May 11, 2017 Spring Event

Leading From Within

Spring Gathering 2017:  Association of Transformational Leaders

Join your fellow transformational leaders as we explore the theme of  Leading From Within.

We’ll be exploring how we can do our best work, both personally and professionally, when we lead from within – accessing the core of true self and allowing that to be the ultimate guide on the Hero’s Journey we all take.

Dr. Rick Warm, PhD, Director of The Center for Wisdom and Leadership and specialist on the modern day Hero’s Journey, and Michele Rae, Founder of The Center Within and Author of Living From The Center Within will be joining us in person to share wisdom on how to live more deeply from our centers – the core of who we really are, and to bring that authenticity, deeper awareness and creativity into our everyday lives, even when we face challenges.

Be inspired by like-minded people doing transformational work in the world, and engage in spirited conversation about what it means to “lead from within.”  Our two dialogue starters will share some of their favorite ways to go deeper inside to harvest the guidance, wisdom and passion of our birthright gifts. Discover some new ways of looking at things, and try on some very helpful daily practices and techniques to center, quiet and open the heart.  Explore with us how doing that can help make the transformational work we do be even more effective with those we serve, while cultivating our own happiness and well-being.

Where & When

We will meet in the Snyder Building, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, in Chanhassen, MN

For directions to the Arboretum, click  here:  Directions to MN Arboretum

We will be serving lovely fresh foods in the form of a buffet, with a pre-ordered option available for vegans, which is also gluten-free.  (We regret that there is no separate option for those who are gluten-free, but NOT vegan).

As always, we’ll be allowing time to connect as we gather in the patio gardens at 2:00 pm and begin our opening circle at 2:30 pm. The event will end at 9:30pm.



The cost to attend is $75 if received by April 14th ($85 after that date) and includes participation, food, and beverages, as well as a free day pass to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  Remember that we now have an Annual Membership fee, separate from each event ticket cost, which must be paid once per year to remain a member in good standing.  If you have not yet renewed your membership, you will be able to do that on the event registration page.

Membership Questions

If you have any questions about your membership or payments, or if you would like to apply for membership, please contact Valerie Lis, our membership coordinator:  Valerie Lis. 

Click HERE to read all about the new membership dues and structure here.

Additional Guests

Please email Kay Grace  with additional guests you would like to invite that you recognize as Transformational Leaders.

(Please note that ATL Events are for members only, and are not open to the public)

More About our Guest Presenters

Michele Rae

Michele Rae

Author, Coach

Co-Creating Who We Are Becoming

Michele Rae, R.Ph., MA is the founder of The Center Within, LLC and author of Living From the Center Within: Co-Creating Who You Are Becoming. She provides holistic coaching for personal, professional and organizational transformation. While working with Michele, clients become more confident and engaged as they enhance their gifts, talents, wisdom and passions. They also gain clarity and power as they expose and unblock limiting beliefs, stuck patterns and fears. During individual sessions and organizational development, Michele utilizes her abilities in deep listening, intuition, appreciative inquiry, spiritual practices, mind-body skills, presence and emotional intelligence. Coaching with Michele, clients create self-directed strategies to implement the changes they desire to create a life they love.

How do we contribute as impactful leaders to emerging structures and process in our organizations and institutions with full access to our Center Within?  When we live from our essence as our whole and Holy Self, we radiate our passion and catalyze transformation. We are the ones we have been waiting for.

Michele will also share with us some of her best ideas and techniques from her recently published book, Living From The Center Within – Co-Creating Who You Are Becoming.

We HIGHLY recommend reading this book ahead of time, to get even more from our discussion. We are also planning an informal get-together at Paul & Libby Scheele’s home to take this discussion deeper, so look for details in your email inbox soon!

Dr. Rick Warm

Dr. Rick Warm

Professor, Leadership Scholar, Coach

 Beyond the hero: journeys to leadership, wisdom and the second half of life

“…the passage of the mythological hero…is fundamentally inward – into depths where obscure resistances are overcome, and long forgotten powers are revivified to be made available for the transfiguration of the world.” ~ Joseph Campbell

Rick Warm is the director of the Center for Wisdom and Leadership, an organization doing research and teaching programs on wisdom and its impact on leadership. A major focus of his work centers on the “second half of life,” the midlife transition, and “eldership.” Rick teaches classes on these subjects and leads discussion groups and workshops on what differentiates leadership in the second half. In addition, he is an active executive coach and leadership consultant and has served as an adjunct professor of leadership at Northern Kentucky University. Rick has lived, worked, and studied for extended periods of time on five continents, giving him a strong intercultural perspective. He is a lifelong musician and martial artist which contributes to his scholarship and interest in integrating body, mind, heart, and spirit into leadership development. Rick also is an avid Argentine Tango dancer. His latest workshops focus on the practice of leadership through tango. Rick has an MBA in International Business from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. He is also an ICF credentialed coach with a professional certification in individual and organizational coaching from The Hudson Institute.

Rick’s work inspires us to discover how our own journeys to greater meaning and purpose inform us as leaders and become the source of “long forgotten powers” we can share with others and use in our personal lives. This is the journey to becoming the the very best we can be. True transformation is unpredictable, non-linear and takes us from the known, into the unknown. Exploration of our inner landscape still requires courage. It helps to know that in most hero stories, the hero is met with help, guides and friends who help along the way.

Taking these ideas further, Rick will highlight leadership in the second half of life. The idea of the hero is the primary mythological story in the developed world, and also the dominant leadership model. It is a good and useful model but it has its limitations. Using myths and “fairy tales” we will explore how age and experience often call us to leadership that is deeper and wiser.

Steven C Anderson

Steven C Anderson

Guest Musician

A  Musical Journey

Celebrated composer and pianist Steven C (a.k.a. Steven C. Anderson) fills his life with the gift of music. Through his passion and artistry, he delivers his music in a way that stirs both mind and heart. As a respected recording artist, Steven C has sold over 2 million CD’s throughout his diverse musical endeavors.

Classically trained and gifted with a keen ear and sensibility for all styles of music, Steven left a one of a kind footprint at Hamline University as he received his BA in music performance.  Beyond being an esteemed 20 year performing artist, Steven also lends his talents to many outside venues, such as the Fitzgerald Theater, Minnesota Public Radio, as well as, countless musical groups and churches. He is also the producer for the award winning “Baby Genius” series. Additionally, Steven proudly, along with other venerable musicians as Tori Amos and Victor Borge, endorses the illustrious Bosendorfer grand piano. His cherished 9’ instrument centers his home and recording studio overlooking the beautiful river valley in the Twin Cities.