Pre-Conference Program | Monday, April 9

Generative Leadership
Authenticity, Awareness and Conversation as Powerful Tools in a Complex Environment
8:00 – 5:00 pm

Today, leaders in all industries face enormous opportunity and challenge. There’s more complexity and change than ever before. Leadership, like marketing,involves continuous learning over time. Yet, leadership can happen in a moment, when we step up, take a stand, take responsibility. One conversation can be a turning point, shifting a relationship, turning around a situation, opening up possibility. The ability to engage others with different concerns and perspectives is key to building the momentum that drives your success.

In this highly interactive program, you will work with distinctions and models to support you in shifting in the moment to adapt to the various audiences you must influence. You’ll learn and work with powerful models for having the sometimes challenging conversations critical to your success as a leader, and generating accountability in a complex environment. You’ll work with exercises and tools to support you in cultivating resilience and greater ability to be present in the moment, and explore techniques for engaging your teams.

Topics include:

  • Learning and experiential practice with practical tools for leading others, leading teams, selling ideas and change in a complex, matrixed, multi-generational environment
  • Cultivating influence/persuasion
    • Generative leadership conversation
    • Generating outcomes, improved relationships through enhanced ability to plan and have tough conversations
    • Enhanced ability to generate commitment, efficiency and ease through accountability
  • Personal learning and tool
    • Personal presence
    • Resiliency – dealing with stress

Program features include:

  • Half-hour intake call with program leader with each participant, prior to session
  • One hour pre-conference preparation (highly recommended), including a short reading, viewing short videos to support participants in getting the most out of the session
  • Handout document, including pages for notes your personal leadership development plan
  • A one hour group conference call one month after the pre-conference to share updates to your plan, ask questions, share challenges, learnings and successes

Program created and presented by Jackie Sloane, MCC:

Jackie-Sloane.pngJackie Sloane
Executive Coach/Consultant
Sloane Communications

Jackie Sloane collaborates with clients to bring out the best in themselves and others. Jackie has over 25 years’ experience in executive coaching, leadership development, transformational leadership retreats, and communication and engagement consulting. She has a background in marketing and journalism. She has served leaders, teams and organizations at privately-held, public sector, nonprofit and Fortune 500 organizations in most industries, including professional services, finance, manufacturing, healthcare, consumer products, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and academia. She has served clients at Abbott, Accenture, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Bank of America, Comcast, Deloitte, Exelon, Grant Thornton, Hollister, International Truck and Engine, PepsiCo, Plante & Moran, Tribune Company and Purdue University Northwest among others. Jackie wrote the Executive Coach column for Executive Travel, an American Express Publishing/Time Inc. magazine for five years. She has two coaching certifications, including Master Certified Coach. She has completed Newfield’s year-long, graduate-level program, Mastering the Art of Professional Coaching, numerous leadership, coaching, communication and theatrical arts programs, and has a B.A. in political science from UIC. She has served as Marketing Chair and on the program committee for the Network of Executive Women’s Annual Leadership Summit and is a mentor for Chicago Innovation.


Mark_Beese.pngMark Beese
Leadership for Lawyers


Beth-Cuzzone.pngBeth Cuzzone
Chief Growth Officer
Goulston & Storrs PC

Who should attend:

Emerging leaders, mid-level leaders, leaders new to legal marketing, and anyone wishing a boost to their leadership effectiveness. More than one leader from a firm is welcome to attend. Participation limited to 36 individuals.

PLEASE NOTE: To support attendees in getting the most out of the highly interactive session, a 30-minute telephone intake conversation, and approximately one-hour of prework (to be provided to registrants) are recommended.

Program Schedule:

8:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
8:45 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
Small Group Opening Networking Exercise and Discussion/Review of Leadership Challenges; Large Group Debrief; Overview of Day
9:40 a.m.
Discussion, Shared Understanding of Leadership, Elements of Leadership
9:50 a.m.
Experiential and Reflection Exercises to Support Personal Resiliency and Being Present in the Moment
10:00 a.m.
Group Discussion — Your Audiences and What Matters to Them; Discerning Social Styles; Strategies for Adapting to Them and Influencing
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
Generative Leadership Conversations — Discussion and Experiential Session With a Powerful Model for Having Challenging Conversations; Conversation as a Powerful Leadership Tool
12:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch
1:10 p.m.
Generative Accountability — Discussion and Experiential Session; Work With Powerful Models for Generating Well-Being, Productivity
3:00 p.m.
3:15 p.m.
Leadership Strategies — Engaging Audiences; Discussion and Experiential Session Using Stakeholder Analysis Model; Influence, Selling and Positioning
4:00 p.m.
Leadership Strategies — Engaging Your Teams; Discussion/ Exploration, “Everyday Engagement;” Leadership Styles, and What They Produce
4:30 p.m.
Record Notes for Personal Learning Plan
4:35 p.m.
Questions, Next Steps
5:00 p.m.
Program Conclusion