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.

In the DC area?  Join us for a free “Taste and See” event.

  • Overview
  • in Boston
  • in England
  • in Tennesee
  • Staff Bios
  • Testimonials
  • Taste and See Event

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

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

For more information
Download the brochure here.

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.

MargaretBenefielMargaret Benefiel, PhD
Margaret, 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.

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.

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.

“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

Are you interested in integrating spiritual heart practices with your leadership realities? Would you like to learn more about what Shalem’s Soul of Leadership Program offers for heart-led leadership?

Join us for a free “Taste and See” event where you will have an opportunity to meet with two of the leaders, Margaret Benefiel and Eliza Ramos, and hear more about the Soul of Leadership Program. This will be a good opportunity to ask questions about the program or whatever else might help in your discernment process about applying.

November 3, 2017, 7-9 PM
Shalem Office
Washington, DC

Although there is no charge for these events, please contact to let us know youll be joining us.