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2023 Cohort invitation

Congratulations -


 You are invited to apply for the 2023 Jameson Fellowship. 


The Jameson Fellowship connects, equips, and empowers changemakers across sectors through specialized workshops, social events, and professional coaching. We believe the relationships you develop will greatly support you in the work you do each day.  Therefore, we encourage you to take advantage of this invitation-only opportunity to apply for the Fellowship. 


Kindly complete the 2023 Jameson Fellowship application by 5:00 pm PST on Monday, October 3, 2022. Applicants who are selected will be notified by November 1, 2022.


We welcome your and your employer’s questions - please feel free to reach out to us at We sincerely hope you consider joining us in making Las Vegas a more compassionate place to live, work and play through building relationships, trust, and the power of collective impact.  For additional information about the Jameson Fellowship, our initiatives, and to see participants from previous cohorts, please visit


We will provide a formal invitation to the annual Jameson Fellowship holiday gathering upon acceptance into this program. In the meantime, save the date, Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pm.


Thank you for your time and consideration.


In gratitude~

Krista Darnold and the Compassionate Las Vegas + Jameson Fellowship Program Team

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why you?

You were referred by a fellow who found great value in our program and believed you would find the program of great value as well.

A Jameson Fellow:

  • Demonstrates the potential to learn, grow and embrace compassionate leadership


  • Has a positive, collaborative and growth mind-set


  • Shows the character or willingness to build circles of trust


  • Is committed to growing compassion in Las Vegas and has a vested interest in staying in this community


  • Has unique skills, abilities, characteristics, and perspectives which will add to the overall diversity of the cohort on all measures

  • Offers an expansion of sector and functional experience, as well as geographic and cultural representation

A Note From Our Founder

A note from our founder

Dear Friend,  


Thank you for your commitment to our community and for the

good work that you are doing to make it even better.


As our community matures there is a growing realization that

we cannot do our business in the same siloed fashion to which

we have become accustomed. We need to build the tissue of

trust and connectivity between our organizations and within

our organizations. As we extend the broad wings of our

connectivity, we discover novel and creative ways of addressing

our community's needs. As we deepen the level of our trust,

we likewise enlarge our capacity for good work. We are

recognizing more and more that the problems facing us cannot

be solved in isolation. The issues of education require the

assistance of other non-profit sectors as part of the solution.

The same is true for each and every non-profit, governmental,

and law enforcement sector.


With this in mind, we formed the Jameson Fellowship to help connect, empower, and equip our community's leaders. We know how busy you all are doing important work in the community - and therefore this Fellowship is intended to help you build valuable relationships, connections and skills, while being respectful of your schedule. The structure includes a two-day (local) immersive leadership summit, coaching, and a series of workshops focused on critical topics that you will be able to shape during the two-day summit, among other training and resource opportunities. I hope (and know) that you will come out of this experience feeling even more ready to take on our community's opportunities.


We will be suggesting in our summit and our work together that we can do "community" better in a model of Collective Impact. And it requires a sincere intention to do so on the part of all the players. We need to support one another as we transition into such a way of interacting. The good news is that when the value of trust begins to permeate the culture, our work is better supported and better accomplished. Philanthropists are awaiting such a new culture of collaboration; the community is growing to expect such an approach to our issues.


As we prepare for the immersive leadership summit and the workshops, we will be asking for your input and your sense of need. We know those who live in Southern Nevada are proud to call it home. We each want to make our contribution in providing a bridge of sustainability and excellence into the 21st century.


Thank you for your participation in the adventure,

Gard Jameson 

Professor of Asian Philosophy, UNLV

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What's Included?

What is Included in the Fellowship?


Core Program Components


  • Guidance in developing a personalized Fellowship roadmap to help you get the most out of the program

  • Ongoing skill-building and training courses tailored to your particular needs

  • Professional group coaching and mentoring to help move you and your work forward

  • Series of in-depth personality, communication, and leadership assessments

  • Monthly connection sessions with a diverse cohort of leaders and change-makers who are expanding the work of compassion in Southern Nevada

  • Exposure to opportunities provided by Compassionate Las Vegas and its partners such as the Compassionate Las Vegas Collective Impact Grant, Philanthropy Leaders Summit, and other specials events and social functions

Expectations & Time Commitment


Active, engaged, and intentional participation is essential to creating a fulfilling Fellowship experience. Fellows agree to a minimum commitment of one day per month, each month, and to:

