Leadership Intensives


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Leadership Intensives

Looking for something new outside the traditional classroom? Experience place-based experiential leadership intensives to provoke and inspire action. These intensives are designed to increase your self-awareness, build collaborative communities of learners, and develop individual leadership competencies.

Association leaders who oversee the strategy and operations for their respective associations are often challenged on many fronts to “move the needle.” Creativity and innovative practices are key to shifting thought leadership as staff sizes, budgets, operations, and organizational objectives vary.

The Leadership Intensive is designed to support association professionals’ adaptation to an evolving industry, while imparting innovative strategies to drive connections with businesses, members, and the community.

Leadership sessions have limited capacity. Availability will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis to the first 40 people who sign up through registration. Transportation will be provided to offsite session locations. Shuttle schedule to be provided prior to the event.   Please reserve your spot here.


Dreamscapes, an immersive art experience, a project of the Utah Arts Alliance
Sunday, March 1 
2:45 - 5:30 p.m.

Join us at Dreamscapes, an upcycled art oasis with the motto of trying to save the world through Art. Dreamscapes is Utah’s first environmentally sustainable immersive art attraction, including 90% upcycled materials coming from conferences, local businesses, and the community. This interactive exhibit has created strong ties within the business, arts and education community by reusing what would be considered discarded items and turning them into art or supplying them to schools. Experience the art up-close and hear from local artists about this innovative collaboration.


Salt Palace Convention Center
Sunday, March 1 
2:45 - 5:30 p.m.

The Salt Palace Convention Center is the only trade show venue in the world to house five different EIC Sustainable Event Standards. This walking session will tour different areas of the sustainability program, including their award-winning materials management that offers insights into community impact, recycling efforts, and their onsite upcycling shop. During the tour you will also hear about the food rescue efforts of Utah Food Services, and their new partnership with Wasatch Resource Recovery to turn food scraps into natural gas through anaerobic digestion. Attendees will also get to stand inside the building’s 600,000 square foot rooftop solar array. You'll experience how the Salt Palace's new YOU ARE HERE program brings a circular business model to Salt Lake hospitality and ways can adjust your conference programs that will have positive impacts.


Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute & Studios at the University of Utah
Monday, March 2
2:45 - 5:30 p.m.

Entrepreneurs are enterprising, challenge the status quo, build alliances for change and seek continual improvement. Join us for a tour of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute & Studios at the University of Utah to learn how these innovation competencies are being nurtured with their students and discuss how to apply these concepts and strategies within your staff teams.

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a nationally ranked hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah and an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. Their mission is to provide students transformative experiences through entrepreneurship. Lassonde Studios is a five-story home for student entrepreneurs, innovators and creators at the University of Utah. It’s the place where 400 students from any major or background can “Live. Create. Launch.” It’s also home to the Neeleman Hangar, a 20,000-square-foot innovation space on the main floor to connect, test ideas, build prototypes, launch companies, and learn by doing.



The Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah
Monday, March 2
2:45 - 5:30 p.m.

The Sorenson Impact Center is a think-and-do tank at the forefront of data science, impact investing, stakeholder engagement, and storytelling. Housed at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, the Center, our tailored executive education programs in data science, field building, and impact investing, help clients develop skills to better effect measurement-focused change.

Join us onsite at the Sorenson Center for two interactive presentations :

Seven Traits of a More Powerful Message
Learn how to better capture, and maintain, engagement with your mission by leveraging seven communication strategies. We’ll dissect what makes some messages more impactful than others and explore the brain science behind powerful content.
Presented by: Ellesse Balli, Managing Director of Field Building and Strategic Partnerships. 

The Past, Present, and Future of Using Data for Good
From early modern uses of demographics to today's artificial intelligence, humans have found social utility in data. Learn notable uses of data and statistics to improve health, end wars, reduce parking tickets, and generally make the world a better place. Hear how a data scientist collaborates with governments, funders, and nonprofits to solve social problems. Come learn about the potential and pitfalls of using data for social good.
Presented by: Daniel Hadley, Managing Director of Data, Policy, and Performance Innovation