The real question is, does the prospective TLI program participant, who now works at a parish/diocese want to work in the secular world? If the answer is yes, then absolutely, they should participate in the program. TLI is probably not a good fit for a lay person who has made out his/her mind about building a career working for the Church. TLI is also not for clergy.
Most sessions start with a rich discussion on a (light, 3-5 pages) reading handout that is provided one week prior. Participants then hear from two or three speakers per night. These are very engaging 20-minute PowerPoint presentations. Then, the facilitator starts a virtual Q&A panel, where the participants interact with the experts. The sessions typically end with an engaging exercise or dynamic, such as discussion in small groups (through virtual breakout rooms) that are meant to help participants further digest the content and grow in fellowship. The TLI sessions are “virtual as-if-in-person,” meaning, none of our content is pre-recorded. Sessions are [...]
Both. The 18 sessions of the program take place on a virtual platform (From February to June). Our sessions are “virtual as-if-in-person,” meaning, none of our content is pre-recorded. The TLI virtual sessions are dynamic and engaging. You participate from the comfort of your home, office, or wherever you are. However, in addition to the weekly sessions, the program involves an in-person (all-day) retreat. It takes place on a Saturday of April or May. There is a virtual version of the retreat, but participants are highly encouraged to experience it in-person.
There are a couple of ways, TLI is not a group or young adult ministry. In fact, while many of the program participants are millennials, TLI is not restricted to any age group. TLI is for Catholic professionals “in the early to mid-stages of their career.” We let prospective participants define if this is where they are. In addition, TLI is not a Catholic professional association or guild. TLI is a five-month experience (You are in, you are out, and you are done!). Most Tepeyac Leaders (graduates of TLI) describe it as a transformative experience. In five-months, TLI touches participants in [...]
Yes, Tepeyac Leadership Initiative is a global leadership development program. It is available to Catholic professionals throughout the world. The sessions of the program are virtual (and live). And they are available in three different time zones to accommodate people in different parts of the world. However, one component of the program is typically in-person. Participants can choose from Phoenix, AZ or Nashville, TN in the United States, to experience the retreat. For those participating who cannot attend in-person, there is a virtual version of the retreat available.
Catholic professionals would participate in the TLI program to… Increase their awareness of and participation in leadership roles in their community. Learn how to guide their careers by their Catholic faith with confidence and wisdom. Clarify their vision and be mentored into the next level in their career. Become virtuous leaders and learn how to influence others positively. Become part of a growing, influential, global network of Catholic professionals that share their values and drive for success. Be surrounded, meet, and learn from top catholic global business and community leaders. Be part of a project to advance the common good, making [...]
Most sessions bring together a panel of experts, made up of top Catholic professionals and seasoned lay leaders from around the world. They have expertise in different areas of secular life. About 90% of our speakers are lay Catholics. A small number of presenters in the program are priests or consecrated religious.
TLI is a five-month program beginning in February and continuing through June, over the course of 18 weekly sessions. Participants can join TLI in one of three tracks (divided by time zones): *TLI West meets Tuesdays, 7 – 10 p.m. PST. *TLI Noon meets Wednesdays, Noon – 3 p.m. CST in the US (which is 7 - 10 p.m. Central European Time). *TLI East meets Thursdays, 7 – 10 p.m. EST. The program costs $2,000. There is a $200 early-bird discount if applying by October 20. Flexible installment plans are also available.
TLI is a perfect fit for Catholics who come to Mass regularly but have not shown much interest in ministry or apostolate work. TLI is also for Catholics who are somewhat involved in the parish, but more interested in leadership development from a career standpoint. They identify strongly as Catholics but seek the Church primarily to receive the sacraments. TLI wants to show them how to turn their professional field into their field of mission through civic leadership.
Next to you in the virtual room (and later during the in-person retreat) will be seating other Catholic professionals from different walks of life. They may come from anywhere in the world. They are as eager as you are to become leaders and grow professionally and spiritually.