CEO Retreat

2017 CEO Retreat
December 5-7, 2017 | Inverness Hotel Denver, Colorado

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.

On December 4, 2017, we will hold a one-day Women CEO Retreat, which will provide an opportunity to discuss the unique challenges and perspectives experienced by women CEOs.

Schedule of Events

Women CEO Retreat

December 4, 2017: 9:00 am-9:00 pm

InterAction Board Meeting
December 5, 2017: 9:30 am -2:00 pm

CEO Retreat

December 5, 2017: 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm
December 6, 2017: 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
December 7, 2017: 8:00 am - 11:45 am

Draft Agenda

Monday, December 4th (Women CEOs Retreat)

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM                      Welcome - Lindsay Coates, President, InterAction 

9:15 AM - 1:00 PM                      This Was Your Life/2017
Facilitator: Susan Hayes, former CEO ReSurge International 

  • Each participant has a few minutes to tell us a high point and low point or challenge in her life this past year. It can be personal and/or professional.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM                       Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM                       This Was Your Life/2017 Table Topics
                                                          Facilitators: to be determined based on preceding discussion   

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM                       Building Your Personal Wellness
Leader: Rebecca Watson, University of Colorado Anschutz Health & Wellness Center (Please wear shoes and socks that can be removed, or at least comfortable shoes, for this activity.)

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM                       Break  

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM                       Feminist Leadership
Facilitator: Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Syracuse, Transnational NGO Initiative 

  • Feminist Leadership is not gender-focused development programming, or about women in leadership positions; nor is it about 'feminine' leadership traits. Instead, feminist leadership can be understood as 'post-heroic' leadership styles that focus on 'growing people' in organizations, on the need to distribute tasks and responsibilities of leadership up, down and across hierarchies. It is more mutual and less hierarchical leadership practices and skills: a shift from 'power over' to 'power with'. Feminist leadership is a form of transformational (rather than transactional) leadership that some iNGOs have embraced as their dominant leadership models. Does this resonate with us? To what extent do we practice it in our organizations? And what are its limitations and weaknesses?

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM                       Wrap Up
                                                     Facilitator: Lindsay Coates, President, InterAction

6:30 PM                                        Meet in Lobby for travel to dinner at Seasons 52 (walkable distance to the hotel)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM                        Dinner Speaker: Kelly Brough, President & CEO Denver Chamber of Commerce 

Tuesday, December 5th

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM                      Board of Directors Breakfast - breafast is included in your room rate at the Inverness Hotel, InterAction will have reserved tables for the attendees in the restaurant.

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM                      Board of Directors Meeting
(Board Members only)

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM                      CEO Retreat Registration & Networking    

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM                      USAID Strategic Direction Overview
                                                    Speaker: Jim Richardson, Senior Advisor, USAID    

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM                      Break    

3:15 PM - 5:15 PM                      CEO Retreat "Fishbowl Session"                     
                                                    Facilitators: Sam Worthington, CEO, InterAction 

  • An annual Event, this informal session allows us all to step back and reflect on the challenges and opportunities of the previous year. It also sets the stage for other peer conversations during the retreat. 

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM                         Networking Reception

6:45 PM - 8:30 PM                         Dinner 
                                                       Speaker: Dan Baer, former US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe 

Wednesday, December 6th

7:00 AM - 8:15 AM                         Breakfast Available breafast is included in your room rate at the Inverness Hotel, InterAction will have reserved tables for the attendees in the restaurant.

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM                         Preserving Civic Space: Confronting Disinformation and Bias   

  • As respected public institutions, internationally-oriented NGOs recognize we have a key role to play in advancing inclusive globalization, and combating xenophobia at home and abroad. While this role is not new, the impact of certain challenges is now more visible than ever. Over the last several months disinformation - or the purposeful circulation of incorrect information in the hopes of undermining policies, organizations, or individuals - has become more obvious. This session provides an overview and opportunity to discuss ways that leading NGOs are contending with this. 

