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A Year-Long Mentorship, Training & Mastermind
With Top Evolutionary Leaders
Recorded Bonus Teachings:
With Unprecedented Access to The Shift Network
Programs & Leaders
Year-Long Program Begins
Monday, January 25, 2016
(Limited to 30 Leaders by Application)

Are you ready to take your evolutionary mission to the next level and significantly increase your leadership skills and positive influence
in the world?

Are you excited to attract and retain the right people — team members, investors, donors or partners — to bring your full vision to fruition?

Do you want to lead in a way that is heart-centered and effective, philanthropic and profitable, spiritually-based and practical?

Do you want to make an excellent livelihood from your leadership so that you can live a thriving life — and help others do the same?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are what we call a “Shift Leader” — someone who wants to embody your highest values in your mission, lead with excellence, and make a real impact.

21st Century Leadership from Your Soul

You know that you incarnated with a higher reason for your life. It might a powerful message or teaching that you know in your heart that world needs. It might be a business that will be a game-changer in your industry. It might be a career as a thought leader who offers people profound transformation.

Whatever your mission is in life, you need excellent leadership to translate your soul’s vision into tangible reality.

Excellent leadership turns dreamers into entrepreneurs. It’s what gets people passionately committed to your vision instead of merely wishing you good luck. It’s the difference between a financial model that works and one that flops.

Excellent leadership requires speaking, writing, and acting in a way that inspires trust in others and enrolls them to work with you to make your bold dream real.

It requires clarity of mind, presence of heart, and emotional intelligence, especially to attract the team members that will make your mission soar.

Whether you’re the founder of your own company, a leader within an existing organization or on the journey of manifesting your message, you need to know how conscious leadership really works to succeed.

The essence of 21st century leadership is a capacity to unlock your full potential. This requires access to your masculine AND feminine aspects, your head AND heart, as well as engaging your strategic entrepreneur AND your soul. It’s about bringing your full self into your leadership.

A Powerful Team Behind You

In contemplating all that is required, you may feel a bit daunted. You may not even think of yourself as a leader yet, just someone with a powerful vision who wants to serve in the deepest way possible. That’s beautiful.

And, to play on the next level means letting go of your limitations and playing a bigger game.

The only question is whether you try to develop the skills you need through experimentation and trial and error (which can be expensive and slow).

Or you can choose to be mentored, supported and empowered by some of the best leaders and leadership coaches in the world, along with a select group of other leaders.

The Shift Leadership Academy gives you access to some of the world’s top evolutionary leaders.

It’s designed to move you past just a reasonable livelihood that feeds you and your family (while that’s a wonderful step), to creating a scalable organization that thrives and makes a difference.

The truth is that the world truly needs you to reach as many people as possible who can benefit from your work, teaching, services, and products and your message of change. The world needs some big shifts, and you and your work can help.

That’s why we have assembled the crème de la crème of leadership mentors to help you — over a full year — take a quantum leap in your leadership capacity.

If you become part of this dynamic group, you’ll receive the latest science, theory, and best leadership practices and specific guidance in marketing, organizing, and team-building.

This year of training will be invaluable whether you’re already working with a large team of people or in the solo phase of developing your company, non-profit or lifelong dream.

Leadership that Makes You (& Others) Thrive

Speaking your mission, raising money and enrolling people — it all becomes easier when you know how to unite people around your vision.

And you don’t have to sacrifice your health and well-being to be a new paradigm leader. When you are physically radiant, emotionally open, spiritually plugged in and excellent in your execution, that’s when people will follow you.

The truth is that you can learn to lead in a way that is personally fulfilling, financially abundant and philanthropic.

Shift leaders are driven to transform themselves, their clients, customers or audience and the larger world. This “energy of purpose” infuses everything they do — and everyone they touch feels it.

Over the course of our year together, you will:

  • Realize the next level of your potential as a leader, by unleashing your full power, leading from a state of flow, and staying at your growing edge.
  • Launch or expand an initiative to put your soul’s mission into action at a higher level.
  • Practice and refine the key leadership competencies you need to maximize your influence and impact with others, teams and systems.
  • Develop or hone the practical leadership skills to take a vision from an idea to a highly successful initiative, and ultimately to a larger scale.
  • Create evolutionary partnerships with like-minded leaders who can help you stretch beyond your comfort zone, transcend blind spots in your way, and embody your higher potential.
  • Experience a micro-culture where conscious leaders thrive at their full potential
  • Learn how to integrate your full Self into your leadership.
  • Develop ways to monetize your mission without selling out.
  • Hone your capacity to speak from your heart so that you touch and motivate others.
  • Experience forward progress as you go from "good ideas" to deliverable, sustainable, thriving initiatives.

Developing Advanced Leadership Competencies

During your year in The Shift Leadership Academy, we will help you build advanced competencies that will prepare you to be a Shift leader, among them:

  • Enhanced Well-Being: Ability to care for yourself, nourishing your body, heart, mind, and soul so that you have the energy and presence to engage others in your mission
  • Aligning with Purpose: Ability to rest deeply into the value of your being and allow a sense of purpose to arise naturally, inspiring a life of fulfillment, commitment, and creative contribution
  • Easeful Productivity: Ability to set clear intentions and use your energy efficiently to accomplish tasks and activities with ease and flow
  • Artful Communication: Ability to articulate your unique perspective authentically and empathically, using wise-timing and listening for the most creative outcome
  • Charismatic Congruence: Ability to show up authentically in a public or performance situation, where your words match your actions and you create a personal and inspiring connection with your audience
  • Constructive Conflict Management: Ability to manage conflict creatively from a grounded place, seeing the partial truths and hidden strengths of an adversary, or within a contentious situation, and leveraging this for creative solutions that satisfy all
  • Tapping Group Intelligence: Ability to cultivate the conditions that facilitate harmony, shared meaning, and resonance so that a group or system’s creative potential is accessed and expanded
  • Holistic Assessment: Ability to bring information from multiple intelligences into one cohesive stream of knowing, leading to wise decision-making and well-timed actions
  • Full Presencing: Ability to fully engage with your present-moment experience and connect into the greater pattern of wholeness even when things feel fragmented
  • Strategic Connection: Ability to identify and build effective partners with stakeholders inside and outside your family, group, or organization, who can positively influence your success and well-being
  • Expansive Resilience: Ability to remain grounded and maintain inner well being in the face of adversity or great setbacks, and to quickly recover and even thrive — and support others in doing the same.
  • Meta-System Alignment: Ability to harmonize key individuals, groups, processes, and structures within a system so they function as a sustainable and intelligent whole
  • Quantum Creativity: Ability to fearlessly engage different ways of knowing, in which you’re willing to learn from your mistakes and experiment with new ways of doing things

