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Faculty

Larisa Benson

Larisa Benson hosts the Government Joy Network, a network of civic designers and social leadership entrepreneurs working to humanize government from the inside out. A three-time national award winner for innovation in the public sector, she launched the Executive MPA program in 2003 and taught leadership for over a decade at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance before working for Washington State Governor Gregoire. Larisa is a Leadership Embodiment coach with black-belts in lean six-sigma and taekwondo, and she teaches with Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, a compassion-based training program that was born inside Google and is now a global nonprofit organization.

Host of the Government Joy Network
Search Inside Yourself Leadership Certified Teacher
Leadership Embodiment Certified Coach
President Whidbey Institute Board of Directors

Events with Larisa Benson

Igniting Change: Cultivating Leaders Ready to Face Wicked Complexity
June 14, 2020

  We empower changemakers. The old leadership isn’t working. To meet the challenges of the next decade, we want to cultivate a diverse group of people with the commitment and skills. A new framework, based on science. The new science of social change is embodied, emotionally intelligent, and mindful. For this program, the Whidbey Institute is joining forces with the University of Washington and the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. This program is built on a foundation of contemplative practice, embodied leadership, and the psychology of social change. Look inward now to make waves later. We’ll step back from the…