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New Models for Leadership Conference Brings U.N. to Worcester

A leadership conference that explores new models for businesses and non-profits both here and worldwide will be held at the Beechwood Hotel on Tuesday, May 1, featuring Anwarul K. Chowdhury, the United Nations’ Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) founder and director Virginia Swain also will present the leadership models she developed through the IGL since September 11, 2001. Registration deadline is April 20.

The conference, “New Leadership Models for Worcester, the United States and the World: A Call to Action,” is open to the public, with a special invitation to emerging leaders. Starting with registration at 8:30 a.m., the day will include sessions on “The World Café,” “Mining a Defining Moment,” the luncheon presentations, and a book talk and signing of Virginia Swain’s memoir, A Mantle of Roses: A Woman’s Journey Home to Peace. A reception will conclude the day, which ends at 5 p.m. Ambassador Chowdhury will receive the Leadership Life Service Award at a special presentation during the conference. The May 1 conference fee is $120 for the day, including luncheon and reception. For reservations or more information, visit www.global-leader.org, or call 508-753-4172, Payment will be accepted by check, Visa or Mastercard.

The weekends before and after the conference, Swain will be hosting two-day seminars. “The Practice of Reflective Leadership,” will be offered at the Beechwood, April 28-29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and “New Perspectives on Stress, Conflict and Diversity” will be at Clark University, May 5-6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuition for each course is $395 with a $25 materials fee. Also on May 3, Swain will schedule Mission Statement Consultations and Coaching.

These events are part of the fifth anniversary celebration for the Institute for Global Leadership, founded by Virginia Swain and established in Worcester in 2001 after she personally witnessed the devastating events of September 11 in New York. The need for new leadership models is addressed by the IGL which provides confidential, compassionate and skilled guidance, consultation and training to help leaders and teams through change, challenges and crises. It recognizes all human beings, institutions, nations and multilateral entities for their uniqueness, need and capacity for transformation.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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