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Global Engagement

​​​​​Not in a position to travel abroad, but would like to learn about the challenges and successes of leaders in other cultures?  Read here about how our Values-Centered Leadership online course is growing in global participation, and sign up for our next session.  Then also read below about how course components can be adapted for on-site participation through the examples of our growing global engagement.​

Values-Centered Leadership Online Course Reach Extends Worldwide

We are very pleased to share that our online, non-credit course, “Values-Centered Leadership Certificate Level I,” now has enrolled participants from more than 70 different countries around the globe, with more than 2,200 successful participants.  This includes Vincentian Family members and other non-profit leaders working to help those in need in Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines, Spain, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, as well in Great Britain, the United States, and many other countries.

If you are interested in connecting with non-profit leaders in other countries while learning to strengthen your own leadership skills, this course may be an exciting opportunity for you. It requires only 2-3 hours of online work per week. The course is held each Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters of the academic year. Click here for more information and to apply now for our next session.

I think the course has helped to broaden my definition of leadership. It seems to cover both the more firmly guided leadership style and allowing others to take the lead with some gentle guiding in the background. And seeing all the comment by the others in the group has been inspiring both in the content of what they have to say and the fact that so many are interested in Value-Centered Leadership. It's very hopeful.

- Patty Simpson, MarillacHealth - Autumn 2018 participant

Historic Partnership with Two Kenyan Universities Launches in 2019 

      In February 2019, Dr. Patricia Bombard, Director, joined Dr. GianMario Besana, DePaul University's Associate Provost for Global Engagement & Online Learning, in Nairobi for the signing of an historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) creating a three-way partnership between DePaul and two Kenyan institutions: our long-time partner, Tangaza University College, a constituent college of the Catholic University of East Africa, and Kenyatta University, a public university with more than 70,000 students on various campuses.
      As stated in the MOU, it is “the quest to grow value-based leaders who are competent in the society” which brings the three institutions together.
      Kenyatta’s Directorate of Career Development, Mentoring and Leadership, sponsors an annual “Growing Leaders” program mandatory for its more than 5,000 graduating seniors. Several Kenyatta faculty who teach in the program already have participated in DePaul's Values-Centered Leadership Online Certificate, and seek further capacity-building to enhance their program.
      Tangaza’s Centre for Leadership and Management has been collaborating with us on leadership development workshops and courses since the Centre’s inception in 2010, and will help add leadership coaching to the Kenyatta program. 
      During 2022-23 our MOU partnership sponsored a three-part series on "Sustainable Leadership" with Dr. Bombard presenting on topics that included "Facilitative Leadership: Maximizing Your Positive Impact," "Planning in Uncertain Times," and "Bridging the Generational Gap in  Problem Solving: Mentoring Gen Z."​

MOU Partners

Training Global Leaders Working to End Homelessness

      Vincent on Leadership: The Hay Project and the School of Public Service partnered with the Ruff Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) in November 2019 to offer a leadership program for 15 leaders from organizations committed to ending homelessness in their cities in Australia, Belgium, Chile, Croatia, India, Scotland, and the U.S.  
      IGH is the first organization to focus on homelessness as a global phenomenon with an emphasis on those who are living on the street or in emergency shelters. It is a partnership between DePaul University and Depaul International, a London-based organization that provides direct services and advocacy for homeless people in seven countries world-wide.
      The IGH leadership program is designed to equip leaders with strengthening skills in individual and team leadership; building their local network of stakeholders; mapping local resource and fundraising opportunities; problem solving; testing and improving new ideas; and analyzing local data to become more effective at reducing homelessness. In addition to building on skills specific to solving complex problems, IGH seeks to create a space for leaders to reflect, build a peer network, and find inspiration from global leaders. 

During the week, Dr. Patricia Bombard, project director, helped the leaders explore their leadership style and offered tips on leading people through change, a topic also offered in depth by Mary McGuinness, SPS part-time faculty member. On Friday, SPS director Euan Hague will take the group on a tour of the Pilsen Neighborhood to study gentrification and community planning in action.

IGH Leadership Workshop

Global Consulting ​on Leadership Development Expands with Grants

In 1633, Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac together founded the Daughters of Charity, a women’s religious congregation that spread worldwide. During their lifetimes, they worked to empower the members of both the Daughters and the Vincentian priests (founders of DePaul University) through education, training and mentoring. We at the Hay Project are continuing that legacy through several projects.

Dr. Patricia Bombard, director, continues to assist the Centre for Leadership and Management at Tangaza University College in Nairobi, Kenya, with training presenters for a leadership development program for Catholic sisters serving in leadership positions in the religious congregations in East Africa. Dr. Bombard also consults with the coordinating team of The Leaders Guild​ at Tangaza in developing programing for sisters and lay persons working in non-profit organizations.  Under the direction of Dr. Bombard, DePaul University received grants from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Catholic Sisters Initiative to support these projects.

In 2018, Dr. Bombard also was invited to apply for and received an $18,000 grant from another private foundation toward creating a new leadership program for Catholic sisters, priests and brothers serving in East Africa, based on Robert Greenleaf’s concept of Servant-Leadership. That program continues under the direction of DePaul faculty member, Mary McGuinness.


Chinese Leadership Initiative Brought Sisters and Priests to DePaul

From 2012 to 2019, The Hay Project staff helped to facilitate a four-week leadership development program on campus for Catholic sisters and priests, who traveled to Chicago in alternate years. Known as the Chinese Leadership Institute , the program was planned in collaboration with Vincentian priest, Hugh O’Donnell, CM.  It was postponed indefinitely in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The Vincentian priests had a distinguished history in China for many years (1699-1950) until ousted by the Cultural Revolution, with more than a thousand priests serving in China (more than 400 of whom were Chinese). 

