Is there some idea, vision, or possibility in your world that meets these four criteria:

  1. It is not possible within the current reality

  2. It is bigger than your own self-interest, but includes your self-interest

  3. It makes your heart sing

  4. If created, it will outlive you

If so, we are the container within which you will manifest that possibility.

Our Promise:

by the end of this program, you will design and build a Future that meets these 4 criteria

Organizational Leadership

Design the Future that the Past says is impossible

Core Philosophy

Leadership is an Art, a unique, non-repeatable expression of an individual human life.

If you do not explore and express your Leadership, it will die with you.

Foundational Principles

The Master of Arts in Leadership (MAOL) is founded on 3 core principles


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   MAOL Program Overview  


TGI offers the first and only Master of Arts in Leadership in Connecticut. Our unique program approaches leadership as both an art and a science.

The faculty for the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) was assembled to provide the most diverse and stimulating developmental experience possible. includes advisors to some of the world’s largest companies - as well as some of the most famous start-ups. The faculty also includes academicians, researchers, . Together, they work with TGI students to help each student identify, define, and achieve their vision of leadership—in the community, on the job, or even at home.


Students design and execute individualized “breakthrough” projects, often to astounding results. Past projects have included establishing a network of healthcare clinics in Haiti, founding a not-for-profit insurance company with a charitable aim, creating partnerships and alliances among local educational districts and state agencies, and a number of other initiatives that have generated revenues and cost savings in the millions of dollars.

But the real value of this program can’t be measured in dollars and cents. It’s in the personal and professional development of each of our students and alumni, who are committed to making leadership part of their capacity and whose leadership is actively making a difference in the world we live in.

Leadership - 

Change - 

Future Design - 

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MAOL courses are grouped into three tracks: Inquiry, Practice, and Application. Together, these three approaches provide a integrative approach to exploring, embodying, and expressing your unique expression of Leadership.

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Program Structure & Experience

The MAOL is a cohort experience: you will engage in all coursework with the same group of 8-12 individuals over the course of two years. This format facilitates the forming and nurturing of a powerful community of practitioners. In our experience over the past 25 years, the value that emerges from the community of learners over time is as important to your development as the value provided by the instructors we bring in to work with you. The holding of intentional space for this community to form is one of the primary accountabilities of the program's core faculty. 

Course Descriptions

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MAOL Graduates

...have included social change agents, community leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, and executives in a variety of industries in the U.S., Canada, England, and Latin America.

What is common to them all is a deep commitment to use their life and their work in service of something bigger than themselves.

What is common to them all is their willingness to Lead.


MAOL Faculty

The faculty for the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) was assembled to provide the most diverse and stimulating developmental experience possible.


Our faculty includes advisors to some of the world’s largest companies - as well as some of the most famous start-ups - as well as academicians and researchers in Organizational Psychology, Sociology, and Business.


The MAOL also includes faculty who are practitioners in the Arts & Humanities, who provide a learners with perhaps the most valuable frameworks and provocations for engaging in the Art of Leadership. 


Together, this diverse groups of educators work with TGI students to help each learner identify, define, and achieve their vision of leadership—in the community, on the job, or even at home.

Core Faculty

A.M. Bhatt, Academic DIrector & Lead Educator

For 25 years, Al has been an Advisor to executives, entrepreneurs, and activists in North America &

Europe. He created the current design of the MAOL program and is accountable for each cohort's

overall development as Leaders and Change Agents. Al is present at all cohort sessions to facilitate weaving that session's topic into the broader fabric of the learning experience, and he leads specific courses on the personal & interpersonal aspects of leading change, the nature of language and communication, and Systems Thinking & Design Thinking.

Sandra Rodegher, Program Coordinator

Sandra is a Senior Sustainability Scientist and Lecturer at Arizona State University where she

created and facilitated an international fellowship program for science museum professionals and has also led workshops and trainings around the world. She has a Ph.D. in Sustainability from Arizona State University and an M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from University of New Haven. Prior to starting her doctoral program, she assisted in forming Yale University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In the MALC program, she provides oversight for student's overall progress towards graduation requirements, and lectures on the intersection of sustainability, systems thinking, and organizational leadership.

Mel Toomey, Scholar-in-Residence

Mel is the founder of the Center for Leadership Studies. Mel was the creator of the original M.A.

in Organizational Leadership design and is a pioneer in the field of Leadership Development.

He serves as a deep institutional resource and leads courses on the intersection of language,

reality, and organization.

Danielle Frankel, Core Faculty

Danielle Frankel is founder of As We Rise, a company committed to reshaping the relationship between producer and consumer. Starting with women’s professional attire, As We Rise was created as an invitation to have our needs met without compromising our values. Danielle spent several years working with consulting firm PwC providing guidance and implementing strategies to help global organizations manage complex changes. She holds a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven. In the MAOL, Danielle leads courses on Service and Social Impact.

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  Visiting Faculty & Guest Lecturers

Angie Arendt, Visiting Faculty

Edgar Cardenas, Visiting Faculty

Edgar Cardenas received his PhD in Sustainability from Arizona State University. As a social scientist, Dr. Cardenas focuses on social creativity and small group dynamics, exploring which processes and mechanisms foster creative collaborations. As an interdisciplinary artist, he investigates the ecological, cultural, and technological subtleties of human/environment relationships. In addition to his research and art practice, Dr. Cardenas has also developed, organized, facilitated, and led several artists-scientists collaborative projects, as well as moderated panels on this topic. Dr. Cardenas also holds an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven with a focus on organizational development and conflict management.

Alan Chapman, Visiting Faculty

Jeff Hittner, Visiting Faculty

Jeff Hittner leads Your Project X, a social venture dedicated to helping people (re)discover their passions to build careers they’ll love. He has more than 18 years experience as an entrepreneur, consultant, professor and change-maker. He is the founder of five social ventures, including IBM’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) consulting practice. In 2011, he developed the curriculum for the first MBA in Sustainability on the East Coast, at Bard College, where he was the Leadership professor. He was also two-time Chairman of the Carnegie New Leaders at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. 

Bun Lai, Guest Lecturer

Bun Lai is an Asian American chef who was born in Hong Kong in 1973. He is a leader in the sustainable food movement. His family restaurant, Miya's in New Haven, Connecticut, is the first sustainable sushi restaurant in the world. Bun and Miya's has been featured in a wide range of publications including National Geographic, Time Magazine, The New York Times, Prevention MagazineEating Well Magazine, Outside Magazine, Scientific American MagazineThe AtlanticFood and Wine Magazine, and The New Yorker, and Popular Mechanics Magazine. 

Peter McGaugh, Visiting Faculty

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