Susan Skjei

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 the Sakyong 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. Currently Susan is 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 also consults internationally with leaders of non-profit organizations and businesses worldwide through her company Sane Systems. She lives with her husband, Jim Pascucci, in Longmont, Colorado."

Teaching Schedule

Jul 31 - Aug Philadelphia Academy of Mgmt Conference (2 panels on Mindful Leadership)
Aug 23 - Sep 3 France Scorpion Seal VI
Sep 5 - 7 Boulder Shambhala Training Level I
Sep 7 Boulder Talk on "Runing with the Mind of Meditation"
Sep 14 Estes Park Talk on "Authentic Leadership" at Yoga Journal Event
Oct 16 Boulder Naropa 40th: Workshop on "Compassionate Leadership"
Oct 17 - 19 Boulder Naropa 40th: Symposium on "Radical Compassion"
Oct 40 - Nov 2 Boston Mind and Life: Symposium on "Contemplative Research"

Jan 26 - 30 Boulder Authentic Leadership Onsite #1 (Naropa)
Apr 1 - 12 (tentative) Shambhala Mountain Center Acharya Retreat
Apr 13 - 17 Boulder Authentic Leadership Onsite #2 (Naropa)
May 15 - 17 Boulder Shambhala Training "Rigden" Program
Jun Shambhala Mountain Center Scorpion Seal VII


Past Topics
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Books Chapters:

Skjei, S. (2012). Leading with authenticity and presence: The legacy of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. In K. Goldman Schuyler (Ed.), Inner peace and global vision: The influence of Tibetan Buddhism on leadership and organization. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Skjei, S. (2014) Leaders lived experience of authentic moments. In K. Goldman Schuyler (Ed.), Leading with spirit, prsence and authenticity. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.