Global Institute for Leadership Development Conference | Linkage, Inc.

Sept. 16 - Sept. 19, 2019
Palm Desert, CA

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Transform your organization’s leadership capabilities by coming together at Linkage's Global Institute for Leadership Development® in 2019

September 16-19, 2019 | Palm Desert, CA

Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development® is a four-day immersive leadership development experience for high-potential leaders eager to explore new ways to optimize and accelerate their full leadership potential.

Based on Linkage’s Purposeful Leadership® Model, GILD introduces participants to the five purposeful leadership commitments—engage, achieve, innovate, inspire and become—that when consistently applied on the job, translate into 2x more revenue growth, 4x more net profit and 9x more employee engagement.

Here’s what makes GILD truly transformational: Before you even step foot on-site, you will diagnose your strengths and development areas via the five Purposeful Leadership commitments through a 360⁰ assessment. You’ll hear inspirational keynote presentations that will bring these commitments to life, and then you’ll unpack these insights and discuss their application to your own role during small-group learning sessions.

And, GILD is one of the only leadership development conferences to empower you with one-on-one executive coaching, which will help you dive into your assessment results to build a personalized Growth Plan.

Take a fundamental step toward becoming a Purposeful Leader and pave the way for a life-long journey of growth and self-discovery. Get a glimpse of last year’s event, check out key insights from last year's mainstage, or dive into our brochure to learn more.

What is the Global Institute for Leadership Development®?

  • 4 days of immersive learning
  • Learning guided by the results of your Purposeful Leadership 360° Assessment
  • Expert, innovative keynote speakers
  • One-on-one executive coaching
  • 8+ hours of facilitated peer-learning team sessions
  • Strategic networking opportunities with 500+ global leaders
  • Fun and relaxing off-site excursions in Palm Desert with your Learning Team
  • Optional “Leading Across Difference” Learning Team, for those interested in inclusive leadership


2-Day GILD Experience

Everything you love about GILD, now available in a convenient 2-day format! Join us for the first two days of the Global Institute for Leadership Development (GILD) and experience inspiring keynote speakers, engaging learning team conversations, and valuable insights from your self-assessment. Register now for the 2-Day GILD Experience and join us in Palm Desert. Looking for personalized coaching? Join us for the full 4-day GILD experience.

 Experience Inclusive Leadership Development at GILD

Customize the GILD experience by joining the “Leading Across Difference” Learning Team. Facilitated by leadership strategist and political commentator Kwame Jackson, this optional Learning Team is designed to empower leaders with the unique skillset they need to manage effectively across generational, ethnic, racial, or gender, or other identity lines.

Leading Across Difference Learning Team participants will:

  • Attend “Leading Across Difference: Engaging a Multi-Generational Workforce,” an exclusive 60-minute session on workforce demographic trends, including an examination of the communication styles and work habits of baby boomers, gen X, and millennials
  • Experience a private, 30-minute Q&A with keynote speaker Carla Harris, a trailblazing leader who will share keen insights on how she leads across difference, and how she fosters an environment that values inclusivity
  • Examine the important topics covered at GILD through an inclusion lens, with expert guidance and advice from Learning Team Leader Kwame Jackson





GILD Attendee Pie Chart

The Global Institute for Leadership Development® is designed to inspire and bring together high-performing leaders who are interested in accelerating their leadership capabilities. Past attendees of the Institute come from a variety of backgrounds and range from high-potential emerging leaders to seasoned C-suite executives. We customize the conference experience to meet individual needs and objectives by grouping attendees by level, interests, and even organizations.

The Institute is designed to accommodate individual attendees, small teams, and cohorts from large organizations.

Organizations that build stronger leaders and better results approach the GILD investment as a part of a broader leadership development solution. If you’re looking to empower the leaders in your organization to redefine what’s possible and what’s next—consider joining the hundreds of organizations worldwide who have partnered with Linkage to create a customized, immersive learning leadership journey. 


Looking for a more targeted senior leadership development experience? The Senior Executive Leadership Forum is hosted in a confidential and intimate setting alongside the Institute. The Forum is an executive leadership development conference designed for C-suite members, presidents, founders and board members looking to explore sensitive leadership topics with peers. Participants also experience exclusive access to GILD keynote faculty—who walk off the mainstage to engage in conversations about some of your toughest leadership challenges. Learn more about the Forum.