  • Participate in the full programming of the Leadership Summit, three Quarterly workshops, and annual Fellows Induction Ceremony

  • Devote a few hours each month to ongoing training and programming, and connection

  • Share responsibility for creating a supportive, collaborative community of Fellows

  • Collaborate with the Compassionate Las Vegas throughout the Fellowship to evaluate and refine the program for future cohorts (commitment to complete quarterly program evaluations)

  • Contribute their leadership, creativity, and voice to other Compassionate Las Vegas efforts. We’re looking for Fellows who are eager to explore the roles they can play in the broader ecosystem of Compassion in Las Vegas — whether serving as mentors, facilitating trainings, or writing about their work for a wider audience

About the Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Jameson Fellowship, celebrating its 10th year, is a program of Compassionate Las Vegas that fosters collaboration amongst the various social sectors to influence compassion, unity, and enhance leadership skills to construct impactful change. Often operating in silos and rarely having the time to connect with one another, the Jameson Fellowship creates the space for a culture of cohesion and trust amongst community leaders to develop. Each year up to 30 new Fellows join an alumnus of over 200 members who have learned about the power of collective impact, teamwork, trust, and collaboration.​


The 12-month fellowship provides comprehensive leadership training based on a series of professional assessments emphasizing interpersonal skills, talents and strengths, and core values. Throughout the year, specialized workshops and numerous continuing development opportunities, including professional coaching, create a platform designed to support a motivating and inspiring network of leaders while encouraging them to build ‘Circles of Trust’ that cultivate self-awareness, self-compassion, and cohesion.

About the Jameson Fellowship workshops

About the Workshops

“Collective impact suggests that we cannot solve our problems in isolation…

We need all hands on deck; working together, talking together and dreaming together of a more vibrant community.”

– Dr. Gard Jameson

Immersive Leadership Summit


The carefully designed, two-day leadership development experience is the entry, initiation, and foundation for developing key components of the shared Jameson Fellowship culture. Over the course of the summit, participants will reflect on the qualities of the community they aspire to, and those qualities that they value, and feel are necessary for effective change to take place.

Each participant receives detailed, personalized assessments of their values, core personality, strengths, and talent themes. Through a series of individual, small group, and large group activities, the results of the evaluations are reviewed in detail and participants learn to leverage their unique “leadership DNA” to advance in their sectors and create the impact they desire. 


Circles of Trust Workshop

Based on Parker Palmer’s principles from A Hidden Wholeness, this workshop provides an opportunity for Fellows to explore ‘soul work,’ an exploration of one’s own life using their inner wisdom. It is also a community of solitude where the cohort comes together in a way that gives every participant a chance to attend to their inner teacher and learn from one another.


The Improv Principle Workshop

‘Follow the Fear’ workshop focusing on the YES, AND improv principle, guiding participants toward discovering how to communicate with authenticity and integrity. REAL Communication provides the tools to shift communication skills from passive to dynamic. Dynamic communication is authentic, influential, strategic, passionate, and memorable.

No matter what communications issue you are seeking to improve: presentation skills, feedback, effective meetings, or leadership skills, this workshop will lead you toward becoming an effective and authentic communicator.


Communication Styles Workshop

The Zen Speaker System workshop was created to support you in moving beyond mediocrity and becoming a calm, confident and compelling communicator. Whether you're a seasoned professional or taking your first turn behind the podium, fresh insight and new public speaking techniques will breathe life into your next presentation. There is an audience waiting for your exact message, delivered with your authenticity, vulnerability, and perspective.

About the Coaching Group

About the Coaching Group

The 3 Module, 10-session Coaching Group builds on the foundation of the two-day leadership summit, adding depth to each of the lessons and creating a truly connected community of compassionate leaders.


Each session is packed with tools, skills, application, and embodiment that lead to profound, lasting change and outstanding results through leadership coaching, principles of organizational culture transformation, and evidence-based resiliency practices.

Module 1 - Self

  • develop profound self-awareness, understanding, and compassion

  • embrace full, conscious ownership of your life

  • cultivate powerful confidence and deep wisdom

Module 2 - Sector

  • heighten advanced interpersonal skills (E.Q.)

