October 22-27, 2017
Palm Desert, CA

Purposeful Leadership. Powerful Impact.

Great leadership is Purposeful Leadership™: Transform your organization’s leadership capabilities by coming together at GILD.

Leaders who commit to leading purposefully have lasting impact on their teams and organizations. Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development® is a fundamental step in the journey of becoming a purposeful leader.

Our research, inclusive of over 100,000 leaders worldwide, revealed that purposeful leaders commit to a lifelong journey centered on five critical commitments. GILD participants experience the five commitments through a combination of 360⁰ assessment, small-group learning sessions, world-class faculty, one-on-one coaching, and an Individual Development Plan. This unique combination of learning elements encourages authenticity and introspection, and is facilitated in a way that requires every leader to be fully present.

To learn more about our approach to leadership, join us for a free webinar at 2:00 PM ET on June 6, 2017: Purposeful Leadership™: What Differentiates the Best Leaders.

Organizations committed to building stronger leaders and better results approach the GILD investment as a part of a broader leadership development solution: Linkage’s Leadership Excellence and Acceleration Process.

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Visit our resource page for exclusive webinars, reading material, and tools designed to help you lead purposefully.

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The Senior Executive Leadership Forum: An Exclusive Offering

Upgrade your Institute experience by taking part in closed-session roundtable conversations with our GILD faculty. The Senior Executive Leadership (SEL) Forum is a rare opportunity for a small group of senior leaders to learn from one another while addressing their most pressing leadership questions. Participation is limited to the first 20 qualified participants. For more information, call +1 (781) 402-5555.


GILD is Coming to Asia

After 21 years of hosting GILD in Palm Desert, CA, we are happy to announce that we are extending our reach. The same five-day institute is now coming for the very first time to Singapore on July 17-21, 2017. Join world-renowned thought leaders such as Richard Leider, Carla Harris, and Dave Logan as they take center stage to inspire and challenge you to lead at your very best. Learn more about the GILD Asia experience.

GILD Attendee Pie Chart

The Global Institute for Leadership Development attendees range from high-potential emerging leaders to seasoned C-suite executives.

Depending on your level, your experience will be tailored just for you. Our world-class faculty is comprised of a blend of current and past CEOs, best-selling authors, humanitarians, renowned educators, and expert coaches and facilitators.

“I … walked away reinvigorated about my purpose of helping organizations embrace the importance of great leadership. Warren Bennis was an incredible inspiration to me in graduate school and the reason why I dedicated my career to organizational development. His spirit lives on at GILD through the combining of several vital elements that truly transform individuals’ mindsets of how great leaders think and act to create meaningful impact.”

―Jackie Fitzgerald, Director, Executive Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Read alumni perspectives on the program. For a copy of the complete survey, please contact us.



Leadership Assessment

Before GILD begins, you will complete Linkage’s 360° Purposeful Leadership Assessment™, a multidimensional tool that measures leaders in the five commitments that differentiate purposeful leaders. This tool is the culmination of research from more than 100,000 leaders worldwide.

It assesses both the internal development of a leader—how he or she personally responds to situations and manages himself or herself— and the leader’s impact on the organization and his or her team members.


One-on-One Coaching

Based on your Purposeful Leadership Assessment™ results, an expert coach will work with you one-on-one to explore your leadership strengths and opportunities, and to build an action plan to turn potential into advancement and results.

You’ll meet with your personal coach for a one-hour, in-person coaching session. Following GILD, you’ll connect virtually for two additional coaching sessions. This follow-up is critical to your on-going development and measuring your progress.


Leadership Lessons from Experts

At the heart of GILD is our core learning curriculum, filled with world-class instruction, led by more than 50 leadership experts from around the globe, comprised of a blend of current and past CEOs, best-selling authors, humanitarians, renowned educators, and expert coaches and facilitators.

Learn more about GILD's award winning faculty.


Inspire and Be Inspired

Beyond networking and meeting new people, you’ll join a facilitator-led learning team with 15-18 other leaders, meeting for a daily “download” and learning exchange. You’ll discuss the day’s faculty lineup and session topics, share personal experiences, and talk about how these lessons relate to your challenges and opportunities as a leader.

Also, as a participant, you’ll get to choose from one of our off-site excursions for a rare opportunity to soak in all that Palm Desert has to offer, while building rapport with your learning team—reflecting on salient leadership themes, and creating a network of trusted advisors focused on creating impact. Click here to learn more.


