World-Changing Women's Summit 2020

What to Expect at the Summit

“This is more than a gathering of women. This is reconnecting with your tribe, or finding it for the first time. The energy, the inspiration and the connection available to us with this space is beyond what you could ever hope for from a traditional conference.”

We’re curating a powerhouse group of female leaders to share wisdom, find inspiration, and connect around best practices for leading and thriving in the conscious business world.

The best and brightest will gather for three days to dive deep and have raw conversations about critical topics such as:

  • Developing yourself as an authentic, conscious leader in the workplace
  • Bringing more purpose into the workplace
  • Working more effectively across generations
  • Developing a more inclusive workplace culture
  • Best practices for raising capital
  • Managing the stress of work-life integration
  • Scaling your company while staying true to your values
  • Creating greater impact in the world

Art of Convening Core Training

20% discount for members of Conveners.org. Use discount code 20% at checkout.

14 years ago we pioneered the virtual Art of Convening Training. Over 20+ years of convening, we've learned that meetings don't have to be a waste of time, whether virtual or in-person. Meetings don't have to be an energy or time-drain.

The Art of Convening (AoC) teaches the art and science of designing and leading meeting and conversations that are inspirational, productive and transformative. Each training focuses on your unique purpose with the goal of sharing it on behalf of others.

Unleash your team’s EQ with the power of convening: learn how the skills of inner game of being a convener can shift the culture of your team, department or organization to full-on commitment.
Each step of the way is a journey into personal and professional learning and application of the technology of relationships.

- All sessions are live and interactive, use the Zoom virtual platform, and are recorded for post-session viewing -


Art of Convening Core Training

The Art of Convening (AoC) teaches the art and science of designing and leading meeting and conversations that are inspirational, productive and transformative. Each training focuses on your unique purpose with the goal of sharing it on behalf of others.

Unleash your team’s EQ with the power of convening: learn how the skills of inner game of being a convener can shift the culture of your team, department or organization to full-on commitment.
Each step of the way is a journey into personal and professional learning and application of the technology of relationships.


Art of Convening Great Virtual Meetings Training

20% discount for members of Conveners.org. Use discount code 20% at checkout.

The Virtual Art of Convening (AoC) training is a journey into personal and professional learning and application of the technology of relationships and the technology of virtual delivery.

It teaches the art and science of designing and leading virtual meetings and conversations that are inspirational, productive and transformative. Unleash your team’s EQ with the power of convening: learn how the skills of inner game of being a convener can shift the culture of your team, department or organization to full-on commitment.

- All sessions are live and interactive, use the Zoom virtual platform, and are recorded for post-session viewing -


Convene Great Virtual Meetings

14 years ago we pioneered the virtual Art of Convening Training. Way back before Skype or Zoom. We have learned a thing or two.
We've learned that virtual meetings don't have to be a waste of time. In fact, they can be more valuable than face to face meetings. They are an inexpensive way to get people together: no travel costs and readily available technology.

Unleash your team’s EQ with the power of convening: learn how the skills of inner game of being a convener can shift the culture of your team, department or organization to full-on commitment. Each step of the way is a journey into personal and professional learning and application of the technology of relationships.
We'd love to work with you. Please join us!


ONE WORLD: Innovations in Corporate Social Impact Summit

A fantastic line-up of corporate professionals will offer insight into the various initiatives underway at their organizations geared at increasing corporate social and environmental impact. With many activities now extending far beyond traditional corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, the primary goals of this event are to educate participants about the practical programs and initiatives achieving success and generating maximum impact through an in-depth program of talks, panel discussions and peer-to-peer networking.

WHAT'S UNIQUE
Focus - This program is focused on corporate initiatives where both financial and social goals are achieved simultaneously.
Participants - Attendees across a variety of corporate functions: Executive Office, Product and Service Line Leaders, Finance, Marketing & Sales, HR and Operations.
Local - The program is designed for companies based in the Bay Area to build the community of local professionals working toward a common cause.


