A course for modern Christian Leaders

ENGLISH EDITION - ROME - 18-21 May 2020 (part 1) & 19-22 October 2020 (part 2)

In partnership with Georgetown, ESADE and Le Moyne College, our new programme integrates the best insights from the corporate world with the Ignatian 400 year spiritual tradition based on personal development and closeness to Jesus Christ.

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A course for modern Christian Leaders

ENGLISH EDITION - ROME - 18-21 May 2020 (part 1) & 19-22 October 2020 (part 2)
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Idea of the course

Leadership all around us is undergoing a crisis and leaders are coming under increased pressure. Trust and faith in the institutions they represent is weakening. We live in an environment that is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous (“VUCA”).

In this context high level leaders are looking for formation that integrates their personal values with an ability to tackle new challenges, that develops their spirituality, that encourages and gives consolation, that provides new skills for innovation and discerned decisions.

In partnership with Georgetown, ESADE and Le Moyne College, our new programme integrates the best insights from the corporate world with the Ignatian 400 year spiritual tradition based on personal development and closeness to Jesus Christ.

Course details

The course will take place in the General Curia of the Society of Jesus in Rome (click here to find the location) in following date:

  • 1° module: 18-21 May 2020
  • 2° module: 19-22 October 2020

The course (Module 1 + Module 2) will cost 1400€ per participant or 1100€ per participant for teams of 3 or more. Participants are required to attend both modules to obtain a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

The programme will run every day from 08:30 to 18:30 approximately.

Any questions? Get in touch via email dpa-apm@sjcuria.org

2019 edition testimonies

The program take participants through the gamut of spiritual tools that can inform leadership. From guided reflections, to “spiritual conversations”, to sharing in small groups, to learning about the practical aspects of Ignatian Spirituality, the program is grounded in a commitment to prayer that leads to an environment that is conducive to creating a team spirit.

The team


Paul Almeida

Dean and William R. Berkley Chair at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. A member of the Georgetown community for more than two decades, Almeida has served Georgetown McDonough in a number of positions, including most recently as deputy dean for executive education and innovation and, prior to that, as senior associate dean for executive education. He also serves as professor of strategy and international business.

Almeida’s strategy research focuses on innovation, knowledge management, alliances, and informal collaborations across organizations and countries. He is interested in understanding how knowledge builds across people and organizations and how this affects performance.


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

M.A., University of Pennsylvania

M.B.A., Indian Institute of Management, Business Administration

BE, Pune University, Electrical Engineering

Pedro Parada Balderrama

Dr. Pedro Parada is Associate Professor in the ESADE Department of Business Policy and he currently serves as Academic Co-Director and Professor for the Global Executive MBA offered jointly with Georgetown University. He is also a Visiting Professor at the HEC School of Management in Paris and SDA Bocconi in Milan. In addition, he has coordinated and taught courses within the International Electives offered at Babson College. He has written articles, case studies and book chapters in English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Chinese and Portuguese. Dr. Parada holds a PhD in Management, a Master’s in Public Policy and Management and an undergraduate degree in Economics. He was trained in the Case Method at the Harvard Business School. He has also participated in the Negotiations Program at Harvard and the Managing Change Program at MIT.

He has taught for and collaborated with private companies in a wide variety of industries, including banking and insurance (Banco Santander, BBVA, Bankinter, Banesto, “la Caixa”, DKV Insurance, Ergo Group, AndBanc, BNB, etc.), telecommunications (Telefónica, Telecom Italia, etc.), consultancy and auditing (KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, etc.), service companies (Endesa, Agbar, Union Fenosa, Carlson Wagonlit, Correos de España, ADIF, etc.), industrial firms (Epson, Roland-DG, Arcelor, Roca, Pirelli and Altadis), food, beverage & agribusiness (Bunge, Bodegas Torres and The Eat Out Group) and pharmaceuticals-chemicals (Sanofi-Aventis, Novartis, Bayer, Esteve, Almirall, Inibsa, etc.), among others. He also works with entrepreneurs in business incubator programmes in Catalonia and Andorra and business associations in Catalonia and Valencia. Prior to his current teaching responsibilities, he has also taught at various management schools, such as the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (India), De Baak (Holland), the Helsinki School of Management (Joko, Finland) and Tietoenator (Norway) and he has lectured on Strategy at the Universidad Católica de Bolivia. He has also worked in the cement industry and the UN Ministry of Finance.