“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




Leadership Assessment

Before GILD begins, you will complete Linkage’s Purposeful Leadership 360° 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 90-minute, 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 seven off-site and on-property 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. View our GILD 2019 Excursions brochure for details on this year's new and exciting options.


Continue Your Development Beyond GILD

Make use of your 360° assessment 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™. 

If your organization is interested in a customized leadership development solution that integrates GILD with additional leadership development experiences, contact us at +1.781.402.5555.

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Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith

Bestselling Author; GILD “Legends in Leadership” Faculty Member

We are thrilled to honor Marshall Goldsmith as our inaugural “Legends in Leadership” keynote faculty member. Dr. Goldsmith is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries.  His two other New York Times bestsellers are MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. Marshall’s professional acknowledgments include: Harvard Business Review and Best Practices Institute – World’s #1 Leadership Thinker; American Management Association - 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years; BusinessWeek – 50 great leaders in America; and Wall Street Journal – top ten executive educators. Dr. Goldsmith’s Ph.D. is from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where he was the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He teaches executive education at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. He is one of a select few executive advisors who has worked with over 150 major CEOs and their management teams.

Mark Hannum

Mark Hannum

Chief Research Officer, Linkage

Mark Hannum is Chief Research Officer at Linkage. 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.

Mark led Linkage’s most significant research effort to date, analyzing over 30 years of leadership data and more than 100,000 leadership assessments, which culminated in Linkage’s Purposeful Leadership® model and approach.  Mark’s findings formed the foundation for his book, BECOME: The Path to Purposeful Leadership (McGraw Hill), due out Fall 2019.

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. 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. She is the epitome of an intentionally purposeful leader. She has dedicated her 30+ year Wall Street career and her life to the internal process of becoming an authentic, courageous, committed leader who above all seeks to be intentional with her impact at home, in the boardroom, and around the globe. As she says, “We are blessed, so that we can be a blessing to others.” Carla 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. “Carla’s Pearls” have become the centerpiece for her many speeches and television appearances. 



Margaret Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan

CEO; Entrepreneur; Author

Margaret Heffernan is an entrepreneur, Chief Executive and author. She has been a leading voice for decades on social connectedness and engagement at work. Using humor, story-telling, and her own research, Heffernan makes a strong case for making small changes to engage ourselves and our co-workers differently—ultimately reshaping the cultures around us and driving better outcomes for all. Margaret is the former CEO of five businesses and is the author of five books exploring business and effective leadership.  She has been invited to speak at all of the world’s leading financial services businesses, the leading FTSE and S&P corporations as well as the world’s most successful sports teams. Her TED talks have been seen by over 6 million people.

Kwame Jackson

Kwame Jackson

Entrepreneur & Political Commentator

Kwame Jackson is an entrepreneur, global contributor for Newsweek, and a frequent political commentator for CNN, MSNBC, FOX, and NewsOne. Best known for his inspiring leadership performance as the Runner-Up on Season 1 of NBC’s Apprentice, Kwame combines his Harvard Business School, Goldman Sachs, and Procter & Gamble corporate pedigree with thoughtful civic engagement, and an affable nature that allows him to touch audiences as a sought-after professional speaker and U.S. Department of Commerce National Entrepreneur Awardee. Currently on a year-long 50 country global leadership, research, and writing sabbatical; you can find Kwame training to complete the 6 World Marathon Majors and on Twitter and Instagram.

Tom Kolditz

Tom Kolditz

Author; Executive Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders

Thomas Kolditz is a leadership speaker and expert, retired Brigadier General, author, and  Executive Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. Kolditz has served 34 years in the military and is the author of In Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depended on It, which was based on more than 175 interviews taken on the ground in Iraq during combat operations. He has been named a top leadership Thought Leader by the Leader to Leader Institute, and has appeared as an expert on more than a dozen national and international news agencies, including ABC World News, 20-20, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, CBS, Calgary Today, and Morning Ireland.

Richard Leider

Richard Leider

Founder & Chair, Inventure Group; Author

Richard Leider, founder of Inventure—The Purpose Company, is one of America’s preeminent executive-life coaches. Richard joins us each year to speak to an essential part of each leader’s journey of Becoming: discovering and living one’s unique purposeFor 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. Richard is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive coaches, and by the Conference Board as a “legend in coaching.” 