Continue Your Development Beyond GILD

Make use of your 360° results and leverage the tools and new approaches you’ve learned. Stay in touch with contacts you’ve met at the Institute. Plus, take advantage of your follow-up coaching sessions and access to Linkage's Leader for Life™. And make sure to visit our resource page for ongoing thought leadership from Linkage and our faculty members.

If your organization is interested in a customized leadership development solution that integrates GILD with additional leadership development experiences, contact us about Linkage's Leadership Excellence and Acceleration Process.

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Michael Abrashoff

Michael Abrashoff

Former Navy Commander and Author

Former Navy Commander; author, It’s Your Ship

Asheesh Advani

Asheesh Advani

President & CEO, Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide

President & CEO, Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide

Susan MacKenty Brady

Susan MacKenty Brady

Institute Co-chair; EVP of Global Programs, Linkage

Institute Co-chair; EVP, Global Program Strategy & Development, Linkage; Author, The 30-Second Guide to Coaching Your Inner Critic

Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

Founder and Senior Partner, Box of Crayons

Founder & Senior Partner, Box of Crayons

Stuart Cohen

Stuart Cohen

Principal Consultant, Linkage

Stu Cohen is a Principal Consultant at Linkage. He is a skilled consultant and facilitator, specializing in change and transition leadership, executive coaching, and leadership development.

Jim Estill

Jim Estill

CEO, Danby Appliances; Philanthropist

CEO of Danby Appliances; Canadian technology entrepreneur; executive; philanthropist

Jeremy Gutsche

Jeremy Gutsche

Innovation expert, Award-winning Author, and TV Host

Innovation expert; award-winning author, Exploiting Chaos; host, Trend Hunter TV

Carla Harris

Carla Harris

Vice Chairman, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and Author

Vice Chairman, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley; Author, Expect to Win and Strategize to Win

Richard Leider

Richard Leider

Institute Co-chair; Founder & Chair, Inventure Group; Author

Founder & Chair of Inventure Group; Author of The Power of Purpose

Erin Meyer

Erin Meyer

Professor at INSEAD; Author

Erin Meyer is the author of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business and is a professor at INSEAD, one of the world’s leading international business schools. 

Roger Nierenberg

Roger Nierenberg

Creator and Author

Creator, The Music Paradigm; author, Maestro: A Surprising Story about Leading by Listening

Nando Parrado

Nando Parrado

One of the Most Inspirational Speakers in the World

One of the most inspirational speakers in the world; “Survivor of the Andes”

Tim Sanders

Tim Sanders

Former Chief Solutions Officer, Yahoo

Former Chief Solutions Officer, Yahoo; best-selling author, Love Is the Killer App

Bill Strickland

Bill Strickland

CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation

CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation; a champion for empowerment of disadvantaged urban youth

Alan Webber

Alan Webber

Co-Founder, Fast Company

Alan Webber is the former Editorial Director and Managing Director of Harvard Business Review and co-founder of the business/technology magazine Fast Company. He was recognized at Linkage’s 20th Global Institute for Leadership Development® with the 2016 Warren Bennis Award for Excellence in Leadership. In 2014, he ran in the Democratic primary for Governor of New Mexico, finishing second in a 5-person field.

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day 1Sunday, October 22

Registration / Executive Coaching

Purposeful Leadership with Matt Norquist

Learning Team Meeting

Keynote: Roger Nierenberg on Engagement

Learning Team Meeting


day 2Monday, October 23

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Erin Meyer on The Purposeful Leader

Coffee Break / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Tim Sanders on The Purposeful Leader

Lunch / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Susan MacKenty Brady on The Purposeful Leader

Coffee Break

Keynote: Carla Harris on The Purposeful Leader

Learning Team Meeting

Dinner with Learning Team

day 3Tuesday, October 24

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Jim Estill on Inspiration

Coffee Break / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Bill Strickland on Inspiration

Lunch / Learning Team Meeting

Leadership Excursions

day 4Wednesday, October 25

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Jeremy Gutsche on Innovation

Coffee Break

Keynote on Innovation

Lunch / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Stu Cohen and Alan Webber on Innovation

Warren Bennis Award Winner

Coffee Break / Executive Coaching

Learning Team Meeting

day 5Thursday, October 26

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Michael Bungay Stanier on Achievement

