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Leading Courageously in Higher Education: The Art of Hosting & Harvesting Conversations that Matter

August 29 - August 31

An invitation to explore new ways of working, meeting, and leading in complexity

Today, more than ever, all disciplines must become better at inviting more people to co-create effective solutions and services. Join us in experiencing, exploring, and practicing ways that support and build individual and organizational capacity to navigate the complexity of our world.

Through this 3 full-day experience, the Evans School will bring to the University of Washington powerful practices that enable authentic engagement, build community, activate shared intelligence, and motivate leadership for change. The Art of Hosting is an approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to the systemic using personal practice, dialogue, facilitation and the co-creation of innovation to address complex challenges.


How do we courageously lead innovative change which requires
equitable, diverse, and inclusive practices?

How do we courageously lead to disrupt historical systems that are
deeply rooted in institutional hierarchy?

How do we courageously lead to create human-centered systems across
personnel, policies, practices and praxis?


Join us and you will leave feeling empowered and ready to…

  • Build stronger teams and partnerships. Broaden the skill set within your group, work more effectively and enjoyably together, engage teams, organizations, and community stakeholders in meaningful conversations that promote resilience, belonging, innovation, develop intergovernmental relationships and create collective impact.
  • Enhance skills and abilities to work with complexity, uncertainty and change. Develop leadership confidence for facing challenges that do not have solutions, learn practices to engage skillfully with fear, conflict and stuck patterns, use wise process planning architectures for small and large scale initiatives, and host strategic conversations.
  • Apply what you are learning directly to the change initiatives that are important to you, your community or organization.

Who should attend?

Do you recognize these:

  • Meetings that lead to no action?
  • Conferences that have too many talking heads and not enough real engagement and wisdom?
  • Silo thinking and political infighting?
  • Decisions made too far away from those who are impacted by them?
  • Organizations who work for their own purpose and forget the common good, the whole picture and collaboration with others?
  • Communities or cross-sector teams that are marked by consistent lack of dialogue, tension, and difference of opinion or fall into apathy or indifference?

If so, then this training is for you. Whether you come from the public or non-profit sector, a foundation, you are self-employed, or are coming simply as an individual who cares about this work, this training is for you. We invite diversity of perspectives to create a vibrant learning space, which we can build on in our work. Attend as a team to make the application of what you’ve learned much easier to integrate!


Monday-Wednesday, August 29-31, 2022
at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
University of Washington
Parrington Hall
Seattle, WA


  • $600 per person
  • $500 per person for groups of 3 or more


Registration is now full. Please email us at to be added to the waitlist.

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Contact the Evans School Advancement team with questions or for more information at

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Parrington Hall
University of Washington 4105 George Washington Lane Northeast
Seattle, WA 98105
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