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The curriculum was created for individuals who are committed to taking their leadership to the next level and who want to make a significant impact on campus, in their communities, and in the world.
Those who attend generally do so through an affiliation through the college or university they attend. We are fortunate to work with so many wonderful campus and organization partners who are committed to the development of ethical leaders. We also have the opportunity to welcome participants even if there isn’t institutional or organizational involvement.
Everyone who attends the Institute™ engages in the same activities and contributes to the same conversations. While the involvement of the individual is honored and expected, everything during the Institute™ is approached with a sense of community. Everyone is viewed as a learner and as a teacher. This belief is evident as the community is created through the contributions of everyone at the Institute, with time spent in meaningful conversation serving as its foundation.
Unlike conferences, participants don’t only leave the six days with a few tips and ideas. Graduates of the Institute™ experience a breakthrough in their leadership capacity.
Everything in the curriculum is anchored to four themes: community, inclusivity, integrity, and vision. Therefore the work that we do during the six days is tied, in some way, to these concepts.
We participate in large group activities, in small group exercises, in conversation with one another, and in personal reflection. We set out to discover our most deeply held values and greatest passions and how they can come together to give our lives and work purpose. We learn how developing a vision and plan of action can create lasting change. We reflect on how our personal styles and life experiences influence our leadership and our relationships. Those who graduate from the Institute™ leave as an agent of positive change in the world.
Six days is a lot of time to give – and we ask that time of participants because we see such value in the extended time together. Six days allows us to remove ourselves from the day-to-day demands of life and focus more intently on discovering who we want to be. It gives us the chance us to move beyond the masks of our composure and embrace the opportunity to share our authentic selves. Six days for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Six days to make the experience your own.
LeaderShape® believes in the possibility of and is working towards the creation of a just, caring, and thriving world. If everyone lives and leads with integrity and if everyone holds a healthy disregard for the impossible we can get there! We aren’t alone in the desire to live in this type of world! Participants from the Institute™ engage in this extraordinary work and make a difference in their communities and in the world.
The ideal number is 60 participants; however, as few as 25 or as many as 180 have participated in the program at one time. If the number of participants is significantly over 60 the fee will be adjusted to cover additional materials. If the number is greater than 90, we suggest running two sessions concurrently.
The $5,500 campus-based fee covers facilitator travel costs, program workbooks and a personal assessment instrument for up to 60 participants, and materials for all activities.
In addition to space (see the following question), we rely on you to bring a flipchart tablet and easel, flipchart markers (1/participant), and nametags (in plastic badge holders) for each participant.
Catalyst™ has been hosted in a variety of spaces. You’ll need a room with moveable chairs that’s large enough for 120% of the number of participants (to have enough space for large group and small group activities). A computer (with audio capability for video clips), projector, and screen, as well as space for a 6′ or 8′ table are also important. (If the room is very large, a mic might also be needed.)
Included in the fee for Catalyst™, we send one of our highly skilled facilitators. We believe they’re really great at what they do — make genuine connections to create a supportive and challenging learning environment. Catalyst facilitators all have advanced degrees and 10-15 years experience working with groups in educational settings.
Catalyst™ has been held on large and small campuses, private and public, and as a part of larger events or as a stand-alone experience.
Courageous Dialogue, Resilience, and Spark.
They can be used either synchronously, asynchronously, or a combination of both!
This makes it ideal for programs that want some interaction, but it is difficult to schedule.
Another great question!