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The Authenticity Vibe: An Embodied Journey From Individual to Collective Connections Donna Ladkin and Chellie Spiller Quote

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When: Wednesday, 24 October | 13:00 - 16:00 | HALF DAY
Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center - 1B/C
Ticket Price: ILA members - $45 | non-members - $60
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This workshop offers a unique opportunity for participants to explore the central role their bodies play in creating an experience of authentic leadership. Experiential as well as reflective in nature, our aim is to explore how authenticity is embodied through deeper levels of enquiry, to illuminate the nature of 'concordance' and hopefully, to create the vibe that shows up between us when authentic relations occur. The revelation of this 'authenticity vibe' can be an elusive and precious experience – a living energy that occurs through dialectic, in relationship with our self, others, and the world around us. When this vibe occurs, it can be energizing and life affirming.

Informed by both the body-based system of yoga and the Maori 'mihi' ritual, the workshop begins with simple breathing and moving exercises to help participants 'center' and 'ground'. We then guide you through an indigenous Māori whakapapa process which extends the embodied encounter of authenticity to include a multi-dimensional sense of place and people.

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  Who Should Attend?

Individuals aspiring to bring their unique voice to their team or organizations, who crave a deep experiential encounter with the wellspring of their uniqueness.

What Will Attendees Gain?

Participants will take away:

  • An experience of calmness and centering
  • Simple methods for bringing that sense of calm to their everyday life
  • A fuller appreciation of how 'where they have come from' informs who they are
  • The capacity to engage with others from this deeper place of grounded self


Workshop Leaders & Presenters

Chellie Spiller Donna Ladkin
Chellie Spiller
University of Auckland Business School
Donna Ladkin
Plymouth University


Chellie Spiller is an associate professor at the University of Auckland Business School. Called by her elders and mentors to be a Ruahine, a woman who traverses worlds, Chellie brings her Māori lineage together with a commitment to developing leaders committed to creating a better world. In 2013 Chellie and Donna edited the book Reflections on Authentic Leadership. Chellie is also co-author of Wayfinding Leadership which explores leadership lessons from the wayfinders – the ancient Polynesian navigators who set off to lead the way to new uncharted worlds. Like Donna, Chellie is excited to be curating a special space for all who attend this workshop.



Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Plymouth University in the UK, Donna Ladkin's research focuses on the embodied, ethical, and aesthetic aspects of leading both public and private organizations. Always keen to find ways of combining her expertise as a leadership educator with her skill as a trained yoga teacher, this workshop showcases both of those capacities. Working together with her writing collaborator and friend Chellie Spiller, she looks forward to creating a unique developmental experience for all who attend this workshop.



Paul Kosempel is currently Teaching Associate Professor in leadership studies at the University of Denver (DU) as well as Interim Director of the Pioneer Leadership Program. Paul joined the faculty in 2007, and soon after received his PhD in interpersonal communication from DU. His professional experience includes over twenty years in higher education in various capacities including career development, leadership development, and operations management. He is co-convener of ILA's Sustainability Leadership Learning Community. His research interests include leadership and sustainability, assessment of leadership learning outcomes, and mentoring and leadership. He is also part-owner of the Green Bay Packers Football Team.



Charles David Tauber, M.D. is a founder of the Coalition for Work with Psychotrauma and Peace and has been its Head of Mission for Southeast Europe since 1995. He developed Pragmatic Empowerment Training (PET), a participatory course in communication, psychology, civil society, non-violent conflict transformation, and human rights for people without previous education in these fields. He has given therapy and supervision to victims of war. Previously, Tauber worked with various groups in The Netherlands, assisting asylum seekers and refugees and lay volunteers. He grew up in the USA, where he worked with environmental and peace groups starting in 1966.



Sandra Marić, grew up and studied in Zagreb, Croatia. Before joining to the Coalition for Work with Psychodrama and Peace as Deputy Head of Mission for Southeast Europe in 2006, she worked extensively with children and young people in eastern Croatia. Sandra holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Zagreb. Her role with the Coalition includes therapy, research, writing, and a wide variety of other Coalition tasks.