Doctor en Administración y Dirección de Empresas. ESADE – Universitat Ramon Llull

Máster en Gestión y Políticas Públicas. Universidad Católica Boliviana

Licenciado en Economía. Universidad Católica Boliviana

Bob Bies

Robert J. Bies (Ph.D., Stanford University) is Professor of Management and Founder of the Executive Master’s in Leadership Program at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. In addition, Dr. Bies is a co-author of the book, Getting Even: The Truth About Workplace Revenge—And How to Stop It, which was published by Jossey-Bass (www.friendsofgettingeven.com). Professor Bies’s current research focuses on leadership, the delivery of bad news, organizational justice, and revenge and forgiveness in the workplace. He has published extensively on these topics and related issues in academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management, Journal of Social Issues, Organization Science, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, as well as in the prestigious annual series of analytical essays, Research in Organizational Behavior. Professor Bies currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Management, International Journal of Conflict Management, and Negotiation and Conflict Management Research. Professor Bies has received the Best Teacher award at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. At Georgetown, he has twice received the Joseph Le Moine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence at the McDonough School of Business; he received the Outstanding Professor of the International Executive MBA Program (IEMBA-2) at the McDonough School of Business; and he received the Outstanding Professor of the Executive Master’s in Leadership Program (2008) at the McDonough School of Business.


Ph.D., Stanford University, Organizational Behavior

MBA, University of Washington

B.A., University of Washington

Sandra Chaoul

Certified Leadership & Executive Coach and a leadership learning programs designer and facilitator. Holds a B.A in economics and a Masters in Financial Economics. After five years in business consulting, she moved to leadership research and capacity building and dedicated herself to helping organizations and individuals get grounded in their values and lead with purpose.

She is currently involved in various independent projects with organizations and educational institutions as well as religious congregations. In these engagements, she facilitates leadership development sessions, provides one-on-one/group coaching, and designs personalized learning programs that fit organizations and individuals’ needs. Her topics of interest include: adult learning and developmental coaching, adaptive leadership, organizational culture, group dynamics and team building… She is cooperating with the Society of Jesus on developing formation programs on Discernment and Apostolic Planning, and Leadership in an Ignatian way of proceeding as well as facilitating processes of discernment in common. She has been through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises (the Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life) and finds meaning in integrating to her leadership work elements that are rooted in a spiritually mature interior life and the capacity to discern both independently and in collaboration with others. Her expertise lies in enabling thought-provoking conversations, and fostering a space of growth that leads to profound shifts in mindsets and results.


PCC Leadership Coaching, Center of Executive Coaching

M.A., American University of Beirut, Financial Economics

B.A., Saint Joseph University, Economics

John Dardis, S.J.

General Counsellor for Discernment and Apostolic Planning

President, Conference of Jesuit Provincials Europe

Irish Jesuit Provincial

JRS-Europe Regional Director

Communications Director, Archdiocese Dublin

Director Jesuit Communication Centre, Dublin


MSc., Syracuse University New York, Television, Radio, Film

STL., Regis College, University of Toronto, Moral Theology

M.Div., Regis College, University of Toronto

H Dip., University College, Galway

BaccPhi., Milltown Institute Dublin

B.Sc., University College Dublin

Brooks Holtom

In addition to his roles as professor of management and area coordinator, Brooks Holtom serves as Georgetown McDonough’s senior associate dean for strategy, finance, and organization. A former CPA, Holtom works with faculty and staff to align the school’s organizational structure and strategy with its financial goals and operations to enable smart and sustainable growth. Professor Brooks Holtom’s research focuses on how organizations acquire, develop, and retain human and social capital. This research appears in the top journals in management (Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, International Journal of Human Resource Management and others) and also has high impact.