A Full Spectrum of Knowledge and Practice

With The Shift Leadership Academy you can avoid hundreds of expensive (and painful) mistakes that we’ve made ourselves, and be empowered to grow organically and joyfully into your full potential.

The return on your investment can be enormous because once you get the core fundamentals of Shift leadership in place, you can build the systems and teams to manifest your vision in a natural, profitable, and easeful way.

The Shift Leadership Academy includes a very hands-on approach with weekly training and support, two retreats, one-on-one coaching, group masterminding and the depth inner work that every leader requires.

The training includes our most valuable business training — the FULL Enlightened Business Academy ($2,500 value) which features 9 modules of business and marketing strategies, content creation, branding, social media, sales, and launch strategies.

PLUS, you’ll have access to 5 additional programs from The Shift Network (valued at up to $5,000). Working with your personal leadership coach, you can use your tailored trainings to focus in on exactly your needs for leadership development — from honing your marketing skills to opening to higher guidance to the practice of enlightened relationships.

An Unprecedented Program

There is nowhere in the world that you can get this caliber of teaching and support along with access to some of the most groundbreaking teaching programs of our day.

The knowledge, tools and templates given in each month’s training calls are worth many, many thousands of dollars to any leader that applies this valuable information. The two retreats by themselves would be worth $5,000 or more. The coaching by top-tier executive coaches will be invaluable. And the caliber of the other participants will be very high, since this program is by application only.

Plus, you’ll have a quarterly group strategy call with Shift founder Stephen Dinan, who is excellent at coming up with game-changing strategies to empower your work and charges $1,500/hour for the rare times that he does this for others.

How You Will Grow in
The Shift Leadership Academy

You can’t unleash your full leadership potential alone; you need relationships, structures and practices that stretch and support you to the next level. And you need to develop new leadership capacities and skills.

The best leadership development is experiential, action-oriented applied learning that is designed to meet you and guide you from exactly where you are to where you want to be

The Shift Leadership Academy training features 4 Key Pillars of Leadership, under which we focus on 12 Foundations for Success, (which make the biggest difference for evolutionaries to reach their next level).

The content is not a linear sequence of teachings but a weave throughout the year. Nonetheless, here are the main threads we will cover throughout the 12 months of teaching, coaching and small group work.

Overview of the Curriculum

Course sessions are on Mondays at 5:00pm Pacific.

  • Pillar I: Becoming a Purpose-Driven, New Paradigm Leader
  • Foundation 1: Leading from Higher Purpose
  • Foundation 2: Staying on Your Growth Edge
  • Foundation 3: Evolving New Paradigm Ways of Leading in Community
  • Pillar II: Putting Your Vision into Action
  • Foundation 4: Clarifying and Communicating Your Vision
  • Foundation 5: Building a Thriving Business Model for Your Project
  • Foundation 6: Turning Your Vision into Reality
  • Pillar III: Inspiring the Best Performance from Others
  • Foundation 7: Enrolling and Building a Team
  • Foundation 8: Inspiring Passion and Excellence from Your Team
  • Foundation 9: Creating Evolutionary Partnerships, Collaborations and Masterminds
  • Pillar IV: Scaling Your Work to Maximize Impact
  • Foundation 10: Becoming Strategic and Productive with Your Time
  • Foundation 11: Navigating Complexity and Change as You Grow
  • Foundation 12: Designing for the Future

Detailed Curriculum

Pillar I
Becoming a Purpose-Driven,
New Paradigm Leader

Foundation 1
Leading from Higher Purpose

As a new paradigm leader, you need a clear sense of vision and a solid understanding of your “zones” of genius. You need to stand boldly in your authentic power and presence, so others will be inspired to support you.

In this foundation, you will:

  • Receive practices and guidance that help you align your values and higher purpose with your leadership, life and work.
  • Learn how to co-create what you most deeply desire by listening to your higher guidance and partnering with your inner evolutionary impulse.
  • Clarify your unique contribution to the evolution of our planet — the shift you were born to spearhead at this critical time in history.
  • Learn to lead more consistently from your strengths and unique talents.
  • Understand your greatest gifts by utilizing the Strengthfinder assessment tool, so you can lead consistently from your zones of genius.
  • Expand your authentic leadership power and presence as you fully embody who you really are and what you stand for.
  • Utilize the Enneagram — a powerful psychological and spiritual personality typing system — to identify the strengths and challenges of your personal leadership style.

Guest Faculty:

Tim Kelley - Global Change Agent & Founder of True Purpose Institute – “Accessing Higher Guidance and Discovering Your Purpose”

Susanne Cook Greuter - Leading expert in mature ego development and self-actualization – “Vertical Development and the Leadership Maturity Framework”

Recorded Bonus Teachings:

Jean Houston - Scholar, Philosopher & Researcher in Human Capacities – “Humanity’s Journey of Transformation and Your Exceptional Role”

Foundation 2
Staying on Your Growth Edge

You have probably already done tremendous inner work to liberate yourself from conditioned ways of being. Yet as you rise to the next level of leadership — and move to a “bigger playing field” with your mission — you’ll be required to continually evolve, expand your comfort zone and transcend your inner barriers to success.

