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Transformative Leadership Program

July 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - July 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Applications for this program are now closed.

Effective leadership requires a compelling vision for the future and an ability to inspire and motivate across a diverse audience. Research on leadership has confirmed that the capacity to positively and strongly influence others is highly related to a leader’s character and personal values. Great leaders who understand and embody their core values are able to transform the aspirations of those around them and align their efforts with a purpose that transcends individual gain.

The Transformative Leadership Program offered at the BSIA will help students and professionals explore how to align professional values with their deep personal values and develop reflective thinking skills for ethical leadership.

This prestigious program is offered in partnership with the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, and was developed in conjunction with the MIT Sloan School, Yale School of Management, and Cornell’s Johnson School of Management.

Speaker bios:

The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is an innovative thinker, philosopher, educator and a polymath monk. He is Director of the Ethics Initiative at the MIT Media Lab and President & CEO of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Venerable Tenzin’s unusual background encompasses entering a Buddhist monastery at the age of ten and receiving graduate education at Harvard University with degrees ranging from Philosophy to Physics to International Relations. He is a Tribeca Disruptive Fellow and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Venerable Tenzin serves on the boards of a number of academic, humanitarian, and religious organizations. He is the recipient of several recognitions and awards and received Harvard’s Distinguished Alumni Honors for his visionary contributions to humanity.

Javier Prieto is Chief Operating Officer at the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT. Previously he worked as the Center’s Associate Director of Strategic Operations for Mexico and Latin America for several years. Before joining the Center, Javier worked in investment and education sectors overseeing the strategic development of a multi-campus Business school in Mexico. Javier has a keen passion for human development through education, nature, and visual arts. Educated in Mexico, Australia, and the United States, he has produced documentaries focusing on lessons of multi-culturalism. Javier´s spirit is one of constantly bringing people together and promoting conversations for a better world.

There is no cost to attend this program. Applications should be sent to [email protected] by Friday, June 8th. Successful applicants will be notified the following week.




July 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am
July 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


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Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2 Canada
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(226) 772-3001
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