Lynn Horan is an ordained clergy, inter-faith spiritual director and embodied leadership coach specializing in women's holistic leadership development. She is currently a doctoral research fellow through Antioch University's PhD Program in Leadership and Change, focusing on the gendered construction of professional leadership boundaries.
Lynn is also a former health policy analyst for the New York State Senate and cross-cultural family counselor, having worked in homeless advocacy and domestic violence prevention in communities in upstate New York and Central Peru. A trained dancer and yoga practitioner, Lynn believes strongly in the restorative capacity of movement and embodied expression as a means of cultivating healing, wholeness and reconciliation in individuals and communities.Read more here
Live the Width of Your Life: "Re-claiming Voice, Value and Purpose" Hosted by author and transformational leadership coach Aneta Ardelian Kuzma Available January 2024
The Blue Room: "Hope Lives in the Body" Hosted by theologian and leadership coach Maryann McKibben Dana, author of "Hope: A User's Manual" (Eerdmans, 2022) LISTEN HERE
"Activism, Performance and Spiritual Ritual: The Healing Capacity of Embodied Social Change" in Leadership at the Spiritual Edge: Exploring Emerging and Non-Western Concepts of Spirituality and Leadership (Routledge) Available Spring 2024
"Mimetic Scapegoating and the Disappearance of Female Protestant Clergy" Journal of Socio-Historical Examination of Religious and Ministry Available Spring 2024
"Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging from a Spirituality Perspective" International Leadership Association's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit June 21-22, 2023 CLICK HERE
"Mimetic Scapegoating and the Disappearance of Female Protestant Clergy" Global Center for Religious Research's Conference on Religious Trauma June 10-11, 2023 CLICK HERE
What people are saying...
Lynn is incredibly thoughtful and insightful, full of empathy and passion, and committed to addressing change that creates more just and inclusive institutions. As Dean of the GSLG, I have witnessed hundreds of committed and engaged students, mid-to-senior level professionals from every sector, engage in rigorous interdisciplinary study as they seek to lead change for the common good. Although a scholar/practitioner program, we occasionally have students with extraordinary academic talent and Lynn is one of those. She will make significant contributions through her practice and scholarship and I am proud she is a student in Antioch’s PhD program.
Laurien Alexandre, PhD Dean, Graduate School of Leadership and Change Antioch University
Lynn’s approach to leadership is embodied and centered in engaging the full self in meaningful ritual. She understands the importance of taking a creative, holistic approach to spiritual formation and integrates contemplation and action to foster a grounded sense of self. Her integrity is evident in the outcomes of her work as well as in her relationships. Additionally, she embraces dance and movement as both an important expression of spirituality and a platform to promote understanding of social justice issues. A.T. Moffett, MA Executive Director Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education
Lynn is among the most gifted of our graduates, with evident strength in academic study and practical gifts for creative service and leadership, as well as a rare and graceful capacity for integration of the two poles of theoretical concentration and practice. She is a significant leader with and among her colleagues, forging strong bonds and supporting others in ways that strengthen the common work we seek to do. She demonstrates a spirit of exploration and collaborative discovery that pushes into new areas of creative engagement.
Christopher Elwood, PhD Professor of Theology Louisville Theological Seminary
Occasionally, someone like Lynn comes along who is doubly blessed – not only with a strong professional background but someone with obvious academic talent as well. She approaches her work on boundary leadership with uncommon assurance, weaving together other nascent leadership theories in the best traditions of integrative scholarship. Her work is quite possibly to best of its type I’ve ever read.
Jon F. Wergin, PhD Professor of Education Studies Antioch University
Lynn’s scholarly excellence is on display with her depth and nuance of analysis. She connects philosophies with empirical work in a variety of areas, bringing together current strands around feminism, boundary work, and psychological safety and connecting with mimetic theory and embodied leadership. Lynn’s writing is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read. Her thinking is every bit as good as her writing.
Beth Mabry, PhD Professor of Leadership and Change Antioch University