This foundation will support you to:

  • Assess your own leadership strengths and challenges while also receiving candid feedback from your peers.
  • Clarify your most critical development goals and develop a roadmap to catalyze your expansion.
  • Learn a potent method to access your higher wisdom and navigate your leadership journey with optimal power, efficacy and flow.
  • Understand your personal “triggers,” how to navigate them, and how to rapidly re-align with your center.
  • Discover the principles of Emotional Intelligence and how to cultivate greater skill in this arena.
  • Learn the art of full presencing, and become fully engaged with your current experience so you operate from a deeply interconnected pattern of wholeness.
  • Discover the keys to optimized embodiment and create a plan for your own sustainable and healthy life.

Recorded Bonus Teachings:

Deepak Chopra – New York Times Bestselling Author – “Transformational Leadership and Cultures for Good”

Daniel Goleman – New York Times Bestselling Author of Emotional Intelligence – “Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence”

Chade-Meng Tan – Google Pioneer, Bestselling Author, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee – “Search Inside Yourself – Enlightened Leadership Worldwide”

Foundation 3
Evolving New Paradigm Ways of
Leading in Community

As an evolutionary leader, you want more than just being successful in the cultures and structures that exist — you want to shape the world in alignment with your true wisdom and values. It’s our mission to consciously build a healthier and more sustainable culture, workplace and world, rather than being unconsciously limited and pulled off-center by the one we’ve inherited.

This kind of leadership requires a new paradigm for success. It requires new ways of thinking, decision-making, action and collaboration. We need to become consistent models of the changes we want to see and consciously design “micro-cultures” — prototypes of the world we want to create.

This foundation will support you to:

  • Relate to your challenges as evolutionary callings — seeing them as opportunities for growth and higher leadership.
  • Discover the critical shifts in mindset and key principles for a new paradigm of evolutionary leadership.
  • Liberate yourself from the “shoulds” and auto-pilot reactions, so you can consistently operate from higher consciousness.
  • Strengthen feminine leadership qualities that have been previously undervalued by our culture, but are critical for creating positive shifts.
  • Learn how to build an evolutionary culture, and why collaborating with a learning community of like-minded people is essential.
  • Become a powerful channel for the expression of the evolutionary impulse.

Guest Faculty:

Patricia Albere – Founder of the Evolutionary Collective – “Collective Presence Practices for a Higher Order of Human Relating”

Recorded Bonus Teachings:

Marianne Williamson – New York Times Bestselling Author – “The Call to Feminine Leadership”

Ray Blanchard – Trainer, Seminar Designer & Corporate Consultant – “Compassionate Capitalism”

Pillar II
Putting Your Vision
into Action

Foundation 4
Clarifying and Communicating
Your Vision

Without a clear sense of your vision, you’ll struggle with communicating it to others. And without the communication skills of a 21st leader, your vision can’t manifest and ultimately transform lives and the world.

This part of the journey is all about developing a compelling vision that expresses who and what you stand for, and sharing authentically and effectively with people so they’ll support you in bringing it to fruition.

In this foundation, you will:

  • Connect with your higher purpose and higher guidance around your unique vision — the change you’re standing for in the world.
  • Develop a compelling vision statement for your initiative.
  • Translate your vision into a specific project, initiative or goal that expands your positive impact and stretches you professionally and personally.
  • Learn how to enroll others in helping you realize your business, project, initiative or other goal.
  • Discover secrets for successful social media campaigns that engage the audience who can most benefit from what you are offering.
  • Develop presentation skills that inform and inspire the people you want to work with.
  • Practice and receive feedback on your pitch. (Then during our second retreat, give your updated pitch and receive a high quality video of yourself and testimonials that you can use for your own purposes.)
  • Craft a clear and convincing message that communicates your project or business’ unique transformation.
  • Learn how to build a platform for enrolling the people who will be best served by your offer.
  • Discover the basics of “relational marketing” for testing your project plan, value proposition and personal alignment on the public.

Guest Faculty:

George Kao - Coach, Consultant & Online Marketing Advisor – “Authentic Marketing That Works For You”

Devaa Haley Mitchell - Transformational Leader, Spiritual Guide & Musician – “Soul-Filled Speaking For Powerful Audience Engagement”

Recorded Bonus Teachings:

Lisa Nichols – New York Times Bestselling Author & Motivational Speaker – “Becoming the Divine Messenger Your were Born To Be”

Mari Smith – Top social media expert – “Connect with Effect: How to Reach the People that Matter Through Facebook & Beyond”

Foundation 5
Building a Thriving Business Model for
Your Project

An effective leader not only engages in their larger vision, but also in best practices for productivity and leading-edge business models that can make that vision real.

There are many examples of effective business models and the best model is the one that will allow you to have the highest likelihood of impact and success.

In this foundation, you will:

  • Set up a structure that clears time and space for your project — starting with the business model.
  • Get clear on what you are saying yes to and what you need to say no to, so your new project has space to take shape and grow.
  • Learn the essentials of a high-impact project launch from leading social entrepreneur case studies.
  • Research the specific unmet needs and competitive landscape for your area of contribution.
  • Discover potential business models for your project, and assess which are most workable and capable of generating revenue.
  • Learn what makes a project or organization compelling and fundable to investors.
  • Develop a strategic plan and a financial model for your project.

