The Art of Collaborative Leadership: Leading Together in Complex Times – Philadelphia Feb 15-17, 2016

This three day learning experience is based in the Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter. Two of our hosting mates are from the NJEA, which means one area of focus will definitely be around education and registration is open to anyone. All conversations and areas of interest will be welcome.

How could conversations of possibility shift your work?

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Are you interested in sharpening your skills to engage your team, organization or community in collaborative change and innovation? Are you ready to grow your practice of leading together in the complex times we are experiencing?

Learn and practice proven patterns and methods for collaborative leadership and change.

Build stronger teams and partnerships by engaging others in meaningful conversations that promote resilience, belonging, innovation and collective impact.

Learn practices to engage skillfully with conflict and stuck patterns. Develop leadership confidence for facing challenges that don’t have apparent solutions.

This is for you if:

  • You are hungry for a better way to host collaborative conversations that lead to deeper engagement and wiser action
  • You need to bring together diverse voices with strong views to learn, grow and generate solutions together
  • You are tired of unproductive meetings and repetitive debates
  • You are looking for proven ways to fuel your courage to host change at work, at home or in your community – anywhere that matters to you
  • You are ready to learn new ways to step in, step up and practice hosting the possibility and potential that lives in collective wisdom

Responsive Planning Process


World Cafe Conversations

Plan to bring your work, projects, ideas and initiatives to explore and develop. The experience is tailored for whoever shows up. There is no room for spectators.

Learn simple yet powerful approaches to planning, better decision-making and greater engagement. We will draw on Chaordic Path and Chaordic Stepping Stones, Worldview IntelligenceTM, World Café, Open Space Technology and Circle Practice, to name a few.


Set up for Open Space Technology

Your Hosting Team

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Kathy Jourdain


Jerry Nagel






Kathy Jourdain, MBA, from Nova Scotia. Canada and Jerry Nagel, MA, PhD, from Minnesota, USA will be joining Rich Wilson and Mike Ritzius to co-lead the training. Jerry and Kathy have been Art of Hosting Stewards and Practitioners for a decade. They recently co-founded a new body of work called Worldview IntelligenceTM. Mike and Rich work with the New Jersey Education Association and have been bringing Collaborative Leadership Practices alive in their work with both organizing and professional learning on a regular basis.

Mike Ritzius

Mike Ritzius

Rich Wilson

Rich Wilson






Program Location / Registration / More Information Contacts


Liberty Ballroom




Liberty View Ballroom, Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia

To register go to: or the registration page here.

Early Bird by December 15, 2015: $600.00

Regular Individual Registration Fee: $650.00

Teams of 3 or more: $600.00/person

Final Registration Deadline: Jan 30, 2016

For more Information contact:

Mike Ritzius: or 609 310 4407

Rich Wilson: or 609 310 4262

Kathy Jourdain: or 902 832 3178