Sustainability and Social Innovation Cohort 9

Edgewood College
Social Innovation & Sustainability 
Continuing Education

Fall 2019

Servant Leadership for Social Change
Instructor: Carrie Sanders and Robert Toomey, Ed.D. 

Course Description: As the number and pace of complex, seemingly intractable social, economic, and environmental crises increase, servant leaders are needed to develop, launch, and sustain systems level solutions that really, truly make a difference – and quickly. Is it possible to lead systems-level social impact while serving the wellbeing and growth of those who stand to be impacted most? This is what we will explore and practice  in the course: Servant Leadership for Social Change. This class is for those who find themselves drawn to lead system-level innovation to solve complex social issues.

The course is focused on understanding why and how the mindset, language, and practice of servant leadership amplifies and accelerates the work of leaders who aspire to lead system-level social change to solve the world’s most divergent and complex problems. Through four (4) in-person sessions complemented with robust online content,  participants will take a deep look at listening, persuasion, conceptualization, and foresight – four characteristics of servant leaders who inhabit the “thin place” at the intersection of social impact and servant leadership.  

Course participants are asked to reflect on whether and to what extent their practice of servant leadership offers opportunities to more rapidly, more effectively, and more justly engage in positive social change. Each student will complete a StrengthsFinders assessment and use their results as a tool to recognize and grow their own strengths and the strengths of others. Students will then engage in a guided, semester-long mini-experiment that offers a chance to practice servant leadership as a means to advance social change. Students will share their mini-experiment journey at the final class meeting, December 7th.
Dates and Time: Saturdays 9am-2pm: Sept. 14, Oct. 26th, Nov. 23rd, Dec. 7th 
Location: Edgewood College, Monroe St. Campus. Room TBD

Cost: $1,175 (corporate rate); $875 for Non-profit and Government organizations (materials and lunch included)
Optional graduate credit:  This course is eligible for 3 graduate credits at an additional cost of $190 per credit.

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Introduction to Mindful Leadership: Essential Skills for Leading in a Complex World
Instructor: Lisa Baker, Ph.D. 
Course Description: This class explores practices aimed at cultivating our innate qualities of awareness, focus, authenticity and compassion, qualities that enhance our ability as leaders to create safe and trusting environments, where there is openness and respect for each person’s background, experiences, style, skills, and contributions. This training will also provide the opportunity for participants to explore ways these qualities can apply to the work of creating more diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments. Benefits of Mindfulness Training at Work: Improves: • Mental focus and concentration • Time management • Interpersonal communication • Conflict management • Team effectiveness • Innovation and inspiration • Ability to anticipate and serve client needs • Productivity
Dates and Time: Saturdays: Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Nov. 9
Location: Edgewood College, Monroe St. Campus. Room TBD
Cost: $695

Optional graduate credit:  This course is eligible for 3 graduate credits at an additional cost of $190 per credit.

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Contact Ashleigh Ross for more information.