Guest Faculty:

Ocean Robbins – Social Entrepreneur, CEO of Food Revolution, Founder of YES! – “Turning Your Passion into a Thriving Business”

Recorded Bonus Teachings:

Bill Baren – President and CEO of Bill Baren Coaching - How To Enroll New High-Paying Clients Without Doing Any Selling”

Foundation 6
Turning Your Vision into Reality

At this point in the program, you will have developed a clear vision of who you want to be as a leader and what projects you are meant to bring into world. And now, step-by-step, you’ll be supported in taking action on your vision — which will require mastering practical skills to turn your dream into reality.

In this foundation, you will:

  • Develop a prototype of your project, create relevant marketing material, and receive feedback on how to to refine it.
  • Build your platform and a database of early followers and supporters.
  • Practice giving and receiving feedback in ways that are both transformational and effective.
  • Understand the art of dynamic steering: Leading from an uncertain future, being open to guidance, and alternating between agency and action.
  • Learn advanced practices for building your intuitive intelligence, and how to skillfully combine that with other sources of information to help you dynamically steer through uncertainty.
  • Discover the developmental stages of a project or organization, and how to know when you are ready for the next “innovation.”

Guest Faculty:

Stephen Dinan, Founder and CEO of The Shift Network. – “Manifesting Your Vision From The Ground Up”

Recorded Bonus Teachings:

Chip Conley – Head of Global Hospitality for Airbnb, Former CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality – “Peak Leadership”

Pillar III
Inspiring the Best Performance from Others

Foundation 7
Enrolling and Building a Team

The sage Lao Tzu said that a leader is best when after “the aim is fulfilled,” people will say "we did it ourselves." You’re now ready to learn the techniques you need to motivate and inspire others so they become a high-performance evolutionary team that shares and enhances your mission.

You’ll also discover the art of calling forth the genius of others, and learn how to harness the power of the collective field. And you’ll begin to build partnerships and networks of highly developed people who inspire your highest potential.

In this foundation, you will:

  • Develop a shared vision with your team and empower others to contribute their gifts and take initiative on behalf of that vision.
  • Create an inspiring value proposition that will attract key talent and resources to your project.
  • Learn the keys of Integrative Decision Making — systematically harmonizing all the desires and concerns in the team to generate a solution that works for all.
  • Foster a fun, innovative and cutting-edge culture so working on your project is seen as the exciting opportunity it is.
  • Invite a free flow of information, where people are encouraged to communicate honestly and openly, without fear of condemnation.

Guest Faculty:

Ann Masai – Interfaith Minister & Counselor in Embodied Sacred Psychology – “Building a Diverse Team and Global Culture”

Jim Vollett – Executive Coach – “Integrative Decision Making – Generating Solutions That Work For All”

Recorded Bonus Teachings:

Benay Dara-Abrams, PhD – Lead Link & Co-founder of Great Work Cultures – “Respect in the Workplace”

Joan Blades – Co-founder of, – “Respect in the Workplace”

Foundation 8
Inspiring Passion and Excellence from Your Team and Others

For you to be truly successful as a leader, you will need to become skillful at building an exceptional team, which is no small task. Whether you’re just starting to hire or are expanding your existing team, attracting and encouraging top talent can be challenging. You’ll want to find the most aligned and talented people possible — and discover ways to help them thrive in your organization or on your project.

In this foundation, you will:

  • Learn to tap group intelligence by cultivating the conditions that facilitate harmony, shared meaning and resonance.
  • Access and expand the group’s skills for creative idea generation as well as problem-solving.
  • Discover powerful ways to transform disagreements using deep listening and non-violent communication.
  • Transmute conflict creatively from a grounded place, seeing the partial truths and hidden strengths of an adversary and leveraging those for creative solutions.
  • Encourage team members to volunteer new ideas and solutions, which is the mark of a truly innovative team.
  • Discover the secret of finding a balance between attaining team results and meeting each team member’s personal needs and goals.

Guest Faculty:

Karl Steyaert - NVC Trainer & Conflict Transformation Specialist – “Transforming Conflict”

Doug Paxton – Co-director for the Leadership Center at Saint Mary’s College – “Unleashing the Full Potential of Your Team”

Recorded Bonus Teachings:

David Hassell – CEO at 15Five, Co-founder & Facilitator at Strategy Day, Advisor at Kite Adventures – “Rehumanize Business: Creating High Performance Organizations by Not Focusing on Performance”

Foundation 9
Creating Evolutionary Partnerships,
Collaborations and Masterminds

We all know that collaboration is a key to success in today’s world. And now you’ll learn how to build partnerships that are truly effective — leveraging the unique genius of each player. Additionally, you’ll experience exciting and powerful breakthroughs around your vision when we explore practices together as an “evolutionary community.”

In this foundation, you’ll:

  • Learn how to unleash the power of our collective field for our individual and shared missions.
  • Experience a new level of partnership and support for your vision.
  • Develop shared practices as an evolutionary community, staying in consistent alignment with our true gifts, deepest values and fullest power.
  • Understand why you can only become a high-impact evolutionary leader within a field of empowered relationships, and how to create the kind of partnerships that catalyze your higher potential.
  • Expand your network of relationships to include people who both stretch and support you, as well as those who mentor and sponsor your work in the world.
  • Create an upward spiral of success by forming your own personal advisory board as well as a mastermind circle that inspires you to constantly uplevel your game.

Guest Faculty:

Ocean Robbins - Social Entrepreneur, CEO of Food Revolution, founder of YES! – “The Power of Partnership: Building Bridges across Great Divides”

Recorded Bonus Teachings:

Chris Attwood – New York Times Bestselling Author & Motivational Speaker – “Creating Enlightened Alliances”

Pillar IV
Scaling Your Work to
Maximize Impact

Foundation 10
Becoming Strategic and Productive with Your Time and Resources

As a leader, you constantly face issues of limited time and resources. Multiple people and projects clamor for your attention, and you’ll need to discern how you most effectively leverage your limited hours and dollars. You’ll also want to choose and design your systems for optimum success.

