Course Description

It is commonly believed that we can change our behavior by reasoning or thinking, but biologically this is inaccurate. We don’t change by thinking about it. The body is the most direct and fastest route to change. The vast majority of our behavior is generated on autopilot because it happens outside of our consciousness. We operate on learned habits and instincts 95-99% of the time. We believe we are choosing how to behave, but our rational mind plays a limited role in producing behavior. The body plays a far greater role than we have previously thought in our perception. Body intelligence is the next frontier.

Body Intelligence in Leadership is designed for individuals who are looking to develop their natural inner resources to navigate the complexities of today’s world. Based in neuroscience, biology, and physiology, this 6-module highly experiential program explores models and theories related to the intelligence of the body.  Participants learn impactful tools that can be implemented immediately and will set the foundation for a life-long journey of harnessing their bodies’ intelligence.

We have all witnessed professionals from various sectors including world leaders, military personnel, first responders and teachers who have been trained to remain present, calm, and compassionate even in threatening circumstances. The theory of body intelligence is based on the idea that we can “know” all the right things to do, but when confronted with stress, our bodies revert to Fight/Flight or Freeze. Under stress, our thinking is impaired and we lose access to our innate creativity.  This program offers a methodology for assessing how our bodies organize under pressure and provides simple and powerful exercises that help us recover to a more open, uplifted, and skillful state. From a more resourced state, we have access to more satisfying and skillful ways to interact with others and ourselves. Body intelligence is critical to how other people experience us, especially when under pressure or in conflict.

This program is designed for professionals including: leaders looking to enhance their executive presence, team members, HR leaders, consultants, facilitators and coaches.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Body Intelligence

The first module will introduce participants to neuroscience models and theories related to body intelligence. Participants will be introduced to how we humans develop and become shaped by our life experiences and how to recognize our bodies’ patterns.  This session will clarify the distinction between sensation, emotion, mood, and thoughts.

Module 2:  The Language of the Body

This module will introduce participants to the language of the body and how to discern the messages our body sends us.   Centering techniques will be explored and practiced.   The focus will be on the capacity for expanded awareness, centering, and deep listening.

Module 3:  Interrupting Reactivity and Activating Centeredness

Module 3 will focus on recognizing reactivity and techniques to center and restore equilibrium. We will introduce practices that support building new patterns and habits, practices we will continue to deepen in later sessions.  This session will also address building a tolerance for discomfort.

Module 4: Presence

This module explores “executive” presence, including what it means, how it impacts others, and how it impacts YOU. We will further integrate wisdom from neuroscience to support skillful use of body intelligence in order to create inclusiveness, which is a critical element of leadership and executive presence.

Module 5: Relationship with Self and Others

 This module will focus on the ability to listen deeply and attune to others.  Practices will include managing yourself and preserving relationships while receiving feedback and experiencing conflict.

Module 6: Vision in Action  

This session will focus on using your body to bring forward what is important to you. Practices will include how to move toward and maintain your commitment to your vision. This session will integrate all the materials and concepts presented in the program. It will address how to deepen and sustain your practices after the program’s conclusion.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the intelligence of the body and access a centered state of flow.
  • Recognize the information transmitted through the body in order to increase awareness, sharpen clarity, and enhance skillful action.
  • Shift from a reactive state to a responsive, skillful state while under pressure.
  • Apply new skills to strengthen relationships with self and others.


Graduates from the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University are eligible for a 10% alumni discount on select ITL courses, workshops, and seminars (certificate programs excluded). Send an email to ITLprograms@georgetown.edu to learn about your eligibility.

Early Registration
Participants who register at least 21 days prior to the course start date will receive a 10% tuition discount. Please note that only one tuition discount can be applied at time of registration.

Course Registration
This course is an open enrollment course. No application is required and registration is available by clicking "Add to Cart." Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students will be prompted to create an account prior to registration.

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Marcia Feola, MCC is a principal in PowerfulWork LLC, a DC area-based consulting firm which specializes in developing and training extraordinary leaders to manage more effectively, design more efficient and thoughtful work systems, inspire and engage the workforce and lead with confidence, clarity and purpose. She has over 30 years of experience as an executive, organization development consultant, executive coach and educator. Marcia is a Master Certified Coach. She draws from neuroscience, mindfulness and leadership embodiment to support her clients to identify their strengths, develop their executive presence and embody their leadership in all areas of their lives. She is a certified Somatic Coach and Leadership Embodiment Coach. She is on the faculty in Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership in the Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership Program and Principles of Transformation.

Lisa Silverberg, Leadership Coach and Consultant. With more than 20 years of experience in building the capacity of leaders, teams, organizations and coalitions, Lisa supports leaders working for justice on practices relating to use-of-self, managing people, changing culture, re-designing structure, improving processes, and building resonance, relationships and collaborations.  She leverages recent findings in neuroscience and somatics to help leaders focus not only on what they are doing as leaders, but who they are being as leaders.  She encourages clients to examine their leadership through multiple lenses, including those related to power and privilege as experienced via our dominant and subordinated identities. It is her hope and experience that by building awareness and skill, people and organizations are better able to dismantle beliefs, narratives, structures and systems that perpetuate racism and limit our respective and collective ability to bring our full selves forward to express our gifts into the world. Lisa is the Director of Georgetown University’s Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership program and is certified in MBTI, FEBI, the ILS Inventory and Andiron’s Polarity Navigator. Clients share that Lisa brings optimism, compassion, and integrity, as well as joy, play, and humor to her work -- not necessarily in that order!

Sharon Newport, CAE is an organizational development consultant and a certified association executive who partners with leaders to advance their organization’s cultural and strategic goals. Using neuroscience, mindfulness, leadership embodiment and coaching, along with lenses for equity and inclusion, Sharon helps her clients actualize their most resourced, empowered and authentic selves. As an award-winning leader in the non-profit association community, Sharon is passionate about the mission driven work of her association clients. She is an international facilitator and speaker who spent over a decade working as an actor and documentary film/television producer with programs on The History Channel, The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.  Sharon is an alumna of Georgetown University’s Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership program.


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