What We Offer

Our mission is to build capacity for leadership in public life. We are committed to transforming the leadership culture in the public square. Our workshops, consulting, coaching, and professional development programs for individuals and organizations provide a safe space to explore the art and craft of leadership. Our programs and services can be offered on-site as well as virtually through video conferencing.

We live in challenging times. Mobilizing people to confront tough problems, overcome
differences, and move beyond the natural resistance to change requires uncommon courage and skill.  Learning leadership, like leadership itself, demands entering unknown territory. It requires a willingness to experiment and improvise, and the will to risk dead ends and missteps.


The Collaborative’s experiential exercises and consulting invite you to expand your repertoire of leadership skills and deepen your commitment to transformational leadership. Our community of continuing learning and practice allows us to encourage and empower one another to advance our shared goal of transformed and transforming public service.​

Our Programs and Services:

  • Our Flagship Program: Leadership for a Change

  • Immunity to Change Workshop

  • Starting Right: Vitality, Agility, and Renewal for Your Team

  • Initiative for Diversity in Civic Leadership

  • Train the Trainers

  • Custom Programming


Leadership for a Change is a participatory workshop focusing on the practice of leadership and exploring the qualities needed for a systemic and holistic approach to leading change. Building on empowering teachings about the art and craft of leadership, participants will enhance their own leadership skills even as they come to better understand leadership in general.

Exercises and discussions explore roadblocks to truly effective leadership, the roles of values, purpose and goal setting, the distinction between authority and leadership, the difference between technical and adaptive challenges, the inherent conflicts and difficulties attendant to any effort to effect change, and enhancing skills of observation, interpretation, intervention, and agility in the face of uncertainty.

Participants will use a structured protocol to develop a strategic plan to address a personal leadership challenge and a powerful exercise to shed light on unconscious barriers to change. Leadership for a Change includes a preliminary orientation and baseline assessment, two days in a comfortable retreat setting (although the workshop may not always make you comfortable and will be more of an advance than a retreat), three evening follow-up sessions over a four-month period, and online exercises.

Immunity to Change Workshop: Mark Twain famously offered that “I’m all for progress; it’s change I can’t stand.” For all the talk of change, it’s hard to achieve!  Through the powerful, experiential “Immunity to Change” workshop, you’ll have the chance to find out what stands in the way of your efforts to change and to effect change. You’ll identify a plan and a support team to address your newly-discovered “immunity.” This exercise can also serve teams and organizations facing a collective resistance to change.  We offer this team immunity workshop only after each member of the team has identified and begun to address a personal challenge.

Starting Right: Vitality, Agility and Renewal For Your Team. Our experienced faculty consults to teams, organizations and institutions.  We work with you to assess and diagnose challenges and opportunities, to undertake strategic planning, and to support you to effect change, undertake succession planning, or launch new initiatives.  Our “Starting Right” program helps new initiatives build vitality, agility and renewal into your team right from the beginning.

Initiative for Diversity in Civic Leadership (IDCL) is a program that was launched in 2007 to encourage and empower the next generation of leaders of color and other underrepresented and "minority" communities committed to public service in Greater Boston. Over 150 participants graduated from the program between 2007-2011; these leaders are now making a strong impact in the political community in Massachusetts and across the country. IDCL graduates include current and past city councilors, heads of state agencies and leaders of community organizations, and senior staff of both candidate and issue campaigns. Beacon Leadership Collaborative's Founding President Jay Kaufman was one of the founders and faculty for IDCL, which was previously housed in another organization. Senior Associate Manisha Bewtra is a 2011 graduate of the program. IDCL has been on hiatus since 2011, but today, Beacon Leadership Collaborative recognizes the continued need for IDCL and is working to reimagine and reinvigorate the program. We welcome interested community members to contact us as we anticipate offering another class!

Train the Trainers: The Collaborative’s central goal is to build leadership capacity. Among the challenges we face is the relative scarcity of those prepared to lead the kind of workshops the Collaborative offers. If you have the desire and commitment to be a leadership trainer, we invite you to apply for this intensive, nine-month program that includes course work, a personal development plan, coaching, and an apprenticeship.

Custom Programming: We are eager to work with you to develop a workshop tailored to your team and needs. We have worked with legislative leaders and their leadership teams, majority and minority caucuses, school superintendents and their senior staff, civil society, non-profit, and advocacy organizations, religious organizations, school committees, governors, mayors and city councilors, and many more, both in the U.S. and in many countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Let's dream up something powerful and empowering.