The Wellbeing Series

Since 2012, the University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing has hosted wellbeing thought-leaders to inspire and educate the community, organizations, and life-long learners through the Wellbeing Lecture Series.

Past speakers like Brené Brown, Atul Gawande, Dessa, Celeste Headlee, Rhonda Magee, and Jon Kabat-Zinn have explored a range of topics including purpose, vulnerability, food and wellbeing, gratitude, technology, and mindfulness, among others.

Discover more about your own wellbeing with us through the Wellbeing Series, an opportunity to engage, learn, and experience what wellbeing means to you.

To make disability-related accommodations, please contact the Bakken Center's community relations office ([email protected], 612-625-8164).

2022 Wellbeing Lectures

Ethical Leadership: The Fractal for Equitable Enduring Change with Dr. Monica Sharma

Thursday, November 3, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Central
Held live via Zoom


Dr. Monica Sharma

The time has come for Radical Transformational Leadership. This model is designed for sourcing our inner capacities and wisdom to manifest change that embodies universal values of dignity, compassion and fairness, and simultaneously transform unworkable systems and norms in order to solve problems.

Our personal selves are not separate from our professional and political selves, and everyone can contribute to radical transformation. Each of us has the power to make a difference, no matter what level of formal or informal leadership role we have, in the way we nurture our families and the conversations we shift in society. Change is possible by starting where you are standing, by designing for results with specificity, and by doing things differently.

It is time to deconstruct the power that divides us as adults and children, as supervisor and employee, as western and non-western, as religious and non-religious, as national and immigrant, as billionaire and poor. When we are able to truly listen, see, and respond to the other's perspective, there are openings for profound changes to take place.


Monica Sharma trained as a physician and epidemiologist, and worked for the United Nations for more than twenty years. Currently, she engages worldwide as an international expert and practitioner on leadership development for sustainable and equitable change. She works with the United Nations, universities, management institutions, governments, businesses, media, and civil society organizations.

Dr. Sharma has generated results worldwide on select sustainable development goals. She has published and presented over 250 articles in journals and international forums and is the author of Radical Transformational Leadership: Strategic Action for Change Agents.

Dr. Sharma created and uses a unique response model based on extensive application—a conscious full-spectrum model—which is for simultaneously solving problems, shifting systems, and creating new patterns sourced from individual inner capacity and transformational leadership. This model has generated sustainable results worldwide.