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.

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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Upcoming LIVE webinar | Self-Leadership: Conquering the Ultimate Leadership Challenge
Join us on July 26, 2017 as GILD co-chair Richard Leider shares practices to help you find your personal 'why' and lead in a way that fulfills your personal mission and engages your team for greater success.

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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; Author

At the age of 36, the Navy selected Mike Abrashoff to become Commander of USS Benfold—at the time, he was the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet. The immediate challenges that faced him were staggering: exceptionally low morale with unacceptably high turnover. The solution was to establish a system of management techniques that Abrashoff calls “The Leadership Roadmap.” By every measure, these principles were able to achieve breakthrough results. Abrashoff recounted the leadership lessons from his turnaround of USS Benfold in It's Your Ship, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, with over 800,000 copies sold to date. 

Asheesh Advani

Asheesh Advani

President & CEO, Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide

Asheesh Advani is the President and CEO of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, one of the largest NGOs in the world dedicated to educating young people about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness. With offices in over 100 countries, JA serves more than 10 million young people annually with programs designed to activate youth for the future of jobs. Asheesh is an accomplished technology entrepreneur, having served as CEO of Covestor (acquired by Interactive Brokers) and CircleLending (acquired by Virgin Group). Asheesh is actively involved in the World Economic Forum as a member of the Civil Service Advisory Council and the Global Agenda Council for the Future of Education, Gender, and Work. 

Susan MacKenty Brady

Susan MacKenty Brady

Institute Co-chair; EVP of Global Programs, Linkage

Susan MacKenty Brady is the Executive Vice President of Global Program Strategy & Development at Linkage. Susan is an expert speaker, coach and facilitator, and has extensive experience in building executives and leaders across all levels. Her coaching philosophy rests on the premise that behavior change comes from understanding the specific behaviors that may be preventing leaders from operating at their highest level of performance, and then focusing on these behaviors in a deep and practical way. Susan is well known for her success designing and implementing targeted leadership initiatives focused on advancing women leaders. She is a contributing author of the book Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Path to Leadership. She published The 30-Second Guide to Coaching Your Inner Critic and co-authored “Coaching Your Inner Critic” on

Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

Founder and Senior Partner, Box of Crayons

Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. He’s written two books that have each sold close to 100,000 copies, the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Coaching Habit and Do More Great Work. He was the first Canadian Coach of the Year, is a Rhodes Scholar, and in 2016 was recognized as the #2 Coaching Guru in the world. Michael has written for or been featured in numerous publications including Business Insider, Fast Company, Forbes, The Globe & Mail and The Huffington Post.

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. He has over 25 years of experience working as an internal and external consultant with Fortune 100 organizations. Stu is a seasoned executive coach who is experienced in the design and implementation of leadership development initiatives. He has demonstrated the ability to link change and leadership development initiatives to corporate strategy and individual business unit goals. 

Jim Estill

Jim Estill

CEO, Danby Appliances; Philanthropist

Jim Estill is a Canadian technology entrepreneur, executive and philanthropist who has been serving as President and CEO of home appliance manufacturer Danby Products Ltd. since 2015. During the course of his career, Estill has invested in 150 start-up companies and received international attention in 2015 for offering to sponsor the resettling of 50 Syrian refugee families in Guelph, a small city west of Toronto, Canada. His efforts were featured on CBS Sunday Morning; and in recognition of his philanthropic efforts, Jim was named to the Order of Ontario in June 2017.

Jeremy Gutsche

Jeremy Gutsche

Innovation expert, Award-winning Author, and TV Host

Jeremy Gutsche, MBA, CFA, is the New York Times bestselling author of Better & Faster, an award-winning innovation expert and the CEO of Trend Hunter, the world's largest, most popular trends & innovation website. Routinely sourced by the media, Jeremy's broad appeal ranges from The Economist and CNN to Entertainment Tonight and The New York Times. As a top innovation keynote speaker, Jeremy has the #1 most-watched innovation keynote videos on the internet and he has inspired 386,000 people at over 500 live events.

Mark Hannum

Mark Hannum

Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Linkage

Mark Hannum is Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Linkage. He partners with clients to create better business results that incorporate both organizational justice and effectiveness. An organization development consultant by training, Mark’s focus has been on understanding and improving executive processes and decision making. Through his work with executive teams, leadership teams, and shared services organizations, his clients have credited him with helping them manage through difficult risks, improve business operations, lead and coach through acquisitions and integrations, and take advantage of growth opportunities.

Carla Harris

Carla Harris

Vice Chairman, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; Author

Carla Harris is Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. In August 2013, Carla was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. Carla’s passion lies in helping others. As she says, “We are blessed, so that we can be a blessing to others.” “Carla’s Pearls” have become the centerpiece for her many speeches and television appearances. She is a gospel recording artist and a popular public speaker who gives impactful career guidance to corporate audiences based on her book Expect to Win.

Richard Leider

Richard Leider

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

Richard Leider, founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company, is one of America’s preeminent executive-life coaches. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive coaches, and by the Conference Board as a “legend in coaching.” For more than four decades, Richard has pioneered the way we unlock purpose—both at work and at home. From fast-growing start-ups to established organizations, universities, summits and conferences, his message has taken him as a speaker to all 50 states, Canada, and four continents. Richard has written 10 books, including three bestsellers, which have sold over one million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. 

