Whole Leaders

The Executive Fellows Program in Whole Leader Development was established as a complete reformation in how we prepare a generation of courageous and sacrificial leaders. Designed for leaders and potential leaders seeking whole leader education that intentionally integrates rigorous research and real-time relevance, the program will disrupt and deepen every part of your leader paradigm.


Taught by leading scholars and practitioners in leadership development and those who bring a combination of both, the Executive Fellows Program is rooted in a theoretical foundation of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and a philosophical foundation of sacrificial and whole leader principles. Unlike other programs, it is not a one-off solution or fragmented process that focuses on only your strengths, personality, competencies, purpose, resume, or motivations. The Executive Fellows Program intentionally applies the best of decades of research on the developmental journey of leaders into a simple and next level learning experience. We architect the structure for learning and development and leaders bring their story and invest in each another.

Dr. Rob McKenna


A whole and intentional leader requires a different kind of learning experience – one that brings an equal portion of breadth and depth. Our program is rigorous, relevant, and relational:

RIGOROUS: The WiLD Executive Fellows Program is smart and selective. We did not take our lead from what is popular or in style, but from decades of research in Industrial-Organizational Psychology on how leaders learn and grow while leading. The program will push you to new developmental edges for your sake and the sake of others around you. The Fellows Program participants are chosen based on the potential they bring as competent and effective leaders, and more importantly, for their willingness to edit themselves and to serve others.

RELEVANT: The experience and content is personal and practical. A leader’s development gets interesting and effective when they can make direct connections between the learning content and personal experience. The curriculum is specific to each attendee and their experience, and it provides frameworks and customized actions to help participants become the leaders others need them to be.

RELATIONAL: The Executive Fellows Program is structured for conversations and coaching. While we know that leaders develop through their experience, it is the relationships around them that enable them to become more self-aware and to take the calculated risks to become better leaders. Every leader engages in dialogues, coaching partnerships, and activities to connect with, learn from, and challenge and support every other attendee.


Offered as a cohort style program, the WiLD Executive Fellows Program includes three-day experiential intensives in 2 consecutive quarters with online tools, coaching and assignments that create provide the best of what face-to-face programs offer with the flexibility of online education.

Graduates from the Executive Fellows Program also have the option to apply to become WiLD Certified Coaches and to increased their Mastery Level through a variety of expanded topical seminars related to whole leader development.

Cost: $8,000 total, for the two onsite (in Seattle) WiLD Experiences and the 12 coaching sessions between the WiLD Experiences. Includes cost of the WiLD Toolkit if the participant does not already have access. Does not include lodging or meals while on site.

Quarterly Time Commitment: two 3-day intensive experience on site + an additional 2 to 4 hours of development assigned per month (ex. coaching, readings, and WiLD Toolkit assessment tools).

2020 Executive Fellows Program Dates:

The planned start for the next Executive Fellows cohort is May of 2020. The application will give you the opportunity to express your desired start date. Based on cohort makeup, you will be notified of your cohort final start date within 2 months of the program beginning.


Experience I: May 6 to 8, 2020

Experience II: October 14 to 16, 2020


Experience I: October 14 to 16, 2020

Experience II: May 5 to 7, 2021

During the three-day Intensive Experiences, every day is scheduled from 8am to 4pm. In addition to the two Intensive Experiences, leaders also receive 12 personalized coaching sessions with a certified WiLD Coach. The coaching occurs after the first WiLD Experience and provide leaders with the continued conversations to incorporate their learning in the program back into their day-to-day leadership challenges and opportunities.

Upon completion of the 6-day core in the two Intensive Experiences, participants are awarded the status of Executive Fellow in Whole Leader Development.



Since facilitating conversations and coaching people is a critical skill for effective leaders, participants in the Executive Fellows Program will become certified as WiLD Toolkit Facilitators, and have the opportunity to continue on to become a WiLD Associate, Professional or Master Coach of the WiLD Toolkit.


