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Fielding alumna recently presented at the Association for Coaching meeting in Scotland

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Nov 09, 2012

Leni Wildflower, PhD, (HOD '99) recently spoke at the Association for Coaching meeting in Scotland. 

Leni spoke to a workshop of 90 people describing the Immunity To Change process designed by Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey of Harvard University. Leni states, "It is a powerful tool for making changes in one’s personal and professional life." Leni is certified in this process and will present it next year in Australia at the International Coach Federation coaching conference.  Her new book The Hidden History of Coaching will be out early next year.

“Being an American living in London and being an executive coach, I decided that the way to see Europe was to offer to present the Kegan/Lahey Immunity to Change process to International Coach Federation coaching groups. In the coming months, I will be traveling in Stockholm, Sweden; Lisbon, Portugal; Budapest, Hungary; and Athens, Greece.  It is a wonderful way to present a program I believe in and to see Europe!”

The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: From Theory to Practice (0470624442) cover imageLeni is the co-author of The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching. This book presents a stellar international panel of more than twenty practitioners offer an overview of the major theoretical models and sources of knowledge that have contributed to current coaching practice. For each theory and knowledge area there are specific examples of how it might effectively be applied in a coaching engagement and recommended resources for further study.

Drawing on a wide range of academic disciplines, including psychology, adult learning, conflict management, communication, organizational development, and leadership, Leni establishes the intellectual underpinnings of the profession. She identifies alternative sources of wisdom, such as spiritual traditions and the self-help and human potential movements, and covers a range of specialized approaches, from narrative and somatic coaching to coaching for sustainability, to create a rounded picture of coaching's origins and practices.

The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching is available on


Tags: educational leadership, intentional change, conference, leadership, development, international, learning

Fielding faculty member and alumni Jeff Leinaweaver selected as finalist for annual excellence award

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Aug 09, 2012
The Coordinated Management of a Culturally Diffused Identity: Internationally Adopted People and the Narrative Burden of Self.

BrownWalker Press and the editors of selected Fielding Graduate University faculty member and alumni Jeff Leinaweaver as one of three finalists for the annual excellence award for the book version of his dissertation The Coordinated Management of a Culturally Diffused Identity: Internationally Adopted People and the Narrative Burden of Self.


Internationally adopted persons confront multiple challenges in constructing their identities. This study of the narrative burden of self looks at and interprets the dynamic process in which internationally adopted people develop, coordinate and manage their sense of self, identity and cultural/racial personhood. Drawing on the theory of the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM), the study focuses on their use of orphaning and adoption stories to most skillfully position and tell one's origin story in concert with one's internal sense of self, and the pressures and forces found in interpersonal and intercultural dialogue. The research reveals how internationally adopted people develop and demonstrate varying levels of game mastery in managing societal scripts and oppressive frames of stigma. Through this game mastery, the research brings to view how the participants have reflexively learned to claim ownership of their stories and develop a sense of agency while fashioning self-empowering narratives out of the resources of their personal root journeys to better manage, frame and coordinate the meaning of their stories across cultural and interpersonal boundaries.

About The Author

Jeff Leinaweaver, Ph.D., is a social researcher, narrative genealogist and fellow at the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University where he studies topics related to the intersection of narrative, complexity and global identity development. He represents a first generation of internationally adopted scholars studying and re-framing the conversation on international adoption and human development.

Institution: Fielding Graduate University (Santa Barbara, CA, USA)

Advisor(s): W. Barnett Pearce

Degree: Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems

Year: 2008


ISBN-10: 1612337619

ISBN-13: 9781612337616

Category: Sociology

Tags: adoption, sociology, development, international, graduate education, research

Fielding alumna honored by Girl Scouts of America

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, May 01, 2012

Fielding graduate Thelma Jackson, EdD (ELC ’02), is being honored as a Thurston County Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America. The honor is given to women who have turned their Girl Scout experiences into successful life accomplishments.

Jackson is a highly regarded and sought-after educational consultant and a leading educational transformation theorist. She will receive the honor on May 2, 2012, in Olympia, WA. Also receiving the honor that day will be the Honorable Christine Gregoire, Governor of the State of Washington, and Kaleen Cottingham, Director of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

Tags: creativity, social justice, educational leadership, Transformational learning, Organizational development, women's issues, Advising and Student Development, leadership, development, philanthropy, higher education, graduate education

Fielding Supports Goals of Occupy Wall Street

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, Jan 03, 2012

The gap between rich and poor is greater than ever before in our lifetimes, and we need to stand up for those who are trying to improve their circumstances and provide for their families. As a graduate institution serving a community of scholars and practitioners who are devoted to learning and social change, we stand in support of movements like Occupy Wall Street, which attempt to create dialogue and collective engagement of our citizens at such critical social moments.