In this foundation, you will:

  • Learn the system of strategic prioritizing — creating quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily plans for optimizing your efforts.
  • Discover the pros and cons of different project management systems, and select and implement the best one for your project team.
  • Engage in rapid experimentation, and be willing to learn from your mistakes and do things differently.
  • Develop your capacity for meta-system alignment, learning how to harmonize individuals, groups, processes and structures.
  • Learn to design systems as a seamless, sustainable and intelligent whole.
  • Hone your vision so it’s aligned with your economic, social and environmental goals.

Guest Faculty:

Brett Thomas – Transformational Business Coach – “Strategic Prioritization for Maximum Leverage”

Michael Lipson - Executive Coach, Consultant & Startup Advisor – “Time Management For the Busy Professional”

Foundation 11
Navigating Complexity and Change
as You Grow

Organizations are adaptive, living systems. To create an organization that “learns,” you need to combine intuitive intelligence with other sources of information that can help you navigate uncertainty. Additionally, you’ll want to discover practices that increase your resiliency for those times when you experience perceived set-backs.

In this foundation, you will:

  • Learn how to create a true learning organization where innovation is encouraged throughout.
  • Practice 360 degree thinking, identifying the possibilities as well as the constraints, competing commitments, and impacts of strategic decisions.
  • Understand the principles of expansive resilience influenced by the practice and philosophy of Aikido.
  • Learn how to remain grounded in the face of adversity.
  • Partner with the unknown on a deeper level, suspending the need to know everything so you can uncover new creative solutions.
  • Find new ways to quickly regain full functionality after a setback and move to a state of thriving.

Guest Faculty:

Peggy Holman - Author, Consultant & Co-founder of Journalism That Matters – “Harvesting Collective Wisdom – Powerful Group Facilitation and Hosting Conversations That Matter”

Bert Parlee – CEO of Spectrum, Former Chief of Staff of Integral Institute – “Polarity Management: Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems”

Foundation 12
Designing for the Future

A key leadership skill involves creating a desirable and plausible image of your future. This skill includes the ability to anticipate and plan for a variety of scenarios.

At this stage of your leadership journey, you’ll also continue to expand your network and develop partnerships to catapult your work to a higher level. The success of these alliances hinges on your understanding of the needs of key stakeholders and your ability to identify synergies between your projects.

In this foundation, you will:

  • Discover the principles of Anticipatory Leadership and learn to run a scenario-planning workshop to envision possible scenarios 10-20 years in the future.
  • Understand the best practices of Teal (higher consciousness) organizations, and how you might apply them to your work.
  • Identify key stakeholders that can influence the success and well-being of your project and larger work in the world.
  • Come to understand stakeholder motivations, and garner support for your vision.
  • Disseminate your work into the world and foster connections by learning to host conversations that matter.
  • Discover possible collaboration opportunities with The Shift Network and others in your cohort.
  • Integrate all of your learning from this program so you can expand and replicate this kind of evolutionary partnership, community and culture going forward — in your life, your workplace and the world.

Guest Faculty:

Monica Sharma - Former Director of Leadership and Capacity Development at the United Nations – “Whole Systems Transformation and Achieving Measurable Results at Scale”

John Peterson, Futurist & President and Founder of The Arlington Institute – “Anticipatory Leadership and Scenario Planning”

Intimate Retreats
April 6-10 and December 8-12, Petaluma, CA

Two in-person retreats will build on what you learn in the 12 Foundations, providing a place for learning and an opportunity to drop into a deep space of collective presence where our higher potentials and visions can emerge with greater clarity.

During these intimate gatherings, you’ll bond with and receive deep support from like-minded evolutionaries. You’ll practice a higher consciousness way of relating that allows you to feel deeply seen and calls you and others to the next level growth and leadership.

These retreats will combine meditation, movement, nature, experiential exercises, deep reflection, bonding, ritual and practical skills and process to expand your impact and influence in the world.

Please note that your room and board for the retreats ARE INCLUDED in your program tuition.

In the April retreat, you will experience a deepening process to further crystallize your vision and project, and your next steps for making it real. You’ll practice articulating your gifts, what you stand for, and your emerging vision and project. You’ll receive the kind of transformational feedback to improve both your project ideas and your skills in presenting them. You will also experience and learn how to create a group field of high resonance and deep trust — a kind of unity that also enhances and requires the unique contribution of each individual. Finally, you will explore how to take the practices of retreat into your daily life at home to nurture your fullest potential.

For the December Retreat, we will focus on integration and next steps for sustaining and expanding your vision and amplifying your impact as a leader. We will celebrate your leadership growth and progress on your leadership project, as well as assess and fine-tune your vision based on learning throughout the program.

You’ll give an updated presentation about your initiative, and receive a high quality video of yourself that you can use on your website and/or YouTube channel. You’ll also have the opportunity to receive written and/or video “testimonials” from others in your cohort about the value/quality of your work.

Together, we’ll plan next steps and set up a system of support for maintaining momentum on your mission and project, and sustaining your leadership growth over time. Finally, you’ll integrate what we’ve learned about building evolutionary community and culture, and develop your plan to expand this kind of community and culture in your workplace, community or other contexts where you lead.

Location: Our retreats will be hosted at EarthRise, a beautiful, conscious retreat center located within the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) campus located just 35 minutes north of San Francisco.

This is also the office headquarters for The Shift Network, and you’ll have an opportunity to meet some of our senior leaders. Amid 194 acres of rolling hills, you’ll have time to enjoy hiking trails that meander through native live oak woodlands and the surrounding open space, which offers panoramic vistas of the Northern California landscape.

Individual Executive Coaching
(8 Sessions)

Working one-on-one with an executive coach will help you take your mission and leadership to the next level, and is key to your ability to unlock still more of your potential, fulfillment and impact.

