32nd Annual Conference

March 10-12, 2020

Minneapolis Convention Center, Minnesota

Journey Beyond the Comfort Zone: Designing and Facilitating Transformative Learning Experiences for Leaders

3-hour Seminars

Day 1

Session Code: SEM-H
When: March 10, 2020
Location/Room: L100G
Level: Intermediate
Track: Leadership Development
Presenters: Riikka Salonen, BCT Partners  |  Ashlie Grundy, City of Portland, Oregon  |  Brad Fortier, Uplift Oregon


This seminar uncovers instructional design elements that facilitate “magic” in a classroom. The learners will gain both the “front-stage” experience on inclusion activities and the “back-stage” of understanding the adult learning and neuroscience behind those activities. These experiential activities are intentionally selected based on their capacity to release hormones, particularly cortisol, adrenaline, dopamine and serotonin, into the learners’ brains.

This session dives deep into the art of debriefing that ties the experiential learning back to the operational universe of the learners. Participants learn to apply an intercultural training design model that identifies the needed level of support and challenge for the content and process, resulting in optimal development of awareness, skills and trust among learners with different levels of intercultural sensitivity.

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify leadership development activities that increase awareness about inequities and various privileges
  • Apply culturally inclusive considerations in designing and facilitating a program that pushes leaders outside of their comfort zones
  • Identify and practice the art of the debrief

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