Engaging the Differences that Divide Us: ALIA Summer Leadership Intensive

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Pacific Lutheran University

12180 Park Avenue South

Tacoma, WA 98447

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Engaging the Differences that Divide Us

ALIA Summer Leadership Intensive

June 22-25, 2017

Tacoma, Washington

Strengthen your capacity to lead fearlessly in challenging situations. Participate in a powerful learning community and experience “deep dive” modules with world-class faculty.

Limited tickets available!

Difference can stimulate creativity and the kind of breakthrough innovation organizations need to address today's challenges. The best decisions happen when differences are included, valued and worked with effectively.

However, differences can also activate exclusion, defensiveness, and aggression in ourselves and others. These reactions block clear thinking and skillful action. Over time this pattern hardens us from the inside out and can create serious dysfunction in a team, organization or community.

Whether we work in corporations, governments, nonprofits or schools, we inevitably encounter strong differences.

  • How can we appreciate differences without seeking to change others or have the differences divide us?
  • How can we work together in the midst of disagreement?
  • How can we use our differences to make us stronger and more creative?

If you are looking for a better way, and are daring enough to explore new practices, please join us. Together, at this 3-day leadership intensive, we can learn how to engage with difference and in doing so, better engage the wisdom in our groups or organizations.

At the intensive, you’ll find a safe yet challenging place to stretch your way of thinking and open to possibilities for leading with more success in your organization. The curriculum is leading edge, deeply personal and highly engaging. This unique leadership development experience not only expands your thinking and skills, but also connects you to a talented network of professionals.

The intensive brings together expertise in the practices of conflict engagement and resolution, authentic leadership, and mindfulness. Drawing from proven methodologies, the seasoned faculty team brings a multi-faceted approach to engaging with differences. Far from just adding another “tool in your toolbox,” this event is intentionally designed to work at a deeper level of thinking and acting in the world.

Current research concludes what many of us intuitively know—that traditional leadership programs fall short because they place “too much focus on delivering information and content and not enough on the hard work of developing the leaders themselves” (Nick Petrie, Center for Creative Leadership, 2013). For 17 years, ALIA has been ahead of the curve, integrating mindfulness, creative process, and systems thinking into an integrative model of authentic leadership development. ALIA is part of the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University.



Director of Dialogue and Conflict Engagement, University of British Columbia, and senior practitioner of Deep Democracy


Faculty, Naropa University; Author Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as the Direct Path of Awakening


Co-founder of the Presencing Institute and creator of Social Presencing Theatre


Psychotherapist, dramatist, educator, and author of Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment


Experienced executive, consultant, and coach; Director of the Authentic Leadership Center, Naropa University

Special Guest


Director of Reos Partners and author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree With or Like or Trust


Thursday, June 22 | Acknowledging Difference

3:00 pm - Registration, arrival

6:00 pm - Welcome Dinner

Friday, June 23 | Exploring Difference

6:30 am - Guided Movement

7:00 am - Breakfast

8:00 am - Introduction

11:00 am - Guided Mindfulness

12:00 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - Modules: Part 1

4:45 pm - Cross-Module Synthesis Discussion

5:30 - Dinner

7:00 pm - Hosted Community Development

Saturday, June 24 | Engaging Difference

6:30 am - Guided Movement

7:00 am - Breakfast

8:00 am - Guided Mindfulness

9:00 am - Faculty Team Process

12:00 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - Modules: Part 2

4:45 pm - Cross-Module Synthesis Discussion

5:30 - Dinner

7:00 pm - Hosted Community Social

Sunday, June 25 | Celebrating Difference

6:30 am - Guided Movement

7:00 am - Breakfast

8:00 am - Guided Mindfulness

9:00 am - Action Oriented Prototyping

12:00 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - Taking Our Intentions Forward

3:00 pm - Closing, departure


Standard Price through June 15 - $995

Last Minute Pricing through June 22 - $1050

*Price includes meals

Additional discounts available for groups, members, partners and sponsors.

Partial scholarships available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend - application coming soon! Donate to the scholarship fund by clicking “tickets” here

Accommodations for all 3 nights - Double $240 / Single $300

*Price includes pod arrangement with private room, shared bath, kitchen, and living room

Travel & Accommodations

“Come join us on the beautiful campus of Pacific Lutheran University for a 3-day leadership intensive engaging the head, heart, and hands in authentic leadership. You can expect an experience that includes a deep dive into personal practices and skill-building for working with difference. The theme of this year's offering is engaging the differences that divide us within ourselves, our relationships, and the systems in which we interact. The 2017 intensive contains the hallmark qualities of an ALIA experience. This includes a powerful learning container, mindfulness practices, the arts, cutting-edge methodologies, top caliber faculty, and a rich community of fellow travelers.” - ALIA 2017 Program Team

Pacific Lutheran University

12180 Park Avenue South

Tacoma, Washington 98447

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Registration includes meals, Thursday night through Sunday afternoon, and you will be able to reserve and pay for accommodations when you register.

Accommodations are in the PLU’s newer South Hall (same as in ALIA 2014)

There are two choices:

A “Double” is $240 (total) for 3 nights

  • Four people share a pod arrangement
  • Each person has their own bedroom
  • Two persons share one of the two private bathrooms
  • Four persons share a living room/kitchen area joining the two pairs

A “Single” is $300 (total) for 3 nights

  • One person has their own bedroom and private bathroom

Included in your accommodation fee are sheets, a pillow, a blanket, and towels for your stay (some extra pillows and light blankets will be available upon requests). You may wish to bring a thicker towel, reading light and any other transportable comforts that you feel you will need.

We encourage you to stay on campus - we'll have evening community events and it strengthens the overall experience.



Contact Us

(720) 608-1238


What is your refund policy?

Naropa will accommodate refund requests within the following guidelines:

60 or more days before the event – Full refund minus a $100 processing fee.

59 – 30 days before the event – 50% of program cost.

29 – 0 days before the event – No Refunds

Is Naropa ADA accessible?

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Rachel Rambo at 303-245-4723 or at least two weeks prior to the event.

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