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Leadership and the Shadow:

Exploring the Development of Self-IdentityA One Day Workshop with Terri O'Fallon and Aftab Omer, July 16, 20166

Meridian's Center for Transformative Learning presents:

Leadership and the Shadow: Exploring the Development of Self-Identity

with Terri O'Fallon and Aftab Omer

A One Day Workshop · July 16, 2016 · Meridian's Oakland Center

The complexity requirements of leadership have been increasing at an accelerating rate and the fracture lines are ever more apparent in our personal and professional lives. When leaders fail, they are often scapegoated or their failures denied.

More than any other developmental line, self-identity plays the most critical role in ensuring sustained and transformative leadership. Individual and collective practices can be utilized to bring attention to self-identity in ways that are healing and transforming, enabling more resilient collaboration in service of our collective initiatives.

This workshop will highlight and engage practices through which self-identity can become more secure, transparent, and perhaps most importantly, more capable of radical mutuality.

In this workshop, you will:

  1. Identify previous experiences of self-identity challenges, as leaders and with leaders.
  2. Experience self inquiry practices that call on distinct structures and states of consciousness.
  3. Explore models of self-identity development in relation to emotion & imagination.
  4. Experiment with intersubjective scenarios that clarify those patterns of self-identity that motivate divisiveness.
  5. Learn about the impact of gender, ethnic, and racial diversity on self-identity.
  6. Engage contemporary examples of leadership failure and leader scapegoating.
  7. Learn the ways in which several distinct models of self-identity imagine leadership.
  8. Connect with others who take an integral approach to leadership and self-identity.

Program Faculty

Aftab Omer

Aftab Omer, Ph.D. is a sociologist, psychologist, and the president of Meridian University. Raised in Pakistan, India, Hawaii, and Turkey, he was educated at the universities of M.I.T, Harvard, and Brandeis. His publications have addressed the topics of leadership and the organizational shadow, transformative learning, cultural leadership, generative entrepreneurship, and the power of imagination. His work includes assisting organizations in tapping the creative potentials of conflict, diversity, and complexity. Formerly the president of the Council for Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychologies, he is a Fellow of the International Futures Forum and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Terri O'Fallon

Terri O'Fallon, Ph.D. is a faculty member at Meridian University and Pacific Integral. She is a researcher, coach, and spiritual director with 52 years of experience teaching all age groups from early childhood through post Ph.D. Her research, which arises out of embodied experience, inter-observations, evolutionary grammar and semiotics, integrates ego development and leadership with Integral theory, resulting in a periodic matrix of consciousness. Terri presently teaches and consults internationally. She has an M.S. in Special Education, an M.A. in Spiritual Direction, and a Ph.D. in Integral Studies with a concentration in Transformative Learning and Change.

Continuing Education Credit

Meridian University is an approved provider of continuing education credits. This training qualifies for 6 hours of continuing education credit for the following California licensed health professionals:

  • MFT’s, LCSW’s, and LPCC’s (California BBS provider PCE #1391)
  • RN’s (California BRN provider CEP #14996)

Psychologists (California Psychological Association OPD provider #MER020) Meridian University is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. Meridian University maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Event Information

This event is sold out. If you would like to be added to the wait list please complete the registration form and we will contact you if a spot open

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PT
Location: Impact Hub Oakland, Meridian Room,
2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

Parking & Directions

Cost: $75.00 (+ $25.00 for optional CE Credit)

Cancellation and Refund Policy: The full registration fee, less a $20 processing fee per person, will be refunded with 72 hours notice.