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True North Leadership

Based on Bill George's Authentic Leadership Course at Harvard Business School

Applications are currently closed for the 2023 program. For more information, please email 


"True North is one of the most empowering and inspirational experiences of my life." ~ Lisa Pruitt
Associate Dean for Students - College of Engineering, UC Berkeley

This is not a seminar. This is not a retreat or a workshop or anything you might have gone through elsewhere. This program enables you to discover your trusted inner compass, your True North. It may be the most valuable tool any leader can possess. All it takes to find your True North is a few days in the redwoods.

But it is not easy.

A 5-day leadership program to engage your mind, body, and spirit

True North Leadership is designed to help you become an authentic leader. But it also demands something from you: The openness to mine your life story for insights, uncover your unique gifts and clarify your values, from there you'll discover your True North. The program can reveal some surprising truths — and that can be challenging. But don't worry. Our carefully-curated faculty and teaching fellows will guide you through your journey and share what they've learned with you.

You'll learn to:

  • Lead with integrity and heart through difficult times
  • Understand how your life story and crucibles impact your leadership style
  • Be more present, vulnerable and compassionate with yourself and others
  • Increase innovation, productivity and well-being using mindful leadership practices
  • Energize and unite others around a shared a mission and values
  • Live your leadership purpose and help others live theirs
  • Stay grounded by integrating all aspects of your life

Do You Know What Your Life and Leadership Are All About?

Leadership starts with being authentic, the genuine you. 1440's True North Leadership is a professional development program designed to help you become the leader you want to be. In the process you will discover your True North - the internal compass that guides you successfully through life.

Who Attends True North

  • Mid-Career Professionals
    Discover your True North and maximize the impact of your leadership to create positive change.
  • Emerging Senior Leaders
    Enhance your leadership capability to unite others around your organization's mission, vision and values.
  • Teams and Organizations
    Develop empowered leaders at all levels and the possibilities and unlimited!
Participants are from across sectors; corporate, nonprofit, academia, healthcare, arts, services, government, and military.
Program Journey
Part 1: Learn
  • Life Story
  • Crucibles
  • Introspection
Part 2: Embody
  • Values
  • Sweet Spot
  • Purpose
Part 3: Apply
  • Integrated Life
  • Empowerment
  • Leadership Development Plan
  • Leading Toward a Better World

Prepare for a unique experience

  • Learn together with a diverse group of program participants.
  • Get to know our faculty; some of the brightest minds in leadership and mindfulness.
  • Attend indoor and outdoor classes, wellness sessions, and small leadership circles
  • Practice daily yoga and tai chi to support your health & wellness
  • Enjoy the faculty and other participants at breaks and social gatherings.
  • Leave prepared to implement your Leadership Development Plan.
  • Make new mutually supportive friendships that can last a lifetime. 
Learn More About True North Leadership


Corporate Package Rate: $2,680 plus tax for all-inclusive accommodations, and $4,000 Tuition


Non-Profit Package Rate: $1,800 plus tax for all-inclusive accommodations, and $2,000 Tuition


Accommodations rate is for four nights and includes a private guest room; all sustainable locally sourced meals prepared and served at Kitchen Table; up to three daily signature classes featuring embodied movement, mindfulness and creative expression activities; access to 1440 Multiversity campus amenities including the fitness center, 4 miles of private forest trails and the outdoor infinity hot tub; and more. 

We respect and welcome people of any gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, size, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion to apply.

Admission to the True North Leadership program is by application only. Applications are currently closed for the 2023 program. For more information, please email  

True North Leadership will be held November 13-17, 2023 at the 1440 Multiversity campus.

Interested in a True North Leadership custom program for your organization? Please contact us here

See What Attendees Are Saying

"The program gives you the guidelines and the parameters to be able to explore who you are, what you're doing, where you're going in a way that brings in work, life, self-care, the personal experience all wrapped up into one package."

True North Faculty

Bill George
Bill George
Bill George
Renowned Authority on Authentic, Inspired Leadership
Michelle Maldonado
Michelle Maldonado
Michelle Maldonado
Leadership & Organizational Presence, Development & Performance 
Scott Kriens
Scott Kriens
Scott Kriens
Award-winning Entrepreneur, Co-creator of 1440 Multiversity
Bill George
Michelle Maldonado
Scott Kriens

See Bill George on Authentic Leadership

"Authentic leaders align people around a mission and values. Some people say this is the soft side of leadership. I contend this is much harder, much harder than making the numbers."
Looking for more leadership wisdom from Bill George? Read more on the 1440 blog here: Discover Your True North at 1440.
  • Location

    1440 Multiversity is in the redwoods of Scotts Valley, California, between Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley—within easy reach of San Francisco.

    Nearby airports:
    • Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC): 27 miles
    • Oakland International Airport (OAK): 58 miles
    • San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 60 miles
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"Sharing my personal stories with all the raw bits, I received compassion, curiosity, and challenge ... and now I take new risks in my life. The Circles are a genuine practice for professional growth."
-Kathleen Kolze, Director HR, Swiss Re
"The program really pushed me to make personal and professional changes, and gave me tactics to do so that align with what I stand for and who I am. It also gave me a turbo boost for courage."
-Zach Sachen
"True North and its innovative approach to leadership was a big hit and we left excited to bring back what we learned to our teams across the globe"
-Jeremy Stover, Global Head of Learning & Development, Ripple