Two-Day Workshop: Authentic Leadership for Natural Products Professionals

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
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Two-Day Workshop: Authentic Leadership for Natural

December 4-5 (Wednesday & Thursday), 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Naropa University, Nalanda Events Center (6287 Arapohoe Avenue, Boulder)

Naturally Boulder presents this unique opportunity to refine your leadership and entrepreneurial abilities – skills not often addressed in traditional business education.

Focus on these essential areas:
  • Presence & Purpose
  • Conscious Conversations
  • Teamwork & Change

Authentic Leadership is a powerful approach.
At its core, the training enables and inspires people and their organizations to be their best.

  • You’re already highly skilled, but you know you’ve got untapped potential.
  • You excel at work, but crave enhanced creativity in yourself and your team.
  • You can spot areas of concern within others, but may not be trained to identify patterns within your own work style.
  • You’re motivated to have a greater positive impact in your company and the world.
  • You’re ready to co-create the future of the industry.

Why Authentic Leadership?

Your company devotes time and resources to creating reliable products and a trustworthy brand. But how often does your company enhance trustworthiness, reliability and congruency within its own culture and leadership? Do you stay rooted in authenticity when facing challenges?

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 its employees, suppliers and community. Consumers detect what is false or incongruent within an organization and they are choosing to support brands rooted in authenticity.

Participants strengthen pragmatic business skills, including abilities to quickly notice trends within a work culture, effectively communicate with colleagues, develop greater trust amongst stakeholders, and unlock innovation and genuine passion within their teams.

Who Attends

This workshop is uniquely designed for natural products professionals, including entrepreneurs, executives, investors, and change makers. Participants are committed to cultivating authenticity, collaboration, innovation, joy and effectiveness as they engage in the complex issues of a rapidly growing industry.

What It’s Like

A Unique and Caring Learning Community
You will find a unique leadership development experience that deeply connects you to your inherent strength and wisdom, while also enabling you to stretch your thinking and expand your skills.

Expertise with Proven Methodologies
The program brings together expertise in the practices of mindfulness, creative process, and systems thinking. Drawing from proven methodologies, our facilitators bring a multi-faceted approach to authentic leadership development.

A Non-traditional Learning Focus
Current research concludes that traditional leadership programs, while effective in part, fall short as they transmit only technical information and content, without developing the leaders themselves. We strive to cultivate the whole leader.

A Learning Process with Years of Experience
For 18 years, the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University has been ahead of the curve, integrating ancient wisdom with contemporary approaches to leadership and organizational learning. With over 800 graduates from their flagship authentic leadership program, alumni are positively impacting all sectors in society.

Boulder – Hub of the Natural Products Industry
The organic and natural products industry has a rich history in Boulder, and today’s companies continue to grow, innovate and stay committed to healthier systems for people and the planet. Anchored by Naturally Boulder, this natural products community is highly collaborative. Some of the brands that have sent participants:


Susan Skjei, Lead Faculty
Sheldon Romer, Guest Faculty

Susan Skjei, PhD, PCC, 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 the founding director of the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University.

Sheldon Romer, MSW, is 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 a consultant and certified professional coach who works with some of the country’s most respected companies in leadership development and strategic planning.

Pricing & Registration

Naturally Boulder members – and affiliates of Naturally Network – save 10%. Use code: ALN19ME

$595 Full Price
$495 Early bird price through October 25

Groups of 2: Save 10%
Groups of 3-5: Save 15%
Groups of 6+: Contact the organizers

Partial scholarships available. Scholarship Application Form
Click here to see testimonials and faculty.

Select companies that have sent attendees:

Naturally Boulder
New Hope Network
Danone North America
Charlotte’s Web Hemp
NSF International
Eileen Fisher, Inc.
American Sustainable Business Association
Rodale Institute
Organic India USA
BFG Partners
Moxie Sozo
Capital Peaks
Active Brand Marketing
Sunfood Corporation
WishGarden Herbal Remedies
Stinging Nettle Apothecary
Interact Boulder
Good Trip Coffee Co
Better Gluten Free LLC
Chowhound Consulting
Alfalfa’s Market
Boulder Organic Foods
The Jackfruit Company

Naropa University, Nalanda Events Center (6287 Arapohoe Avenue, Boulder)

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