Education Series: Authentic Leadership for Naturals

Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
networking nights/other event

To continue providing education for real world situations (“where the rubber hits the road…”) we present our ongoing Education Series. Learn from experts how to succeed with your business.

Topic: Authentic Leadership for Naturals

When: November 15, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: Impact Hub Boulder (1877 Broadway, Boulder)


Authentic Leadership is an approach to leadership that can transform your organizational status quo from ordinary to extraordinary. Conventional organizations often struggle with crises of ethics, creativity, compassion and trust. Mission driven, self aware, genuine, and heart-centered Authentic Leaders are able to impact these areas by increasing employee performance, workplace satisfaction, and team commitment as well as positively impacting employees and customers alike through their communication of clear vision, mission and values. Join the experts to learn more about this transformational learning drawing upon the disciplines of contemplative practice, organizational learning, expressive arts, neuroscience, and complexity science for improved performance at work and in life.

Inspiring healthier lifestyles, often through greater transparency, is a founding principle of the natural products industry. Consumers expect clean, discernible ingredients and an honest experience. Your organization likely devotes considerable time and resources to creating reliable products and a trustworthy brand. But how often is your company discussing trustworthiness, reliability and congruency as it relates to leadership? Or as it relates to internal communications? Does your company stay rooted in authenticity when facing challenge or dramatic change?

We have entered a phase of business where companies can no longer fake it. Authenticity needs to be felt through the whole process – from product, branding and messaging to how the company interacts with and supports their employees, suppliers and community. Consumers are getting better at detecting what is false or incongruent with an organization and, more and more, they are choosing to support brands deeply rooted in authenticity.

Authentic Leadership is a powerful approach that encourages us to bring the best of who we are into how we lead. It is a process—a journey—anchored in self-awareness and the courage to genuinely show up for the moments that matter, and effectively lead the changes we want to see in our lives and work. This experiential workshop provides practical methods for fostering self-awareness, inspiring and engaging others, and leading our teams through challenge and change with confidence and compassion.

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, you’ll go deeper in your practice of authentic leadership. You will leave feeling inspired and encouraged to bring yourself more fully to whatever life presents, with clarity and confidence

Learn from the Experts

Authentic Leadership for Naturals Experts

Adriane Pilcher, Brand Director, The Jackfruit Company
Matt Mclaughlin, Brand Director, Organic India USA
Susan Skjei, PhD, Director, Authentic Leadership Center, Naropa University.
Sheldon Romer, Founder, Rudi’s Organic Bakery.
Diana Mercer, Senior Client Strategist, ForceBrands – MODERATOR


Members: $25, Non-members $35 (Includes catered snacks)

Panelist Bio’s

Adriane Pilcher
Adriane is a marketing professional with a passion for authentic brands and all things natural and organic. With 12 years of experience working with entrepreneurs, CPG companies and founding a communications firm, Adriane has proven success in authentic storytelling and building brands. Areas of expertise include consumer marketing, advertising, PR, branding, strategy,
product innovation, financial analysis and P&L accountability and achieving and exceeding growth goals. In addition to excellent communication and interpersonal skills, Adriane has the ability to build, manage, and lead great teams.

Matt McLaughlin
Matt is the Marketing Director at Organic India USA, where he energizes the roles of team leader, webmaster and project manager. Matt has worked with authentic, conscious and mindful leadership practices for 20 years. He strives to integrate his practices of compassion, meditation and loving-kindness with the goals and visions of today’s changing business paradigms. Matt enjoys hiking, camping, music and spending time with his family.

Susan Skjei
Susan is an international educator, coach and consultant specializing in leadership and transformative change. Over the last 25 years, she has worked with thousands of leaders in the US, Canada, and Europe to cultivate mindfulness and authenticity, strengthen relational skills, and effectively lead the changes they want to see in their organizations and in the world. Drawing on neuroscience, Buddhism, complexity science, organizational learning and leadership, Susan has developed programs for leaders from business, government and the non-profit sectors. Formerly a Vice President and Chief Learning Officer in a Fortune 1000 company, she is currently the founding director of the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University.

Sheldon Romer
Sheldon was the co-founder and former CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery and led the company to become the leading and largest organic bread baker in the United States. Sheldon is currently a consultant and certified professional coach who works with some of the country’s most respected companies and nonprofits in leadership development and strategic planning.

Diana Mercer
Diana is a lifelong, passionate wellness educator, serial entrepreneur, and natural and organic products expert with more than 15 years of experience growing businesses in the natural, organic and better-for-you space. As a Senior Client Strategist at ForceBrands, Diana focuses on organizational design and building teams and executive recruiting for many of the leading emerging brands in the Natural and Organic Space. Diana is also the founder and CEO of the children’s sustainable art and creativity company, Hatch Modern.

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