2019 Gathering

25-27 October, Baltimore

Are you eager to augment your practice?


RiPPLES is the theme we have chosen for the 2019 Adaptive Leadership Network Gathering. Not a traditional conference but a new kind of community gathering for Adaptive Leadership Practitioners who crave augmenting their practice and helping others do the same.

Conceived as an immersive experience, this gathering will unfold inside a space that resembles more a modern ‘Lab’ than a congress center.

We’ll work together in mixed groups that will offer each of us the opportunity to be teacher-learners with old and new colleagues; we’ll share perspectives in an unusual plenary space. We’ll discuss, explore, test new ideas and possibilities. And, as in previous years, we will also learn from remarkable practitioners whose work we admire, whose impact is creating relevant and visible ripples. They will share their experience and insights during the plenary sessions – and they will also work with us. And yes: Ron will be with us for the whole gathering, and will work with us, too.


Our Balcony, Y(Our)Practice


For this meeting – the first one of this kind for us – we will get on the balcony during three immersive-active-intense days in a retreat-like experience. We will inhabit a different kind of physical space, and create a different kind of social, intellectual and emotional space. We will work together, reflect together, explore together, learn together, break bread together.

Our purpose — augmenting the individual and collective practice — requires all of the above.

This gathering has been conceived for those who crave spending three days on the balcony to reflect on their practice, prepare for their next challenges, re-organize their approach to the difficult work ahead, learn about others’ perspectives, different ways of thinking, new ways of doing. We will do this together with Ron, fellow members of our community, and some of the most advanced practitioners in our network .




We want our 2019 community gathering to be a social and intellectual space where we can help each other to develop, transform, enhance, and renew our practice.

Because of the purpose and new format, we have a limited number of available spots: only 150 people can join us.

It won’t resemble a conference, a seminar, or a traditional workshop. There won't be any podium, PowerPoint presentations, speeches. There won’t be any passive observers either: everyone will be an active participant – a teacher and a learner. One hundred and fifty teachers and learners, willing to augment their practice.

If you intend to be one of us, sign up immediately.



As we are experimenting with both design and pricing structure, we are eager to make this gathering as diverse as possible while maintaining the cost at an affordable level. This is why we are proposing a tiered conference ticket pricing model*.

A limited number of scholarships will be offered to ALN members. 

If you can, you also have the possibility to sponsor some of these scholarships by paying a Patron Fee of $1,500.

MEMBERS (Membership must be up-to-date on the date of the event)

  • $200 Scholarship Fee (15 spots available)
  • $400 Early Career Fee (45 spots available)
  • $1000 Standard Fee (85 spots available)
  • $1500 Patron Fee - Sponsor a scholarship @ 500 

Early birds will benefit from a 10% discount until April 30th. You may also pay through installments here.

Become a member here

Click here to sponsor the conference!

*The registration fee includes meals.

If your plans change, you will be refunded 80% of the registration fee if you notify us at least 8 weeks prior to the event at hello@adaptive-leadership.net. If you cancel after this time period no refunds will be issued. However, you may send a substitute with appropriate qualifications.

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Lord Baltimore Hotel
20 W Baltimore St
Baltimore, MD 21201

We are pleased to share with you the code for reserving the special room rate at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. To book the special room rate for our group you must book before October 10, 2019. You may call the Toll Free Reservations at 855.539.1928 and ask for the group id “1910ADAPTI” or “Adaptive Leadership Network” rate when making the reservation. You may also go to the Lord Baltimore Hotel website and click on reservations and enter the group ID “1910ADAPTI” in order to get the special room rate for our group.


Friday, October 25 - 4 PM to after dinner

Saturday, October 26 - 8:30 AM to after dinner

Sunday, October 27 - 8:30 AM to 4 PM


Participation should be planned for the entire duration of the event, without exceptions: late arrivals and early departures are highly disruptive for the individual experience and also the collective one.


Mobile phones, smart phones and laptops will be switched off during the sessions. “100% presence and focus” are essential for this kind of experience, and above all for the capacity of “being on the balcony.”


Dress code is simple: we recommend very comfortable shoes and informal attire. There won’t be any fire-walking, but everyone will spend little time just sitting on chairs.


Lunches and dinners will be dedicated to work-related matters and will be served inside the space.


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