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How to Build Compassionate Organizations: Awakening Compassion at Work

March 25, 2024 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT


A Six-Week Online Advanced Learning Journey from March 25 thru April 29, 2024
Mondays, March 25 – April 29; 11:00am-12:30pm ET / 15:00-16:30 UTC

Early Bird Pricing Ends March 8 – Save $200

We invite you to join us for a unique deep dive into designing organizations and communities so that they are more likely to awaken compassion. In the book Awakening Compassion at Work, Monica Worline and Jane Dutton articulated a “social architecture approach” to compassion in organizations, combining the wisdom of personal and relational practice with designing elements of an organization that call forth greater compassion. Studying organizations that vary in their collective competence reveals that compassion in organizations does not come about simply as an aggregation of individual intention and action. If that were the case, when more compassionate people join an organization it would become a more compassionate workplace. Sadly, however, it is often organizations with compassionate missions and filled with highly compassionate people, that thoroughly fail to respond to the suffering of their members. What is the missing element for transformation?

This course will help you see the collective organizing of compassion and understand and change the elements that foster the collective organizing of compassion. This approach ensures that awakening compassion is built into the organization’s foundation, extending impact beyond the scope of individual compassion training . We will build on your knowledge of individual compassion practice and compassionate leadership, taking your skill and know-how to a new level as you learn to see and shape compassion as an emergent quality of an organization that flows from a predictable amalgam of flexible structures. Blending theoretical knowledge with practical, hands-on work, we will become designers of organizations that facilitate compassion in our communities.

Program Overview
– Six weeks of live online interactive sessions
– Live sessions meet for 90 minutes
– Small breakout groups with peers for deeper exploration and connection
– Focus on experiential learning through practices and exercises
– Resources to explore and learn more between sessions
– Lifetime access to recorded sessions and materials

All course materials and additional resources will be posted online. You are encouraged to attend as many live sessions as possible, but you will also reap the benefits of the course if you listen to the recording.

Who should take this course?
– Leaders and changemakers who have encountered frustration with the results of existing change efforts in their organizations and want to take their efforts to a new level of efficacy.
– People who are looking for new horizons of compassionate change and want to engage in hands-on application to re-design organizations and awaken compassion in their communities.
– Teams and groups interested in creating common language, skills, and practices to accelerate compassion growth within their organization.
– Graduates of Compassionate Leadership Certification Training, Applied Compassion Training, Compassion Cultivation Training, Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindful Leadership, and Search Inside Yourself who want to deepen their knowledge and practical skill at realizing change related to compassion in organizations or communities.

Lead Faculty – Monica C. Worline, PhD
Monica C. Worline, PhD, serves as Lead Faculty for How to Build Compassionate Organizations: Awakening Compassion at Work, as well as our Compassionate Leadership Teacher Training. She is one of the leading voices bringing compassionate practices into organizations, having co-authored the foundational book Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power that Elevates People and Organizations. Monica is the Faculty Director of the Center for Positive Organizations, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. She is the founder and CEO of EnlivenWork, an organization that partners with thought leaders in the field to help organizations tap into courageous thinking, compassionate leadership, and the curiosity to bring their best work to life. She is also a collaborating research scientist at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and Executive Director of CompassionLab, the world’s leading research collaboratory focused on compassion in the workplace.

Program Tuition and Team Discounts
Program tuition is $995 USD. You can save $200 USD with Early Bird pricing of $795 until March 8. There is a $695 tuition tier for nonprofit organizations.
Groups and teams of three or more each receive an additional 10% discount. Please reach out to cfclprograms@gmail.com for more details and if you would like to request an invoice to your organization.
Limited scholarships are available if financial support is needed.

Event Details

March 25, 2024
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
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Monica C. Worline, PhD

Partner Profile

Center for Compassionate Leadership

Center for Compassionate Leadership

Registered Sep 2022
Professional Partner


The Center for Compassionate Leadership envisions a more compassionate, peaceful world where leaders are able to activate their full potential for the greater good of all. Our mission is to advance compassionate methods of leadership by integrating best practices of modern leadership, evidence-based science, and contemplative wisdom. The Center accomplishes this through thought leadership, research, curriculum and training, collaborative community events and partnerships. Be the first to receive details on our upcoming Compassionate Leadership Training Offerings: https://www.centerforcompassionateleadership.org/request-advance-information




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