Enlightened Leadership Development Program

Imagine a Workplace Where You and Your Team Can Thrive

Learn how to transform your workplace in this ground-breaking new course.

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Does your workplace inspire you and your team to thrive?

Do you experience any of these in your workplace?

  • Lack of psychological safety
  • Inability to be your authentic self at work
  • Distraction or burn-out
  • Don’t feel respected or valued for your unique contribution
  • Conflict in the workplace
  • Dysfunctional interactions
  • Insufficient inspiration or fulfillment

Imagine a workplace where…

  • People love their jobs and look forward to coming to work
  • Teams work together with joy and collaboration to achieve shared goals
  • You feel a strong sense of renewal and energy
  • Everyone is making a difference

In this workplace, people thrive. The workplace actually inspires them to live their best lives and deliver extraordinary results.

How can you transform your workplace?

Take the First Step to Transforming Your Workplace

The Enlightened Workplace Project is a seven-module course. Each module includes six or seven short video lessons along with a Module Guide that includes a summary of key content from the module. Each module takes less than 1 hour to complete.

Every module also includes online assessments. You’ll also receive a course summary and action guide specifically for leaders and managers.


  • Retain your top talent
  • Increase productivity and morale
  • Boost employee performance
  • Improve the health of your team
  • Increase your organization’s capacity to change the world
The Enlightened Workplace Project

Included in the course

  • Seven modules which include a series of video lessons
  • A guide for each module with a summary of key content
  • Online assessments for each module
  • A course summary and action guide 

"The Enlightened Workplace Project is a forward-thinking, humanistic approach to managing and inspiring people to bring their best to everything they do."

The Enlightened Workplace Project

Who is this course for?

The Enlightened Workplace Project is for any leader or manager who desires to create a more fulfilling, purpose-driven workplace to help their business reach its full potential.

So whether you manage a small team of five or run an entire Fortune 500 company, this course will benefit you by providing the ideas necessary to create long-lasting change—the kind of change that can send ripple effects throughout your entire organization.

What if my organization isn’t ready to be enlightened?

You, as an individual, a manager, a leader, CAN impact your workplace, even if you think your broader organization is not ready to be an enlightened workplace.

You can implement the ideas in this course on a team level, and it can spread across your organization in a grass roots manner.

This is your chance to be the leader you wish you had.

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What others are saying

Great content with tangible ideas for bringing to life within the workplace.

This course is AWESOME! As a CEO of a consulting firm, I was surprised to learn where I didn't score so high. Glad to know specifically where I (we) can improve.

This holistic, human approach to workplace practices is long overdue and much-needed in an increasingly disrupted world coping w/intense change on so many levels.

Course Modules


Bringing the Whole Self to Work

Learn how to recognize the “whole employee” and create a workplace in which your team members feel free to be their authentic selves. By establishing more inclusive policies and behaviors and then holding yourself and your team accountable to those behaviors, your employees will be more productive, engaged, fulfilled and successful at work.

Topics include:
✓ Engaged Employees and High-Performing Teams
✓ The 7 Elements of an Enlightened Workplace
✓ Enlightened Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
✓ Today’s Work Climate and the Old Work Paradigm


The Enlightened Manager

Start creating a more mindful, compassionate environment for your team—and then watch the ripple effect across your entire organization. When you build a positive, supportive environment that meets the needs of your employees, you help them contribute in ways that benefit your bottom line.

Topics include:
✓ Enlightened People Skills
✓ Enlightened Decision-Making
✓ Enlightened Hiring and Firing
✓ Enlightened 1:1s
✓ Enlightened Feedback and Development


Enlightened Productivity

Discover why choosing what not to do is as important as choosing what to do. Explore the key drivers of productivity, and learn how to better navigate the demands, plans, tasks and delays that consume our working time.

Topics include:
✓ Enlightened Prioritizing and Planning
✓ Enlightened Time Management
✓ Enlightened Digital Interactions
✓ Enlightened Workspaces


Enlightened Communication

Find out how enlightened communication can help you create more trusting and authentic relationships with your people—which will help you build a stronger overall organization. This leadership development program will help you strengthen your connections by enhancing your communication in ways that eliminate misunderstandings and barriers between people.

Topics include:
✓ Enlightened Listening
✓ Enlightened Messaging
✓ Enlightened Connections
✓ Enlightened Leadership and Communication in Times of Crisis


Enlightened Collaboration

Collaboration can accelerate your progress toward achieving team and organizational goals—but only if you approach it the right way. Learn how to incorporate all the elements of enlightened collaboration in ways that increase the success of your business while ensuring the satisfaction, trust and fulfillment of your employees.

