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Kalen Academy

Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT)® for Civic Leaders

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University Certificate Program | ONLINE

Centre for Compassion, Integrity & Secular Ethics

Tuesdays & Thursdays 1pm - 3pm EST / 10am - 12 pm PST
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2022 - JUNE 16, 2022

Scholarships available based on need. Email request here.

Diane Kalen-Sukra

Diane Kalen-Sukra, MA, CMC


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Uncertain and turbulent times call for ethical and resilient civic leadership.


In this 5 week (2 sessions a week) interactive program, learn to cultivate the values and leadership skills required to enhance empirical and ethical decision-making and increase personal, social and environmental well-being.

Examine ways that civic leaders can shift their political, organizational and community culture from reactive and short-term to proactive and long-term decision-making and operations. Align your municipality behind a shared purpose the enhances the wellbeing of all and fosters sustainable service delivery.

Are you a Mayor, Councillor, Chief Administrative Officer, Senior Staff person and/or Asset Manager wanting to join a national cohort of resilient civic leaders who are fostering this culture at the Council/Board table, in their organizations and in their community?

Learn from distinguished civic leaders including Mayors of communities big and small to natural assets champion CAO & Chief Resiliency Officer Emanuel Machado of the Town of Gibsons to servant leader champion CAO Steve Kanellakos of the City of Ottawa to experts like Mary W. Rose, CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute.

The course is hosted and delivered by educator, author, culture transformation expert and asset management champion Diane Kalen-Sukra, MA, CMC of Kalen Civic Academy.

By covering a range of skills from self-regulation, relating to others ethically and with compassion to engaging with complex systems, this training builds towards compassionate integrity: the ability to lead in accordance with one's values with a recognition of our common humanity, fostering trust and social cohesion―the key to resilient workplaces and communities.

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Compassionate Integrity Training® is based on cutting-edge developments in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, trauma-informed care, peace and conflict studies, and contemplative science. It builds off of work done by Daniel Goleman (author of the book Emotional Intelligence) and Peter Senge, initiatives in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and other areas. Its development has been aided by the collaborative work of a team of experts with both academic and applied backgrounds.

Graduates of this online program will receive a certificate from Life University's Center for Compassion, Integrity & Secular Ethics based in Georgia, USA. Participants must attend a minimum of 8 of the 10 online sessions to receive their certificate.

Participants include diverse civic and community leaders, from Mayors, Councillors, Board members and senior municipal staff to culture/well-being organizational representatives, non-profit directors and community builders.

The time commitment for this course is 2 hours via Zoom twice each week for the 10 sessions (20 hour total). While there is no formal homework, participants are asked to spend time in between sessions reflecting, journaling & engaging in personal practice of the skills learned.

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  • Calming Body & Mind

  • Ethical Mindfulness

  • Emotional Awareness

  • Self-Compassion

  • Reactive/Proactive Thinking

  • Resilience Zone


  • Impartiality & Public Servant Ethos

  • Civic Values & Ethics

  • Psychological Safety & Inclusion

  • Transformational Leadership

  • Empathetic Concern & Compassion


  • Appreciating Interdependence

  • Systemic Violence, Injustice, Culture

  • Long-term stewardship

  • Engaging with Discernment

  • Culture Change/Transformation

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions for all.

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