Conferences and Workshops Events

  • Sex and Power - A workshop in the Here-and-Now

    • Friday, October 26, 2018 at 05:00 PM – October 28, 2018
    • Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

    Drawing on the methodologies of Adaptive Leadership and Group Relations, this workshop will be an experiential opportunity to surface and examine our explicit and implicit assumptions about sex and powerWe will create the conditions for a deep dive into understanding the adaptive gyrations of challenged social structures, the here-and now dynamics of single- and mixed-sex groups, and the challenging and candid conversations that can lead us to personal insights about our own exercise of leadership.

    We are excited to share with you further details about the experiential format and approach for our upcoming gathering on the topic of Sex and Power. In contrast to our large general conferences – which you can look forward to attending in October 2019 – this will be a smaller gathering using a powerful kind of holding environment technique -- the here-and-now method of Tavistock/A.K. Rice/Group Relations Conferences,

    This will not be a traditional conference with speakers and panels, but a fully immersive experience that will help us surface and learn by examining our group dynamics and how that reveals the assumptions we hold about Sex and Power, particularly as they relate to the exercise of leadership and authority.

    This gathering is a unique opportunity for our members to participate in a workshop that draws both on the Group Relations methodology and the Adaptive Leadership framework to explore critical issues about sex and power that may lie just outside of our awareness. Similar to the case-in-point method you may have experienced as a student, we will explore these questions using the here-and-now dynamics of single-and mixed-sex, and small and large groups.  Paying close attention to in-the-moment personal and collective experience and the exchanges occurring in our groups we can forge new insights about things like, boundary management, authority, and the process of damage and repair of trust in relationships within and across gender lines.

    Note that our gathering will be limited to 60 people in order to explore this method, so places will fill up fast.

    The workshop will be lead by two eminent experts: Dannielle Kennedy, directing the Group Relations approach and Hugh O’Doherty, directing the Adaptive Leadership approach.

    Dannielle Kennedy, Ph.D., co-founder and principal of WorkLab, is a former President of the Board of Directors of the Boston Center of the A.K. Rice Institute and has frequently directed conferences on authority and leadership in the Tavistock tradition. As both an organizational consultant and licensed clinician, she works with people and organizations to develop a deep understanding of themselves and the contexts in which they seek to have impact. 

    The daughter of a union organizer and a mother born before women were permitted to vote, Dannielle grew up acutely attuned to the conditions that create oppression and privilege.  She considers the current shifts in gender identity and roles perhaps the least understood and most personally and profoundly relevant dynamics defining the well-being of individuals and groups today.  Dr. Kennedy holds a Ph.D. from Simmons School of Social Work and is currently a candidate for certification as a Psychoanalyst at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.  

    Hugh O’Doherty, Adjunct Lecturer, was raised in Northern Ireland.  He has taught leadership and conflict resolution at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the University of Maryland, and the John F Kennedy School of Government. At the University of Maryland, he directed the Ireland-US Public Leadership Program for “emerging” leaders from all the political parties in Ireland. In Northern Ireland, he directed the Inter-Group Relations Project, an initiative bringing together political and community leaders in Ireland to establish protocols for political dialogue. Hugh has consulted extensively with a wide variety of clients including the Irish Civil Service, the American Leadership Forum, the Episcopalian Clergy Leadership Program, and the Mohawk Community Leadership Program in Canada. He has also consulted in Bosnia, Croatia, and Cyprus and has addressed the United Nations Global Forum on Re-Inventing Government. Hugh earned an M.Ed and Ed.D from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    Questions that may come up include: What is exploding in front of us? Why has it caught fire? Can we make this a cultural shift rather than another pressure cooker valve just letting off steam? What does it mean for our own lives and practice of leadership? What is the role for men’s anger and shame? What is the role for women’s anger and shame? How does this affect the covert game of sexual exchange where conquests signal power and prestige? What does masculinity mean? What does femininity mean? What is the essence of our gendered selves and what connects us to this sense of who we are, our sexual identity?

    Member Workshop Fee
    ·         $390 Early Bird (until June 30)
    ·         $490 Regular (until August 31)
    ·         $590 Late registration (after August 31)
    Non-Member Workshop Fee
    ·         $790 Early Bird (until June 30)
    ·         $890 Regular (until August 31)
    ·         $990 Late registration (after August 31)




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  • Two day trainer workshop

    • Friday, November 09, 2018 at 09:00 AM – November 10, 2018
    • New York City - Venue TBD

    How to design and deliver an introductory Adaptive Leadership workshop: Are you eager to share your understanding of the Adaptive Leadership framework with colleagues and clients? Would you like to design and run an effective introductory adaptive leadership workshop? This two day workshop on how to run a 2 day introductory workshop has been designed to help you develop the skills and experience to create a successful workshop intervention. 


    This workshop is for you if:

    • You have tried to run an Adaptive Leadership workshop and found it challenging.
    • You aren’t sure how to bridge the gap between experiencing an Adaptive Leadership course, and delivering an effective short Adaptive Leadership Workshop.
    • You are uncertain which concepts to prioritize and how much “case-in-point” work to incorporate.
    • You know you could do with more practice teaching the core concepts, and want feedback.
    • You aren’t sure if your “case-in-point” interventions are effective


    This workshop is for you if:

    • You have deep experience in the Adaptive Leadership framework (you took a semester long or week long intensive course in Adaptive Leadership, and the concepts are still fresh for you).
    • You are an experienced workshop facilitator or trainer (even if not in Adaptive Leadership)
    • You are interested in teaching or facilitating Adaptive Leadership
    • Previous experience as a Teaching Assistant would be helpful but is not essential


    You will get out of the workshop:

    • Guidance on how to design and run an Adaptive Leadership workshop, including managing the client’s authorizing environment
    • One sample agenda for an introductory Adaptive Leadership workshop
    • Teaching practice and constructive feedback on your teaching a concept from the framework
    • Practice in making effective “case-in-point” interventions - that are generative and not too risky at the same time,
    • Guidelines and principles for how to use the Peer Consultation Method
    • Guidance on how to debrief a case consultation
    • Additional resources for building up your practice


    The facilitator team will include Micheal Koehler, Kirsti Samuels, and Candice Crawford.


    The workshop will take place in New York City on the 9th - 10th of of November 2018. 

    The workshop will require a $2000 (or early bird/late bird) contribution per participant, plus food and accommodation costs. The funds will go to support the work of the Adaptive Leadership Network. The facilitation team is donating its time. 

    The workshop is open to members of the Adaptive Leadership Network who have undertaken a full term adaptive leadership course or a week long full time executive course. This is not an introductory course. If you are not sure whether you qualify please email us at

    Places are limited and we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible. If your plans change, you will be refunded 80% of the registration fee if you notify us at least 4 weeks prior to the event at If you cancel after this time period no refunds will be issued. However, you may send a substitute with appropriate qualifications.

    The early early bird rate is $1600 (prior to 30th April 2018)
    The early bird rate is $1800 (prior to 30th June 2018)
    Standard rate is $2000 (prior to 31st August 2018)
    Late bird rate is $2400 (after August 31st 2018)

    If you wish to pay by installments, please use this link.

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