Wednesday , July 26 2017
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Commencement Day 2017

Each year as I arrive on campus for commencement I feel a sense of excitement.  This year I was especially eager, as the graduate commencement speaker was our very own Deborah Richardson, a alumna from the MA in Leadership program! Arriving at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, I joined the …

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Women Marching at the Women's March in Washington DC

Whatever the Leadership Challenge… Women Have the Answers

As we reflect on the contributions of women in our nation and the world during pivotal movements of tumult and change, we must acknowledge that in 2017 the world is at a critical juncture.  There are decisions before our political, economic, educational, health, and environmental systems that will have significant …

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Horses, Leadership, and Inclusive Excellence

While we struggle and juggle to keep our organizations, communities and families afloat, these turbulent times call upon us to adapt, innovate and experiment with new approaches to our most enduring challenges.  This kind of creative response can be especially tough to explore when resources are constrained and organizations are …

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Community meeting at Saint Mary's College.

Towards a New Way of Civic Engagement in Small Town America

In the wake of political unrest and polarization which followed President Trump’s victory last November, the Leadership Center decided to host a series of Community Conversations for the local communities near campus.  In partnership with local resident Edy Schwartz and the Town Council of Moraga, the initiative was launched in …

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Journey of Values: Identifying Self through MA in Leadership

“I’m just a mom.  A divorced, single, working mom.”  How we identify with ourselves and the world says a lot about our values, and the forces that shape us and how we live our lives everyday.  According to the Hall-Tonna Inventory of Values, “values are the ideals that give significance …

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A Group of people walking up a trail in Bali

A Leadership Learning Journey to Bali

In January 2016 a small group of us from Saint Mary’s College ventured to Bali, Indonesia with the expressed intention to  immerse ourselves in Balinese life to see what we can learn about leadership. One year later the lessons learned from this journey went beyond our practice of leadership to …

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What’s love got to do with… leadership?

Years ago, I applied for a job with a business trade association called Business for Social Responsibility.  The organization was just getting started in San Francisco.  If hired, I would have been the third employee.  When I interviewed with the CEO, I had one of those moments that I’ll always …

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Sighting Mauna Kea.

Four Lessons On Learning Leadership

In 2001, the MA in Leadership program was just getting started when 9/11 happened.This event all but guaranteed that this new century would bring forth unprecedented challenge and change. While this profound disruption to our world order was generated from the outside, 15 years later there would be another major …

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Action and Reflection: A Spiritual Practice

“Soul resides in the tension between apparent opposites, born from our own experience and reflection on experience.” – Alan Briskin, The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace In Saint Mary’s College of California’s Master in Leadership program, all learners undergo the process of developing their own definition of leadership.  Hearing …

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