• August 2014

Tara Sheahan Helps Us Tap Into Our Leadership Mojo

Tara Sheahan is the founder of Conscious Global Leadership, an organization whose mission is to support leadership development through mindfulness training and emotional intelligence.

CGL’s curriculum is results-oriented and designed for personal and business growth.

Trained as an elite athlete in cross-country skiing, she found her dream job as a VP in sports marketing and television. She left the corporate world to become ‘super Mom,’ and with husband Casey, CEO of Patagonia, raised two sons.

Her most valuable life training came through contracting Lyme disease in her mid-30s. Losing the ability to walk, think, or function without pain, she searched for that “magic pill” to cure herself and discovered that true healing must happen through an understanding of the body/mind connection.

She spent the next 15 years becoming an expert in the “art of inner listening,” using meditation and mindfulness practices to understand how our thoughts influence our health, well-being, and success.

After Sheahan recovered from chronic illness, she nearly qualified for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, at the age of 45.

How did she do it? “Through immersions, workshops, private coaching, and mentoring,” says this Truly Amazing Woman.

In the years since, Sheahan has introduced and taught mindfulness at eBay, The Aspen Institute, the World Caring Conference, and New York’s “Peaceweek,” as well as with dozens of corporate clients and leaders who are making an impact across the world.

Speaking Topics for Tara Sheahan

Conscious Leadership Is an Inside Job

Leaders have an extraordinary ripple affect. We have the power to inspire greatness at home and in our workplace, by first inspiring it within ourselves. This can only occur through inner awareness of thoughts and beliefs that drive us every day. They can be fear-based or love-based. Right now, for example, what thoughts are driving you?

By tapping into our innate emotional intelligence, understanding the nature of the mind and it’s “patterns” and “conditioning,” we can release old beliefs that no longer serve us. Becoming conscious isn’t about changing who we are; it’s about better understanding ourselves through self-acceptance and compassion. It’s about feeling comfortable with “me,” so others can do the same.

The result? Discovering that work is play, with success and prosperity as a natural byproduct. Being inspired every day becomes easier, as we choose the activities, people, and situations that lift us up. And relationship challenges are a golden opportunity to deepen our connection with those we love … and those who can be hard to love. CGL believes that the commitment to grow makes a truly conscious leader.

In this speech, Tara Sheahan shares Conscious Global Leadership’s curriculum, which is supported by cutting-edge neuroscience to “upgrade” the brain’s operating system. Sages in various traditions teach meditation, yoga, and the art of living in happiness.

“Our clients have deep and profound breakthroughs, and a desire to share what they’ve learned in their families, companies, and with other individuals like themselves who want to live a life of meaning,” Sheahan explains. “CGL offers a heart-centered revolution in leadership to restore balance to you, your workplace, and the world.”


Healing: Illness as a Pathway to Reach Your Highest Potential

“Having spent four years with Lyme disease, followed by two years with an ovarian tumor that was non-cancerous but greatly affected my health, I know what it means to be sick,” says Tara Sheahan.

And yet, these two episodes in her life were a deeply important part of her transformation.

“Losing my ‘self image’ of ‘super mom, uber-athlete,’ was both terrifying and freeing,” she explains. “When I let go of who I thought I was supposed to be, healing happened.”

In this speech:

  • Sheahan talks about reframing illness, and seeing it as a pathway to a remarkable life.
  • With her husband, Patagonia president Casey Sheahan (pictured here) she talks about how she climbed her way back to health—and to creating Conscious Global Leadership.


Olympic-Level Leadership

“Prior to getting married, I worked my way up the corporate ladder, finally becoming a company vice president in the field of sports marketing and television,” Sheahan says. “We produced network sports programming, and represented world-class athletes. A big part of my success was early years training and racing for elite cross-country ski racing, and recent training in mindfulness and neuroscience.

In this speech:

  • Sheahan talks about how strength and fitness translates directly to how we flourish as leaders.
  • She teaches the audience simple “how-to’s” in beginning body and mind fitness training.

Click here to read a Q&A with Tara Sheahan in Cross-Country Ski Journal. The master skier and the oldest member of the Subaru Factory Team offers insights.

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