Topics include:
✓ Enlightened Influence
✓ Enlightened Negotiation
✓ Enlightened Recognition
✓ Enlightened Joy and Fun


Enlightened Conflict

Honor the differences between individuals by using enlightened leadership to prevent unnecessary conflicts. Learn how to tell the difference between substance and fluff so that you can steer your team away from ego-driven emotions towards a place of mutuality and shared goals.

Topics include:
✓ Keeping the Space Between Clean
✓ Helping Your Team Manage Conflict
✓ Enlightened Conflict Prevention
✓ Ethical Issues


Actions & Implementation

Tie together all of the concepts you’ve learned with actions you can take to start transforming your team culture into an enlightened workplace. This is where you start putting the theory of The Enlightened Workplace Project into practice.

"People who feel seen, acknowledged, respected and accepted for who they are in their entirety, are more productive, engaged, fulfilled and successful at work."

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Faculty and Advisors


Barbara Fagan-Smith

Barbara is inspired by nature and gets recharged in the mountain wilderness of California. She knows she can bring her best to the world when she takes care of herself.

Barbara is the founder and CEO of ROI Communication and the driving force behind ROI’s Enlightened Workplace Project. She has more than three decades of experience in business, corporate communication and journalism.

Barbara is passionate about improving the workplace and wants to spread the word that “when team members feel safe, cared for, respected, and that their work is meaningful, they are more engaged and productive.”

Barbara created The Enlightened Workplace Project as a timely and much needed humanistic approach to managing and inspiring people to bring their best to everything they do.

The author of Strategic Planning for Internal Communicators and A Weekly Guide for Soulful Living, Barbara also founded Living ROI in 2017, an organization dedicated to helping people live more meaningful and balanced lives, both personally and professionally.

She was named one of Silicon Valley’s most influential women by the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal. Barbara was also selected as a winner of the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to North America’s top women entrepreneurs.

Barbara earned a BA in Journalism from Humboldt State University.


Kristin Brownstone

One of Kristin’s favorite quotes is by Anais Nin, who wrote, “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” As a certified personal transformation and executive speaking coach, Kristin helps clients articulate truth with confidence.

Kristin is the co-creator of ROI’s Enlightened Workplace Project because she believes that corporate workplaces are ripe for more mindfulness, compassion, joy, healing and enlightenment.”

Kristin joined ROI in 2018 after 20 years in corporate communication, supporting organizations with communication and transformation strategies. Kristin’s recent clients at ROI include Adobe, Frito-Lay, Oportun and others.

Kristin earned a BS in Journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MBA from Santa Clara University.


Dawn Speed

Dawn once drove her dream car, the Audi R8, on a Los Angeles racetrack and can attest to its magnetic-ride suspension, acceleration and precision. She helps clients navigate twists, turns and bumpy stretches with confidence.

As a seasoned communication consultant, Dawn puts clients in the driver’s seat by helping them identify and articulate their most compelling stories. Regarding this course she says, “The word ‘enlightened’ caught my attention immediately. Too often, business training feels stiff and dry. ROI has always honored the spirit and integrity of its stakeholders. This training is a natural progression, taking things up a notch, for professionals navigating changing and uncharted frontiers. I’m thrilled to be a part of this project.”

Dawn draws on her experience as a TV news producer and many years in senior communication roles with companies such as Ketchum where she served as VP, Internal Communications and Employee Engagement, as well as Mastercard, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, PepsiCo, and the non-profit Woman Within. Currently, she works on a variety of transformation projects for companies such as Adobe and HPI.

Dawn earned a BA in Communications from the State University of New York and has won many awards for her work.


Roger D’Aprix

Roger maintains a collection of 20 antique clocks, the oldest of which dates from 1787 and still runs smoothly. He helps organizations run like clockwork, too.

A pioneering thought leader in organizational communication, Roger has served on ROI’s Board of Advisors since 2005. He is an internationally known consultant, lecturer and author, who has helped scores of Fortune 500 companies develop more effective communication strategies, embrace cultural change and achieve better business results. A Fellow of the International Association of Business Communicators and recipient of the 2014 President’s Award from the Communication Leadership Exchange for his impact on the evolution of organizational communication, Roger has been described as one of the most influential thinkers in the communication profession.

