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Join us in Washington D.C. for our annual Adaptive Leadership Conference!


Join us in Washington D.C. for our annual Adaptive Leadership Conference!

Registration is now open 

To Hold or To Disrupt: Leading in Unsettling Times

In an era of turbulence at regional, national and global levels, many of us are faced with a dilemma: do we hold steady, working to shore up the bulwark of our social institutions? Or should we disrupt the status quo in an effort to make space for new thinking and fresh ideas?

The Adaptive Leadership Network is hosting its third annual conference, diving deep into these adaptive challenge. The goal of the conference is to help us wrestle with this dilemma of whether to hold or disrupt without letting it paralyze us. The conference planning team is developing a powerful program with a variety of practical skill-building workshops, peer panels, case consultations, and reflective sessions designed to take your practice to the next level.

This year’s presenters include leadership professors Ronald Heifetz, Dean Williams, Hugh O'Doherty, Farayi Chipungu and Tim O'Brien as well as Governor Jennifer Granholm and leadership educator Dan Mulhern.

This year's conference builds from the successes of previous years. Themes include:

  • Reorient: Gain perspective through our individual and collective stories
  • Retool: Build our capacity to do the work
  • Reflect: Examine our past, re-establish our sanctuaries, and consider our future
  • Challenge: Gain insights from the questioning of others
  • Purpose: Reconnect with our commitment to adaptive leadership
  • Mobilize: Consider what we will do by ourselves and with each other

Member Conference Fee (membership must be up-to-date on the date of the event)

  • $490 Regular (until August 31)
  • $590 Late registration (after August 31)

Non-Member Conference Fee

  • $890 Regular (until August 31)
  • $990 Late registration (after August 31)

There will only be a few spots for non-members at the conference. Your membership not only reduces the cost of attendance, but also contributes to our overarching mission to grow a strong network for active practitioners of Adaptive Leadership around the world. 

Become a member here

Formal Dinner

We will also be offering tickets to a formal dinner on Saturday night: $90 USD (limited availability)


We are pleased to offer 20 partial scholarships for Members who request financial assistance. Apply by August 31. The reduced Scholarship Conference Fee is $199. Please note: if you apply for a scholarship as a non-member, you are still required to pay the $100 member fee prior to conference registration. The application can be found here.


The hotel is offering discounted accommodation rates for our attendees. Don't forget to book your room at the Sheraton Pentagon City hotel here or by calling the Reservations Office at 1 888 627 8210 and booking using the group code (AJ05AA), or the name of the event "Adaptive Leadership Conference." The cutoff date for obtaining a discounted room is September 14, 2017.


For additional information, please refer to our FAQ.


  • October 06, 2017 at 6pm – October 08, 2017
  • Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Washington D.C.
    900 S Orme St
    Arlington, VA 22204
    United States
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  • Michael Koehler, Conference Chair

Will you come?

Note that if you wish to purchase a ticket at the membership price, you must a current member and logged-in to the site.

$890.00 Conference fee (non-member)
$90.00 Formal Dinner on Saturday night (limited availability)