SOUL-CENTERED LEADERS FACULTY
PATRICIA SPEIER, DMin, is Director of the Seton Cove and Director of Formation for the Seton Healthcare Family. She is a spiritual director, teacher, and retreat facilitator who specializes in the use of literature and writing for spiritual growth and ethical development. She is passionate about the connection between Spirituality and Leadership and has developed the Leadership Pilgrimage, a year long intensive for leaders in all fields (business, medicine, law, religion, non-profit) which is now in its 13th year. Speier is a 2008 DMin graduate of Perkins School of Theology and a graduate of Seminary of the Southwest. She has studied spirituality at the Pecos Benedictine Monastery in New Mexico and Integral Spirituality with Ken Wilbur.
JOE BARRY, MA, is the Director of Mission Integration at Seton Healthcare Family, a spiritual director, and a former Seton Cove Educator. He has more than twenty years experience facilitating, teaching, and consulting in the non-profit, corporate, faith-based and educational sectors. He enjoys working with individuals and groups to promote their growth in leadership skills, team development, and self-knowledge. Joe holds an MA in Applied Behavioral Sciences from City University of Seattle, Washington, and BA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He is a graduate of Leadership Austin and certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and a certified instructor for Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, Influencer and DDI (Development Dimensions International).
FLINT SPARKS, Ph.D. has been in private practice as a psychotherapist in Austin since 1983. Through exploration of the interface between spirituality and psychology, he found a particularly deep resonance in Buddhist meditation, psychology and philosophy. In March of 2001, Sparks was ordained as a Zen Buddhist Priest. He now divides his time between his private practice and a growing Zen Center here in Austin.
Flint has nearly four decades of experience in the practice and teaching of psychotherapy and leads retreats throughout North America and Europe.
WHAT OUR GRADUATES ARE SAYING
“The Pilgrimage gave me the space and the tools to begin the journey from a human doing to a human being. As a classic Type A driver, 'doing’ has taken the center role for many years. Now I’m more of a whole human being in whatever I do. This has given my work more power and made my life more satisfying and rich.”
— Linda Ford, PhD,
Ford Business Consulting, Inc.
Leadership Pilgrimage helped open a door for me. I’ve gained tools to explore deeper aspects of myself how each part connects with my leadership (and other) roles in the world. In trusted conversations, quiet contemplation, laughter and an occasional tear, I gained powerful understandings of myself and those around me. Now, I’m exploring relationships, spirituality and success in a new context. On balance; less worry, fear and struggle - more patience, humility, empathy and focus on what is most important in each moment.
- Charles Scarborough, CFRE
Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas
Executive Director of Development
“The Leadership Pilgrimage is an excellent opportunity. Patty and Flint create transformative experiences. And the busier you are, the more you’ll benefit.”
Bullock Management Partners
Leadership that is centered in the soul is a leadership that radiates out from one's deepest, truest self and becomes a force for deepening relationships and positive change in all facets of our lives. This is what the Institute for Soul-Centered Leadership is all about.