FSA Leadership Institute

Since 2013, the FSA Leadership Institute has offered a unique, in-depth experiential learning opportunity for current and emerging senior leaders to deepen their understanding of leading in organizations that embrace Quaker values.

Participants meet in person as a group three separate times, for several days at a time. In between sessions, the group will continue to connect and process what they are learning. Group size is limited to one participant per organization, and is open to the staff of FSA member organizations only. 


The 2023 cohort will meet for three sessions:
July 26-28, 2023
September 13-15, 2023
November 15-17, 2023


Sessions are held at the Desmond Hotel, Malvern, PA . All participants are required to stay overnight at the venue in order to minimize distractions, attend scheduled evening events and promote bonding within the cohort.

Program Design:

This intensive, cohort-style experience is designed to promote leadership practices that will resonate in organizations that embrace Quaker values—Presence, Connection, Listening—and where leaders actively and intentionally live these values to shape and nourish the culture of their organizations.

In short, the experience is designed to give leaders ways of thinking and practicing—frameworks and tools—that are congruent with Quaker values.

We do our work together in the Institute in the spirit of continuous revelation. This supports the assumption that we are always learning, we can hold our opinions lightly, and we can change our minds.


  • Reflection: Increase self-awareness by using reflection to continually evolve a leadership stance and by identifying strengths to leverage and learning edges to explore and develop.
  • Foundations of Trust and Relationship Building: Hone skills of listening and asking questions in ways that build trust, enhance coaching and building the capacity of others, and contribute to a respectful, generative environment.
  • Building Community and Engaging Stakeholders: Experience and utilize tools for participatory meeting design, group facilitation, and shared decision making and understand how to use them to create the conditions for collaboration.

Values in Action:

In order to expose participants to ways of thinking that are congruent with Quaker values, speakers and materials will focus on various models and system frameworks that reflect the values in action. Examples include:

  • peer coaching
  • Quaker model of decision making
  • appreciative inquiry
  • creating collaborative meetings

For more information, contact Marsha Wesley Coleman.

"(The FSA Leadership Institute) was an invaluable experience that I highly recommend. It transformed my way of thinking about leadership."