CEO Retreat

2013 InterAction CEO Retreat
December 4-5, Washington, D.C.


                          Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/U.S. Capitol Hotel, DC - Hotel Exterior at Night


This annual retreat is a powerful meeting that provides an opportunity for InterAction CEOs to network, exchange ideas on pressing international development issues, and participate in strategic thinking and capacity building exercises with their peers.

We will also be holding a one day Women’s CEO Retreat on December 3, prior to the general retreat to provide an opportunity to discuss the issues and unique perspectives experienced by women CEOs. Register today.

Topics of Discussion

The Future NGO 

International NGOs are at a critical juncture as they explore how to reclaim their missions to create larger scale and deeper impact in the future. Over the last year, FSG, sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation, has conducted research and developed a report on how U.S.-based INGOs are transforming and can create greater impact. We will discuss findings from FSG’s research, including best practices, and next steps for INGOs and donors to work together on the recommendations from the report. 

FSG is a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in strategy, evaluation, and research. FSG helps organizations, individually and collectively, achieve greater social impact.

Adaptive Leadership 2.0 

Alexander Grashow, Senior Advisor to Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA), an international leadership and consulting practice, returns to explore the next level of last year’s most highly ranked CEO Retreat session. Before becoming a Senior Advisor, Alexander held the position of CEO of CLA. Alexander is a steward of large scale business adaptation, a strategist, master facilitator, speaker, and author. His career has centered on how organizations and their people can adapt and thrive together. He works with Fortune 100 companies, social entrepreneurs and disruptive businesses, and multiparty collaborations. He is co-author of The Practice of Adaptive Leadership (Harvard Business Press, 2009) and Leadership in a Permanent Crisis (HBR). Alexander also serves as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, and Chair and Co-Founder of the US Africa Children’s Fellowship. Alexander was the hit of the 2012 InterAction CEO retreat and his session on adaption will follow on and build on the presentation of the FSG research report on the future of INGOs.

Foreign Assistance Views from Capitol Hill

In this session we will hear from members of Congress who will share their views about current issues on Capitol Hill as they relate to foreign assistance – from the typhoon in the Philippines and the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Syria to food aid reform and our efforts to increase transparency at USAID and the State Department. We have been working hand-in-hand with the U.S. Congress and they are sure to offer useful and interesting insights about how we can engage with lawmakers and policymakers most effectively.

The Value of Partnering with the Private Sector

Whether your organization is involved in CSR-type relations or is working on a shared value approach to partnerships with the private sector, joint action that leverages the leadership role and core capabilities of corporations and INGOs continues to be a prevalent way of advancing for many of our organizations. This panel will share views on the effectiveness –or lack of—in partnerships, the cost of developing versus value, and insight on what a new frontier of ‘working together’ could mean for our sector.


Schedule of Events

Women CEOs' Retreat
December 3, 2013: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

InterAction Board Meeting
December 4, 2013: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

CEO Retreat
December 4, 2013: 3-9 p.m.
December 5, 2013: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Register here for the CEO Retreat, the Women CEOs Retreat, or both. 


Hilton Garden Inn: Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol
1225 1st Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Hotel Contact: 1.800.HILTONS or 202.408.4870



This meeting will be available to InterAction member CEOs only.