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Seven must-consider leadership events

The Leadership Conference Worldwide calendar lists enough leadership conferences to make attending events a full time job. With nearly 65 events from New Dehli to Adelaide listed, determining what to attend is an overwhelming process. Whether you're a CEO, an enthusiastic student, or simply interested in the discipline of leadership, conferences are a way to network, learn, present, and hang with fellow leadership fans. To follow are seven must-consider events for the summer and fall.

1. Authentic Leadership in Action Summer Institute, June 6-12, 2010, Halifax, Nova Scotia

A truly unique leadership development experience, the Institute offers a weeklong opportunity for individual growth. With a daily curriculum of Akido, meditation, and workshops ranging from Leader as Shambhala Warrior to Building Capacity for Wise and Skillful Action with Circle, Brush, and Sword, you won't find another event like this. The philosophical and eastern-influences certainly set this event apart from the pack, and the camp-like atmosphere guarantees powerful networking and relationship-building opportunities.


2. Wharton Leadership Conference, June 16, Philadelphia, PA

On Leadership's own Steve Pearlstein will be speaking at this one-day event, that focuses on "Leading in a Recovering (and Even Rebounding) Economy." While you're there, you can also hear from Susan Peters, GE's vice president for executive development; Boston Philharmonic conductor Ben Zander; and UPS chair and CEO Scott Davis, among others.


3. 20th Annual Youth Leadership Conference, July 11-16, 2010, Prague, Czech Republic

Not all of us leadership types are grey-hairs. This politically focused youth leadership event is limited to 100 interested students who must first apply for admission. With 35 countries represented, the conference offers an authentic international appeal and covers issues ranging from global politics to economics and international relations.


4. The Leadership Challenge Forum, August 5-6, 2010, San Diego, CA

Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner are back, presenting their tried-and-true tips and research about leadership development. The Forum is an intimate event where participants can gain the insights of The Leadership Challenge gurus, as well as other experts in the field while also strengthening skills through a variety of interactive workshops.


5. HSM's World Business Forum, October 5-6, 2010, NYC

The leadership industry's answer to the Super Bowl, the seventh year of the Forum looks to be a must attend. Held in Radio City Music Hall, HSM has worked to assemble a star-studded line-up of speakers to address topics ranging from strategy to economics. Whether you go to hear James Cameron, director of the blockbuster film Avatar, share his take on creativity, Al Gore talk about global leadership, or Jim Collins reminding us how to get from good to great, the HSM Forum offers a number of prominent perspectives.


6. ODNetwork Conference 2010, October, 17-20, 2010, New Orleans, LA

The Organization Development Network is different than most leadership development organizations. ODN focuses on the processes behind leading effectively and efficiently. While the ODN conference may not offer a typical line-up of who's who in the field of corporate leadership speakers, the sharing of ideas and networking that take place are valuable for leadership professionals. This year's topic will be the importance of understanding the whole organization in the context of change.


7. The 12th Annual International Leadership Association's Global Conference, October 27-30, 2010, Boston, MA

The ILA compiles a comprehensive calendar of leadership seminars and events, but its own Conference is worth highlighting. Recognized as a hot destination for leadership academics and theorists, this year's conference boasts Harvard intelligence guru and On Leadership panelist, Howard Gardner, as one of three keynote speakers. Held last year in Prague, the event attracts an international audience and gives a multi-national flair to idea sharing.

What leadership events are you planning to attend this year? Let us know: We'll be interested in finding out if we should go or pass.

By Joe Frontiera  |  May 18, 2010; 6:20 AM ET  | Category:  Leadership Training Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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