The Birmingham Leadership Institute Alumni Conference 2021: Leadership Embracing Complexity: How should we lead now?

The Exchange
Friday 3 December (09:30) - Sunday 5 December 2021 (16:30)

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What kind of leadership do we need to tackle complex cross-cutting challenges like climate change, equality and diversity or inequality? How can we develop it in ourselves and others? This interactive, interdisciplinary, practitioner-oriented conference will explore these questions and is a first for the University of Birmingham.

This event is for anyone seeking to exercise leadership on a complex challenge in their workplace, community or family. It will include experiential learning, individual development opportunities, networking and influential speakers from leadership, academia, and industry.

Participants will explore what makes leadership that embraces complexity so hard, and how we can get better at it. Working with world-leading experts in leadership development and with each other, participants will have the opportunity to engage in developmental activities and processes to support and enhance their own capacity for leadership embracing complexity. Peers will include leaders at all levels in the commercial, public, and third sectors including BLI and University of Birmingham alumni. The conference will close with an opportunity for networking with participants and expert facilitators.

Other contributors will include Professor Christopher Pietroni, Director of the BLI, Dr Rachel Lilley, BLI Senior Fellow and Karen Ellis, BLI Senior Associate and co-author ofUpgrade: Building your capacity for complexity. 

Development sessions facilitated by Jennifer Garvey Berger, global pioneer in leadership development and author of many books including Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps: How to thrive in complexity, beginning her career working with leadership in complexity 25 years ago at Harvard Business school. She believes leadership is one of the most vital renewable resources in the world and vital if we are to address the uncertainties, complexities, and ambiguities currently raging globally. 
£140 per person, includes:

  • All speakers, expert leadership facilitators and development and group sessions
  • Copy of The Conversation by Robert Livingston (RRP £14.99)
  • Lunch and refreshments throughout the day
    *Ticket price for virtual attendees is £95 (excludes The Conversation, lunch, and refreshments).

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