Meetings

Held each spring and fall, EDRT’s twice-yearly meetings provide members with a forum to exchange the latest research and thought. During these two-day themed seminars, members, their guests, SMG faculty, and featured experts discuss a particular current topic of executive and organizational development.

The meetings are usually held in Boston, MA, but are sometimes held at other locations, such as USMA, West Point, New York; Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC; and Berkeley, CA, when appropriate. Featured speakers at the events are some of the most esteemed in the field.

Spring 2014

The EDRT Spring 2014 Meeting on May 22-23, 2014 at Hotel Commonwealth, Boston, MA was a great success.  The theme of this meeting was “Leading Cultural and Strategic Change in a Turbulent World.” The objective was to explore how organizations’ leadership strategy and cultural change efforts should adapt and respond to the increasingly fast pace of change of our times. The topic stimulated an in-depth discussion of new ideas on how organizations could thrive in today’s world, including how to unleash the power of dual operating systems and how to invest in collaborative and interdependent leadership models. EDRT members and guests actively participated in constructive dialogue and used EDRT’s collective wisdom and energy to craft new plans, solutions, and initiatives for their own organizations.

EDRT was delighted and very pleased to have John P. Kotter  as our meeting’s keynote speaker.  Dr. Kotter is Director of Research at Kotter International, Emeritus Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School, and the recipient of  the esteemed 2014 Marion F. Gislason Award, offered a fresh perspective on how organizations can achieve accelerated change through the use of a collaborative dual operating system, with a hierarchy on one side and a network on the other.

We were also very excited that David Dinwoodie, Senior Faculty Member at the Center for Creative Leadership, shared his work on Leadership Strategy: The Human Enabler of Transformational Change.

Check out the agenda.

Fall 2013

The Fall 2013 EDRT Meeting was held on October 16-17 at Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, MA. The meeting advanced our Spring 2013 theme on the global future of leadership development and explored how individuals and organizations develop leaders across the changing landscape.

EDRT was delighted to have two world-class scholars, authors and consultants as our keynote speakers for the meeting: Kathy E. Kram, the Shipley Professor in Management at the Boston University School of Management, and Monica Higgins, Professor of Education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Their session, A New Mindset on the Critical Role of Mentoring in Leadership Development: A Developmental Network Approach was thought-provoking, valuable and timely for developing leaders for both today and tomorrow. At the meeting, Kathy Kram received the esteemed 2013 Marion F. Gislason Award for Excellence in the Field of Leadership Development in recognition for her extensive contributions to the field of executive development.

We were also very excited that Michael Campbell, Faculty for Delivery and Research at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), shared his work in this domain. Michael’s work focuses on talent management, succession management, high potential leaders as well as senior executive leadership.

Check out the agenda!

Spring 2013

The EDRT Spring 2013 EDRT Meeting was held on February 27th & 28th, 2013 in beautiful San Diego, California at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. The meeting advanced our Fall 2012 theme on the global future of leadership development and the emerging and long-term trends that shape our world.  The meeting’s topic was “Leadership for the Future: Thriving in a VUCA World.”

EDRT was delighted and very pleased to have our keynote speaker be Bob Johansen, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow from the Institute For The Future (IFTF), a Silicon Valley-based independent nonprofit research center that is committed to building the future by understanding it deeply (www.iftf.org).  Check out the meeting agenda!

Fall 2012

Our Fall 2012 EDRT Meeting was a great success! The meeting took place on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 through Thursday, October 4, 2012 and was held at Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, MA.  This lovely boutique hotel adjacent to the Boston University campus proved to be a very nice venue, setting the stage for great brainstorming and discussion. The theme was “The Future of Leadership: Identity & Adaptability in Action.” Our keynote speaker was Marshall Goldsmith, world renowned Executive Advisor & Author of the best seller “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” and numerous influential books and articles.  At the meeting, Dr. Goldsmith received EDRT’s prestigious 2012 Marion F. Gislason Award for Excellence in the Field of Leadership Development for his outstanding contributions to the field of leadership; the Gislason Award is EDRT’s highest honor. To view article published by the Boston University School of Management regarding the award ceremony please click here! Check out the Overview & Agenda!

