All cohorts are live and interactive between participants,
and between participants and faculty.

We use the Zoom virtual platform to facilitate learning.

An intensive into the art and science of activating your purpose in action, designing and convening meetings and conversations that matter

14 years ago we pioneered the virtual Art of Convening Training. Over 20+ years of convening, we've learned that meetings don't have to be a waste of time, whether virtual or in-person. Meetings don't have to be an energy or time-drain.

The Art of Convening (AoC) teaches the art and science of putting your purpose into action to design and leading meetings and conversations that are inspirational, productive and transformative. Each training focuses on your unique purpose with the goal of sharing it on behalf of others.

Unleash your team’s EQ with the power of convening: learn how the skills of inner game of being a convener can shift the culture of your team, department or organization to full-on commitment. 
Each step of the way is a journey into personal and professional learning and application of the technology of relationships.


Sep 10, 24, Oct 8, 22, Nov 5, 19, Dec 3
Tuesdays 6:00-8:00pm Central US    Time Converter

25% off early bird if you register by 6/30/19
or 6 payments of $105
     [10% additional discount for AoC Grads or 2+ participants]

after 6/30/19: $695
after 7/30/19: $795

- All sessions are live and highly participative, use the Zoom virtual platform, and are recorded for post-session viewing -


Session 1: At the Heart of the Matter, Intent: Introduction, Overview, Leadership Challenge, Your Case Study

Session 2: Invitation, Context, "Webside Manner"

Session 3: Creating Safe Spaces, Hearing All the Voices, Your Case Study, Holding Paradox and Disruption

Session 4: Your Purpose in Action: Essential Conversation, Creation

Session 5: Your Purpose in Action

Session 6: Your Purpose in Action

Session 7: Your Purpose in Action:
   Synthesis, Commitment to Action


√ Pre and Post Assessments- A thorough survey of skills and desired outcomes that measures growth and potential (Core)

√ A copy of The Art of Convening book or e-version

√ A copy of The Power of Purpose book or e-version (Trainer courses)

√ Curriculum: overview of the AoC Book, course readings, journaling  
combined with an exploration of the practices, principles, challenges and successes of convening

√ Interactive exercises designed to maximize collaborative learning and application-

√ Applied learning: Each training incorporates a "Case Study" and Council Process reflective inquiry as a tool and metric with which you will be able to design a specific convening opportunity in your life and/or work

√ Learn & practice peer coaching and the 9 Steps to Collaboration in a highly interactive learning environment.

√ 1:1 coaching call with CPL/AoC Certified Leader (Core and Trainer)

“I (and many of my co-workers) have been honored to be able to receive training and coaching from Center for Purposeful Leadership, and have loved working with them. Their guidance and subtle coaching have contributed to a culture shift in my organization, leading to more productive meetings, stronger collaborations, and more positive personal interactions.”


Participant Toolkit: Training syllabus and teaching materials
The Art of Convening book or e-book
The Power of Purpose book (Trainer courses)
• Online learning platform (Core)
• A course completion certificate

 ICF CCEs: students who participate fully in each aspect of program (either in-person or virtually) will be able to receive Continuing Coach Education credits for an additional fee


What you can expect to get out of this Training

√ LEARNING: You will be part of a collaborative learning community of other professionals dedicated to supporting your work in the world sharing best practices and practical learnings.

√ KNOWLEDGE & PRACTICE: You will gain a solid foundation in Convening principles & practices required to become a confident Convener both virtually and in-person. You will have a clear understanding how to apply the nine Aspects of the Convening Wheel as a practical pathway to bring authentic engagement to the meetings, gatherings and conversations you lead.

√ INTEGRATION: You will have a greater sense of how to integrate your inner journey with your role as leader/Convener and inspired catalyst for change in your life and work.

√ INFLUENCE: You will increase your capacity to step out into the world in a more powerful way to inspire maximum creativity and innovation. Build new “muscles” of listening, collaboration, leadership.

√ NEW PERSPECTIVES: Reframing to think and express ideas in a new way. New understanding of innovation through inclusion and collaboration.

√ NEW LEADERSHIP CAPACITY: Learn the foundations of great leadership.



craig neal

craig neal

Convening is different from facilitation. By definition, facilitation is ‘the process of making things easy or easier.’ Conveners invite participants to co-create the highest possible outcome for a meeting or gathering.
Patricia Neal

Patricia Neal


Both virtual and in-person training options are available.

Virtual Trainings—All virtual trainings utilize a Zoom video platform

In-house—A CPL Certified Convener will train the program at a location you specify.

Trainer Certification—Individuals or trainers from your organization certify to teach the course within your company.

Need more flexibility? We can help you meet the scheduling demands and limitations of your teams or organizations.

The trainings our environmental team did with CPL helped to transform a historically challenging dialogue with our stakeholders into a more collaborative discussion through the application of effective listening and engagement strategies using the Art of Convening method.

"Participating in the Art of Convening virtual training has been an enlightening experience, an opportunity to learn and practice to nuances and subtleties of convening deep, meaningful and intimate conversations. I have convened gatherings for many years, ranging from large public events to small private circles, and still learning much from this unique experience. Highly recommend them!"
- John Renesch, Author, futurist, Founder of FutureShapers, LLC; Co-former and Host, The Presidio Dialogues; former Managing Director, World Business Academy

"I really enjoyed where the session discussions led. It is always amazing to me that so much is revealed if you simply stay quiet, watch and listen. Thank you for the great material you have provided as readings and explanations for each AoC session. They contain a wealth of information and insight and are very helpful in seeing how to apply the skills we are learning here." 
- Executive Director - Advancement Institute, TWIN CITIES RISE!