Soul of Leadership Program

Are you seeking inspiration and encouragement for a new type of leadership?
Would you like to lead in a more conscious, heart-centered way?

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

Listen to a recording of an informational call with Soul of Leadership program director Margaret Benefiel and co-leaders and graduates of the program:


For Anyone in a Leadership Role:

Shalem’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.

The Soul of Leadership programs are offered in the following locations: Boston, California, England, and DC. 

For dates and registration details, please read the program information below for the location in which you are interested:

In Boston 

October 2019-April 2021
Greater Boston, MA

October 21-24, 2019; May 4-7, 2020; Oct 26-29, 2020; April 5-8, 2021
The four residencies are in the Greater Boston area.

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

Margaret Benefiel and Jan Gregory-Charpentier

For more information
Download a brochure.

In California

August 2018 – March 2020
Bay Area, California


August 17-19, 2018, February 22-24, 2019, August 16-18, 2019, February 28-March 1, 2020
The four residencies are in the Bay Area.


$7,000 corporate; $4,000 non-profit or individual


Margaret Benefiel and Eliza Ramos

For more information
Download a brochure.

In England – Enrolling Now!

January 2020 – June 2021
Birmingham, England

Jan 13-16, 2020; June 1-4, 2020; Jan 11-14, 2021; June 7-10, 2021

Margaret Benefiel & Margie Buchanan-Smith

For details about the current program:

Offered in partnership with Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre


June 2019 – January 2021
Washington, DC

June 24-27, 2019, January 6-9, 2020, June 15-18, 2020, January 4-7, 2021

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

Margaret Benefiel and Tony Mazurkiewicz

For more information
Download a brochure.

Staff Bios

Margaret Benefiel, PhD
Margaret, Director of Shalem’s Soul of Leadership, is Shalem’s Executive Director. Prior to coming to Shalem, she ran her own consulting, speaking, training, and coaching business, Executive Soul, helping leaders and organizations nurture their souls and express their deepest values institutionally. At the same time, she taught as adjunct faculty at Andover Newton Theological School in the area of contemplative leadership. Margaret is a Quaker and holds a B.A. in History from Princeton University, an M.A. in Mathematics from Portland State University, an M.A. in Theology from Earlham School of Religion, and a PhD in Spirituality from Catholic University of America. She has written extensively on various aspects of contemplative leadership and spirituality at work, including The Soul of a Leader: Finding Your Path to Fulfillment and Success and Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations.

Susie Allen
Susie 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.

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.

Patricia Franklin, MD
Pat is a physician with 30 years experience leading quality and outcomes programs in health systems. After 15 years leading hospital quality programs, she transitioned to research and established a federally funded, national network to monitor and improve patient-centered outcomes in surgical care. She is a past participant of the Soul of Leadership and has many years of experience with centering prayer and other contemplative practices.

Jan Gregory-Charpentier, D.Min
Jan has been an ordained UCC pastor for over 25 years, serving congregations of diverse sizes and settings. She brings a wealth of experience as an organizational leader as well as a workshop and retreat leader. She received her Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew School of Theology with a concentration in Worship, Spirituality and Preaching and is a graduate of Shalem’s Going Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership and Soul of Leadership Programs.

Tony Mazurkiewicz
Tony, who is on our Soul of Leadership Program staff, serves as the Director of the John Main Center for Meditation and Interreligious Dialogue and a Chaplain-in-Residence at Georgetown University. He is a trained spiritual director, mediator, and Enneagram facilitator who received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, his Masters in Divinity degree from the Washington Theological Union, and also holds certificates in Carmelite Studies (WTU) and Non-Profit Management (Northwestern University).

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.

Eliza Ramos
Eliza is a leadership and organizational development consultant who specializes in wellness and resilience. A CEO of Circles International, she holds an MPH from Harvard University and an MSW from Columbia University. She is a graduate of our Young Adult Life and Leadership Initiative and serves on the staff or our Soul of Leadership Program.


“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.

“I got strategic help in leadership that I could use right away.”
Rebecca Mays, Executive Director, Dialogue Institute, Temple University

“I have found the Soul of Leadership to be an excellent venue for assessing and affirming acquired leadership style and abilities, and learning new leadership skills.”
Therese Taylor-Stinson, Author, and Co-Convener/Organizer of the Spiritual Directors of Color Network