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Event Listing

  • Commuter – $1,335.00
  • Standard Single Lodging – $1,535.00
  • Standard Shared Lodging (two twin beds) – $1,485.00
  • Lodging prices include $1,235.00 for tuition and meals.

There are additional lodging options on Whidbey Island which can be found through VRBO or AirBnB as well as Lodging On South Whidbey Island and Visit Langley.

Date & Time Details:

April 5 - Participant check-in begins at 4pm and dinner at 6:00pm. First session to follow dinner.

April 6 - 9:15am to 4:15pm

April 7 - 9:15am to 12:15pm followed by lunch. Check-out time for accommodations is at 10:00am and the event ends at 1:00pm.

Location: Whidbey Institute

Address: 6449 Old Pietila RoadClinton, WA 98236

Contact: [email protected]

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The Invitational Leader

With David Whyte, Gayle Karen Young and Craig Fleck

April 5 - 7, 2024

A Bridge Between Singing a Separate Self and Learning to be Selfless

A weekend for both new and seasoned practitioners.

This weekend will have an emphasis on making and receiving radical and transformative invitations.

Whether you’re an Invitas Alumni, or a newly interested leader, coach or consultant, or simply wishing to shape your organizations and communities with more aplomb: if you would like a weekend that involves both open conversation and careful guidance, we invite you to join David Whyte, Craig Fleck, and Gayle Karen Young for a weekend at the beautiful Whidbey Institute.

We will work collaboratively and intensively to revisit the Seven Steps of Conversational Leadership within the personal and professional contexts of your lives. We will look especially at the false choices we often make between our personal gifts and the sacrifices we make for others, both in organizations and in our personal lives. We will invite your contributions around what critical, necessary leadership conversations you’re being asked to engage, amidst changing environments.

Participants are led and supported to engage their own unique artistry. Come as you are and immerse yourself in the profound experience that makes Conversational Leadership stand apart from other programs, with an exceptional community of faculty and participants, poetry, music and connection with the natural world.



David Whyte
David Whyte has written extensively on courageous conversations as a way of more fully engaging with our work, our relationship partners and our deepest desires. A poet, author, lecturer and Associate Fellow at Said Business School, University of Oxford, he has developed a body of work on creativity and organizational development. His pioneering work in the area of courageous conversations has brought him into some of the top organizations and executive education programs in the world.
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Gayle Karen Young
Gayle Karen Young has focused throughout her career on being a catalyst for human and organizational development. She has a rich organizational consulting background with both corporate and nonprofit clients, and was in the process of becoming a monk when she became an executive instead. She joyously took on the role of Chief Culture and Talent Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation until early 2015, when she decided to return to private practice. Born in the Philippines to Chinese parents and raised in the United States, she carries a multicultural perspective, an adventurous spirit, and a deep commitment to expanding human…
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Craig Fleck
Craig Fleck has been working with organizations and leaders for 30+ years as a consultant and coach. He has designed and developed programs in change effectiveness, team-building, coaching, leadership development and cultural change. His clients include organizations across many sectors including healthcare, education, business, environmental, non-profit and cooperatives. He does extensive work in strategic planning, executive coaching and board development. Craig has been leading Powers of Leadership since 2009. He co-leads a program on Conversational Leadership with the poet David Whyte, Invitas, also hosted at the Whidbey Institute.
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