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The Inner MBA Alumni Practicum

A 5-month practicum experience to put your Inner MBA wisdom into action

As a graduate of the Inner MBA program, you had the experience of hearing from many great thought leaders and learned the information that they shared.

You may be looking at your own role at work and in projects you are a part of differently.

You may want to make a bigger impact in your workplace.

This new knowledge may have inspired and motivated you, but you’re unsure of how to apply it to your current projects and teams at work.

Are you responsible for a project or need to overcome a challenge in your business? Do you have authority over a small team to get real work done? Are you creating a new process or product? The Inner MBA Alumni Practicum is the perfect program for you.

As a part of this program, you will work closely with Steve Macadam (Inner MBA faculty instructor) and Annyse Balkwill (a fellow Inner MBA graduate) and a small group of Inner MBA alumni to learn how to apply many of the principles and practices you have learned to a project you are working on. 

Steve and Annyse will be there as guides to help anchor the learning and to help you, in real time, overcome challenges that you might have to pushing your projects forward. As Steve said in his segment of the program, “It is 1 percent learning and 99 percent practicing.” If you want to practice and feel fully supported as you go, this program could be for you!

This program is limited to 24 participants who want to apply their Inner MBA learnings to a project that has meaning at work and walk hand in hand with a group of other graduates also applying these practices.

Due to the nature of this program, there is an application process and a limited number of spots.

As a part of the application process, you will need to provide the details of a project, initiative, or issue to resolve that you are either currently working on or starting for your business. It is also required that you are working on this project with at least two others, as we will be practicing many of the relational and community aspects from the Inner MBA program. You must have the agency and authority to convene this team or group and to apply new practices to how you work to get the project done. 

Who this program is designed for?

  • Graduates of the Inner MBA program
  • Those who have a project that is currently running (or could launch) that is important to their company or business
  • Project teams of at least three people including yourself
  • Those who want to learn more about how to practically apply the Inner MBA teachings to their work in a useful way to get real work done
  • Those who want to have support with their project as they apply the new practices 
  • Those who want to practice and be connected to others who are also practicing, and have fun learning together

What can you expect?

  • Six two-hour live sessions and three one-hour live sessions with Annyse and Steve
  • The opportunity to implement key practices from the Inner MBA faculty Lisa Lahey, Steve Macadam, Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Daniel Goleman including, but not limited to, mindfulness and diversity and inclusion work. 
  • To learn new and highly effective tools, practices, and processes that are practical and proven to work
  • To be guided through the process of becoming the person who can activate authentic community, which can unlock connection, creativity, and innovation in their project teams
  • Support with how to launch the project and how to design and facilitate the meetings 
  • Live coaching to help you overcome any challenges you are facing while implementing
  • Deeper learning based on your foundation of the Inner MBA program

What is the commitment?

  • The sessions are live and attendance is required. Participation in the sessions is an important factor in the efficacy of the program. Participants will be co-creating the learning for this course, which will mimic the work you will be doing in your project team. Attendance will be critical for your project, just as your attendance will be critical for this course. 
  • The classes will not be recorded and uploaded. The nature of teaching in this way doesn’t lend to recording and listening later.
  • You are a full participant in the program, as this is not a lecture-based teaching design.

What kinds of projects qualify?

  • New product or service design
  • New product or service launch
  • Changing a process within your business
  • Overcoming a challenge, whether it is market- or customer-driven, or internally driven
  • Cost-optimization project
  • New equipment design or rollout
  • New marketing campaign

Who should apply for the Inner MBA program?

If you’ve ever felt a deep calling to use the work you do as a powerful force for good in the world, and you are also strongly interested in personal development and inner growth, then the Inner MBA practicum is especially for you.

Program Details

1November 310 am – 12 pm ET | 7 am – 9 am PT2h
2November 1710 am – 12 pm ET | 7 am – 9 am PT2h
3December 110 am – 12 pm ET | 7 am – 9 am PT2h
4January 510 am – 12 pm ET | 7 am – 9 am PT2h
5January 1910 am – 12 pm ET | 7 am – 9 am PT2h
6February 210 am – 12 am ET | 7 am – 9 am PT2h
7February 1610 am – 11 am ET | 7 am – 8 am PT1h
8March 210 am – 11 am ET | 7 am – 8 am PT1h
9March 2310 am – 11 am ET | 7 am – 8 am PT1h
  • One-on-one coaching calls will be scheduled between December 6 and December 17
  • Platform requirements: Zoom (you will benefit from having fast, reliable internet) 
  • The prerecorded lessons will reside on the Thinkific platform.
  • Enrollment in this program requires you to complete an application with details about your project, initiative, or challenge.

Total Program Cost is $3,700

We’ll be holding a webinar to learn more about the Inner MBA Practicum program on Thursday, October 14, 2021 11 am ET \ 8 am PT.
To attend the webinar, please email mattm@soundstrue.com.


Your Guiding Hosts

Steve Macadam

Steve Macadam served as CEO and president of EnPro Industries, Inc. from April 2008 through July 2019, then through the end of February 2020 as vice chairman of EnPro’s board. Prior to joining EnPro, he was CEO of BlueLinx Holdings, Inc. Before joining BlueLinx in October 2005, he was the President and CEO of Consolidated Container Company, LLC, since August 2001.

He served previously with Georgia-Pacific Corp., where he was executive vice president, Pulp & Paperboard from July 2000 until August 2001, and senior vice president, Containerboard & Packaging from March 1998 until July 2000. He held positions of increasing responsibility with McKinsey and Company, Inc. from 1988 until 1998, culminating in the role of principal in charge of McKinsey’s Charlotte, North Carolina office.

He received a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky, an MS in finance from Boston College, and an MBA from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar.

He currently serves as an independent director on the boards of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation and Valvoline, Inc., having previously served on five different company boards.

He is married with four children and resides in Atlanta.

Annyse Balkwill

Annyse Balkwill, PEng is the Founder of The LuminUs Group where she works with organizations to build community through meaningful conversations. She focuses on coaching and teaching leaders both the mindsets and skill sets required to nourish an environment where people can thrive, co-create, share wisdom and have important conversations that lead to potent actions.

Annyse is a licensed professional chemical and biochemical engineer in Ontario, Canada, who worked in the water industry at General Electric for over a decade. She had the privilege of facilitating powerful conversations and building authentic community with customers and GE employees all over the world. She is a certified Genuine Contact facilitator and an Open Space Technology facilitator.

She is also a yoga instructor, a mom of two young girls, and she recently coauthored and published a book called Women, Let’s Rise.

Join the Waitlist

Inner MBA

We are taking the health of all Inner MBA enrollees very seriously. We’ve made a few additional options available in your enrollment process.

If you are uncertain about traveling to the in-person immersion events in September 2020 and April 2021, you may now enroll for the Virtual Only Program, and then upgrade later to the In-Person Immersion Events & Virtual Program if you become more comfortable with travel.

Alternately, if you’d like to enroll in the In-Person Immersion Events & Virtual Program, you can downgrade to the Virtual Only option if you need to due to travel conditions.

To support anyone experiencing financial hardship during this time, we have opened up several more scholarships than we initially planned to, to make sure no student who wants to attend is turned away for financial reasons.