Soul of Leadership Program

Are you seeking inspiration and encouragement for a new type of leadership?
Would you like support and guidance for leading in a more grounded, heart-centered way?

If your answers are yes, then the Spirit may be calling you to Shalem’s Soul of Leadership Program.

  • Overview
  • in Boston
  • in England
  • in Tennesee
  • Staff Bios
  • Testimonials

For Anyone in a Leadership Role:

SoulofLeadershipShalem’s offerings now include The Soul of Leadership, a program that began in 2012 in Boston with Margaret Benefiel, Shalem’s Executive Director, and is designed for leaders from various sectors (businesses, non-profits, churches, etc.).

The Soul of Leadership recognizes that leaders today face particularly difficult challenges. The commitment to inspire others while also increasing productivity and balancing the needs of the organization can leave leaders feeling depleted. Long hours and countless demands often result in a deep need for renewal.

This 18-month program helps leaders integrate spiritual heart practices with leadership realities in order to more truly embody their vocational path. Through individual and communal activities, participants engage in a variety of contemplative practices, while learning strategies to address some of their most pressing leadership challenges.

The Soul of Leadership includes four residencies, each featuring a different leadership focus, supplemented by reading, reflection and spiritual companionship. Continuing education units are available.

November 2017 –April 2019
Greater Boston, MA

This program is designed for healthcare professionals.

November 6-9, 2017; April 2-5, 2018; Oct 8-11, 2018; April 1-4, 2019
The four residencies are in the Greater Boston area.

$8,000 corporate; $5,000 non-profit or individual

Susie Allen, Margaret Benefiel, and Pat Franklin, co-leaders.

Apply now
Fill out an application form here.

Offered in partnership with Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre

January 2018 – June 2019
Birmingham, England

January 22-25 2018; June 4-7, 2018; January 14-17, 2019; June 10-13, 2019

3,900 for-profit organizations; 3,100 non-profit organizations and self-funded individuals
(Prices are in pounds.)

Margaret Benefiel & Lynne Sedgmore

For details about the current program:

Offered in partnership with St. Mary’s Sewanee

March 2017 – October 2018
Sewanee, Tennessee

March 27-30, 2017; October 23-26, 2017; April 16-19, 2018; October 15-18, 2018

$8,000 for-profit organizations; $5,000 non-profit organization or individual

Margaret Benefiel & Susan Cox

For more details:

Apply Now
Fill out an application form here.

Susie Allen
Susie, Co-director of Shalem’s Soul of Leadership, is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and the Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program. She has been leading small groups and retreats for 15 years and has an active ministry of spiritual direction. She has a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School and offers soul care programs at The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden in Harvard, MA.

MargaretBenefielMargaret Benefiel,
Margaret, Co-director of Shalem’s Soul of Leadership, is Shalem’s Executive Director and has many years of experience as a consultant, coach and spiritual director. She is an adjunct faculty member at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston and has written extensively on various aspects of contemplative leadership and spirituality at work, including The Soul of Supervision, The Soul of a Leader, and Soul at Work.

Susan Vincent Cox
Susan is a psychotherapist (LCSW) and an ordained minister of the Reformed Church in America. She has over 28 years of experience working in mental health, medical, and human service agencies as well as her own private counseling practice. She also currently serves as Minister of Small Groups and Discipleship at First Church in Albany, NY, where she facilitates groups both in churches and in the community. She developed and leads Pilgrim’s Walk, a small-group ministry of spiritual direction and support for those in the third stage of life (65 and older). Her professional training includes Psychosynthesis, The Soul of Leadership and Nonviolent Communication.

Judy Proctor
Judy is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, currently serving a local church. With over 20 years of experience in small group ministry and training leaders, her work emphasizes contemplative practices that guide leadership. Judy is a retreat leader, coach and spiritual director. She holds a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School and a Juris Doctor Degree from George Washington University. She has completed a wide variety of professional training programs focused on contemplative leadership and the spiritual nature of organizations, including Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats Program.

Lynne Sedgmore
Lynne, past Executive Director of the 157 Group of FE Colleges, is an ordained interfaith minister, a trained spiritual coach and a Benedictine oblate. She has a doctorate in spiritual leadership in secular organizations, an MS in change agent skills and strategies, and was awarded the CBE for services in education. She has published a number of articles on leadership, emotional intelligence and spirituality in the workplace and has led spiritual retreats and developmental workshops for over 25 years.

“The support network is wonderful. The focus on heart integration with leadership challenges is a unique aspect.”
Pat Franklin, MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School

“Thank you so much for the gift of Soul of Leadership. What a fabulous experience. I use the listening and feedback tools you taught on a daily basis, which has also allowed me to be more thoughtful and less critical in challenging situations. Soul of Leadership is a gift that truly keeps on giving.”
Cindy Warwick, Regulatory Operations Associate, Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.