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.

2019-2020 FSA Leadership Institute dates are:
Session 1: September 11-13, 2019
Session 2: November 6-8, 2019
Session 3: February 5-7, 2020

Where: 
Sessions are held at Chubb Conference Center, 309 Manor Road, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444. All participants are required to stay overnight at the conference center in order to minimize distractions, attend scheduled evening events and promote bonding within the cohort.

FAQs

 

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 toolsthat 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.

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. 

Outcomes:

  • 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, various 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
  • clearness process
Lead Faculty

 

 

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."