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Dana Galin, 52, a leadership coach and founder of Imprint Leadership Partners in Atlanta, attended the three-day Transformation with Purpose Bootcamp earlier this year at I.E. University, which is based in Madrid. “I am always looking to develop and help my clients do the same,” she said.
The curriculum examined “global trends, history and cybersecurity and how you place yourself in the world, and pushed us to explore our values,” she said.
The teaching took place at I.E. University’s campus in Segovia, outside Madrid, in the 13th-century Convent of Santa Cruz la Real.
“It caused me to think bigger, to place myself in a bigger playground, and a bigger world,” she said. “The world needs you to play big and make an impact in your part of the world. It’s the ripple effect. The program made me wake up internally to what is driving my thinking and wake up to the world that I am a part of.”
That’s not a bad return on a brief getaway, Ms. Galin said. And it’s just what she and many others are seeking. “These kinds of programs are becoming so in demand because careers are way longer and more uncertain and fluid, and the need for constant update and upgrade is growing,” said Teresa Martín-Retortillo, the executive president of I.E. Exponential Learning. “The opportunity to pause in that process for a short period of intense and immersive training has become more and more relevant.”
While these may not be technical skills like coding, there is intrinsic value in looking at things from a different perspective. “Our students work on their curiosity,” Ms. Martín-Retortillo said. “You have the luxury of sitting next to people from different nationalities. Whether you’re 28 or 58, sitting next to someone from a different culture is totally the spark.”
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