We have answers to questions from prospective program participants, spouses, pastors and international stakeholders.

Is TLI for parish staff?2021-07-30T18:36:46+00:00

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.

What is the format of the sessions?2022-05-09T21:24:41+00:00

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 live, dynamic, and very engaging.

Is TLI in-person or online?2022-05-09T21:25:31+00:00

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.

How does TLI compare or differ from Catholic young adult groups I am familiar with?2022-05-09T21:26:27+00:00

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 profound ways, leaving a lasting effect in their professional and spiritual lives.

Is TLI available in my country or diocese?2022-05-09T21:28:24+00:00

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.

Why should Catholic professionals participate in TLI?2022-05-09T21:33:33+00:00

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 an impact in the community.
  • Have opportunities for professional, personal, and spiritual growth.
Who will be presenting and teaching?2022-05-09T21:36:23+00:00

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.

What is the time commitment for TLI? What does it cost?2022-05-09T21:40:32+00:00

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.

Who in my parish is the right fit for TLI?2022-05-09T21:42:51+00:00

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.

Who will be sitting next to me?2022-05-09T21:43:29+00:00

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.

How do the sessions compare to graduate-level MBA courses?2022-05-09T21:45:07+00:00

Graduate-level MBA courses have homework with intense reading requirements. You typically prepare for class by reading case studies and preparing answers that pertain to those case studies. The classes at MBA programs last longer, and are more challenging to remain engaged with, as each class is held by the same instructor for periods of 8 weeks at the time.

TLI sessions are not lectures as they are meant to be fast paced and interactive. Each presentation last 20 minutes and is followed by a Q&A session. Rather than hearing from the same speaker through the night, TLI sessions involve two or three presenters per night.

Is this based on lectures?2022-05-09T21:45:56+00:00

We wouldn’t call them lectures, as they are meant to be fast paced, and interactive. Each presentation last 20 minutes and is followed by a Q&A session, other engaging activities.

Tell me what Day 1 is all about.2021-08-04T21:04:06+00:00

Day one is orientation day, which is different from all sessions that come after. There are no presenters or Q&A panels here. The facilitator goes over the different parts of the program, expectations and responsibilities of each participant. We close the session with interactions/dynamics meant to allow participants to get to know their peers. Orientation is mandatory.

My spouse is interested in TLI. What will our life look like for the next 5 months?2021-08-04T21:04:06+00:00

TLI as designed for busy professionals. Every participant in the program is a busy professional. With that in mind, the TLI program was designed to be a flexible and manageable experience. Participants commit to joining the program for 18 (3-hour) weekly sessions. They join the sessions virtually, from the comfort of their home or office. There is no homework, paper, or project to work on outside the sessions. The only other component is an all-day retreat on a Saturday. Last, participants are allowed to miss up to three sessions (if needed) and still graduate from TLI. Mind you, participants typically do not want to miss any sessions, since they are highly engaging and rewarding.

What should I expect when I recommend a parishioner attend TLI?2021-08-04T21:04:06+00:00

TLI is the perfect place to send those Catholics who are working professionals, not necessarily interested in ministry or parish work. Through TLI, participants learn how to guide their careers by their Catholic faith. Moreover, TLI graduates turn their professional careers into their apostolate, supporting the mission of the Church and advancing the common good. This is a great place to send Catholics in the professional world to grow in their faith and become Catholic leaders ready to make an impact in the community.

Does TLI count for credit towards an MBA?2021-08-04T21:04:06+00:00

Through a partnership with the University of Mary, completion of the TLI program awards participants 3 credits towards a VL certificate of MBA at the University of Mary.

Is the time commitment for TLI similar to a master’s degree?2021-08-04T21:04:06+00:00

The time commitment for TLI is significantly less than that of a master’s degree. The program last 5 months, and is comprised of 18 weekly sessions. The commitment is moderate and flexible. It could represent the first step towards someone considering a masters degree, but the reach of the program is much higher than academics. There are both intellectual and a spiritual components to the program in order to form and shape participants in an integral way.

From what industries does TLI draw?2021-08-04T21:04:06+00:00

TLI draws professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Past cohorts have had a great representation from the legal, legislative, finance, education, health, government, business and non-profit sectors. If you are a professional from any field, in the first to mid stages of your career, a practicing Catholic, you are eligible to apply for TLI.

My career is going strong. What can TLI offer?2021-08-04T21:04:06+00:00

Ever wonder why so many accomplished, successful people feel empty? Career success, for the sake of success, is not success at all. Everyone has a purpose and a mission. The Tepeyac Leadership Initiative wants to help faithful Catholics discover their mission in life. Parish life is full of activities and wonderful lay associations that can do much to bring about a sense of belonging. But the true call for lay people is to live their faith out in the world. The TLI program is a place for Catholics in the professional world to exercise their gifts and talents, growing professionally and spiritually while also becoming leaders in their community.

How will attending TLI advance my career?2021-08-04T21:04:06+00:00

While university studies, certifications, and other career advancement opportunities can do a great deal to teach techniques and vital concepts for specific industries, what is not often available is an opportunity to form our minds and hearts to lead with purpose. TLI is primarily meant to help professionals in the early to mid stages of their careers to become leaders, both in their own professional fields and their communities. By applying for admission to TLI and participating in the program, candidates are aspiring to join a new network of solid Catholic professionals ready to accomplish concrete goals for the betterment of themselves, their Church and their communities.

Is TLI right for me?2021-08-04T21:04:23+00:00

If you are a practicing Catholic with a professional career, the simple answer is yes. TLI was designed to help Catholic working professionals, from all fields, to discover a driving force for success in their professional, personal and spiritual lives through their Catholic faith. The program leverages the wisdom of seasoned Catholic leaders in order to guide participants in aspiring to leadership in their professional fields and the community. This leadership program sets itself apart from the rest by approaching leadership in an integral way and by drawing from 2000 years of principles and wisdom found in the Catholic faith. TLI can help take your faith out of the pews and into the world.

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