Students at institutions of higher education are being forced to pay more for tuition and go deeper into debt because of cuts in state funding and federal aid programs. The Social/Ecological Justice and Diversity Commission of the Academic Senate at Fielding Graduate University applauds the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which continues to highlight the inequity and unfairness of the society in which we live. We strongly support the movement and wish it every success. We are in this together and support activities that foster continuing dialogue around these important social issues and strengthen our democratic engagement.

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Richard Leider to present "The Power of Purpose"

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Dec 19, 2011

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

7-9 pm

Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort – San Rafael Conference Room

633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA

Free and open to the public

Richard Leider is a respected life/work planning specialist and author of The Power of Purpose: Creating Meaning in Your Life and Work. The book serves as a jumping-off point for those who’d truly like to combine their “own unique gifts” with “the needs of the world” to carve out a vocational niche that’s both individualized and highly rewarding. According to Fielding founding president, Frederic M. Hudson, “The Power of Purpose teaches you to embrace the complex questions life is asking you. Find your ‘why’ and your ‘how’ will become clear.”

Leider is founder and chairman of The Inventure Group, a coaching and consulting firm in Minneapolis, MN. He works with national organizations such as Ameriprise, Ericsson, Habitat for Humanity, MetLife, and PricewaterhouseCoopers and is ranked by Forbes as one of the top five most respected executive coaches in the country. He teaches executive education at Duke Corporate Education and is a guest lecturer in the Harvard Business School’s general management program.

Two of Leider’s books, Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose are considered classics in the personal development field. Two other books have been referred to as breakthrough books on positive aging.

Tags: creativity, Transformational learning, Advising and Student Development, development, adult learning, aging

Positive Aging Conference Makes Major Contribution to the Field

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, Dec 13, 2011

Fielding Graduate University delivered on its promise to bring together leading scholars and practitioners to look at new research and practice concerning how to bring meaning, value, and appreciation to the aging process. describe the image

On December 6-9, 2011, in Los Angeles, 170 participants at the Fifth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging gathered to learn and to be inspired by experts and colleagues. 

Among the media with interest in the conference outcomes was Lance Orozco of the NPR station KCLU. He chose to report on what experts say about why so many people are unprepared for the post-retirement period of their lives despite America’s population living longer and seniors being healthier than ever.        

Tags: conference, gerontology, development, adult learning, aging

Bateson Receives Fielding Award in Social Change & Positive Aging

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Thu, Dec 01, 2011


Bateson resized 600Writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson is slated to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Social Change and Positive Aging from Fielding Graduate University. The award will be presented during the Fifth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging. Co-sponsored by Fielding, the conference is being held December 6-9, 2011, at the California Endowment Center, 1000 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles. Bateson will deliver the keynote address, a dialogue about her latest book, Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom. The conference schedule is available at

Bateson has taught at Harvard, Northeastern, and George Mason Universities, and since 2006 has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College. She travels extensively to lecture on her model of Active Wisdom, which covers community dialogue, the contributions and improvisations of engaged older adults, and the consciousness of the life cycle through which she explores intergenerational communication and ways of experiencing time. In her memoir With a Daughter’s Eye, Bateson discusses life with famous parents, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson.

The conference theme, “Innovation in Positive Aging,” invites an exploration of the ways in which people are creating new and more effective answers to the question What does it mean to age well? During dynamic, interactive sessions, presenters and participants will consider issues of community, wellness, creativity, and life transitions as they relate to the aging population – both those in the midst of the experience and professionals working in the field.

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Associate Provost Snowden appointed chair of AACRAO committee

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Aug 26, 2011

MoniqueMonique Snowden, PhD, Fielding’s associate provost for enrollment management, has been appointed co-chair (2011-12) and subsequently chair (2013-2015) of the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Graduate and Professional Schools Issues Committee.


The committee will be advisory in those areas that are not normally addressed by a specific committee or task force of AACRAO. It will address concerns that pertain specifically to graduate and professional schools and act as a medium for relevant discourse and projects.


AACRAO is the leading national organization for professionals in the field of enrollment management in higher education.


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William H. Maehl, former Fielding president, dies in Santa Fe, NM

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Aug 03, 2011

William H. Maehl, PhD, who served as Fielding’s second president, 1986-93, died on July 26, 2011, in Santa Fe, NM, after an extended illness. Committed to liberal education, lifelong learning, and social justice throughout his life, Maehl made significant contributions to the organizations, communities and institutions where he lived and worked, culminating with his retirement from Fielding, then known as The Fielding Institute. He and his wife Audrey married in 1962; their daughter, Christine, was born in 1965.

Fielding constituents can read more about Maehl’s distinguished career and contributions to higher education in the online community-wide forum. He will be honored in the upcoming issue of Fielding Focus magazine.

A memorial service is planned for early next year. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the
William H. Maehl and Audrey Maehl Endowment for Faculty Research
Fielding Graduate University
2112 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara CA 93105

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