August 2018 through May 2019

Today’s leaders require skills that transform conflict into effective results, personal agendas into collaborative agreements, and business as usual into an inspirational ‘call to action’.

Orientation: Monday, August 20, 2018 in Aspen or Tuesday, August 21, 2018 in Carbondale. Participants are chosen for the RFL Academy 2019 will meet to be introduced to “What to Expect” during the program year with Andrea Palm-Porter. This is also an opportunity to meet other participants who you will be working and learning with. (Participants can attend either orientation day.)

First Session: Retreat: Friday & Saturday, September 7 and 8, 2018, Location: Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Snowmass 8:00 am -7:30 pm Friday, 9:00-6:00 pm Saturday. “Conscious Leadership,” Greg Cortopassi, Personal and Organizational Catalyst. In this session, we explore what it means to be developing oneself as a conscious leader in the context of this course. We learn about the power of perceptions, the dynamics of trust, and you’re our own personal styles in relation to others. We will also explore our greatest leadership assets, liabilities, fears, dreams, and design our intentions for our future. This session is the essential first step in building a learning community for both the Friday sessions and the class project. The retreat setting provides the necessary catalyst to begin to recognize and change old patterns and make way for building new, more effective ways of leading in the community.

Second Session: Wed/Thurs/Fri, October 3, 4, 5, 2018: Location: Third Street Center, Carbondale, CO, 8:30 am –  until approx. 6:00 pm each day: “Mastering Leadership in Business” Jonathan Clark, Coriolis Consulting Group, reveals the underlying factors that limit ability, impede communication, hinder teamwork, job satisfaction and ultimately thwart performance. With this new view, results that we may have previously considered unlikely or even impossible now become realized. Jonathan promises a personal transformation; you will have breakthroughs in Being Powerful, Being Free and having Peace of Mind with everything you are committed to both professionally and personally.

Third Session: Friday, November 2, 2018: Location: Morgridge Commons, Glenwood Springs, 8:00am-5:00 pm.  Civic Project Set-Up Day.  This session is dedicated to the development of your civic projects which provide a laboratory for participants to practice new ways of leadership, at the same time making a difference in the community.  Working in your civic project teams, Andrea Palm-Porter, will facilitate this day by hosting community sponsors to briefly present their project ideas and then, using project selection tools provided by RFL, each project team will go through a process of determining what project best suits the team.  This is the beginning of the selection process.  Each team will have until the end of November, to select and write their ‘problem statement’ for their project.

Fourth Session: Friday, December 7, 2018: Location: The Gant, Aspen, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm: “Leading Change,” Ron Gager, Gager and Associates. Change in organizations doesn’t happen just because the leader wishes it to be so. Change has to be communicated, refined, implemented and assessed, with committed leadership to ensure its success. Learn practical skills to apply to the class project process as well as to organizational and community issues.

Fifth Session: Friday, January 4, 2019: Location: Third Street Center, Carbondale, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm:  Topic: “Communication & Conflict,” presented by Maro Zagoras. So many leaders are asked to help solve conflicts in their organizations. Attending this session will give you the tools to help others, solve problems and even prevent conflicts from arising. Participants will learn how to understand different styles of conflict resolution, understand principles of interest-based bargaining and practice getting out of positional dichotomies and into interest-based dialogue. You will also be able to understand ways to set up mediation that leads to conflict resolution while learning specific tools to intervene in conflict during discussions.

Sixth Session: Friday, February 1, 2019: Location: Morgridge Commons, Glenwood Springs, 8:00am – 5:00 pm:  Topic: “Critical Thinking/Emotional Intelligence,” presented by Heidi Brinkman, Brinkman Consulting, Inc. DR. HEIDI S. BRINKMAN is President of BCI, a management-consulting firm specializing in individual, team, and organizational effectiveness. She is former Academic Director of Leadership Programs for The Institute of Executive and Professional Development, Daniels College of Business. During this session, we will explore the part of our intelligence that has nothing to do with technical knowledge and book-smarts.  It is the intelligence we have to navigate our day-to-day interactions with important people, make critical decisions and respond to our environment.  We will look at emotional intelligence (EQ)—how it works and why it works.  It is a much stronger indicator of success in work and relationships than cognitive intelligence (IQ), and it can be learned!  We will explore the competencies associated with EQ and how to develop and grow those most critical to your success.  One important key to success is the ability to think critically and intentionally about the decisions we face and the information we receive.  As part of our study, we will learn about critical thinking—what it is and how to ensure we engage in it when it matters most.  The session will be interactive and engaging–come prepared to see yourselves in action!  You will walk away with tools that will help you develop your capacity for critical thinking and respond intelligently to whatever gets thrown your way.

Seventh Session: Friday, March 1, 2019: Location: Rocky Mountain Institute, Basalt, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Topic: Civic Engagement and Community Decision Making. As America’s political process splinters into harsh sub-communities based on hard talk reinforced by niche-specific media outlets, it can sometimes seem as if democracy is withering. The need for visionary community leadership has therefore never been greater. Based on a quarter-century of civic engagement experience, Dr. Stephen John Hartnett & Dr. Lisa Keranen will work with RFL participants to configure civic engagement strategies that are ethical, kind, and effective; to practice team-building exercises; to map out a wide range of possible community decision-making paths; and to promote best communication practices in pursuing these goals.

Eighth Session: Friday, April 5, 2019: Location: CMC/Aspen, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm: Participants work together in their civic project teams attending these 2 different segments: 

1) “Dynamic Communication,” Michelle Lefebvre, When you open your mouth do you seal the deal or kill the deal? Your leadership and your success depend on how well you present yourself, your ideas, and your values. Dynamic communicators are like compelling writers; they speak in a ‘human voice’ and are not afraid to show emotion. When we feel the energy of their message and are impacted by it temporarily or permanently our own energy may shift as a result of the communication – we may be inspired to take action, become deflated and retreat, or we may stay where we are and continue our existing path.  Imagine how powerful it would be to fully engage your organization, your team members, your community, your family and take them on a path toward success. This is the power of energetic, dynamic communication.  In this session, you will discover ways to shift your energy and engage in any conversation.

2) Project Team Reflections – an opportunity for team and personal feedback with Theresa Anuszewski.

Feedback is necessary for effective leadership. Leaders often become isolated and do not receive the feedback they need to make good business decisions and improve their effectiveness. The fallacy “no news is good news” can lure a leader into a false sense of security, when in fact he or she is actually “out of the loop”, and not receiving important information.

This session will review the essentials of how to incorporate feedback processes into any leadership or professional role while enriching your project team experience.  The results of the RFL Project Team Survey will be used as an example of “team feedback” and offer each team the opportunity to review their results to date, based on data collected from all members. In addition, each team member will receive “real-time” feedback as recognition from their team members about their specific contributions to the project. For the first time this year, the team coaches are also involved in the feedback process.

Ninth session: Friday, May 3, 2019:  Location: Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Snowmass, 8:00- 6:00 pm. “Conscious Transitions and Closing Session.” Greg Cortopassi, Launch Your Dreams. Greg Cortopassi returns to help celebrate the year of learning and to share your accomplishments and align your intentions with community leaders. Project Presentations will also be part of this day.

Graduation Celebration:  An evening a couple week following the final session on TBD, we will be hosting your graduation ceremony, and inviting your family, friends and previous graduates to share in your celebration. 5:30P – 7:30P

* The following schedule is subject to changes due to the availability of presenters and locations

2019 Class Matrix Schedule