Allison developed the leadership model and curriculum for Sophia Leadership, and serves as faculty/program director.
In addition, she works as a senior consultant with Mobius Executive Leadership and in private practice. Her mission is to support leaders and organizations who are committed to being a force for Good in the world—and in service of this intent, are ready to grow to the next level of maturity. Her work includes top-team alignment, team coaching, executive coaching, leadership development and organizational change consulting.
Earlier in her career, she served as a master executive coach at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.
She has taught on the faculties of the ICF-certified Gestalt Coaching Program, the Polarity Mastery Program, and at The Integral Center.
Although she considers her spiritual path to be faith-neutral (honoring all wisdom traditions), she is personally devoted to the Sacred Feminine and is ordained as a priestess in this lineage. She has studied with a variety of spiritual teachers since 2000, including Ken Wilber (Integral Theory), Sophia Diaz (Feminine Spiritual Practice), and several master teachers of energy work and mysticism. For five years, she served as an apprentice in a shamanic shadow-work methodology; she is now continuing those studies with an Apache elder from the Moonwalker tradition.
Allison’s paper, “Integral Feminine Leadership: Developing Women Leaders to Lead from Feminine Essence,” co-authored with Susan Cannon, serves as the basis for the Sophia Leadership Program. Published work includes “Polarities as a Core Element of Integral Theory” (2014 Journal of Integral Theory and Practice). She is currently developing a book project based on her work in feminine leadership.
Gayle Karen Young, MS - Co-Faculty
Gayle Karen Young is a culture-builder and a catalyst for human and organizational development. She comes from a rich background in organizational consulting with corporate and nonprofit clients. Her skills include leadership development, change management, instructional design, training, strategic communications, team building, and personal and organizational transformation.
She was in process of becoming a monk when she became an executive instead, taking on the role of Chief Culture and Talent Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation until early 2015, when she decided to return to private practice as a rogue provocateur.
Born in the Philippines to Chinese parents and raised in the United States, she has a multicultural perspective, an adventurous spirit, and a deep commitment to expanding human freedom.
Gayle works to create dynamic organizational cultures in which people can thrive and thus make greater contributions. She acts as the interface between individuals and the systems within which they work, and fosters the development of both.
Gayle is passionate about global women’s issues and supporting women in leadership. She has facilitated the Interpersonal Dynamics course and the Women in Management program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She also serves as a mentor for programs such as the Unreasonable Institute and the Thiel 20Under20 program.
Nicole Fegley - Coach
Nicole enjoys bringing together the very best and most effective ideas and practices to help her clients flourish and evolve into better, happier people, allowing them to effectuate a better world. This has been her mission for the last decade, and it has expressed itself in various entrepreneurial ventures. She currently works in private practice as a Certified Integral Master Coach™.
Nicole is an original founding member of The Human Program, a project aimed to influence global influencers through customized personal/spiritual growth programs. She is also a co-founder of Core Integral, an educational company that offers a comprehensive and accessible approach to learning integral theory. She was co-founder of Women’s House of Integral Practice, a project devoted to the integration of more feminine ways of being in community and culture.
She held leadership positions with Integral Institute Seminars and Integral Life, producing and designing many growth and leadership events with various partners and teachers in the development field. Prior to this work, she was a successful restaurant and brewery owner.
She studies extensively with Ken Wilber (Integral Theory), Daniel Brown (Tibetan Buddhist lineages of Mahamudra and Dzog Chen as well as Self-Development, Attachment, and Positive Psychology) and Sofia Diaz (Hatha Yoga and Feminine Embodiment), as well as many other well-known spiritual teachers. From these wisdom keepers, she has gained priceless knowledge of the most intelligent and compassionate paths to evolution.
Alison Litchfield - Embodiment Coach
Alison Litchfield is a master yoga instructor, body worker and consciousness facilitator. Her classes weave together body alignment, energy flow, Feminine wisdom and tantric philosophy.
Susan Cannon, Ph.D. – Faculty Advisor
Susan is an author, visionary scholar-practitioner, executive coach, futurist, and artistic intuitive who loves the intimacy of guiding innovative influencers.
Susan’s current work includes roles as a certified Integral Master Coach,™ senior associate with Vollett Executive Coaching, the owner of Evolucent Consulting. She also serves as professor of Organizational Development and Leadership at Fielding Graduate University.
Earlier in her career, she was an executive in the semiconductor, defense, construction industries and historic global change projects. As co-founder of Kore Evolution, she co-created highly successful university-certificate leadership developmental programs for women.