Over eight individual sessions with Sherri Lassila or Susan Cannon (both trained executive coaches), you will:

  • Set personalized leadership development goals that build on your strengths and enhance key areas of improvement
  • Develop a powerful vision for yourself, your work, the business/organization/community you lead
  • Translate your vision into a project or initiative that takes your work and leadership to the next level of impact
  • Receive a personalized action plan for making your project a success
  • Stay true to yourself and your purpose as you integrate feedback from multiple sources on your vision and project
  • Steer dynamically toward your vision — resolving challenges, responding effectively to changing conditions, setbacks and new opportunities, refining and iterating your vision and project as you go
  • Be challenged to take bold, inspired action outside your comfort zone
    (until now!)

Quarterly Group Strategy and Laser Coaching Sessions with Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan is the founder and main driver of the growth of The Shift Network, which has served more than 650,000 participants in just five years. A profitable business, The Shift Network has a team of 48 and features courses with 55 of today’s leading teachers and more than 1000 featured pioneers in virtual Summits. The company is actively engaged in a wide variety of philanthropic causes.

Stephen is one of the most effective strategy coaches you will meet. He has a wealth of understanding about marketing, branding, Internet strategy, and alliance building. He can quickly see the core of what you are working to bring into the world – and help refine, brand, develop, launch and grow it effectively, as well as identify a roadmap for the years to come.

Each quarter, you’ll take part in a group-mentoring call with Stephen, who will do “laser coaching” and offer game-changing strategies and insights that support your work and growth as a leader.

The Shift Leadership Academy Bonus Collection

In addition to ongoing classes, group mentoring, retreats and individual coaching, you’ll receive these powerful bonus programs to complement what you learn throughout the year and elevate your understanding and transformation.

The Enlightened Business Academy
9-Module Audio Business Training
($2,500.00 Value)

Creating a Thriving Business You Love That Helps Change the World

A Nine-Month Online Business Mentorship and Training with 9 of Today’s Top Teachers of Enlightened Entrepreneurs

The Enlightened Business Academy gives you 9 months of immersion, support, teachings and concrete strategies to give you what you need to create a sustainable and successful heart-centered business. Nowhere else can you get in-depth teachings from the premiere teachers of enlightened business — including business and marketing strategies, content creation, branding, social media, sales, launch, sustainability and other resources to help you embody the shift to a conscious way of doing business.

  • Module 1: Becoming a Purposeful Entrepreneur & Creating a New Paradigm Business
    Taught by Tim Kelley, True Purpose Institute
  • Module 2: Mastering the Tender Art of Niching: How to Gain Intimacy, Trust & Connection with Your Best Potential Customers & Clients
    Taught by Mark Silver, Heart of Business
  • Module 3: Creating Your Irresistible Offer
    Taught by Lisa Sasevich, The Invisible Close
  • Module 4: Attract Customers Without Struggle
    Taught by Sharla Jacobs, Thrive Academy
  • Module 5: Heart-Based Marketing
    Taught by George Kao, The True Livelihood Community
  • Module 6: Scalable Business Models & The Launch
    Taught by Jennifer Russell & Bryan Franklin, California Leadership Center
  • Module 7: The Enlightened Entrepreneurial Mindset: Becoming the Person You Need to Be to Manifest Your Vision
    Taught by Ryan Eliason, Social Entrepreneur Empowerment Network
  • Module 8: Entrepreneurial Secrets from the Leading Edge
    Taught by Stephen Dinan, The Shift Network
  • Module 9 Creating Enlightened Work Environments
    Bharat Mitra, Organic India

The 9 Essential Practices of Peak Leadership
6-Session Audio Course with Chip Conley
($397.00 Value)

This program is designed to give you the key foundations to be the kind of leader that others respect, trust, and want to work for. This will allow you to attract better talent, retain them and grow them into the kind of leaders who can grow your business for you. These skills are the single most important skills for success as an entrepreneur just starting out or a leader of an established company. Chip’s leadership practices can lead to greater professional, financial, emotional, and even spiritual success, leading you to make a bigger contribution and create a more enduring legacy. You can become the kind of leader that others celebrate and trust.

In 1987, Chip Conley started his own hospitality company, Joie de Vivre (JDV), and, as CEO for two-dozen years, grew it into the second largest boutique hotel company in the United States. Chip and his company’s time-tested techniques and transformational leadership practices have been featured in every major news outlet including TIME, USA Today, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal.

The Higher Guidance Training
7-Session Audio Program with Tim Kelley
($297.00 Value)

In this transformational course, Tim skillfully guides you through a clear, reliable system for expanding your ability to access inner guidance — to infuse your daily life with more wisdom, focus and ease. In 7 sessions, you’ll open a powerful channel for moment-to-moment wisdom that helps you to fulfill your destiny with greater clarity, grace and confidence.

This skill is absolutely central for your leadership to go to the next level. You’ll gain access to the following modules:

Session 1: Finding the Source
Session 2: Clearing the Path
Session 3: Creating the Connection
Session 4: Discerning the Truth
Session 5: Gathering Wisdom
Session 6: Drawing the Map
Session 7: Integrating Higher Guidance into Your Life

Tim Kelley is a global change agent and internationally renowned expert on higher purpose. He works with top leaders in many fields and countries to transform human institutions and evolve society to its new form. Tim’s methodology, True Purpose, has been featured internationally in magazines, newspapers and on television. Tim has trained over 1000 consultants, therapists and coaches in his methods. He has worked with hundreds of CEOs, including top leaders and executive teams from such companies as Nabisco, ING, Oracle, Lexmark and AOL. He formerly worked as a leader at Oracle, two levels below the CEO. He is the author of True Purpose and the best-selling coauthor of three other books. Tim has commanded military organizations, including an amphibious assault craft unit, and is a retired Naval Reserve officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from MIT.

