Sunday Gathering - Right Use of Power: An Exploration Of the Ethical Use of Power

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020 (15:00 -16:00)
Teacher : Susan Skjei
Patron Price: $20.00

Join Acharya Susan Skjei for a conversation about the right use of power. As is the case in the wider world, Shambhala is waking up to the many ways in which power can either help or harm. Shambhala leadership and the community have been in a period of deep reflection about how we can create an environment with healthy power dynamics. While there is much that is strong and healthy about our community, there are also many ways we can do better. Acharya Susan Skjei will present some key themes from the Right Use of Power Training that is currently being offered to Shambhala leaders and the potential outcomes for our community that can be expected from this training. This program has been developed in collaboration with Cedar Barstow, Ph.D. who has been researching and teaching on power dynamics for over 20 years.  Although training is not all that is needed to change the current culture, it is a first step toward raising awareness about the right use of power and the best practices that foster compassion, respect, and ethical conduct.  This conversation will be hosted by Shambhala Director of Community Care & Conduct, Tara Templin, who will also facilitate a question and answer period and group discussion.

About the teacher

Susan Skjei, Ph.D., is an educator, coach and organizational consultant specializing in leadership and transformative change. In 1972 Susan began her studies with the Vidyadyhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She attended the 1974 seminary and early Kalapa Assemblies and, at his request, became the first Shambhala Training resident director in the San Francisco Bay Area. Later, she became a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and served on the Shambhala Board of Directors for over 10 years. During that time she was also Vice President of Human Resource Development and Chief Learning Officer for a large high-tech company.

Susan has taught extensively and has provided mentoring, training and facilitation to many Shambhala Centers in North America and Europe. Susan was the director of the Authentic Leadership program at Naropa University and a founding member of the Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) Institute in Nova Scotia. She currently consults with leaders of non-profit organizations and business through her company SaneSystems.



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