All cohorts are live and interactive between participants, and between participants and faculty.  We use the Zoom virtual platform to facilitate learning and model engagement.

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

We use the Zoom virtual platform to facilitate learning and model engagement.


14 years ago we pioneered the virtual Art of Convening Training. Way back before Skype or Zoom. We have learned a thing or two. 

We've learned that virtual meetings don't have to be a waste of time. In fact, they can be more valuable than face to face meetings. They are an inexpensive way to get people together: no travel costs and readily available technology.

The Virtual Art of Convening (AoC) training is a journey into personal and professional learning and application of the technology of relationships and the technology of virtual delivery.

It teaches the art and science of designing and leading virtual meetings and conversations that are inspirational, productive and transformative. 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. 


5 1.5 hour Zoom sessions each

Mar 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17
7:00pm-8:30pm Central US
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July 10, 17, 24, 30*, Aug 7
Wednesdays *Tuesday
8:00am-9:30am Central US
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Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
7:00pm-8:30pm Central US
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[10% discount for AoC Grads or 2+ participants]

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


Session 1: Introduction, Overview: At the Heart of the Matter, Intent, "Webside Manner", Your Case Study, Your Purpose in Action

Session 2: The Architecture of Designing Great Virtual Meetings: Invitation, Context

Session 3: Creating Safe Spaces, Hearing All the Voices, Your Case Study

Session 4: The Challenges: Essential Conversation, Creation, Holding Paradox and Disruption

Session 5: 9 Steps to Collaboration: Synthesis, Application, Your Case Study 


√ Online Learning Platform

√ The Art of Convening book (e-version)

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

√ Interactive exercises designed to maximize collaborative learning and application

√ Applied learning: Each training incorporates a "Case Study" 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 the 9 Steps to Collaboration in a highly interactive learning environment.

“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.”

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.


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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.



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.