Access to 5 Additional Programs from
The Shift Network

Examples Include: Thomas Huebl, Mark Silver, Andrew Harvey, Barbara Marx Hubbard
(up to $5,000.00 Value)

The Shift Network offers many courses and trainings that showcase important teachings from dozens of world-respected pioneers ranging from shamanic journeying to purposeful marketing to connecting with higher guidance. You’ll have the ability to choose 5 programs to complement the growth and leadership you are doing in the main program, which you can either participate in live or via downloaded recordings. This bonus will help you become a truly full-spectrum leader. See for a catalog of past courses that you can access (this bonus includes our 7-9 month virtual programs that are priced at $1500 or more).

And when you register TONIGHT, Thursday, December 8,
by Midnight Pacific, you’ll receive this additional bonus gift:

Course Discount

$400.00 Discount when you apply by December 8!

Here’s What You’ll Receive

Two In-Person Transformational Leadership Retreats

Taking place April 6-10 and December 8-12 at the Earthrise Retreat Center in Petaluma, CA.

Weekly Online Sessions

With an emphasis on experiential and embodied learning and practice, including:

  • Interactive teaching sessions with expert guest faculty
  • Leadership learning labs with experiential exercises to practice and refine key leadership competencies and practical skills
  • Small group coaching circles that offer an intimate learning environment in which you are supported and stretched to expand your comfort zones, debrief action-experiments and project progress, receive coaching on your development goals and challenges, share learning and best practices, integrate and sustain new skills over time. The first 6-8 sessions will be facilitated and the group can then internalize an effective peer-coaching process, which is an important leadership skill to learn.

One-On-One Executive Coaching

8 sessions of in-depth personal support on your leadership project, personalized development goals and challenges ($2500+ value)

Quarterly Group Strategy and Laser Coaching Sessions

With The Shift Network CEO Stephen Dinan
($1500 value)

Learning Partners

to provide consistent support, practice new skills, coach and be coached to bring forward your full leadership potential

Action-Learning and Applied Leadership Project

specific practices and “action experiments” each week to integrate the learning day-to-day, and to experiment with new ways of being, doing and relating, and to apply skills to a specific project that takes your soul’s mission into action in the world

The Shift Leadership Academy
Bonus Collection

  • Enlightened Business Academy
    9-Module Audio Business Training ($2,500.00 Value)
  • The 9 Essential Practices of Peak Leadership
    6-Session Audio Course with Chip Conley ($397.00 Value)
  • The Higher Guidance Training
    7-Session Audio Program with Tim Kelley ($297.00 Value)
  • Access to 5 Additional Programs from The Shift Archives (Examples Include: Mark Silver, Andrew Harvey, Barbara Marx Hubbard) (up to $5,000.00 Value)

And when you register TONIGHT, Thursday, December 8,
by Midnight Pacific, you’ll receive this additional bonus gift:

  • Fast-Action: $400.00 off until 12/8


The program investment will be 12 monthly payments of $979, or if you prefer, a one-time payment of $9,997, which saves you nearly 15%. Room & board at the two live retreats is included. (You are responsible for your transportation to and from the retreat center.)

Apply to Join Us

We are only offering 30 spots in this program as we are wanting to keep the group intimate. So participation is by application only.

Please fill-out the brief application and submit your deposit, which will be the first month’s payment. We will get back to you shortly and if you seem like a good fit, you’ll be invited into an interview with either Sherri Lasilla or Susan Cannon.

After your interview, if you are accepted into the program, you will have a 3-day period to decide whether or not to enroll. At that point, you can either continue with monthly payments or pay the remaining balance of the full payment. If you are not accepted or you decide the program is not a good fit for you within 3 days of your interview, then your deposit will be fully refunded.

Because of the limited number of slots, if you are accepted, you are responsible for the full tuition.

What People Are Saying About Your
Program Leaders

Praise for Sherri Lassila:

Sherri’s greatness stems from her ability to combine/leverage three talents — as a teacher, facilitator, and coach — to lead groups of individuals through a personally transformative journey in community with one another. She engenders trust in participants through her warmth and personal stories; engages participants through reflective and provocative exercises, and builds community through a shared experience / living laboratory. I can’t think of a better executive coach to lead [this program].
– Laura Bunch, Director of Career Services, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Sherri is masterful at guiding people to a deeper place within themselves, and holding a supportive and powerful space for transformation. The session she co-led at this year’s Wisdom 2.0 Conference was rated by many as one of their favorite experiences of the entire conference, which featured many well known teachers in mindfulness and leadership. It seems to me that facilitation is not just something she loves to do — it’s something that naturally flows from who she is. She is grounded, heart-centered, and brilliant — someone I can absolutely trust to lead a group in a profoundly connected and high impact experience.
Michelle Stransky, Founder of Wisdom Women and Former Conference Director – Wisdom 2.0

Sherri’s coaching circle has been one of the most effective lifelong learning experiences that I’ve had. Sherri is a woman with a mission! She is equal parts smarts and soul, and she puts all the intellectual rigor of her Stanford MBA behind her soul mission working with leaders. Sherri has drawn on cutting edge research about creativity, psychology, and innovation to create a unique Professional Reboot process. You will learn to listen for your most intuitive, powerful inklings. Through individually designed action-experiments, you will practice putting inklings into action in order to get on the road to doing the work you were uniquely designed to do. I’ve seen magic happen in Sherri’s coaching circle.
– Cristina Spencer, Writer and Community Builder