Dave Logan

Dave Logan

Co-founder, CultureSync and Author

Dave Logan is Co-founder and Senior Partner at CultureSync. He is consultant to three dozen Fortune 500 companies and the New York Times #1 author of four books, including Tribal Leadership and The Three Laws of Performance. He is Professor at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC), where he has also served as Associate Dean of Executive Education and co-taught the signature leadership courses with the late Professor Warren Bennis.

Jennifer McCollum

Jennifer McCollum

CEO, Linkage

Jennifer McCollum is CEO of Linkage, where she oversees the strategic direction and global operations of the Burlington, MA-based company. She has 20 years of experience building and leading businesses in the leadership space, with a focus on leadership development, assessment and analytics. Her area of expertise includes bringing analytic rigor to critical talent decisions by linking leadership behavior to corporate performance outcomes. The products she and her teams have built help global organizations across industries make the right bets on their current and future leaders at critical decision points: at time of hire, and when identifying high potentials, developing leaders and planning for succession.

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed

ISPU Director of Research

Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she leads the organization’s pioneering research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims. Mogahed is former Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she led the analysis of surveys of Muslim communities worldwide. With John L. Esposito, she co-authored the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. President Barack Obama appointed Mogahed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. She was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about U.S. engagement with Muslim communities. Her 2016 TED talk was named one of the top TED talks that year. She is a frequent expert commentator in global media outlets and international forums. She is also the CEO of Mogahed Consulting.

Roger Nierenberg

Roger Nierenberg

Creator, The Music Paradigm; Author

Maestro Roger Nierenberg is the author of Maestro: A Surprising Story about Leading by ListeningRoger 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. There’s no better way to illustrate how a leader inspires his or her teams than by sitting within a professional orchestra to observe a conductor and his musicians solve problems together. 

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.

Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink

Bestselling Author, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Daniel H. Pink is the author of six provocative books that have won multiple awards and have been translated in 39 languages— including his newest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, which spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and was named a best book of 2018 by Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads, and several more outlets. Daniel's career has been dedicated to helping leaders break through to greater impact and achieving better outcomes, whether it be through clarifying motivations, simplifying our “why” statement, or discovering that timing is really a science. His other books include the long-running New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind and the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human


Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro

Author & Innovation Expert

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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day 1Sunday, September 15


Executive Coaching (90-minute sessions)

Pre-GILD Welcome Reception

day 2Monday, September 16

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Opening Remarks

Keynote: Richard Leider on Purpose

Coffee Break

Keynote Presentation: Margaret Heffernan on Engage

Lunch / Executive Coaching

Executive Coaching

Experiential Session: Roger Nierenberg on Inspire


Learning Team Meeting

day 3Tuesday, September 17

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Keynote Presentation: Stephen Shapiro on Innovate

Coffee Break

Keynote Presentation: Dave Logan on Innovate & Achieve

Lunch / Executive Coaching

Executive Coaching

Keynote: Daniel Pink on Achieve


Learning Team Meeting

day 4Wednesday, September 18

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Keynote: Mark Hannum on Become

Coffee Break

Keynote: Carla Harris on Become


Learning Team Meeting


Leadership Excursions

day 5Thursday, September 19

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Panel Discussion: Leading Across Difference: Unique Leadership Journeys

Coffee Break

Keynote: Marshall Goldsmith on Purposeful Leadership


Keynote: Warren Bennis Award Winner

Coffee Break

Keynote: Nando Parrado on Purposeful Leadership

Learning Team Meeting

Closing Reception

GILD Program tuition:

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

Senior Executive Leadership Forum (SEL): $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.


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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. Cancellations: All cancellations must be sent to Linkage in writing. If written notice is received at least sixty (60) days prior to the opening date of the Institute, Linkage shall honor a refund for 75% of the total Tuition fee paid for the cancelled individual(s).  Linkage will not honor any refund for cancellations received less than sixty (60) days prior to the opening date of the Institute. All tuition fees from cancellation must be paid within thirty (30) days of such cancellation. 
  3. Substitutions: Client may substitute one participant for another with written notice sixty (60) days before the opening date of the Institute at no charge. Substitutions made less than sixty (60) days before the opening date of the Institute will be subject to a $200 administrative fee per substitution made. 
  4. Please consult your institute contract for other terms and conditions.



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.