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Values-Centered Leadership Online Course Reaches Its 24th Country 

Not in a position to travel abroad, but would like to learn about the challenges and successes of leaders in other cultures? 

We are very pleased to share that our online, non-credit course, “Values-Centered Leadership Certificate Level I,” now has enrolled participants from 24 different countries around the globe.  This includes Vincentian Family members and other non-profit leaders working to help those in need in Australia, Brazil, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, the Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, as well in the Great Britain and the United States.

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

To read about how the entire course or its components can be  adapted for on-site participation, please see some of the stories below about our growing global engagement.

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Consulting on Leadership Development Expands with Grants in 2018

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 are 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 new leadership development program for Catholic sisters serving in leadership positions in the religious congregations in East Africa.  Under the direction of Dr. Bombard, DePaul University earlier this year received a $400,000, two-year grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support this project.

During the summer, Dr. Bombard 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. 


Chinese Leadership Initiative Hosts 28 Sisters at DePaul in Summer 2018

This summer marked the seventh year that the Hay Project staff helped to facilitate a four-week leadership development program on campus known as the Chinese Leadership Institute in collaboration with Fr. Hugh O’Donnell, CM. 

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). This year’s program hosted 28 Catholic sisters on campus for classroom sessions, tours, and visits with American sisters in Chicago and Dubuque, IA.

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 in February 2018

During February 2018, Dr. Bombard traveled to The Netherlands in response to an invitation from the Vincentians there to help facilitate the training of emerging leaders in Vincentian and values-based leadership. 

In the Netherlands, Dr. Bombard offered four 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.  Eleven participants, among them young people working in government, education and the non-profit sector, attended the module.


Leadership Retreats in Beijing for Catholic Sisters with Vincentian Ties

In August 2017 Dr. Patricia Bombard, project director, 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.​