Sherri was a beautiful and responsive coach. I loved her perspective on things and she offered me a new way of looking at certain situations. During my time with Sherri I was able to make leaps and bounds in the absolute faith in self. Being a champion, living as a champion and gold medalist is IN me now. As I embody this more fully every day I FEEL the absolute truth that this WILL BE in my life. My time with Sherri was memorable and inspirational. I adore her and know that she will have an incredible impact in all the lives of the professionals she works with. The value I received was beyond money. I am moving forward in my life now and experiencing wild success. Working with Sherri was a prominent stepping stone that has brought me to this place of clarity, joy, and CONFIDENCE IN WHO I AM!
– Lisa Van Ahn – Founder, I Am Initiative and Owner, LVA Fitness

Sherri is a highly gifted coach. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sherri in an important time in my life. Her ability to get to the heart of whatever issue you are going through is a wonderful opportunity to really make a transformation in your thinking, your possibilities and your vision. I would highly recommend her to anybody who wants to make a transformation in their lives, find and live their purpose.
– MaryAnn Voli, Managing Director Asia Pacific, PotentialSquared

Praise for Susan Cannon:

Susan Cannon was my creative collaborator for over a decade in the decoding of a development pathway for women that unlocked the next level of evolutionary potential. In the program design and facilitation of our University certificate women’s leadership programs, she brought her piercing intelligence, powerful systemic perspective and unique ability to work with the emergent. Susan is one of those rare ‘bridge people’, as comfortable at a board room table as she is in the realms of deep diving transformation. As a teacher, coach and guide she is masterful at creating and holding a powerful container for change and growth.
— Suzanne Anderson, MA, Principal, Kore Evolution and co-author The Way of The Mysterial Woman: Upgrading How You Live, Love and Lead.

Dr. Susan Cannon is a phenomenal coach and facilitator. I have had the privilege of having Susan as one of our core faculty and coaches for individual and group coaching in our Conscious Business Coalition Conscious Business Incubator and Conscious Business Accelerator programs for several years now. Her intuition is uncanny. She is able to quickly hone in on client’s core issues, needs and shifts personally and professionally. As a business coach, she is able to help clients find “unlocking moves” that help them expand their business to the next level in record time. She has brought her deep integral knowledge and master coaching skills to bear helping our clients in a wide variety of projects and professions, from business entrepreneurs and technologists, to coaches, ministers, non profit directors, healers, and more. I give Susan my highest recommendation!
– Brett Thomas, Founder Conscious Business Coalition and Co-Founder Stagen Leadership Academy

Susan Cannon is a deep soul sister who is actively invoking the Divine Feminine so needed on the planet today. In all her work, she weaves together diverse aspects of herself — scientist, corporate executive, artist, teacher, coach, high priestess, and visionary thought leader — all in service of helping individuals and systems transform. We co-taught a course together in a sustainable MBA program, and she was a creative and inspiring collaborator. I highly recommend Susan!
— Ann masai Jones, Interfaith Minister and Counselor in Embodied Sacred Psychology, and faculty at St. Mary’s College, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center

Susan Cannon has been my partner in developing and delivering innovation coaching through Vollett Executive coaching. We work with CEOs and Senior Management in fast growth companies. Susan is a superb coach, both for individuals, for groups and for organizations. She is very calming, a great listener, astute observer and highly intuitive all of which allows her to find that core possibility that moves people forward. She is also a great collaborator and co-creator. I would not have been able to take our business to the next level without her. Our clients recommend her very highly. So do I.
— Jim Vollett, Founder and President of Vollett Executive Coaching

Susan Cannon is a “Mysterial” woman, if I’ve ever met one: She exudes Feminine wisdom, strength and radiance, and has easy access to Masculine energy when needed. Her finely-tuned intuitive guidance has been invaluable for me as a thought-partner, colleague and friend. I consider Susan to be at the forefront of integral awareness in the field of integral leadership and women’s leadership.
— Allison Conte, Senior Consultant at Mobius Executive Leadership

About Your Program Leaders...

Dr. Susan Cannon is a certified master executive coach, professor of organizational development and leadership, and a pioneer in women’s leadership development who has shaped her more than twenty-five year career around innovation and change in individuals and organizations. Dr. Cannon is a partner at Vollett Executive Coaching where she provides integral innovation coaching primarily to C-suite clients. She is on the faculty of Fielding Graduate University as a professor of Organizational Development and Leadership. Her work was recently featured in the International Leadership Association’s book Leadership 2050, a current finalist for a 2015 Leadership Book of the Year award.

Sherri Appel Lassila is an executive coach, leadership facilitator and visionary change agent, whose work has transformed the lives of hundreds of professionals around the world. She facilitates leadership programs at Stanford University Continuing Studies, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Center, and co-led Stanford Business School’s Women In Management Groups program. With a Stanford MBA and MA in Education, and multiple coaching certifications, Sherri is known for blending transformational and soulful inner work with practical results, and for creating highly supportive yet challenging coaching circles where leaders expand their authentic power and impact. She is excited to be developing The Shift Network’s flagship Leadership Academy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where are the retreats taking place?
A: Our retreats will be hosted at EarthRise, a beautiful, semi-rural conscious living center located within the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) campus located just 35 minutes north of San Francisco. It is easily accessible from the East Bay and North Bay, as well as from San Francisco.

Q: What is your refund policy?
A: We are only offering 30 spots in this program as we are wanting to keep the group intimate. So participation is by application only.

Please fill-out the brief application and submit your deposit, which will be the first month’s payment. We will get back to you shortly and if you seem like a good fit, you’ll be invited into an interview with either Sherri Lasilla or Susan Cannon.

After your interview, if you are accepted into the program, you will have a 3-day period to decide whether or not to enroll. At that point, you can either continue with monthly payments or pay the remaining balance of the full payment. If you are not accepted or you decide the program is not a good fit for you within 3 days of your interview, then your deposit will be fully refunded.

Because of the limited number of slots, if you are accepted, you are responsible for the full tuition.

Q: If I have any further questions, how can I reach Customer Support?
A: Email: or call us at 415-223-7565.