  • practice deep, all-encompassing emotional management and mastery

  • identify how you show up in your sector and learn to build strategic connections for greater impact


Module 3 - Systems

  • learn how taking charge of thought patterns and narratives create expansive ripples of change

  • expand your worldview, embrace diversity, and identify how personal values influence public policy

  • delve into purpose and meaning by exploring interconnectedness and systems thinking

About the Facilitators

2022 Fellowship Facilitators

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Gard Jameson (Founder, workshop facilitator) received his Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2005. He teaches Chinese and Indian Philosophy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to his tenure at UNLV, he spent 25 years practicing as a Certified Public Accountant and Financial Planner at Piercy, Bowler, Taylor & Kern and Touche Ross.

He is the author of four books, Footprints on the Sands of Time (1985), the story of his mentor, Dr. Raymond M. Alf, Phaethon: Our Mythic Moment (2009), an ancient Greek tale that illuminates our current predicament, and Monkey: Our Mythic Moment (2012), the grand epic of China, and Love is the Key (2021).

Gard helped found and chairs the boards of the Children's Advocacy Alliance and the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada. He is the Treasurer of VMSN (Volunteers in Medicine in Southern Nevada). Gard also helped found the Nevada Community Foundation and serves on the board of the Stillpoint Center for Spiritual Development and the Alf Museum of Life in Claremont, California.


Krista Darnold (Executive Director, fellows mentor) is a highly energetic builder of community and a true “connector” of people, organizations, and business resources.  She has extensive experience working with some of the greatest visionaries – both individually and organizationally – focusing on making Southern Nevada a diverse, culturally-leading and inclusive place to live and work.

As a community-wide ambassador, she has established strong roots representing numerous organizations tied to her passions. In the last two decades, Krista has had the pleasure of holding some multifaceted, and unique roles with leading organizations including: the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Vegas Chamber and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

Krista serves on the Mob Museum Board of Directors, Vegas Chamber’s Leadership Las Vegas Council and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts President’s Advisory Council. Krista has also been a longstanding leadership member of both United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women United and the Junior League of Las Vegas.

Will Rucker (coach, Leadership Summit facilitatoris passionately engaged in fostering an inclusive, sustainable, and compassionate Las Vegas. For more than two decades, he has been facilitating transformational workshops, delivering life-changing keynotes, and helping organizations, executives, and entrepreneurs elevate their E.Q. (emotional-relational intelligence) and communication skills, to create a high-performing, values-driven culture that drives sustainable success. 

Will gratefully offers his unique leadership perspective as a board member of the Nevada Minority Health and Equity Coalition, Community Partners for Better Health, and Compassionate Las Vegas. Will is a certified Interpersonal Skills Trainer (ColorCode Personality Science) and facilitator of the Life University certificate program Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT). He is also a Certified Leadership Coach and Organizational Culture Consultant for Barrett Values Centre, and holds a master’s degree in Executive Leadership.


Carol Schindler (workshop facilitator) began teaching corporate workshops using improvisational techniques. This work launched a new career that of a creative director, writer and speech coach for corporate meetings. She spent the next 25 years working with pharmaceutical and high tech companies, service industries and financial institutions and has worked with many celebrities and corporate executives.

Carol’s clients have included: American Express, AT&T, Canon, Coke, Dell Computers, Delta Airlines, Federal Express, Ford, Gerber, HBO, Mars and many others. Before starting Carol Schindler Consulting, Carol worked for the London based training consultancy, IDOLOGY. Trainer, speaker, speech coach, director, writer, Carol does it all with passion and her own style of humor. The perfect blend of big business and show business.


Amy Ayoub (workshop facilitator) is a lifelong Las Vegan who combined her passion for public speaking and helping others when she founded The Zen Speaker. Possessing over 30 years of professional experience as a financial planner and political fundraiser with numerous turns behind the microphone, Amy is regularly asked to share her networking talents and storytelling abilities with staff, volunteers and key leaders of nonprofit and community organizations, corporations, academic forums and leadership groups throughout Nevada and the United States.

Embracing her strength as a public speaker with an entrepreneurial spirit, Amy obtained her certification as a World Class Speaking coach and began assisting clients on their journey to share their stories, find peace behind the podium, and move audiences to action. As a result of working with Amy – utilizing her supportive nature and ability for bringing out each person’s unique voice - clients report remarkable increases in revenue, acceptance as experts in their various fields, and a greater feeling of preparedness, confidence and connection whether presenting to an audience of one or one-thousand.

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