Prior to joining ROI, Roger led communication practices for two international HR consulting firms and served in senior communication leadership roles at Xerox, GE and Bell and Howell.

Roger has written several books on employee communication and culture, including his best-selling Communicating for Change: Connecting the Workplace with the Marketplace and The Credible Company: Communicating with Today’s Skeptical Workforce. His most recent book is Bosses: True Stories of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.


Sheryl Lewis

Competes in long-distance bicycle races. Goes the extra mile for clients.

Sheryl is a strategic advisor for companies such as Apple, Fidelity Investments, Prudential, Vanguard, Tiffany, Sony and PepsiCo. In working with The Enlightened Workplace Project, she believes “great managers make great companies and work environments.” Despite the best efforts of many organizations, Sheryl says, “Managers often don’t know what role they can play in making work more meaningful and fulfilling for employees, which leads them to be more inspired and innovative.”

Before joining ROI in 2002, Sheryl worked for 15 years for Quantum Corporation. Before joining Quantum, Sheryl worked in New York as an economics consultant to Fortune 500 companies at Data Resources, Inc.

Sheryl earned a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She speaks regularly at national events on the topics of mergers and acquisitions, change management, leader and manager communication, measurement and social media as a tool for employee engagement.


John Robertson

John, a 10-year alumnus of ROI Communication, has wide-ranging experience in working with Silicon Valley companies. He knows what it takes to communicate with a new generation of technology workers.

John has worked for a wide range of technology companies over the past 25 years, before and after working as a Senior Consultant at ROI. He has worked in employee and executive communication, training and employee development roles at companies such as Zuora, Maxim Integrated, NetApp, iBeam Broadcasting and Quantum.

John has an MS in Industrial Psychology from San Jose State University. Over the years, he has served in volunteer leadership roles with the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America.


Lesli Gee

Lesli has completed 24 marathons across the United States. When it comes to helping clients, she always goes the extra 385 yards.

As an expert in change management and crisis communication, Lesli provides strategic consulting to organizations such as Fidelity Investments, Qualcomm, Robert Half, PepsiCo and Comcast. She believes everyone deserves to work in an environment where they can contribute and achieve their full potential. Change management and communication need to work hand in hand to do so.

Prior to joining ROI in 2002, Lesli was the Director of Internal Communications and Organizational Development for Maxtor Corporation. Earlier, Lesli worked as the Director of Talent Development at Quantum Corporation.

Lesli earned a BS in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley and an MS in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco. She is past president of the Mt. Diablo chapter of the American Society for Training and Development and has won numerous industry awards for her work.


Christy Lang

Christy is an organic gardener. In advising clients, she helps them cultivate knowledge, trust and new possibilities.

Christy believes people made smarter decisions, collaborate better and feel more energized when they know their work makes a difference in people’s lives. As Christy says, “I joined The Enlightened Workplace Project because I believe strongly in the power of authentic connections.” She points out that people are happier, more engaged and more productive when they see each other as humans with unique talents and potential.

Christy joined ROI in 2003 and, since then, has worked with numerous companies in many industries. Currently, she works full-time with Genentech, as the company focuses more and more on the importance of managers in meeting the needs of patients, helping transform society, achieving business objectives and creating the best employee experience. As co-designer of a manager communication program there two years ago, she works to support and expand the program.

Before joining ROI, Christy held senior communication roles at two technology companies and was a communications strategist for the president of Stanford University.

She holds a BA in English from Lewis and Clark College and an MA in English Literature from the University of Washington.


Janice Smith Collins

Janice loves shopping at her local farmers’ market. As a consultant, she always brings a fresh perspective, too.

Growing up in a small farming community, Janice learned an important truth – no matter what someone’s job, role or title might be, people appreciate honest, direct communication. As she says, “I was thrilled to work on the Enlightened Workplace initiative, because it is so aligned with my career passion and purpose – helping people find meaning and fulfillment with their work.”

Janice has worked in communication and employee engagementroles for two decades and joined ROI in 2015. After a brief career in journalism, she worked in communications leadership roles at several companies and agencies, including Weber Shandwick, where she was Vice President of Employee Engagement and Change Management.

Janice currently works with clients including Adobe and Frito-Lay, where she consults across a broad range of projects and engagements, including strategic planning, communication measurement and enterprise social engagement.

She has a BA in English from Michigan State University and has pursued additional studies in strategic management at the University of California, San Diego.

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"Your workplace is the culture you experience inside of your organization, regardless of where you are physically."

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