Institute for Zen Leadership

Lead the Way

aka IZL   |   Madison, WI   |  https://zenleader.global/

Mission

Our mission is to develop powerful, selfless, fearless leaders who can thrive in these disruptive times and be a force for positive change. Never has the need for more awakened leadership been greater or more obvious. For leaders facing into all this change, never have they needed the embodied resilience and non-dual wisdom of Zen leadership more. Our training goes to the bones, transforming leaders from inside out, that they can sense and serve the whole picture from their authentic self.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Ms Ginny Whitelaw

Main address

2540 E Mifflin St

Madison, WI 53704 USA

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EIN

45-4956464

NTEE code info

Leadership Development (W70)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Management & Technical Assistance (X02)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe humanity is at a critical juncture where the extractive mindset that has been our history is collapsing biodiversity and destroying the conditions that support human life. Our mission at IZL is to accelerate development of the connected, regenerative mindset we need to evolve through this time, rather than destroy ourselves.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Zen Leader

The Zen Leader programs supercharge leaders to face the critical work of our time from deeply embodied, connected consciousness, giving them the ability to care for people and the planet with greater wisdom, success, and energy. IZL programs use Zen training and the applied “flips” of The Zen Leader (book by IZL founder Ginny Whitelaw), to enable more authentic and agile leadership. Participants come with a leadership challenge and leave with not only a different approach, but a different "self" approaching it.

Graduates of Zen Leader 1 are eligible to continue their training in the Zen Leader series with ZL2 and ZL3, where they will experience facing down their fears and transforming their leadership. Who should attend: Leaders and entrepreneurs in business and non-profits who aspire to make a difference and crack open their greatest potential.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Activists

Our HEAL programs bring together the tools of physical Zen training and the applied “flips” of The Zen Leader, with healthcare expertise and a focus on the issues facing healthcare practitioners/leaders. These programs have been accredited by the WI Medical Society to provide Continuing Medical Education credits. Graduates of the HEAL program are eligible to continue their training in HEAL2 and other advanced programs. Who should attend: practitioner/leaders in healthcare, including physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers who want to sustainably thrive and be a force for positive change in their patients, practices and systems.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Caregivers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Low-income people, Activists, Self-employed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We hope that anyone who wishes to participate in a Zen Leader, HEAL or FEBI Program may do so. To that end we both price affordably and support students with scholarships.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are here to supercharge leaders – by which we mean people committed to making a positive
difference – to face the critical work of our time from deeply embodied, connected
consciousness and leadership skill so that they can care for people, the planet, and the
future with greater wisdom, success, and energy.

Through our training programs, we supercharge people who are committed to making a difference with Zen practices and leadership skills for selfless, fearless, boundless impact.

Our strategy focuses in 3 areas:
• Leaders at all levels: We offer open and custom programs in Zen Leadership, as well as courses and webinars in resonating a better world.
• Healthcare: We offer CME-accredited HEAL programs for healthcare practitioners/leaders to help them become a resilient, healing force for their patients, practices and systems.
• Instructor / Coach Training and Services: We train the next generation of Zen leadership instructors and coaches, as well as certify coaches and trainers in the mind-body personality instrument, FEBI. We provide coaching services to accompany people on their Zen Leadership journey or as a standalone offering.
• Summits: Organizing summits to help build community, education, and action plans around the concept of Perma Leadership

With our 15-person faculty we conduct 10 or more of our Zen Leadership and HEAL (Healthy Embodied Agile Leadership) programs annually, training between 30 and 100 people each year. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have moved these programs online and are experimenting with new formats ranging from shorter webinars to serial versions of our open-enrollment programs. Many of our faculty donate their time to each in these programs.

Our founder and CEO, Ginny Whitelaw Roshi, is a thought leader in mindful, embodied leadership and presents at numerous conferences and seminars each year. We have a highly engaged Board of Directors including award-winning physicians, entrepreneurs, Zen teachers, and change agents.

Our sister organization, Chosei Zen, expands our capability by providing the primary training center we have used for our programs, the Spring Green Dojo in Wisconsin. It also includes a training center in Madison and a Virtual Dojo for online training. By working closely with Chosei Zen, we’re able to offer ongoing, unparalleled training in Zen for our graduates and instructors.

For most of our 10-year history, our multi-day programs were intentionally limited to 10-15 people in order to create an intimate cohort of a size supported by our Zen training center at Spring Green, WI and other similarly-sized retreat centers. Thus, the number of alumni is still relatively small, around 500, with about 70 of those being what we call “superfans.” Additionally, we’ve reached thousands of people through shorter programs, conferences, webinars, and custom corporate programs.
We’ve grown through the passions, purposes and geographies of our alumni, adding our HEAL program in 2013, programs in Europe in 2014, and in Asia in 2015.

In 2020, the global pandemic curtailed our in-person programming, but we pivoted to move our programs online and have been exploring how to best use online platforms for our uniquely physical training. This is opening up new ways of teaching (both synchronous and asynchronous) and opportunities to scale. We’ve also linked into programming from our sister organization, Chosei Zen, which offers online meditation every 12 hours. We’ve hosted a well-attended webinar series on Resonating a Better World highlighting applications of Zen leadership to anti-racism, healthcare and climate action.

We’re expanding our virtual offerings to include coaching services, which individuals can access in follow-up to our programs, or as a standalone service. In 2022, our curriculum is further expanding to include Zen Leadership translated and adapted to the LatinX community, an online course on Leadership that Resonates, and further applied programming in social justice, healthcare, and climate action.

Financials

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Operations

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Institute for Zen Leadership

Board of directors
as of 09/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Kate Watters

Crude Accountability

Term: 2019 -

Gordon Greene

International Zen Dojo Wisconsin

Ginny Whitelaw

Institute for Zen Leadership

Cristina Nakano

Kristi Crymes

Cynthia Haq

UC Irvine

Rebecca Ryan

Next Generation Consulting

Bob Caron

Ignite Your Way

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/22/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Disability

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