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A New Year Begins . . . .

Now that the calendar has turned to 2018 we are taking a minute to look back on some of our  blogs that have received the most attention.  Writing the SMC Leadership Blog has been a labor of love for all of us.  It is an opportunity to share our reflections on leadership and to celebrate our graduates and learners.

The 2017 blogs that drew the most attention are:

What’s love got to do with leadership?  In writing about love, a word with just four letters, Doug Paxton, draws on the wisdom of our elders, asks “How can we ‘love enough’ in our practice of leadership?”

Commencement Day 2017  We were thrilled to have Deborah Richardson, one of our graduates, as the graduate commencement speaker.  Her call to question beliefs, engage in critical thinking and seek new ways to address long-standing issues continues to resonate and inspire us!

Vulnerability  . . .  And Leadership?  At the core of our program is the belief that each person is an instrument of leadership.  Drawing on Brené Brown’s groundbreaking work on vulnerability, Doug Paxton describes vulnerability as a willingness to allow others to see our fuller and imperfect human selves. He offers seven reflections on vulnerability and leaves us with questions to ponder.  One that stands out is “In our practice of leadership, how might we listen for the need for vulnerability, and lean into providing a way for people to feel more connected to one another?”

Four Lessons on Learning Leadership  In a world where turbulence is the new norm, Ken Otter discusses how the disruptions we are experiencing are best approached through shared inquiry.  He offers four lessons we have learned in our 15-year shared inquiry into teaching leadership. Ken leaves us with the question “How do we learn and practice the kind of leadership needed in today’s world?”

One blog that many have found interesting is Doug’s blog MBA vs MA In Leadership.  He described the MBA and MA in Leadership as complementary degrees.  Check it out if your are considering graduate education!

Looking ahead to 2018 we are excited to continue our writing about leadership and to feature alumni guest bloggers – perhaps one will be you? If you are interested, please us know at

We are honored to be co-hosting the 2018 International Transformative Learning Conference, November 7-10, 2018 at Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC.  The conference theme is “Building Transformative Community: Enacting Possibility in Today’s Times.”  The Call for Proposals closes February 19th – we encourage you to join us in NYC in November!  For more information about the Call for Proposals and to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, please write us at:

About Marguerite Welch, Ph.D.

Marguerite Welch, Ph.D.
Marguerite Welch is the Program Director for the MA in Leadership Program at Saint Mary’s College of California (SMC). She designs and facilitates innovative and transformative learning experiences for working professionals in the areas of building cross-cultural capacity, online learning, leadership, and student research. Her scholarship focuses on developing capacity in white people to thrive multicultural environments.

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