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Leadership and the Brain: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century

A recent New York Times article on preparing for the unexpected in the changing and evolving workforce caught my eye. It said: “Our capacity to predict the future is limited, while our capacity to believe in such predictions is unlimited.” It is widely accepted that 21st century trends in leadership …

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Whatever the Leadership Challenge… Women Have the Answers

Women Marching at the Women's March in Washington DC

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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Towards a New Way of Civic Engagement in Small Town America

Community meeting at Saint Mary's College.

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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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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Warrior… for Love

This is a guest post by M.A. in Leadership alumnus Ryan Berg (Cohort 34) “No matter where you go in the world people are people and they all want many of the same things”… are words I spoke while standing in front of a large gathering in my hometown of …

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