Global Institute for Leadership Development Conference | Linkage, Inc.

October 5 - 7, 2020
Palm Desert, CA

Purposeful Leadership®.
Powerful Impact.

Transform your organization’s leadership capabilities by coming together at Linkage's Global Institute for Leadership Development® in 2020

October 5-7, 2020 | Palm Desert, CA

Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development® is a three-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: 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.


GILD participants will experience:

  • 3 days of immersive learning
  • Expert, innovative keynote speakers
  • 6+ hours of facilitated peer Learning Team sessions
  • Strategic networking opportunities with 500+ global leaders



Customize the GILD experience to your unique needs by choosing the pass that best fits your leadership goals.


GOLD PASS  |  With this pass, participants will also experience:

  • Opportunities for reflection based on your Self-Assessment





PLATINUM PASS  |  With this all access pass, participants will also experience:

  • Critical insights from co-workers, direct reports, and mangers through a 360° Assessment
  • 3 hours of expert one-on-one coaching, including a strategic debrief of your 360° Assessment
  • Develop an action plan for your leadership journey with expert insight from your coach




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 2019, or dive into our brochure to learn more.

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 2019 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.

*Available with GILD Platinum Pass


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.

*Available with GILD Platinum Pass


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.


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.

GILD Gold Pass:  $3,495/person

Leadership development built on insights from a self-assessment.


  • 3 days of immersive learning
  • Expert, innovative keynote speakers
  • 6+ hours of facilitated peer Learning Team sessions
  • Strategic networking opportunities with 500+ global leaders



  • Opportunities for reflection based on your Self-Assessment





GILD Platinum Pass:  $4,995/person

Combine coaching with insights from a 360° assessment with this all access pass.


  •  3 days of immersive learning
  • Expert, innovative keynote speakers
  • 6+ hours of facilitated peer Learning Team sessions
  • Strategic networking opportunities with 500+ global leaders



  • Critical insights from co-workers, direct reports, and managers through a 360° assessment
  • 3 hours of expert one-on-one coaching, including a strategic debrief of your 360° assessment
  • Develop an action plan for your leadership journey with expert insight from your coach





5-9 passes: $3,395 per person

10+ passes: $3,295 per person

5-9 passes: $4,795 per person

10+ passes: $4,595 per person



Secure your spot by our early bird deadlines to secure special discounted rates.

Use promo codes below at check out to receive discounts below. Note these are all capitalized and contain no spaces:



20% Discount: Register by December 31, 2019

10% Discount: Register by March 31, 2020

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

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: If Client wishes to cancel the participation in the Institute for the Individual or the Team (whatever the case might be), then Client may do so only by providing written notice sent to Linkage. In such instance, Client shall be liable for a cancellation fee that equals (i) 25% of the total Tuition fee if Linkage receives written notice at least sixty (60) days prior to the opening date of the Institute, or (ii) 100% of the total Tuition fee if Linkage receives written notice less than sixty (60) days prior to the opening date of the Institute. Client shall pay such cancellation fee within thirty (30) days of such cancellation.
  3. Substitutions: Client may substitute one participant for another with written notice sixty (60) days or more before the opening date of the Institute at no charge. Substitutions made less than sixty (60) days, but before thirty (30) days before the opening date of the Institute will be subject to a $200 administrative fee per substitution made. Substitutes made less than thirty (30) days will be subject to a $200 administrative fee and only receive the self-assessment.
  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
  • The GILD Platinum pass 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 Growth Plan (IGP). 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 three-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.