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. Her work focuses on how the world’s most successful global leaders navigate the complexities of cultural differences in a multicultural environment. Working in Africa, Europe and the United States prompted Erin’s study of the communication patterns and business systems of different parts of the world. Erin has taught thousands of executives from five continents to decode how cultural differences are impacting their work, and develop strategies for improving their international collaboration. 

Roger Nierenberg

Roger Nierenberg

Creator, The Music Paradigm; Author

Maestro Roger Nierenberg was the Music Director of the Stamford Symphony and the Jacksonville Symphony. Once he realized how crucial issues of organizational development could be powerfully brought to life within an orchestra, he created The Music Paradigm. It has taken Roger to the podium of over 90 orchestras, before hundreds of different organizations in 23 different countries. He is the author of Maestro: A Surprising Story about Leading by Listening

Matt Norquist

Matt Norquist

President & CEO, Linkage

Matt Norquist is President and CEO of Linkage. He specializes in helping organizations address their business challenges through accelerating the development and performance of their leaders. He has led teams and client assignments in over 50 countries, working with more than 30 Fortune 500 organizations. Matt has a passion for driving business change at the individual, team and organizational levels. His belief in this comes from studies and experience with both elite athletes and business leaders—finding that performance can be enhanced through an approach flowing from preparation—to practice—ultimately manifesting in peak performance.

Nando Parrado

Nando Parrado

Survivor, 1972 Andes Mountain Plane Crash; Author

In 1972, Nando Parrado and his teammates were traveling to Chile to participate in an international rugby exhibition. Their flight never arrived at its destination; it tragically crashed at 18,000 feet in the Cordillera de los Andes. Nando survived for 72 days and found his way out of the Andes after an 11-day snowy trek through the mountains with his friend Roberto Canessa. Soon after the rescue, both survivors worked with Piers Paul Read to write the bestseller, Alive. Twenty years later, Nando served as the technical advisor in the production of the film, Alive. Today, he is the President of Seler Parrado S.A., the founder of two media production companies, and an active sportsman.

Tim Sanders

Tim Sanders

Internet Pioneer; Relationship Expert; Author

Tim Sanders spent most of his career on the cutting edge of innovation and change. He was on the ground floor of the quality movement, the launch of the mobile phone industry and, most notably, the birth of the World Wide Web. Today, he’s gravitated to disruptive change for over 30 years. He was an early stage member of Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s, which had the largest opening day IPO in history. After Yahoo acquired the company, Tim was tapped to lead their ValueLab. By 2001, he rose to the position of Chief Solutions Officer, and later became the company’s Leadership Coach. Tim is the author of the New York Times bestseller Love Is the Killer App, Today We Are RichThe Likeability Factor, Saving the World at Work and Dealstorming

Bill Strickland

Bill Strickland

CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation

Bill Strickland is a community leader, author, and the President and CEO of the nonprofit Manchester Bidwell Corporation, based in Pittsburgh. The company's subsidiaries, the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center, work with disadvantaged and at-risk youth through involvement with the arts and provide job training for adults, respectively. Strickland is a winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Award and the 2011 Goi Peace Award.

Alan Webber

Alan Webber

Co-Founder, Fast Company; Former Managing Director, HBR

Alan Webber is the founder of Fast Company and former editor of the Harvard Business Review. He is a thought leader in leadership, economic development and government. He spent many years in public leadership in various roles, both at state and federal levels in the United States. He ran for Governor of New Mexico in 2014, finishing second in a 5-person field, and founded One New Mexico, a solutions oriented nonprofit aimed at advancing New Mexico’s economy. He is the author of several books, including Going Global, Rules of Thumb and Life Reimagined. He was the 2016 Global Institute for Leadership Development® recipient of the Warren Bennis Award.

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day 1Sunday, October 22

Registration / Executive Coaching

Purposeful Leadership with Matt Norquist and Mark Hannum

Learning Team Meeting

Keynote: Roger Nierenberg on Engage

Learning Team Meeting


day 2Monday, October 23

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Erin Meyer on Engage

Coffee Break / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Tim Sanders on Become

Lunch / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Susan MacKenty Brady on Become

Coffee Break

Keynote: Carla Harris on Become

Learning Team Meeting

day 3Tuesday, October 24

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Jim Estill on Inspire

Coffee Break / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Bill Strickland on Inspire

Lunch and Learning Team Meeting

Leadership Excursions

day 4Wednesday, October 25

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Jeremy Gutsche on Innovate

Coffee Break

Keynote on Innovate

Lunch / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Stu Cohen and Alan Webber on Innovate

Warren Bennis Award Winner

Coffee Break / Executive Coaching

Learning Team Meeting

day 5Thursday, October 26

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Asheesh Advani and Michael Bungay Stanier on Achieve

Coffee Break

Keynote: Michael Abrashoff on Achieve

Lunch / Executive Coaching

Leadership Purpose with Richard Leider

Keynote: Nando Parrado on Achievement

Book Signing / Coffee Break / Executive Coaching

Learning Team Meeting

Dinner Gala

Leadership Excursions

The Leadership Excursions start and end times vary. Click here for the full details. 

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

Senior Executive Leadership Forum: $9,195/person

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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.