Collaborative Leadership: Let’s Face It

Apr 08, 2022 10:30AM—Apr 09, 2022 12:00PM


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Shadows and Taboos and How They Undermine Our Personal and Organizational Health

All of us—and all of our organizations—have issues that plague us. Things that deplete our strength. Those elephants in the room (be they personal matters, histories, hidden agendas, conflicts of interest, challenging collegial relationships, etc.) we don’t like to talk about and are constantly having to maneuver around. These can take the form of “shadows” (blind spots we’re not even aware of) or “taboos” (things we consciously bury and choose not to address).

But what we don’t bring into view and learn how to work with will keep coming back to haunt us and ultimately work against us; by not shining light on our issues, we weaken ourselves and our organizations. In order to enhance our personal and professional immune systems, we must be willing—and courageous enough—to bring our shadows, blind spots, and taboos into clear focus and out into the open where we can address them and strengthen our organizations and ourselves.

This newest Collaborative Leadership workshop, facilitated by Joachim Ziegler and Jessica Heffernan Ziegler, is designed to help you develop personal and organizational resiliency. Through small and large group presentation, including sharing, digestion, reflection, and discussion of next steps, we will go through the process for how to:

  • Acknowledge and identify shadows and taboos
  • Recognize blind spots and implicit biases
  • See yourself from someone else’s perspective and the effect your actions may have on other
  • Create strategies for mitigating hidden issue
  • Advance your journey of self- and collaborative leadership

This workshop will take place in live Zoom sessions, all times are EDT.
Friday, April 8: 10:30 am-12 pm and 1:30 pm-3 pm
Saturday, April 9: 10:30 am-12 pm

NOTE: If they’d like, participants will have the option to remain for additional small group work beyond the stated end time of 3pm on Friday, and may also be asked to prepare something between sessions. So please try to keep your Friday schedule light, if possible!

In order to receive a Certificate of Attendance, you must attend all three Zoom sessions.
This workshop will not be recorded.


Joachim Ziegler, PhD, has been working in the fields of organizational development and human resources development since 1994. A partner in MIRA Companions for Development, an international consulting group, Joachim’s current list of American and international clients encompasses the banking, pharmaceutical, retail, and manufacturing sectors, as well as anthroposophical institutions and Waldorf schools. Joachim is a member of the College of Social Sciences Section at the Goetheanum and the international Association for Social Development and has taught at the University of Muenster and at Germany’s first private university in Herdecke. He holds an MA in adult education and a PhD in medical education.

Jessica Heffernan Ziegler has been the executive director of Sunbridge Institute since 2008. Her professional focus on leadership skills, governance issues, and personnel development are utilized both in her executive director role and in her work as co-instructor of Sunbridge’s Collaborative Leadership course and related workshops; she also teaches Waldorf school administration in Sunbridge’s Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Education program and previously taught in Sunbridge College’s Administration and Biography programs. Jessica is a partner in MIRA Companions for Development, an international consulting group, and works as an executive coach and organizational development consultant for Waldorf administrators and teachers and other professionals in diverse institutions and schools in both the US and Germany. She served as the first administrator and as a board member at a Waldorf school she co-founded in Everswinkel, Germany, and has sat on many other boards, including her current role as trustee of the Otto Specht School in Chestnut Ridge, NY. Jessica holds a BS in business management and did her biography training with Karl-Heinz Finke and her executive coach training with SECA International.

$160, includes non-refundable $25 registration fee

Discount Options:

  • Free for current Sunbridge program students
  • 15% off for
    • Sunbridge program graduates
    • Attendees of previous summers’ Collaborative Leadership weeklong course
    • Schools sending two or more registrants
    • Discount codes will appear after you answer questions on your registration form. Discounts may not be combined.

Please contact Barbara Vitale, admissions and summer coordinator, at or 845-425-0055 x20