Designing and leading programs

 Judy designs and leads programs and facilitates retreats, for leaders at all levels, across all sectors--including libraries, symphonies, arts organizations, manufacturing, non-profits, government agencies, aging services.

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Judy Brown

 – poet, leadership educator and author of A Leader’s Guide to Reflective Practice (2008) and The Art and Spirit of Leadership (2012). My childhood in a small fishing village in northern Michigan shaped my love of the natural world and my appreciation for the diverse gifts of all kinds of people. My work as a leadership educator has had at its heart designing learning spaces for spirit, authenticity and wholeness. I have a passion for drawing out the full talents of people and helping them uncover and focus on their values, talents and dreams.  While much of my work as a leadership educator across all sectors has been focused on wholeness and authenticity, as a writer and poet I know that people are drawn to what they love and to beauty. So my goal is to help them see the tremendous beauty in the natural world and fall in love with it.  I live on a tidal creek off the Chesapeake where my husband and I can kayak off our front lawn. 

Courage and Renewal, Circles of Trust ®

While I no longer organize cohorts to participate in the Courage and Renewal work, almost everything I do is infused with the touch, tone and structures by which that work is known. I am particularly interested in the potential for the Courage and Renewal practices to help people with transitions- particularly the transitions of the third thirty years.


Keynotes, seminars and retreats

  • The transitions of the third thirty years
  • Collaborative leadership
  • The art and spirit of leadership
  • The power of dialogue
  • Leading change
  • Creativity: a bridge to innovative leadership
  • The language of leadership
  • The courage to lead
  • Inner dimensions of leadership
  • Dynamics of team leadership
  • The poet and the public good
  • Why research alone doesn’t provoke change
  • Leading in unfamiliar territory
  • The listening leader
  • Leadership as a way of being
  • The learning organization
  • The reflective leader
  • Creative leadership
  • Dimensions of diversity
  • Welcoming the feminine dimensions of leadership
  • Renewing leadership
  • Teaching as leadership
  • Thinking for a change
  • Leading for creative results
  • Creating enlivened and productive workplaces
  • Engaged Leadership

Partial Client List

  • Citibank
  • Chrysler
  • Ford
  • Kendall Corporation
  • Visteon
  • Marriott
  • Herman Miller
  • Leading Age
  • MCI
  • IBM
  • AT&T
  • Canon
  • Procter & Gamble
  • The World Bank
  • Sprint
  • Humphrey Fellows Program
  • Norsk Hydro
  • International Paper
  • The American Council of Education
  • The Girl Scouts of America
  • The American Symphony League
  • The Aspen Institute
  • Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association
  • The United Way of America, national and local
  • The Epilepsy Foundation of America: national and local
  • The Society for Human Resource Management
  • The Public Health Service
  • New York Public Library
  • The Fetzer Institute
  • The American Society for Association Executives
  • The Kellogg Foundation
  • The Business Roundtable
  • A Governor and his Cabinet
  • A County Executive and his Leadership Team
  • Center for Public Justice
  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • The National Science Foundation
  • The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and other unions
  • The Richmond Symphony
  • The Toledo Symphony
  • The Toledo Library
  • The Urban Library Council
  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Associations of all kinds: medical, educational, agricultural, business, accounting
  • State agencies: human services, agriculture, transportation, arts
  • Executive and leadership teams across all sectors
  • Utilities
  • City leadership programs
  • State Governmental Agencies
  • Large universities: Penn State University, UCLA, University of Wisconsin, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • Small liberal arts colleges: Berea, Miami of Ohio
  • Prince George’s Community College
  • The City of Hyattsville
  • Educational consortia
  • Consulting firms, large and small
  • Leading Age (formally The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging)
  • The Fowler Center for Sustainable Value,  Case Western Reserve University