Executive Education:
Appreciative Leadership Workshop Series

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is the best tool we know for leading change, shifting culture, setting strategy, and developing leaders.

In our Appreciative Leadership Workshops, you learn the tools of Appreciative Inquiry in a premier, hands-on executive learning experience. 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

Our one-day Intro to AI course offers a lightning-fast introduction to the mindset and methods of Appreciative Inquiry. Find more details here. Next offered May 31, 2018.

Aristotle said that to know yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Explore your own leadership capacity in this workshop. Find more information here. 

Next offered: September 12-14, 2018

Change the way you think and you’ll change your results. Reframe your leadership through Appreciative Inquiry.  Click for more information.

Next offered: December 5-7, 2018

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.

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, 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


All courses 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.


  • $1800/3-day course (group rates available)
  • Non-profit & Benedictine alumni rate, $1200/course
  • See Intro to Appreciative Inquiry for pricing for one-day event

Group discounts available. Email Amber Johnson, aajohnson@ben.edu, for more information and to register.

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Customize Executive Education Programs for Your Team:

Bring the Center for Values-Driven Leadership’s executive education workshops and certificate programs inside your company in a format custom-tailored for your leadership team. Email Amber Johnson, aajohnson@ben.edu, for more details.

Participants in our executive education programs experience extraordinary learning opportunities that ignite dialogue, innovation and action. Creativity comes to life and mobilization toward a better and more profitable way of doing business begins.

Our education model is built on a belief in learning by example, connecting business leaders with each other through stories of success and providing practical tools for driving significant and sustainable business results. This is why our executive experiences are hands-on and specifically tailored toward senior leaders – developed and delivered by Benedictine University faculty and other distinguished thought leaders and practitioners in the field.

Additional Executive Education Programs include the following:

Individual Workshops:
3-day and 4-day programs designed to provide transformational experiences and actionable strategies for integrating values-driven leadership into every area of your life. Delivered on campus or at your site. Contact us at info@cvdl.ben.edu to discuss a workshop for your team.

Custom Solutions:
Individualized learning and development solutions for companies, based on collaborative relationships with our clients and customized to their unique business needs.