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Executive RLF: 2017 Dates and Curriculum



The Executive RLF consists of four 2-day onsite sessions plus ongoing interaction with experts, program leaders and mentors throughout the six-month program. Each onsite session – held at the Eaglewood Resort near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport – offers a deep, enriching and experiential curriculum:

Session 1 March 23-24, 2017


An introductory session filled with expert speakers and foundational activities to foster building relationships with executives and adapting to transitions.  

Session 2 May 18-19, 2017



A focus on influence power and crucial interaction, centeredness and communication with senior leadership … from the C-Suite to the Board. 

Session 3 July 20-21, 2017



Explore the importance of ethics and cultivating a meaningful culture where people’s differences are recognized to maximize innovation and creativity. 

Session 4 September 14-15, 2017



The program builds to a strong conclusion as visiting executives share how collaboration and influence are keys to thriving amid transformational change. 

2017 Topics & Visiting Experts


  • "How Well Do You Know Your Industry?” with Mary Finlay, Lecturer; Harvard University, T.H. Chan School of Public Health and former Deputy CIO of Partners Healthcare System
  • “Cultivating Relationships” and “Building, Managing, & Protecting Your Personal Brand”  with Morag Barrett, CEO; Skye Team
  • “Transformative Change: Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast” with Dave Sprows, Partner, SVP and CIO; Wellington Management
  • “Adapting To Transitions” with Pat Coffey, SVP Allstate Technology & Strategic Ventures; Allstate
  • “Leadership Storytelling for Authentic Interaction and Influence” with Laura Packer, Principal; thinkstory llc
  • "Building and Sustaining Organizational Culture" with Bob Blackwell, Sr., Managing Partner; SMS Consulting
  • “Personal Values and Leadership” with Kevin Ryan; RLF Facilitator and Co-Director of The Institute For 21st Century Leadership
  • “Ethics & Leadership” with Mary-Linda Armacost, Ph.D., Professor at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania; President Emerita of Moore College of Art and Design; former President of Wilson College
  •  “Navigating Organizational Politics & Building Teams with Influence Power” with June Drewry, CIO Hall of Fame member; RLF Facilitator and Director of The Institute For 21st Century Leadership
  •  “Governance, Culture and Strategic Focus” with Martha Summerville, Ph.D.; Summerville Consulting and Executive Coaching
  • “Transformational Leadership” with Steve Pickett, former CIO; Penske Corporation
  • “Building The Right Relationships With Executives” with Tim Schaefer, Executive VP – Client & Digital Experience; Northwestern Mutual
  • “Changing Industries: Transforming & Thriving” with Don Imholz, Former CIO of McDonnell Douglas,  Boeing and Centene
  • “Influence Without Authority, The Key to Effective Collaboration” with Steve Finnerty, Former CIO; Principal at Finnerty Consulting

2017 Books

  • “Business Model Generation” by Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur
  • “Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading” by Martin Linsky, Ronald A. Heifetz
  • “Who's in the Room: How Great Leaders Structure and Manage the Teams Around Them” by Bob Frisch
  • “The Speed of Trust” by Stephen Covey
  • “Managing Transitions” by William Bridges
  • “The Story Factor” by Annette Simmons, Doug Lipman
  • “My Evolution as an Entrepreneur: The Story Behind Blackwell Consulting” by Bob Blackwell, Sr.
  • “Adversaries Into Allies: Master the Art of Ultimate Influence” by Bob Burg
  • “Secrets to Winning at Office Politics” by Marie G. McIntyre
  • “The Mindful Board: Mastering the Art of Conscious Governance” by Charlotte M. Roberts, Martha W. Summerville
  • “Our Iceberg Is Melting” by John Kotter
  • “Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Build Common Ground, and Reap Big Results” by Morten Hansen
  • “Organizational Culture and Leadership” by Edgar Schein

Participant’s Mentor


Each participant in the Executive RLF will select a Mentor to interact with throughout the duration of the program.


This Mentor could be a senior leader in the participant’s organization who can play an integral role to ensure relevancy of executive development in the company. Or, the Mentor could be a senior executive from a different area of the business, or a supervisor’s manager. Participants will select a Mentor upon enrollment.


Whomever the participant selects, the Mentor will assist throughout the program with:

  • Supporting and guiding the participant before and after each of the four sessions of the Executive RLF program.
  • Providing encouragement and direct feedback to the participant related to professional growth.
  • Endorsing the personal program objectives that the participant articulates.
  • Helping the participant to navigate organizational dynamics and introducing the participant to other senior executives for program activities or projects.
  • Holding debriefing sessions with the participant after each of the four program sessions.



For More Information...

Direct questions to:
Darwin John, Executive RLF Program Leader

Mary Jo Greil, Executive RLF Program Leader

Bart Bolton, Executive RLF Recruitment

Joanne Jackowiec, Executive RLF Administrator

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