Notre Dame News | October 26, 2017
The University of Notre Dame is launching a program to help accomplished individuals discern optimal paths toward personal fulfillment and equip them to further their positive impacts on society in the next phase of their lives.
Called the Inspired Leadership Initiative, the one-year program will welcome its inaugural cohort of fellows in mid-2018.
Fellows will first be afforded the opportunity to thoughtfully address some of the most critical questions facing highly accomplished people who have finished their traditional career yet are not ready to retire. They will explore ways to align their personal values and goals with pathways to greater meaning and impact in their later years.
As part of the exploration and discovery process, fellows will be provided customized access to the world-class academic, intellectual, spiritual and social offerings of the University, both on the main campus and at Notre Dame’s Global Gateways in locations such as Rome, Dublin, Jerusalem, London and Beijing.
“Many highly accomplished leaders reach a stage in their lives when they wish to find new ways to be forces for good in their communities and in the wider world,” said Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “This program will serve as a catalyst for intellectual challenge, spiritual growth and discernment about sharing their gifts in the next chapter of their lives.”
As they engage with Notre Dame’s faculty, the fellows will draw on extensive University resources in the arts, humanities, sciences, international relations, theology and many other fields, said Thomas G. Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost.