Senior VP Susan Collin Marks Honored as Exemplar

SFCG Senior Vice President Susan Collin Marks was recently selected as an Exemplar of Love and Forgiveness in Governance by the Fetzer Institute and George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. You can read all about the award and program on Beyond Intractability here: http://www.beyondintractability.org/lfg/exemplars.

Love and Forgiveness in Governance
Exemplar: Susan Collin Marks
by Michael Murphy

SCM 1Susan Collin Marks is a respected and renowned practitioner and leader in the field of conflict transformation. She works with high-level leaders to unleash their deepest, wisest selves for transformational leadership of whole societies. Collin Marks is bringing love and forgiveness deep into systems, societies and lives — through working with political leaders so they can bring love and forgiveness into their governance roles.

She provides ongoing transformative leadership mentoring to leaders in governance, politics, civil society, and high impact global agencies worldwide: helping them understand how their inner world affects the outer world; encouraging them to make conscious choices for the common good; supporting them to recognize and strengthen their integrity and compassion; and creating the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and draw upon their inner wisdom while facing everyday challenges.

Her vision of leadership is deeply rooted in a core set of values, authenticity, truthfulness, strong ethnics, and ability to communicate an inspiring vision, empathy and emotional intelligence. She elicits leadership for the whole — not just for “my” party, faction, tribe, or group  that is rooted in a profound sense of our common humanity and inter-connectedness and compassionate leadership that facilitates problem-solving and heals societal divisions.

Susan Collin Marks is the Senior Vice President of Search for Common Ground. A native South African, she worked as a peacebuilder during her country’s transition from apartheid to democracy. Her book about that process, Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution during South Africa’s Transition to Democracy (US Institute of Peace, 2000) was also published in Arabic in 2004. For over 20 years, Susan has worked to bring love and forgiveness into action on the front lines of some of the most difficult conflicts on our planet. She facilitates dialogues and offers one-on-one transformational coaching for political, institutional and civil society leaders worldwide, serves on numerous boards, including the Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson International Center Project on Africa and Leadership, and is a long-term Esalen workshop leader. In 2006, she launched the Leadership Wisdom Initiative at SFCG.

She was portrayed in the PBS documentary Peace X Peace: Women on the Frontlines. Her honors include a Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship at the United States Institute for Peace, the Institute for Noetic Science’s. Creative Altruism Award, a Skoll Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, the Marvin E. Johnson Diversity and Equity Award, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University for Peace in Costa Rica. She mentors, speaks, teaches, writes, facilitates, and supports peace processes and conflict resolution programs internationally. Susan holds the vision of a world of peace and dignity for all, and believes that our common humanity binds us together more than our differences divide us. She works to make it so.

The Love & Forgiveness Award is a joint project of the Fetzer Insitute, George Mason School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, and Beyond Intractability.