Coffee Break

Keynote: Michael Abrashoff on Achievement

Lunch / Executive Coaching

Leadership Purpose

Keynote: Nando Parrado on Achievement

Book Signing / Coffee Break / Executive Coaching

Learning Team Meeting

Dinner Gala

1–4 participants: $6,195/person
5–9 participants: $5,995/person
10+ participants: $5,795/person

Senior Executive Leadership Forum: $9,195/person

For other GILD customization pricing,
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Hotel Accommodations

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: +1.760.341.2211

Please note that the hotel charges are not included in the Institute registration fee. Institute participants should contact the hotel directly to arrange for accommodations. A limited block of rooms will be available at a special event rate. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please make your reservation early.


Enrollment Policy
  1. Payment: Full tuition must be received in US funds. Group reservations will be billed to the primary contact unless otherwise specified.
  2. Cancellation: A $350 administrative fee will be applied to any cancellation at any time. After September 8, 2017, cancellation of any and all registrations—including “no shows”—is subject to the full Institute fee. An organization may substitute one executive for another at any time at no charge.



What is a typical day at GILD like?
Each day of GILD will build on the previous day’s insights. You’ll be challenged to think differently by world-class thought leaders. You’ll receive feedback, including insight from your coach on how your colleagues perceive you as a leader. You’ll network with other global leaders and share your perspectives during your learning team sessions.


What’s the difference between GILD and a leadership conference?
There are many things that set GILD apart from typical leadership conferences—here are a few of the key differences:

  • Designed around a leadership competency model to ensure you're learning the most relevant content for your advancement
  • Provides a 360º assessment for real insight into your personal leadership strengths and development areas, as noted by yourself and your direct reports, managers, and colleagues
  • Personalized one-on-one leadership development coaching based on your assessment results and dialogue
  • Facilitated small-group learning sessions ("learning teams," see below) with peers who are benchmarked to ensure common leadership challenges and levels of experience
  • Ongoing learning and development resources provided by Linkage throughout the year


What is a learning team?
Learning teams are facilitator-led small groups (15-18 participants) that meet for two hours each day. During these sessions, participants discuss how to apply what they’re learning from the faculty to their daily work lives to become better leaders. Linkage organizes each learning team so that people with similar years of management experience, scope of responsibility, learning styles, and leadership challenges are grouped together.


Will I be in a learning team with colleagues from my organization?
Some organizations send a group of high-potential or senior leaders and choose to keep them together through the GILD experience (also referred to as an “intact team”), while others elect to have participants experience GILD as individual leaders, dispersed among various learning teams. Both experiences offer valuable benefits. Ultimately, this is a choice you and your organization will make.


How does the Purposeful Leadership™ 360º assessment work?
To complete the 360º component, you will nominate raters you would like to provide feedback (your manager, your direct reports, your peers, and others you believe would add valuable perspectives). Once you arrive at GILD, you and your coach will review your confidential assessment results—no one else receives the results unless you decide to share them. The assessment provides valuable insight on your leadership strengths and development areas. The Purposeful Leadership™ assessment is based on the Linkage proprietary leadership model and its related competencies.


How does leadership coaching work at GILD?
Your coach will help you to understand your assessment results, and to jointly craft your Individual Development Plan (IDP). Four to six weeks after GILD, you’ll reconnect virtually with your coach twice to discuss the implementation of your IDP, to monitor its progress, and to identify and/or modify next steps based on your current status.


What will a participant learn from the various faculty members?
Each GILD faculty member addresses one of the components of our leadership model. Though each session and faculty member varies, each will challenge you to think, behave and motivate others differently with tools related to their particular area of expertise and competency.


What is the Senior Executive Leadership Forum (SEL)?
The Senior Executive Leadership Forum is a four-day, strategic development program embedded within the Institute, exclusively for participants who are C-suite executives or successor candidates for C-suite within a one-year time horizon. The Leadership Forum facilitates small, peer group discussions to address leadership challenges common to senior level executives. Many of our Institute keynote faculty join in these private, executive discussions.


Is there a dress code at GILD?
The dress code is business casual. We suggest you bring comfortable shoes and dress in layers as each day’s program will move between rooms and the temperatures are likely to vary.


What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please notify us at if you have special dietary needs. Participants should also identify themselves to a member of the wait staff onsite at each meal.