DAYS 1 + 2 + 3




DAYS 4 + 5 + 6



As an introduction to the practice of leading, this three-day session combines foundational leadership and organizational theory along with personal character development as it relates to our identity as leaders.


Establish a foundation for a rigorous understanding of what it means to lead and how leadership has been operationalized.

Build an understanding of the contextual factors associated with leading others in a variety of organizational contexts.

Provide perspectives on and opportunities to integrate world view as it impacts leadership, organizational structures, and decision making.

Provide in-depth personal reflection on each leader’s feedback reports in the WiLD Toolkit:

WiLD Profile

Calling + Purpose Inventory

Purposeful Goals Assessment

Leading Under Pressure Inventory

Transformational Experiences Audit

Skills + Knowledge Inventory

Motivational Learning Inventory

People Investment Plan

Strategic Network Audit + Guide

WiLD Plan



The 12 coaching sessions with a WiLD coach will be an incredibly impactful part of your development in this program. Each of our coaches has a heart for people and and an ability to push their clients toward action when necessary. Our coaches are not unique because they have all the right experience, but unique because they are committed to investing in developing leaders as whole people. They know that developing whole leaders requires vulnerability, and vulnerability requires courage and an openness to change. A great leader is not great because she or he does everything right, but because they have the courage to move forward, and are open to the possibility that they may need to edit parts of themselves along the way.


Dive deep into each of the feedback reports with you to unfold new pieces of your story with you.

Gain an understanding of your profile, purpose, presence, portfolio, and people as you lean into your development as a leader with your coach.


EXPERIENCE II: Leader Context & Activation

This final WiLD Experience is designed for leaders to not only think about their leadership in a more integrated way, but to have them explicitly thinking about those they serve and the leaders in whom they are invested, and how to practice their skills with others. It’s about being a leader who develops leaders. The assumption is that we exist as leaders to respond to a calling on our life and work to serve others through our leadership.


Reflect on work, life, calling and purpose as necessarily intertwined components of our lives as leaders.

Gain a deeper philosophical and practical model of calling and purpose as a leader.

Learn to build development plans and to have rich development conversations with other emerging and existing leaders.

Personally reflect on the state of each leader’s strategic network and identify actions for increasing satisfaction with that network of support.



Enrollment Fees

2020 Tuition: $9,000

To register for the WiLD Fellows Program, complete the Application. Upon notification of acceptance into the Program, make tuition payment by clicking on the links below. For those working in not-for-profit settings or for those with the need for financial assistance, selective scholarships are available. Email Contact@WiLDLeaders.org for details.

The fees for the WiLD Leaders Executive Fellows Program include continental breakfasts as well as snacks and refreshments. Other meals and lodging, transportation and other expenses are not included. However, we do provide a list of recommended hotels and restaurants nearby.

Cancellation and Change Policy

In some cases, participants request to change the date they would like to start the Executive Fellows Program. Changes made 8 to 12 weeks prior to the start of their program will incur a change fee of 5% of tuition. Changes made 4 to 8 weeks will incur an additional fee of 20% of tuition. Changes made within 4 weeks of the program start will incur an additional fee 30% of tuition.  All Cancellations are subject to a $100 administrative fee. Cancellations made 8 to 12 weeks prior to the start of their program will incur a change fee of 10% of tuition. Changes made 4 to 8 weeks will incur an additional fee of 30% of tuition. Changes made within 4 weeks of the program start will incur an additional fee 60% of tuition.

Planning and Preparation

Each Executive Fellows Intensive Experience is three days long, running from 8:00am to 4:00 pm each day.

Coaching sessions are 50 minutes in length.

Pre-work is provided one month prior to the start of the program.

Existing teams are encouraged to apply. Each team member will need to apply individually.

A different kind of leader needs a different kind of development, and this is what the WiLD Executive Fellows Program offers -- an intentional and personal growth experience that is rigorous, relevant, and relational all at the same time.

This WiLD Fellows Program is unlike any leadership development experience you have ever had.

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