Inspirational Leadership at Kylemore

Developed by the University of Notre Dame’s Global Centre at Kylemore Abbey, the Inspirational Leadership programme is a 5 day, fully immersive residential programme for the experienced, successful executive leader seeking a new perspective on the challenges of a highly competitive and complex environment. Seek and gain immeasurable insight bolstered by the expertise of world class faculty, a personal executive coach and your accomplished peers in the unique reflective setting of Kylemore Abbey.

Please join us for a transformational leadership experience!


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Program Date Options

  • May 4-7, 2021
  • October 5-8, 2021

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Program Testimonials

"I’m at the stage in my career where I want to move to the next level. Continuous learning is an important piece of that. The opportunity came up for me to attend this course (Inspirational Leadership at Kylemore) and I sort of grabbed it with both hands."  --Gareth McCloskey, Director, Davy Group, Dublin

"You will develop a new direction, a new sense of how to change yourself as you try to change your company, your organization. And in some cases, people come here to change the world."  --Mel Dowdy, Ph.D., Lead ILK Facilitator & Executive Coach

Comments from 2018 and 2019 program participants:

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  • I feel this may be the best thing I will ever do for my personal development.
  • I can see how the easy understandable concepts can be applied by me, but more importantly, I can easily share (them) with colleagues to maximize benefit.
  • I do not know what I expected, but I never expected to learn so much about myself, which is (as I now know) essential for me to lead effectively.
  • The course and setting were truly inspirational, and I’m very privileged to have shared the journey with such a wonderful group of leaders. I personally have taken a lot away with me and look forward “tweaking” my leadership style going forward.
  • Thanks to you and the team for everything, it was a super week, in an ideal environment with a great group.


For questions, please contact either Lisa Caulfield at or Paul Slaggert at

ILK Faculty Bios

Bob Anderson has been a pace setter in the field of Leadership Development for over 30 years. He is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Development Officer of The Leadership Circle and the Full Circle Group, creator of The Leadership Circle Profile, a powerful 360° assessment used by organizations worldwide, and the co-author of two critically acclaimed and impactful books on leadership - Scaling Leadership and Mastering Leadership. Bob’s groundbreaking work with The Leadership Circle Profile has provided thousands of leaders with constructive feedback on their effectiveness as a leader. He is a consultant and coach to senior executives in major organizations around the world.

Dr. Melvin Dowdy is the faculty lead for Inspirational Leadership at Kylemore, a unique leadership program helping leaders improve their ability to lead in an era of ambiguity and uncertainty. Mel is the retired Executive Director for the Center for Organizational Excellence at Bons Secours Health System. He is a practicing clinical and counseling psychologist and a valued consultant and coach for senior leaders. He has developed particular interest in values-based leadership, the integral approach to leadership development, leadership spirituality, and the leader’s role in cultivating organizational conditions for ethical integrity.

Lisa Caufield is Director of the Kylemore Abbey Global Centre in Connemara, Ireland. She is responsible for the establishment and transformation of this unique learning space within the famed Kylemore Abbey. In 2018, Lisa created an additional opportunity for Notre Dame students to study abroad at the National University of Galway. Lisa teaches the Immunity to Change module in the Inspirational Leadership at Kylemore program. She also is responsible for curating the interdisciplinary programs, courses, residencies and retreats hosted at the Global Centre at Kylemore.

Paul Slaggert is director of Open Enrollment Programs in Executive Education at the Kelley School of Business. He recently completed 18 years in senior leadership roles in Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame, where he served as both director of non-degree programs (15 years) and director of the Stayer Center (three years). Prior to joining Notre Dame, he was director of the Cincinnati Center for Management and Executive Development at the University of Cincinnati for 12 years. He leads training sessions for corporate clients on the topics of leadership, paradigm shifts, delegation and empowerment, systems thinking, and financial literacy. He has more than 20 years of experience in academic leadership roles at Notre Dame, the University of Cincinnati, and Boston College, and has taught extensively in the areas of finance, business management, and leadership.