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A Lesson on Leadership, Or How I Got Lost in HEL

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I was recently invited to speak about organizational culture leadership at an annual convening of customer service leaders of the Worldwide Airline Customer Relations Association (WACRA) in Helsinki, Finland. I was ecstatic about this invitation because it not only allowed me to speak about a topic I love, but it also provided an opportunity to see my family in my native Finland.

For some 27 years I’ve been an expatriate Finn who travels back to the country of my birth once or twice a year. I’ve traveled on my own through that airport since I was 13 years old. But to my absolute surprise, this time I got lost at the Helsinki airport upon arrival! This is embarrassing because it should be impossible. So, how is it possible that I got lost there? And more importantly, why does it matter?

It matters because it is such a great example of how our biases, often based on assumptions and habitual behaviors, can override even our best directions and guidance efforts. Maybe this story will remind you of how some changes at your workplace didn’t go exactly as planned…

For years, I’ve flown from Seattle (or SEA in airline code) to Helsinki (or HEL) on Delta via Amsterdam (AMS), where I go through the EU’s passport and customs routine. The terminal where Delta’s partner airline, KLM arrives in Helsinki from AMS is so familiar to me that I believe I could walk through it in my sleep. This route has been burned into my brain over the years.

In August, however, as a guest speaker of the conference hosted by Finnair, I was flown by Finnair via Chicago, and arrived to a different terminal in Helsinki. Everything went just dandy until I got to the passport check. I showed my US passport and they wanted to see my Finnish/EU passport. Lucky me, I had both with me! In AMS they never ask for my Finnish passport. My passport was stamped and I was on my way to pick up my luggage… and that’s when I got lost.

I got lost because I was blindly confident in myself as an expert in arriving “home.” I believed, “I know this.”

Briskly, I began trekking across the airport towards the familiar baggage claim in the Delta/KLM terminal without realizing that – duh – my luggage would, of course, be delivered to a baggage claim in the terminal where I had just landed. Half way through to the other terminal it hit me: “This just doesn’t make sense! Why would my baggage be slugged across the airport for baggage claim?” And where were the rest of the travelers from my flight? For the life of me, I couldn’t recognize any signs for baggage claim either. Anywhere.

Circling in the middle of the airport my anxiety levels were rising, and I found myself increasingly embarrassed. “Finland is a country of engineers, there must be a straight forward route out,” I concluded, turned around and headed back towards the passport check. Eventually, I found my luggage. As I walked through the customs into the arrivals hall, my mom and dad looked relieved. They had expected me amongst the first arrivals.

So, what had just happened? The same thing that happens to people in organizations – the “travelers” of workplaces. As we travel through our daily journeys, the brain recognizes what is familiar and learns for the sake of efficiency. It creates shortcuts to save energy, and therefore, our daily routines like commuting or brushing our teeth become so habitual that we don’t spend much brain energy thinking about them.

The overpowering force of habit can, however, make us blind to what’s really going on in the environment. As our confidence increases, so does potential for false conclusions.

In reality, the airport in Helsinki was full of signs to direct people – but I failed to see them because I assumed I knew.

The signage at the Helsinki airport is toned down – just like the way we Finns communicate. The airport uses simplified signs, such as a stylized image of a suitcase without written words like “baggage”, and they are sparsely but strategically located to guide people. I didn’t even see this culture-specific way of communicating because I assumed I knew. Goodness sakes, I’m Finnish!

All this is to say, that while there are some great benefits for the brain to run on an automatic pilot at times, it pays to understand that when you become too comfortable and overly confident, your awareness might be reduced and compromised.

In business this can have drastic consequences. If you’re not paying attention to the changes in your environment, the realization that you’ve “missed the boat,” or lost your way, might come too late.

So, don’t get too comfortable on auto-pilot.

Happy travels, everyone!

Kristiina works as a leadership coach for executives, specializing on high performance cultures. She is passionate about transforming workplaces through integrating culture data into strategic leadership. With her background in international coaching and training, she also teaches international business and leadership courses as an adjunct professor at University of Washington (UW) and Bellevue College. Kristiina has authored two books, and serves as an Honorary Consul for Finland and on the Boards of the Rainier Club, Nordic Heritage Museum and Scandinavian Studies Program at UW. More about Kristiina at kristiinahiukka.com and newlegendsnow.com.