The project is supported financially by the Vincentians and Daughters of Charity, by St. Johns University in New York and DePaul University, and other donors. 


Leadership Training in the Netherlands with Vincentian Brothers

In February 2018, and again in November 2019, Dr. Bombard traveled to The Netherlands in response to invitations from the Vincentians there to help facilitate the training of emerging leaders in Vincentian and values-based leadership. 

Dr. Bombard offered lectures on servant leadership and Vincentian values using the Project’s Vincentian 2.0 Leadership Model and the life story of Vincent de Paul. The presentations made up the opening module of “Inspiring and Serving, ” a three-module course in social-spiritual leadership offered by the Vincent de Paul Center Nederland. Opened in 2012 and located about an hour from Amsterdam, the center is an open social-spiritual center where people work together to create a social, sustainable and inspiring community and environment. Directors of the course include the Vincentian priest, Tjeu van Knippenberg, CM, and Brother Broer Huitema, CMM, whose order, the Congregation of the Brothers of Our Lady Mother of Mercy, also holds Vincent de Paul as its inspiration.  Participants included people working in government, education, and the non-profit sector.


Leadership Retreats in Beijing for Catholic Sisters with Vincentian Ties

In August 2017 Dr. Patricia Bombard traveled to Beijing, China, to co-lead a week-long workshop on charism and community life for the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Beijing. Bishop Louis-Gabriel Delaplace, a Vincentian priest missioned in China for more than 30 years, founded the congregation in 1872. It was reinstated in the late 1980’s following the China’ Cultural Revolution.

This was the second time Dr. Bombard led a week-long retreat for the sisters. The first was in August 2014. Both invitations came from the congregation’s leadership who attended the DePaul summer course.​


Daughters of Charity, Serv​​​ice Leaders Attend Dublin Certificate

“Throughout this week, I learned so much about myself and my leadership strengths. I am clearer now on why my work suits me and why I believe I suit the organization,” remarked Maureen Dunne, one of 28 participants in the Values-Centered Leadership Certificate course held at All Hallows College in Dublin, July 19-24, 2009.

Members of the Irish Daughters of Charity (DC), directors from DC and other service organizations, as well as 10 students enrolled in the Masters in Management program at All Hallows, attended the course.

“I have a greater understanding of why people operate in the way they do and this will certainly impact on how I operate as a leader,” said Dunne in summarizing her learning from the course.

Lecturers for the course included Patricia M. Bombard, BVM, D.Min, director of Vincent on Leadership: The Hay Project; J. Patrick Murphy, C.M., Ph.D., director of DePaul’s School of Public Service; and Patrick Flanagan, ethics instructor at St. John’s University, New York.

The week-long course culminated with the second “Where People Count” Conference at All Hallows. The three certificate lecturers were joined as presenters by Caroline Casey, founder of Kanchi, a non-profit organization devoted to empowering disabled people, and Gordon McConnell, Strategic Planning Officer at Dublin City University.  Study Abroad students from DePaul University and All Hallows students prepared posters on leaders, and leadership theories and practices for the conference.


    Philippines ​​​​​​​​​Gets Values-Centered Leadership Certificate

Thirty-six participants from the Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia received certificates on April 30, 2009, for completing the Values-Centered Leadership Certificate Program sponsored by DePaul’s Vincent on Leadership: The Hay Project and the School of Public Service.  The program was a collaborative effort along with Adamson University in Manila, and the Vincentian Center for Asia and the Pacific. It was held at Villa Santa Luisa retreat center in Tagaytay City, Philippines. The goal was to train a team of local presenters who would continue to offer the certificate course through Adamson University.

The participants included Vincentians, Daughters of Charity, and lay men and women. Topics covered in the program included organizational frames, servant leadership, spiritual leadership, ethics, diversity, coaching, and communication skills.  Participants assessed their own leadership style, values and practices using several different assessment tools, and developed their own leadership development plan, specifying short-term goals and action steps.

The nine-day program included a “train-the-trainer” component in which participants reflected on the way material presented could be adapted to the Asia Pacific cultural context. On the final two days, participants had an opportunity to present on a leadership topic of their choice individually or in groups, and were critiqued by other participants.  The objective of this aspect of the program was to strengthen the ability of the participants to offer similar Vincentian leadership programs in their own institutional settings.

Patricia Bombard, BVM, director of Vincent on Leadership, and J. Patrick Murphy, C.M., director of the DePaul School of Public Service, were the main presenters.  Several persons from the Philippines who previously participated in the certificate program joined them. Gregg Banaga, C.M., president of Adamson, and Ned Disu, C.M., provincial of the Philippines attended the certificate program offered in Paris in the summer of 2008.  It was there that the idea for taking the program to the Philippines was conceived in a conversation with Dr. Bombard and Dr. Murphy.

Four other presenters from the Philippines recently had attended the certificate program at DePaul.  Nenette Abrigo and Virginia Reyes-Sapin of Santa Isabel University in Naga City came to DePaul in the spring of 2008.  Upon their return to Santa Isabel, they began a research project on Vincentian leadership at the university using the Project’s online assessment tools.  The two made a joint presentation summarizing the impact of their experience at DePaul and gave a preliminary report on their research project.  

Pamela Mantuhac, who serves as director of the Vincentian Center for Asia and the Pacific, and Rock Joseph (Jay) Enriquez, C.M., spent much of the Fall 2008 term at DePaul participating in the Certificate program. Ms. Mantuhac acted as the primary coordinator and co-facilitator for the Philippine program, and offered a presentation on energy management.  Fr. Enriquez gave a presentation on diversity and leadership.