Moderator: Alicia Phillips Mandaville, Vice President, GDPL, InterAction

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM                          Networking Break

10:00 AM - 12:15 PM                        Innovative Business Models: Practical Structural Responses to External Pressures 

  • Rapidly changing external forces require organizations to consider innovative, and at times unfamiliar, reforms and new business models. There are many success stories of NGOs and nonprofits that have pursued transformational organizational change in order to continue creating their desired impact at scale. This session will stimulate group discussion and takeaways regarding practical next steps through peer reflections on success and challenges, group discussion, and a presentation on nonprofit business models. 

Moderator: Sam Worthington, CEO, InterAction

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM                           Networking Lunch

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM                             Special Members Meeting 

  • InterAction member CEOs or formally authorized designees are invited to join InterAction's Special Members Meeting. The meeting will introduce members to issues under consideration by the Board of Directors. A quorum is required. 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM                              A Four Pillar Approach to Diversity and Inclusion: "Nothing About Us Without Us"

  • Moderators Don Steinberg (CEO, World Learning) and Susan Sygall (CEO and Co-founder, Mobility International USA) will lead a conversation on defining diversity and inclusion, and how CEOs can take practical steps to ensure their organizations are full benefitting from it. A panel of CEO's from Plan International, Solidarity Center, American Jewish World Service, and MIUSA will review their efforts to: (a) develop programs for marginalized populations, (b) integrate diversity/inclusion considerations into all programs; (c) provide thought-and-action leadership in this area; and (d) promote diversity and inclusion internally through addressing human resources, training, and a learning agenda. Participants will be encouraged to consider time-bound measurable commitment they intend to implement over the coming year. 

Moderators: Don Steinberg, CEO, World Learning & Susan Sygall, CEO and Co-founder, Mobility International USA

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM                              Your Membership at Work - InterAction Making Great Strides

  • 2017 was a year of learning as we navigated the new political climate. Despite the challenges our community faced, InterAction made great strides in the domestic and global advocacy space and building better NGOs. This discussion will highlight your collective membership at work including efforts around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Innovative Finance, Open Agriculture Funding, NGO Futures, World Humanitarian Day, and more.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM                               Networking Time 

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM                               Transportation to Project C.U.R.E., 10377 E. Geddes Avenue, Centennial CO, 80112 (attendees to meet in the lobby at 5:30)

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM                               Project C.U.R.E. 'Sip & Sort' followed by dinner

Thursday, December 7th

7:00 AM - 8:15 AM                              Breakfast Available - breafast is included in your room rate at the Inverness Hotel, InterAction will have reserved tables for the attendees in the restaurant.

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM                            Defining Impact: An InterAction Standards Conversation  

  • In our quest to update the InterAction standards and our desire to align our standards with the Global Standard for CSO Accountability, this session will begin with an environmental scan of the impact landscape followed by an interactive small group discussion to build consensus around the meaning of impact. 

Facilitators: Standards Task Force

Presenters: Professor Mary Kay Gugerty, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington; Associate Professor George Mitchell, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College/ CUNY

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM                            Networking Break

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM                            Leading Successful Change in an Era of Disruption 

  • Given the disruptions currently buffeting the civil society sector, executives are examining what changes their organizations need to make to remain relevant, to have impact, and, in some cases, to even exist. Ironically, though many INGOs are adept at delivering meaningful change (often at scale) to individuals, communities, and even broader societies, they often struggle to execute major change within their own organizations. This session will examine six key dimensions of change execution that INGO leaders must address to successfully implement their organization's strategic response to these unprecedented times. 

Facilitators: Ed Boswell & Daryl Conner, Conner Advisory 

Pricing & Registration

CEO Retreat: $489

Women CEO Retreat: $229

Women CEO Retreat and CEO Retreat: $718

Registration for the CEO Retreat is now closed. Please contact Patrick Giblin with any questions regarding registration for the event.

*Please note that hotel costs are not included in the registration prices. 

Location and Room Reservations

Hilton Inverness 
200 Inverness Dr W,
Englewood, CO 80112

Please be advised that InterAction's room block at the Hilton Denver Inverness is now closed. Please contact Patrick Giblin with any questions regarding CEO Retreat hotel reservations.

View photos from previous CEO Retreats here!

Participation in the CEO Retreats is available to InterAction member CEOs only.