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Executive Director: Lodro Rinzler


Marketing and Operations: Sarah Gokhale


New York, NY

Want to make a difference in today’s world? Not entirely sure how to go about doing that?
The Institute for Compassionate Leadership takes leaders like you on a journey where you discover your purpose for creating meaningful change in today’s world. Based primarily online, our part-time program allows you to cultivate the skills of compassionate leadership alongside your full-time job and/or busy school schedule. Through working with executive coaches, being matched with mentors, and our six-month training program we offer you the tools you need to become a compassionate, self-aware leader. Then we network like heck to get you meaningful work in the social change field you desire. Click on our video below for more information or visit WHAT WE DO.



The first two months of the program can be summarized as teachings on “how to get to genuine.” It focuses on becoming more familiar with one’s sense of self, tuning into your intuition, and learning real world skills that will be useful to any position you might embark upon.

Day-Long Workshop: Developing a Conscious Intention

In this workshop students are introduced to the importance of intention. Knowing why we do anything in our life, career, social action, or otherwise, is important. This initial offering showcases the institute’s philosophy on becoming more self-aware in order to have the greatest impact on society. Knowing our personal motivation for creating social change will make us most effective when it comes time to do that work. The day includes a keynote from a well-known leader, exercises on honing in on your intention, panel discussions, break out groups, contemplative exercises, and a final proclamation by each participant on living with purpose. At the end of this workshop students will be more in tune with their own intention for living their life and engaging their work, and will possess specific practices they can do at home to continue to refine and recalibrate their personal intention as needed.

Six-week Class: The Five Tools Every Authentic Leader Needs

Over the period of six weeks the students are introduced to the concept of authentic leadership and given the tools that they need to set them on that path. These five tools include self-awareness, discerning your evolving intention, confidence in oneself and others, deep listening and empathy. This class includes an introduction to mindfulness meditation, which is then practiced each week going forward (and which students are expected to practice at home in between classes). Within the framework of the five tools students are expected to engage in public speaking, giving and receiving feedback, ethics of speech, how to work with data to make the best decisions, and teachings on how to allow for space and intuition.

Weekend Intensive: Inner Change to Social Change

This weekend intensive allows students to gather together for in-depth training and conversation on bridging the work they are doing on changing themselves and how that can have a fuller impact on society. At this point in their meetings with their executive coaches they will have a sense as to what specific causes they will want to focus on. This weekend is in part the conclusion of focusing solely on self and in part the transition point to set them up in establishing a way they can test the waters on whether they actually want to devote themselves to that cause. Students spend a large amount of the weekend meditating, hearing talks, meeting one-on-one with their executive coaches, in small discussion groups, and reporting on what qualities they feel they have cultivated in themselves to date/what qualities they want to cultivate moving forward.