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Leadership Pathways

Leadership Pathways
Leadership Pathways

Leadership Pathways is a process designed to engage the entire membership of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the ongoing process of becoming transformational leaders.  It consists of three distinct initiatives, each designed to assist elected leaders in deepening their capacity to lead from within in a way that is transformative for themselves and for their congregations.

Initiative One invites the entire LCWR membership to engage, first with their leadership teams and then in their regional meetings, in a series of courageous conversations focused on the emerging future of religious life.

Initiative Two invites interested members to form learning cohorts to engage in an online learning lab. These learning labs, structured to fit into the daily life and demands of elected leaders, are designed to enhance the capacity to lead from an integrated contemplative space and to respond more effectively to the challenges and opportunities present in the ministry of leadership. Participants will form learning groups that can serve as sounding boards and wisdom circles for dealing with the complexities of leadership today.

Registration forms for groups beginning in September of 2015 are available on this site immediately following the description of Leadership Pathways.  Groups beginning in September will continue together for 9 to 12 months.  The registration deadline is September 15th.

Initiaitve Three Leading in an Evolving Universe, invites members who wish to explore the implications of living in an evolving universe on their role as women religious leaders to form a self-directed online learning lab.  This learning lab will focus on the intersection of emerging consciousness, the Christian tradition, and religious leadership for the future.  The core content for this section will be provided by Sister Ilia Delio, OSF.  Reflection questions and processes for engaging the material will also be provided.

Pilot groups for Leading in an Evolving Universe began in the Winter of 2015.  Once these pilot groups complete their learning lab, an invitation will be issued to all interested members to join a learning lab.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Leadership Pathways?

Leadership Pathways is a learning-lab in transformational leadership, not a program about leadership.

Who is it for?

Anyone currently serving in elected leadership.

Why should I participate?

Leadership Pathways will offer you processes, tools, resources, information, and – most importantly – companions on the journey of navigating the challenges of leadership today.

How does Initiative Two work?

Initiative Two is designed to fit into, and assist you with, the daily demands of leadership. Participants will engage in some focused reading and reflection on their own, will engage in exercises that connect the topic and material to real situations in their leadership experience, and will spend 1 ½ hours every six to eight weeks online with their learning cohort. The online engagement will be guided by a group mentor.

How many modules will I need to participate in?

Each module will stand on its own and you can take as many or as few as you wish.

What’s the time frame for each module?

Each learning cohort will set its own schedule for working together. Work on an individual module generally takes 9 to 12 months.

What's the time commitment?

1 to 1 1/2 hours per week of personal preparation
An additional 1 1/2 hours every 6 to 8 weeks of online group engagement

Do I need to participate in the modules in any particular order?

It is recommended, but not required that participants begin with the foundational module on Identity as a Leader entitled "Becoming the Leaders We Hope to Be: The Foundations of Transformational Leadership.

What if I’m not technologically savvy?

Leadership Pathways will employ user-friendly, easy- to-learn technology and will provide assistance in getting started for those who need it.

How do I join a learning cohort?

You can sign up as an individual to participate in a learning cohort. Alternately you can form your own learning cohort and sign up as a group. Registration forms for participation are provided on the LCWR website, or you may contact The Associate Director of Programs, Marie McCarthy,

Will there be any opportunity to meet with other members of the cohort in person?

While the experience is being designed to work as an online experience, there is no reason that the learning cohorts could not meet together if time and circumstances allow.

Tell me about the mentors.

All the mentors for Leadership Pathways will be women who have experience in elected leadership. Each learning cohort will be assigned a group mentor to accompany the group as members interact together. In addition, a list of available mentors will be provided for anyone who wishes an individual mentor.

What does it cost?

The cost to participate in a module is $450.00 per person.  If more than one person from a leadership team signs up to participate in the same module, the cost will be $450.00 for the first team member and $300.00 for each additional team member.  The registration deadline for the Fall of 2015 is September 15, 2015.  Participants will be accepted in the order in which registrations are received.

 For additional information contact Marie McCarthy, SP at or 301-588-4955, ext. 237.