In 2017 the Center for Purposeful Leadership is the next evolution of 20 years of leadership and thought leadership.
Heartland: The Convening Company was founded in 1995, by Craig & Patricia Neal as the manifestation of a dream nurtured for 30+ years, from Craig’s early “awakening to a greater purpose” at the March on Washington in 1963.
Consulting, Coaching, Trainings
Heartland is a renowned source for change management and leadership consulting. Our clients call upon us to to create alignment, transform organizational systems, spark innovation, develop talent and resolve the toughest problems. For 21 years, our methods have been delivered in numerous corporate and educational institutions for powerful inclusion, engagement and collaboration sessions. When the status quo is no longer an option and your team is looking for lasting results, call Heartland. We will guide your organization through customized change management, team retreats or trainings.
The Art of Convening Book
Published in January 2011, The Art of Convening: Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings, and Conversations is the first and only book on convening and begins to define convening as a capacity and force for transformation. In 2013, the AoC book was translated into Danish: Mødekunst – Autentisk engagement i møder og samtale. Gyldendal Business.
The Art of Convening Trainings
Since 2004, the pioneering Art of Convening™ Trainings and TeleTrainings were launched. To-date 1000+ people have participated in over 50+ TeleTraining Cohorts, Advanced Training Cohorts, Certification Cohorts, and Workshops.
Programs and Conferences
1996: A Passion for Life: Revisioning How We Live, Heal, and Die
1996-1998: The Inner Life of Business conferences, Integrating the Creative Body, Mind, Spirit workshops and events
Thought Leader Gatherings & Transformational Leaders Collaboratory
Leadership Learning & Innovation Sessions. Early 1998, brought a partnership with Honeywell and Seagate Technology, to launch and convene the first Thought Leader Gathering™ for 40 Minnesota business and organizational pioneers, knowing that meaningful conversation about things that matter is revolutionary and can transform lives and organizations. We’ve been at it ever since; at this writing over 2500 people representing over 800 organizations of every size and stripe have attended the more than 190 TLGs held in the Twin Cities and the California Bay Area. In 2012, the TLGs evolved to become the TLCs, Transformational Leaders Collaboratory, to explore leadership within a framework of authentic leadership, socially responsible, sustainable and ethical best practices. Each TLC utilizes an innovative program design, with tools for learning, application and impact.
Essential Conversations Speaker Series
In 2003 we launched the Essential Conversations Speaker Series, with friends such as Peter Block, Margaret Wheatley joining us in some fantastic conversations of authentic leadership.
VisionHolders Interview Series
2005 brought the launch of the pioneering and innovative online VisionHolders Interview Series, with over 100 Interview/Conversations convened, now archived in audio form. The Heartland VisionHolders are those among us leading by example, creating the story of vision in action in their lives and work.
Men's Wilderness Journeys
In 2006, Craig founded the Men's Wilderness Journey Retreats as a guided journey of inner reflection and discovery in one of America’s most pristine wildernesses, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota.
Together, we are co-creating a positive future for us all.