Holtom received the Human Resource Management Scholarly Achievement Award in 2013 from the Academy of Management and has twice received the Professor of the Year award for the Georgetown University Executive Master’s of Leadership Program. He has performed research in or served as a consultant to many organizations including Bayer, Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, Citibank, International Monetary Fund, KPMG, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Rio Tinto, Rolls Royce, Sprint, United States Air Force, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the World Bank.


Ph.D., University of Washington, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources

M.Acc., Brigham Young University, Tax Accounting

B.S., Brigham Young University, Accounting

Daniel Kenny

Currently working as Associate Project Manager in the Office of Discernment and Apostolic Planning in the General Curia of the Society of Jesus. Responsible for several projects focusing on the promotion and capacity building in leadership, discernment and apostolic planning.

Has previously worked as Project Manager in the Pharmaceutical sector, he is a PRINCE 2 Foundation & Practitioner certified and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Has a Masters degree in Engineering Management from University College Dublin and a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from Università degli Studi Roma Tre.

MEngSc., University College Dublin, Engineering Management

BSc, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Computer Engineering

David McCallum, S.J.

Vice President for Mission Integration and Development (Le Moyne College).

Has provided hundreds of workshops and retreats, as well as spiritual direction and supervision for spiritual directors. Doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College on the implications of adult developmental maturation for leadership capacity.

Co-founder of the leadership development program, Contemplative Leaders in Action, for young professionals. He presents workshops and retreats, consults on organizational change and mission integration projects, and facilitates leadership development both in the US and internationally (Africa, Europe).


Ed.D, Columbia University

M.Div., Weston Jesuit School of Theology

S.T.L., Weston Jesuit School of Theology

M.A, Fordham University

B.A, Le Moyne College

Jeanine Turner

Professor Turner is an Associate Professor in the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program and holds an Affiliate Professor appointment in the McDonough School of Business. Over the past twenty years at Georgetown, her research has explored the use of communication technologies by individuals and organizations. Specific examples of this research include the study of instant messaging and multicommunicating, computer-mediated bulletin boards as a form of social support, and the implementation of telemedicine technology as a means of augmenting the delivery of health care services. She is currently developing a theory of social presence that considers the interruptive nature of smartphone use. In addition to her work with graduate students in the CCT program, she also teaches courses in the McDonough School of Business to graduate students, executives, and undergraduates. Some of the organizations she has worked with include: the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Football League, Verizon, the World Bank, the District of Columbia Public Schools, Texas Instruments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Edward Jones, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Sprint, Rolls Royce, the Pentagon, and the Staff of the U.S. Senate. Professor Turner has published over 50 articles and book chapters and presented her work nationally and internationally. She loves teaching students and discovering the complexities of communication.


Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Department of Communication

M.A., University of Dayton, Department of Communication

B.A., University of Dayton, Department of Communication

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Partners of the course

General Curia of the Society of Jesus

The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by Saint Ignatius Loyola and his companions. The Jesuit mission is a mission of reconciliation, working so that women and men can be reconciled with God, with themselves, with each other and with God’s creation.

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Missionary Work

From the very beginning, the Society served the Church in Europe as well as in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Men like Robert Bellarmine and Peter Canisius spearheaded the Catholic Reformation in Europe. Courageous missionaries like Francis Xavier, de Nobili, Peter Claver, Roch González, John de Brito, Jean de Brébeuf, and Eusebio Kino brought the Gospel to the ends of the earth.


Very soon after the foundation of the Society, it became clear to Ignatius that schools offered the greatest possible service to the church, by moral and religious instruction, by making devotional life accessible to the young and by teaching the Gospel message of service to others. And so, many schools began to be founded.


