Center for Values-Driven Leadership

Appreciative Inquiry | Executive Education

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a powerful tool for creating vision, setting strategy, leading change, shifting culture, and developing leaders.

In our workshops and executive education training sessions, you learn the tools of Appreciative Inquiry in a premier, hands-on learning environment. Walk away equipped to develop yourself and others as exceptional leaders, build high-engagement organizations, and drive performance by providing clear, strategic leadership. 

Executive & Team Workshops in Appreciative Inquiry

July 22, 2019
Change the way you think and you’ll change your results. Reframe your leadership through Appreciative Inquiry in this introductory session. Half-day workshop • $75 • Find more information here. 

November 15, 2019
Help others reach their full potential by learning to use the Appreciative Inquiry method for coaching and giving feedback. Half-day workshop • $75 •  Click for more information.


February 5-7, 2020
Master the art of leading collaborative change and help your organization become more agile in this hands-on workshop for individuals and teams, with an option to earn your Certificate in Appreciative Inquiry.  3-Day workshop • Find more here.

Certificate in Appreciative Inquiry


NEW IN 2020: Master the art of Leading Collaborative Change and Building Agile Organizations, while you earn your Certificate in Appreciative Inquiry. The workshop begins February 5, 2020. Find more details here.

What is Appreciative Inquiry?

Appreciative Inquiry is a strengths-based, collaborative approach to leadership development and organizational change.

Find a full description with additional resources at this link.


All sessions are offered at Benedictine University's Lisle, IL, campus, just outside Chicago. The university is located approximately 30-minutes from both O'Hare and Midway airports.

Classes are held in the state-of-the-art Goodwin Hall of Business, in the spacious Hall of Leaders. Amenities include guest wifi, an outdoor terrace, and on-site Starbucks.


  • See individual workshops for pricing.
  • Group, CVDL alumni, and non-profit discounts available.

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What Our Executive Students
Say about Our Workshops

“I wish that I would have been exposed to this type of training years ago and am anxious to start putting this in to practice in my everyday life.” – Kelli Curnutt, MISO Energy

"A truly unexpected art form! Appreciative Inquiry's ability to fuse tapping into and developing the creative best in people, while also solving and overcoming very real business challenges was stunning. The facilitators found ways to make the universal principles so personal for me as a people and business leader, and for everyone in attendance. It's like having seen something I can never un-see, and in that, I'm thrilled to let AI permeate all I do moving forward." – Noah Weiner, VP of Client Strategy, BeFoundOnline

"By any measure, AI was the most engaging, energizing and insightful professional development series for me and our leadership team." - Anna Amato, Ph.D., CEO, edtec

“I truly think that the program is outstanding, and the idea of incorporating a whole vision of Positive Psychology and Appreciative Leadership is truly exceptional. By the last class, when we were able to go through the whole process, it became clear for me and I was able to visualize myself as a facilitator of the methodology.” – Enrique Lopez, President, Humanum

"The Appreciative Inquiry Executive Workshop Series at Benedictine University’s Center for Values Driven Leadership, provides organizations with a truly innovative, generative approach to driving sustained growth by harnessing  the  power of the firm’s positive core. For Magnetrol, the program not only provided us with the opportunity to develop the competencies to lead this process at the senior executive level, it allowed us to discover the combined strengths we have as an executive team that we now leverage to new heights." - John Heiser, Ph.D., Magnetrol International, Former President & COO

"After completing the Appreciative Leadership series this year, I find I'm using the tools and techniques both at work and at home. I'm "AI-ing" with my team, my family and my students in ways I'd never imagined. I highly recommend this program to leaders of all stages of development." - Charley Orwig, VP, Federated Group

"The Appreciative Leadership Workshop Series was a life-changing experience for me! Connecting with successful, values-driven professionals while learning AI in an elevating, world-class educational environment led by expert facilitators is something that I recommend to any leader who wants to grow, and something I will always cherish." - Scott Bohnert, Division President, Steak & Shake

“You leave with a real action plan!” – Melissa Norcross, Chief of Strategy, Ontario Systems