Global Institute for Linkage Development (GILD) - Linkage

Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2018
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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Visit our resource page for a snapshot of Linkage and faculty thought leadership on the subject of leadership development.

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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.

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The Young Leaders Program at GILD

In less than a decade, today’s young leaders—35 and under—will be expected to lead their organizations through more disruptive and complex times than ever before. We invite you, as a developing leader eager to create change, to join the Young Leaders Program at GILD—a unique gathering of young professionals who come to learn from world-class faculty and one another, and to prepare to lead in the future through an immersive, dynamic and transformational learning experience. 

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Expand Your Institute Experience with Extended Coaching Post GILD

Many organizations engage Linkage coaches after GILD to accelerate individual change and personal growth. When you combine the immersive Institute experience with Linkage’s signature coaching process, your leaders experience true transformation—and can turn their intentions into action.  Our coaching options add rigor and focus to the development process—and give your leaders an objective counsel to help them successfully navigate the day-to-day challenges of leading. 

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Meet Us in Singapore at GILD Asia | April 10-13, 2018

The same five-day institute is returning to Singapore for the second consecutive year on April 10-13, 2018. Join world-renowned thought leaders as they take center stage to inspire and challenge you to lead at your very best.

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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.


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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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.

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. 

Dave Logan

Dave Logan

Co-founder, CultureSync and Author

New York Times best-selling author, Tribal Leadership; co-founder, CultureSync

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

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.

Elise Roy

Elise Roy

Deaf Human Centered Designer, Motivational Speaker

Elise Roy is a deaf human centered designer, former lawyer, and motivational speaker who works in the vanguard of the disruptive innovation movement. She is a passionate proponent of the notion that when we design for disability, we often develop solutions that are better than when we design for the norm. A highly skilled public speaker, she has given talks at Microsoft, the U.S. Institute for Peace, the United Nations, and the World Bank. Her TEDx talk, “When we Design for Disability, We All Benefit,” has over 1.1 million views.

Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro

Innovation & Creativity Expert, Author

For more than 20 years, Stephen Shapiro has presented his provocative strategies on innovation culture and collaboration to audiences in over 40 countries. During his 15- year tenure with the consulting firm Accenture, he led a 20,000-person innovation practice. He is the author of five books, including Best Practices Are Stupid, which was named the best innovation and creativity book of 2011. He has been featured in Newsweek, Entrepreneur Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, and CNBC. Clients include 3M, P&G, Nike, Marriott, Honda, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, NASA, USAA, Fidelity Investments, and GE.

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GILD & The Young Leaders Program tuitions:

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,
call +1.781.402.5555.

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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 August 17, 2018, 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.