Jesuits became deeply involved in scholarship, in science and in exploration. By 1750, Jesuit astronomers ran 30 of the world’s 130 astronomical observatories. Up to 35 lunar craters have been named to honour Jesuit scientists. The so-called “Gregorian” Calendar was the work of the Jesuit Christopher Clavius, the “most influential teacher of the Renaissance”.

Georgetown McDonough School of Business

Located at the intersection of business, government, and international relations, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business develops principled leaders committed to serving both business and society. Through our global perspective, we prepare students to compete in today’s international business environment.

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Global Perspective
Now more than ever, the world needs global thinkers. We prepare students to hit the ground running in today’s international business environment. Through our globally focused curriculum, faculty from around the world, enriching opportunities abroad, and the access only Washington, D.C., can offer, we ensure our students are ready to compete on the global stage.

Rigorous Academics
Our challenging curriculum is overseen by a diverse faculty that includes world-class scholars engaged in pioneering research, professionals who have corporate, nonprofit, and government leadership experience, and entrepreneurs who mentor students looking to start businesses. We offer a wide variety of programs to accommodate all types of students, from recent college graduates just entering the business world to seasoned professionals looking to transform their careers.

Culture of Collaboration
Building on our Jesuit heritage, we emphasize collaboration over competition, resulting in a supportive environment that encourages students to forge close friendships and extend their learning beyond the classroom. This unique atmosphere develops thoughtful leaders who strive not only to succeed in business, but also to have a positive impact on the community.

Le Moyne

Le Moyne College is a diverse learning community that strives for academic excellence in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition through its comprehensive programs rooted in the liberal arts and sciences. Its emphasis is on education of the whole person and on the search for meaning and value as integral parts of the intellectual life. Le Moyne College seeks to prepare its members for leadership and service in their personal and professional lives to promote a more just society.

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Men and Women for Others
A Le Moyne education encourages students to integrate contemplation and action, so they become men and women with well­-developed minds, generous hearts and reflective souls – “agents of change” who work to bring about a more just, humane world.

Commitment to Service
Service is more than “the right thing to do.” It’s what makes us human, makes us whole. As a Le Moyne student, service will be woven into everything you do, from the community project in your history or English class to the afternoon you spend serving dinner at a local soup kitchen.

Commitment to Social Justice
In the classroom and beyond, social justice is at the core of all that we do at Le Moyne. It is the fabric of our Jesuit identity. As a student, you will learn to think for yourself and about others, asking questions about the world in which we live – and the one you want to inherit.


ESADE is a global academic institution known for the quality of its education, its international outlook and its clear focus on holistic personal development. With strong ties to the business world, ESADE stands out for its innovation and contribution to social transformation. People are ESADE’s greatest asset: faculty, professionals, and more than 60,000 alumni all over the world.

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ESADE applies a unique and innovative learning model based on the internalisation of values ​​and the development of professional and executive competences.

ESADE generates new knowledge that helps to improve the dynamics of organisations, businesses and the practice of law.

Social debate
ESADE is a platform where people can gather and discuss important issues with the aim of improving society.

Inspiring Futures
At ESADE, we believe in holistic education: rather than merely transmitting knowledge, we instil empathy for the surrounding world and empower students to transform it, day after day, into a better place.

Gregorian University

The Gregorian is an Ecclesiastical, Pontifical and Jesuit University. Rooted in the Ignatian spirit, it aims to form men and women from every culture in such a way that they can find God wherever they will live (in all things). Each, according to his or her vocation, is called to bring the world to God so that God will be known by all people in their own language and tradition.

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Excellence in teaching

As a University, it seeks excellence in teaching, personal reflection, and research, offering to its students a harmonic synthesis between human knowledge and the light of faith according to the appropriate method for each academic discipline. Being aware of the interrelationship between science and the continuing evolution of knowledge, it fosters an interdisciplinary approach in its methods of research and the updating of the university community through the new tools of communication for distance learning.

Multicultural environemnt

Studying at the Gregorian offers a unique experience, at the ecclesial and academic level, which leaves a mark of universality for life. Its international character, with professors and students from around 120 countries, makes the environment of the University unique.

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