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Center for Ethical Leadership  

Inclusive Leadership Through Gracious Space Pre-Conference

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

(Registration from 12:00 - 12:30 pm)
Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue 

A half day exploration of inclusive leadership presented by The Center for Ethical Leadership.

Registration Cost: $69. Save $25 if you also register for the Main Conference.

Nonprofit work is a very human business. We work with diverse people, sometimes in challenging circumstances. We face local and global changes outside of our organizations, as well as the political climate shifts and we are called to think in new ways about our work.

How do we strengthen ourselves as leaders?
How do we include others with authenticity, grace, and understanding?
What tools can we access to weather conflict personally and organizationally?

This pre-conference track is designed to answer those three questions using the Gracious Space approach to leadership. This half-day workshop will teach you how to create an environment that builds trust, encourages learning, helps people focus on their shared purpose and moves people to tap into their collective wisdom for action.

Gracious Space is an inclusive approach to leadership that can help you meet your mission. Gracious Space is an effective approach for people working collaboratively and creatively in organizations and communities. The Center for Ethical Leadership defines Gracious Space as: a spirit and setting where we invite the stranger and learn in public.  Gracious Space is not a conflict-free space. As people work together in community, it is inevitable that conflict will occur. People carry their past assumptions about others, different world views can lead to friction, and solutions offered can trigger competition among group members. It is important to have the space for conflicts to emerge and be addressed productively.

We believe there is great potential in groups and organizations ready to be tapped for the common good.  This training experience will help participants develop stronger relationships, have courageous conversations, and create better results. You will learn to intentionally create a supporting structure for Gracious Space and to know the key components essential to its creation. Spend half a day in a supportive environment where you will improve your skills in creating a brave space for critical dialogue, strengthening relationshipstaking risks and achieving breakthrough collective creativity.

This workshop has a minimum enrollment of 20 people. 


Click to download:

A Primer on Gracious Space

Dialogue Building Blocks

Self Assessment

Identifying Common Group Patterns


Presenter Bios

Waing Waing, the Executive Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership, specializes in multicultural organizational development, and has over 15 years of training experience including conducting needs assessments, curriculum design and development, presenting and facilitating workshops, and managing training programs. She is deeply committed to promoting social justice and passionate about creating, supporting and influencing opportunities and experiences that build trust, deepen relationships, and facilitate inclusion across cultural boundaries. She holds a certificate in Distance Learning Design & Development from the University of Washington, and earned her Master’s in Public Administration degree from the U.W. Evans School of Public Affairs.

Fleur Larsen is a facilitator with 20 years of experience working with corporate, nonprofit and governmental organizations. From board retreats, staff trainings and off-site workshops at the challenge course, her work as a facilitator is focused on team building, emotional intelligence, social justice, experiential education and community development. Together we enhance your ability to take action and see results.

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