Spring 2012

The Spring 2012 EDRT Meeting on “Leadership 2020: Seeing the Global Future of Leadership Development took place on May 22nd-23rd at the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, MA.  This lovely boutique hotel adjacent to the Boston University campus proved to be a very nice venue, setting the stage for great brainstorming and discussion. The keynote speaker was Lee Bolman, University of Missouri, author of the ground-breaking “Reframing Organizations” (with Terry Deal).  In addition, Nick Petrie and Rich Walsh from the Center for Creative Leadership were also meeting speakers on leadership. The meeting provided a solid basis and a strong foundation for EDRT members, guests and faculty to understand and anticipate some of the major changes that are driving global future leadership development initiatives and focal points.   EDRT Meeting participants are comprised of senior executives and faculty members from leading institutions who are passionate about the study and practice of leadership development, including members of the Creative Leadership Council, EDRT’s forum for collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership. Check out the Overview & Agenda!

Fall 2011

The Fall 2011 EDRT Meeting on “Driving Business Results through Leadership Development” was held on December 5th-7th at the scenic Boeing Leadership Center in the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri, near where Lewis and Clark launched their 1804 Journey of Discovery Expedition. The meeting focused on how to build leadership processes and connections to drive business results. The keynote speaker was Robert E. Quinn from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Laura Quinn, from the Center for Creative Leadership and Dr. Larry McEvoy, CEO of Memorial Health System in Colorado, also served as guest speakers. At the meeting Prof. Quinn received EDRT’s prestigious 2011 Marion F. Gislason Award for Excellence in the Field of Leadership Development for his many contributions to the study and practice of leadership. EDRT members, guests, speakers, thought leaders and panelists examined best practices, success factors and key hurdles across several industry sectors. They described the leadership challenges and the processes for aligning business and leadership development strategy. Ultimately, the learning objectives for the meeting were to understand how to craft clear connections between business and leadership strategy, including which necessary steps to take to help affect transformational change, how to promote a climate of trust and receptivity, and how to adopt a positive mindset that leads to excellence. Check out the Overview & Agenda!

Spring 2011

The Spring 2011 EDRT Meeting on “Closing the Gap Between the Business Strategy and the Leadership Development Strategy” was held on April 26th– 27th at the Boston University School of Management. The keynote speaker was Mike Useem from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Charles Palus, from the Center for Creative Leadership and Robert Burnside, a senior executive from Ketchum, also served as guest speakers.  The meeting addressed a challenge that has become increasingly pertinent to business and academic leaders alike: Businesses today in all sectors struggle with how to best align the leadership strategy with the business strategy, most frequently by identifying and learning from best practices. The challenge is to ensure a positive impact all the while working in a patient and resilient manner that is consistent with a company’s culture. Check out the Overview & Agenda!

Fall 2010

The Fall 2010 EDRT Meeting theme was “Collaborating in a Dynamic, Globally Connected World” and was held on November 3rd -4th at the Boston University School of Management. EDRT secured outstanding keynote speakers and thought leaders that helped define and set the stage for what the leadership challenges are today for collaborating, and leading, across a changing unpredictable world. The keynote speakers were Rob Cross, from the University of Virginia, and Bill Pasmore, from the Center for Creative Leadership. In addition to his numerous outstanding professional and academic achievements, Rob is a distinguished alumni from the doctoral program from the Boston University School of Management in our Organizational Behavior Department. The meeting discussed how critical collaborating across global boundaries and dynamic networks is in all organizations today. Check out the Overview & Agenda!

Spring 2010

The Spring 2010 EDRT Meeting on “The Strategic Use of Technology for Leadership Development” was held on April 27 & 28, 2010 at the spectacular and profound campus of the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Technology has transformed the workplace, which has impacted the ways in which leaders are developed. We examined these concepts and demonstrated their relevant application through working with knowledge experts, scholars and senior leaders to better understand ways to develop executives who will be capable of leading our organizations into an increasingly complex future. We were welcomed and hosted by EDRT member Ms. Frances Hesselbein, who served as the 2010 Term Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at West Point, the only woman and only non-West Point graduate to hold this prestigious chair appointment. The Leadership panel speakers were: Frances Hesselbein, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Leader to Leader Institute; Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the US Military Academy at West  Point; COL Bernie Banks, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, USMA; COL Erik Kail, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, USMA; and Edward T. Reilly, President and CEO, American Management Association, International. All attendees agreed that it was an amazing and awesome experience to have been on campus at West Point learning and discussing leadership during these difficult times. Check out the Overview & Agenda!