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 processes of social structures, the here-and now dynamics of power across gender identities, and the challenging and candid conversations that can lead us to personal insights about our own exercise of leadership.

    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 and guests to participate in a workshop that draws both on the Group Relations methodology and the Adaptive Leadership framework to explore critical dynamics that may lie just outside of our awareness. 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.

    Click here to read some of Ron Heifetz's thoughts on the importance of the theme of this workshop!

    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. Read their interview on why they are engaging in this workshop and with this topic here!

    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 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?

    Draft Agenda

    The team:

    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.

    Other facilitators include:

    Candice A. Crawford-Zakian, Psy.D., is a consulting psychologist specializing in system psychodynamics, leadership development and innovation. Dr. Crawford-Zakian works with a variety of boutique consulting firms and academic institutions. She is a leadership consultant and executive coach at INSEAD (France), a globally recognized international business school, and an executive coach in the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Doctorate of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program. She also holds faculty appointments at HGSE and William James College where she teaches courses on group dynamics and team development. In addition, Dr. Crawford-Zakian is an affiliate consultant for Konu, LLC., a boutique consultancy specializing in Adaptive Leadership and Immunity to Change. She is also a consultant at Subculture, a firm that leverages design thinking and leadership, founded by former IDEO practitioners.

    Dr. Crawford-Zakian is a certified consultant of the AK Rice Institute and Director of the 2019 – 2021 residential group relations conference series, sponsored by the Boston the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems (CSGSS), an affiliate of the A.K. Rice Institute. This conference series is conducted in the Tavistock tradition.

    Heather Churchill, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst at the Austen Riggs Center (ARC) in Stockbridge, MA. At the ARC, she works as a clinician and is the Associate Director of the Therapeutic Community Program, as well as the Health and Wellness Coordinator. She is a certified consultant of the AK Rice Institute is current president of the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems (CSGSS), a non-profit group that develops events in the group relations tradition of open systems and psychodynamic theory.

    Suma Jacob, M.D., Ph.D, is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota. As neuroscientist and a licensed clinician with a background in human development, she directs autism research and interdisciplinary teams. She also works with non-profits and companies that serve the region and conduct international projects. With expertise in cross-species social neuroscience, she subsequently discovered group relations during her adult psychiatry training in California. In addition to her scientific studies of sex-differences and implicit bias, she explores psychoanalytic models and older eastern theories about latent mental tendencies that shed light on the unconscious processes that influence group behaviors. Dr. Jacob became a certified consultant of the AK Rice Institute after she completed her child psychiatry training in Chicago. Motivated by her experiences of growing up as an immigrant in black-white Chicago and a women of color in our current global context, she 1) directs and consults to group relations conferences studying authority and leadership, and 2) employs innovative methods to catalyze learning about dynamics related to power differentials with cultural and historical minorities, as with this conference focused on Sex and Power.

    Jim Krantz, a Principal of Worklab Consulting, is an organizational consultant and researcher from New York City.  Jim has consulted widely, in both the for profit and not for profit sectors, primarily in the area of strategy implementation.  Jim received his Ph.D. in Systems Sciences from the Wharton School and has taught on the faculties of Wharton, Yale, and the Universidad de Chile.  He is past president of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations and the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems in Boston.  He has served on the staff and directed Group Relations Conferences around the world and is a Fellow of the A.K. Rice Institute.  Jim’s writing centers on the unconscious background of work organizations, the socio-psychological challenges of emerging forms of organizations, and the nature of leadership development. 


    Member Workshop Fee
    ·         $590 (after August 31)
    Non-Member Workshop Fee
    ·         $990 (after August 31)

    Scholarship Rate for ALN Members: $199

    To apply for the Scholarship Rate, please fill out this application.

    10 ALN members will be selected for the Scholarship Rate. If you have already purchased a ticket and are selected for the Scholarship Rate, you will be refunded the difference.


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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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