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True North Leadership

A 1440 Leadership Center Program
Based on Bill George's Authentic Leadership Course at Harvard Business School

"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.

  • Leadership Center True north Five day Program Snippet

    You'll learn to

    • Lead with integrity and heart through difficult 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

Ready to Apply?


Program tuition is $4,000

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately.

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. Once accepted, program participants can apply for a needs-based True North scholarship. Interested in a True North Leadership custom program for your organization? Contact us hereContact us here for true north leadership.
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  • 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

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    Bill George
    Bill George
    Renowned Authority on Authentic, Inspired Leadership
    Bill George is senior fellow at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. He is author of several books, including the best sellers 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, True North, Finding Your True North, and Authentic Leadership.
    The former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic, Bill currently serves as a director of Goldman Sachs and the Mayo Clinic. He has served on boards of prestigious organizations, including ExxonMobil, Novartis, and Target Corporation, and as board chair for Allina Health System and Abbott Northwestern Hospital, among others. Earlier in his career, Bill was a senior executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the United States Department of Defense.
    A trustee of the World Economic Forum USA, Bill has been awarded numerous honorary PhDs and awards, including the Bower Award for Business Leadership from the Franklin Institute. He has been named one of Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years by PBS; Executive of the Year in 2001 by the Academy of Management; and Director of the Year 2001-02 by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Bill is a CNBC contributor and has made frequent appearances on television and radio.
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    Michelle Maldonado
    Michelle Maldonado
    Award-winning Keynote Speaker, Expert in Individual & Workplace Transformation
    Michelle is CEO and Founder of Lucenscia, a firm dedicated to the cultivation of human potential and mindful business transformation. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofits in the United States and abroad including LinkedIn, Microsoft, TD Bank, MUFG, Cisco, Deustche Telekom, Barilla Pasta, and the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.
    As a former corporate attorney and business leader, Michelle uniquely leverages her experience to support the growth and positive performance impact of leaders and their teams. She is a True North Leadership Teaching Fellow, serves as faculty and coach with Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification program and the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute's teacher training program. She also is a Certified Genos International Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, Certified Mindfulness Teacher—Professional Level (CMT-P) with the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, Level 2 Certified Search Inside Yourself Teacher, and Board Director with the Institute for Organizational Mindfulness.
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    Scott Kriens
    Scott Kriens
    Award-winning Entrepreneur, Co-creator of1440 Multiversity
    Scott Kriens, chairman and former CEO of Juniper Networks, has been in the technology industry for more than 35 years. In 1996, he cofounded Juniper Networks, growing the company to $4 billion in global sales and more than 10,000 employees in 100+ countries.
    In 2010, Scott and his wife Joanie launched 1440 Foundation, a grantmaking organization committed to the cultivation of truly real and connected relationships, with self and others, as a basis for living well. The work of the Foundation led Scott and Joanie to launch 1440 Multiversity, a 21st century learning destination in the California redwoods of Santa Cruz County.
    At his core, Scott is a learner and a builder, committed to finding new ways to tie the world around us to that which is real and powerful within us—whether for the purpose of building teams as a leader in the tech industry or simply as an advocate for the path to living lives of true resonance.
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    Dana Born
    Dana Born
    Retired U.S. Air Force General, Public Policy Expert
    Dana H. Born (Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership (CPL); Faculty Chair, Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) Program; Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government) is a retired Brigadier General with 30 years of service in the United States Air Force. She served two terms as the Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy where she was also the Professor and Head of the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department.
    Dana also served as an Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force, Assistant Director for Recruiting Research and Analysis for the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Deputy Chief of the Personnel Issues Team for the Department of the Air Force, Aide and Speech Writer to the Secretary of the Air Force, Squadron Commander for 11th Mission Support Squadron at Bolling AFB, DC, and in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
    A graduate with distinction of the United States Air Force Academy, Professor Born received her B.S. in Behavioral Sciences, M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Trinity University, TX, M.A. in Research Psychology from University of Melbourne, and Doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Penn State University.
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    Gayle Ober
    Gayle Ober
    Gayle Ober, president of the George Family Foundation and True North Leadership faculty
    Recognized as an ethical and people-focused leader, Gayle Ober is an experienced CEO in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. She is president of the George Family Foundation, a private foundation with an interest in integrative medicine and health, authentic leadership, spirituality, and the community. With expertise in executive leadership, fund development, and cultural policy, Gayle oversees all of the foundation's operations, including strategic planning, grantmaking, finances, and community outreach.
    Dedicated to preparing the next generation of nonprofit leaders, Gayle spent from 2011 to 2017 as a graduate-level instructor in the University of Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Leadership program and continues to serve as a member of the program's faculty advisory council. An advisor and mentor to emerging nonprofit leaders, she is also a guest lecturer at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her board involvements include Sawmill Management Corporation, the Penny George Institute Foundation at Allina Health, and the Community Advisory Council of the Minneapolis Foundation's Catalyst Initiative.

About 1440 Multiversity

Redwood trails, copper-adorned buildings with majestic views, and decks built around sky-high trunks keep you wrapped in nature while on our 75-acre campus.
Part wellness resort, part Ted-talk auditorium, part conference center, our campus features state-of-the-art classrooms, meeting spaces, and accommodations tucked away in a lush forest between Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley. With locally sourced meals, holistic-health classes, Fitness Center, infinity-edge hot tub, and more, your stay at 1440 is designed to nurture, educate, and inspire.
Join us for a mix of guided programming and self-curated downtime as you enjoy our beautiful campus and rejuvenating Healing Arts center.
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  • Location

    1440 Multiversity is in the redwoods of Scotts Valley, California, between Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley—within easy reach of San Francisco.
    • Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC): 27 miles
    • Oakland International Airport (OAK): 58 miles
    • San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 60 miles
"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