We explored—or more powerfully, experienced—a reillumination of our contributory spirit as being something that is co-created through relationship. The workshop retreat focused on growing the capacity to foster lift and innovation in organizations, companies, and teams of people. Specifically, participants came to know better where and how to intervene in their systems; to reframe from corrosive cynicism using appreciative questions; and to disrupt the status quo at the scale of the whole

Conversation 2019 (Milwaukee)


Kevin Boettcher
Director, Corporate Business Development

Beth Nelson Chase
Executive Director, Bright Stars of Bethlehem

Cathy Girard
Vice President
Development and Community Services
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin

Gary L. Klein
Vice President for University Development & Alumni Engagement, Buena Vista University

Sherrill Knezel
Visual Thinking Strategist - Graphic Recorder – Educator, Meaningful Marks​​​​​​​

Zachary Rus
Assistant VP of Development, Buena Vista University​​​​​​​

Coen Tan
Director and Master Trainer 
Ministry of Influence

Dr. Michael E. Zalar
North Olmsted City Schools



Conversation 2019 (Portland)


Megan Bean
Major Gift Officer
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Jim Drescher
Living Systems Learner
Nothing Missing Leadership at Windhorse Farm

Simon Fulford
Executive Director
Parrott Creek Child & Family Services

Roberta Graham
Assoc. VP/Public Affairs 
University of Alaska

Andy Nelson
Executive Director
Impact NW

Michelle Rizk
Vice President University Relations
University of Alaska

Tom Soma
Author – poet –
change agent​​​​​​​

Eric Vines
Page Two Partners

Gary Wass
Massage therapist, Tai Chi Instructor
Integrative Arts