September 17-19, 2015

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, Washington

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People are hungry for more effective meetings and practices for working better together amidst times of rapid change and high complexity.

We are awakening to different ways of being in leadership together, moving beyond the typical traps of adversarial agendas and into processes of co-learning and co-evolution that lead to wise action and change. We are seeking consultative processes and engagement strategies that bring out the best in our communities and foster collaboration. That’s what the Art of Participatory Leadership is all about.

Last year’s Art of Participative Leadership in Olympia, WA was wait-listed. This year’s gathering builds on that tradition — working to create collective impact and cultures of innovation. 

The Art of Participative Leadership is an intensive 3-day experience where you will practice a set of simple yet powerful approaches for designing and hosting (facilitating) powerful conversations and meetings. It is an effective way of harnessing the collective wisdom and self-organizing capacity of groups. We believe that people give their energy and lend their resources to what matters most to them – in work as in life. These practices invite people to step in and respond to the challenges facing them in creative, authentic, compassionate and innovative ways.

Groups and organizations using the Art of Participatory Leadership practices report better decision-making, more efficient and effective capacity building and greater ability to quickly respond to opportunity, challenge and change. People who experience the Art of Hosting typically say that they walk away feeling more empowered and able to help guide the meetings and conversations they are part of to move towards more desirable outcomes.

Regionally we are bringing together community, government, and business leaders, social entrepreneurs, next generation leaders together from many dedicated networks and efforts – building capacity in our communities and organizations to address the challenges of these times.

Rooted in the Four Fold practice of the Art of Hosting, this event teaches a participatory approach for leading, convening, and engaging groups. We work with collaborative methods including Circle, World Café, Open Space Technology, ProAction Café, storytelling and more.


The Art of Hosting – Four-Fold Practice from Kevin McKeever on Vimeo.

Why The Art of Participatory Leadership?

  • Build Stronger Teams and Partnerships. Broaden the skillset within your group, work more effectively and enjoyably together, engage teams, organizations, and community stakeholders in meaningful conversations that promote resilience, belonging, innovation, and collective impact.
  • Enhance our skills and abilities to work with complexity, uncertainty & change. Develop leadership confidence for facing challenges that don’t have solutions, use wise process planning architectures for small and large scale initiatives, and host strategic conversations.
  • Apply what we are learning to change projects that are important to you, your community or organization.

We hope you will join us!

September 17-19, 2015 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA

Who Should Attend?

Community and non-profit leaders, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, department heads and program managers, community organizers, next generation leaders and individuals who want to help-who believe in the power of collective creativity, intelligence, and collaboration to improve their communities, teams, and organizations.

Individuals and groups who are eager to build stronger teams and partnerships with each other and within their communities. People who are dedicated to creating healthy and resilient communities.

You will walk away with the tools, frameworks and world-views that will enable you to navigate complex challenges and opportunities in your work, community and personal life.

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Hosting Team

teresaTeresa Posakony ( works with organizations and communities who are seeking to put to work the ineffable qualities of community to bring high levels of effective engagement, creative design and deep resilience to work. She was a long time member of the Berkana Institute, worked 13 years in high tech doing leadership and organizational development, and now12 years deeply engaged in hosting process in a breadth of non-profit organizations and community driven efforts.

tenneson-woolfTenneson Woolf ( is a facilitator, workshop leader, speaker, and writer. He designs and lead meetings in participative formats. To help people be smart together. To get people interacting with each other — learning together, building relationships, and focused on projects. To get deeper to the heart of what matters in the most human of ways. From strategic visioning with boards to large conference design. He is a long time steward in the Art of Hosting community of practitioners. His lineages include 20+ years with Margaret Wheatley and The Berkana Institute. Living systems, self-organization, and emergence inspire his work.

faithFaith Trimble ( is the CEO and President of the Athena Group, formerly known as FLT Consulting, Inc. Faith started the company out of her deep passion to help communities thrive. This passion evolved from her work at the Association of Washington Cities, where she routinely witnessed leaders struggling to do good for their communities in desperate and sometimes hopeless situations. For the last 15 years, she and her colleagues have worked with federal, state and local lawmakers, managers, and administrators along the Pacific Rim to help them affect organizational and system change for the betterment of their communities.

steveSteve Byers ( is an interdependent consultant and trusted advisor who works with leaders, teams, organizations and other communities seeking to renew their essential conversation. He’s a graduate of the Organization Systems Renewal (OSR) program at Seattle University. Much of his recent work has involved designing and hosting meaningful conversations in culturally diverse communities and organizations. Steve also coaches individual leaders and teaches in the Masters in Leadership graduate program at St. Mary’s College of California.

paulPaul Horton ( is a facilitator, strategy coach and community development and organizational change professional with 22 years of leadership-level experience working with the public, private and non-profit sectors. He is committed to harnessing diversity, building community, fostering shared responsibility, and working across boundaries to implement collaborative approaches to organizational change. Paul specializes in using participatory leadership practices to build social capital and improve organizational outcomes.


Thank you to the wonderful organizations bringing this training to our community!

Strengthen your leadership skills!

Bring new Participative Leadership practices into your upcoming projects and initiatives


We are meeting at Pacific Lutheran University (driving directions coming soon). Registration and Networking begins Thursday at 8:00 am with some beverages and a continental breakfast.  Our formal start time is 9:00. Registration and Networking begins Thursday at 8:00 am with some beverages and a continental breakfast.

Each day we will offer breakfast 8-9. For many, who step forward into the experiential learning opportunities of HOSTING our daily processes this will be your time to prepare for the day! Our first day we will see who signs up for each day’s “hosting opportunities” and meals are one of the good times to prepare. It’s a great way to dive deeper into your learning. You’ll have coaching and other resources available to help your team step up to the challenge!

Our session ends by 5:30 Thursday and Friday, and Saturday by 5:00.

Dinner: We have reservations each evening for those who wish to join us for dinner (we hope most) and will announce specifics each day. We welcome other creative invitations to gather in the evenings too!


  • $775 | Profits/Business
  • $625 | Non-Profits/Government

Note: $200 AWC Scholarship for city elected leaders and staff, one scholarship per city. 7 CML credits also available through AWC.
** Discounts available for teams of 3 or more.
** $200 Scholarship for city elected leaders and staff, one scholarship per city.  7 CML credits (Certificate of Municipal Excellence credits also available through AWC.
*** Tuition includes full cost of the training, materials, breakfast and lunch. We will also reserve space in local restaurant for shared dinner (self pay).

Creative Tuition:
If you know you need to be at this training and cost is the barrier, request a creative tuition conversation. We are working creatively to include the diversity of our community in the training.

Generosity Circle:
If you can offer a little more to support others who can’t afford to pay the full tuition please join the Generosity Circle. A gift of $50 or more helps us welcome and include more of the diversity of our community!


Lodging details are coming soon.

Contact Us

If you have questions, need more information, or want to be in a creative tuition conversation contact:

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel with more than 30 days notice – cancelation fee is $100. If shorter notice is given, the amount of return depends on our ability to find another participant to take your place. If a replacement is found – only $100 will be kept; if no replacement is found, all funds will be kept. This policy is negotiable in cases of personal emergency.