René Ragan - USA Director

René-Ragan USA Director

“One of most compassionate, organized, and enlightened people I know, a living example of LionHearted Leadership in action and in service. What a great choice for Director of our USA operations.”

Reverend René Ragan is an interfaith minister with a wealth of corporate and community experience.

René is the founder of a spiritual center and interfaith church and has served on many boards for non-profit organizations.
Having restructured and managed large health clubs in the private sector, Rene has also set up a number of non-profit organizations and served on their boards.

As a career advisor, Rene has worked with Ph.D. candidates and designed personal development programs and workshops. Undaunted by challenge, she is also the founder of a day-care centre, a spiritual centre and an interfaith church, and has been a spiritual counsellor for many years.

Her primary interest in people as well as nature has focused on the importance of communication as a bridging tool. After serving as Vice President at a research and development company that specialized in communication skills and teambuilding, she developed her own consulting business that designed and delivered workshops and seminars on communication skills, diversity training and customer service.

Linda Tucker and Rene presenting in Sedona
A radiant example of LionHearted Leadership™ in her life and work, Rene is one of the facilitators of the White Lion Leadership Academy, bringing her business acumen and spiritual alignment as powerful transformative tools to the leadership training.
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Linda Tucker’s support-base in the States has been long-standing, with a number of key non-profit organisations joining her in partnership during the founding stages of the White Lions’ protected area, and ongoing, including The Wild Foundation, CoreLight and NYC-based One Spirit Learning Alliance.

Leading philanthropist, Sheryl Leach, Creator of Barney the Purple Dinosaur, provided funding for the freedom of King Aslan (code-named “Mandla”) and secured vast tracks of ancestral territories to extend the protected area.

As a long-standing supporter of the cause, Rene Ragan has now taken on the mammoth task of educating a largely lion-less world about why it is vital for the survival of the planet and humankind that we rally together to ensure the safety and well-being of the White Lion in its endemic habitat. Humans and ecosystems are intimately connected.

With her pioneering spirit deep-rooted in nature and humanity, René Ragan’s is ideally suited to take Linda Tucker’s 12 Laws of LionHearted Leadership™ into the USA in all fields of personal development and human enterprize.
And with Rene’s enormously skilled network over a lifetime, Rene has gathered around her a wealth of advisors and people-resources to help her complete this task.


Linda with Sheryl Leach - USA Patron - Creator of Barney the Purple dinosaur


Hollywood film producer and Creator of the Barney the Purple Dinosaur, Sheryl Leach is one of the world’s leading educationalists and philanthropists, providing support to charitable causes that aim to achieve social unity and wildlife conservation on many continents.

She generously donated large tracks of wilderness land to extend the White Lions’ Protected Area, along with funding to ensure the reintroduction of a critically important founder lion (King Aslan aka Mandla) into the wilds of his ancestral kingdom. She lives in Connecticut, where her foundation supports emerging sustainable community farming initiatives

“I learned that Nature is magical and Magic is natural. This Law is Co-Creation –  
the 9th Law of LionHearted Leadership”

– Linda Tucker

Linda Tucker on CBS  “These Amazing People”

America’s Prime TV Channel covers Linda Tucker’s story from the catwalk to the big cats.


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Photographers: Veronica Coetzer, Karen-Jane Dudley, Maurice Fernandez, Anthony Smyth, Beth Duncan, Jason A.Turner



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Two days ago marked the 27th Anniversary of Linda’s rescue from a pride of angry lions by Lion Queen, Maria Khosa.
See how Linda honoured Maria in her TEDx Talk (Wilmington USA):
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1 week ago

Linda Tucker Foundation

This weekend, Linda ended off her 6-week tour by presenting at the Global Youth Awards in Cape Town. The Global White Lion Protection Trust also sponsored three prizes to inspiring youth winners from the Environmental Rejuvenation category. Well done to everyone involved!Our final category of the night is Environmental Rejuvenation and is sponsored by the wonderful White Lion Protection Trust #GlobalYouthAwards2018 #SouthAfrica ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Linda Tucker Foundation

"Until the Lion learns to speak, the story will be told from the hunter's perspective." - Ancient African proverb

Follow the link to watch Linda speak for the Lions at TEDx Wilmington, in September 2018.

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4 weeks ago

Linda Tucker Foundation

This weekend, Linda and Jason were proud to present at #Bioneers2018 in San Rafael, CA! Their workshop, entitled "What We Can Learn from the Legendary White Lions" helped spread the message of these amazing beings and raise awareness around the battles being fought to protect them. Bioneers ... See MoreSee Less

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12 Law of LionHearted Leadership™ is Aspiration: Rediscover the Stars - the star map of your destiny and your stellar identity.

Learn more about this Law by listening to a webinar interview with Linda Tucker and Maurice Fernandez, founding faculty member of the Leadership Academy and President of OPA, Global Organisation for Professional Astrologers:

Remember - the closing date for applications for this year's Academy is 22 October! Email [email protected] if you would like more info or want to secure your place!
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1 month ago

Linda Tucker Foundation

Ready to be inspired? Join Linda and Jason at #Bioneers2018 this October 19-21, where they’ll be speaking alongside other incredible thought leaders working toward a more just, equitable, environmentally conscious future. Save 20% when you register here: ... See MoreSee Less

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