. He is an award winning author of The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace
and co-author of The Power of Collective Wisdom: And the Trap of Collective Folly,
winner of the Nautilus Book Award in the category of Leadership. He is a contributor to The Transforming Leader,
edited by Carol Pearson.
The Pacifica Story:
Depth Entrepreneurship & the Triple Bottom Line
Sunday, June 10, 11:15-12:45 PM
Organizational Leadership and Dream Work may seem like contradictory practices, but I have found that success in business requires the capacity to access intelligence from both the rational mind and the dreaming mind. Imagination, intuition, and a connection to the depth psyche bring as much to entrepreneurial achievement as the skill set of a well-earned MBA. In this presentation I will tell the Pacifica story and describe a model of Depth Entrepreneurship that is unique in the field of Higher Education. It is an approach that invests in the triple bottom line: mission, service, and yield.
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D.,
is the Founding President and Chancellor of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is a Clinical Psychologist, a Marriage Family Therapist, and a credentialed public schools teacher and counselor. His Dream Tending methodologies extend traditional dreamwork to the vision of an animated world where the living images in dream are experienced as embodied and originating in the psyche of Nature as well as that of persons. His work opens creativity and the generative process. His book, Dream Tending,
describes multiple new applications of dreamwork in relation to health and healing, nightmares, the World’s Dream, relationships, and the creative process.