Hope House of St. Croix Valley (Stillwater,
"Conversation is a safe place for structured
introspection that helps realign your internal equilibrium. It
gives you the space to step out of the day-to-day distractions and
focus energy on moving into a centered and balanced state that
strengthens your ability to be authentic in your work. I walked
away from Conversations with a much more even, holistic
and long term frame that affects daily decision making across my
"For me, it has been the safety of being away from my known
circles of friends and colleagues and paired with people I usually
don't meet….discovering that we experience certain similarities in
our lives as we manage, analyze, interpret, and live our diversity
in our callings. The space felt safe and it was like a strategic
retreat for me; a space providing a shade in the heat of our daily
work, a quench of water on the long walk in life's
"GHC Conversation is for leaders who embrace the gifts
of thinking, sharing and listening…for the brave who are willing to
let go of who you told yourself you are, in order to unlock,
unblock, unleash and explore the outer edges of what you and your
organizations could be. A stirring engagement for the nonprofit
leader across disciplines, across generations and across the
continents. A seat at the Conversation table is an investment that
both honors our profession and professes a deep commitment to do
what is best for global survival and enrichment."
"There comes a time in one's career that more or harder or
faster working is not the answer....What the answers are to these
and other questions involves deep reflection on 'why we do the work
we do' and 'how might we be more reflective for ourselves and for
others?' Gary Hubbell convenes a most remarkable gathering of
purposeful people whose role is to 'play at the boundaries' of new
practices in philanthropy, to stretch their minds in new
directions, to answer once again, 'why I choose this noble work?' A
rare and wonderful gift to yourself."
"Enlightening, unusual in format and context, distinctive in
scope and participation."
"In these enormously challenging times, as leaders we need to
give ourselves the gift of time to step away from the daily
routines and take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to
rejuvenate the spirit, mind and purpose. Spending a few days with
colleagues who share your passion and commitment is what's needed!
Your organization will be the better for the time spent."
"An immersive, wide-ranging discussion on the future of
philanthropy and how the participants can positively influence that
future and successfully direct their respective institutions toward
and in it. The discussion is not hampered by ego or agenda, and all
participants are concerned with their fellow participants'
successful learning experience as well as their own."
"An open, refreshing, intriguing, opportunity to talk with
colleagues on topics of substance with a belief that in doing so,
reflection and change will emerge."
"Three days of intense and inspiring dialogue with outstanding
non-profit leaders from the U.S. and Canada."
"An extraordinary opportunity to participate in
thought-provoking, mind-opening, and stimulating conversation about
philanthropy with a small group of wonderful people. You will
reflect on the substance for days -- maybe months -- and you will
have a "tribe" of colleagues and friends with whom you will want to
continue conversation long after the Conversation is over."
"Many leadership conferences and seminars are about the tactical
aspects. GHC Conversation is an experience that speaks to the very
personal aspect of leadership--it's about authenticity,
soulfulness, a framework for resilience and an opportunity to
converse with colleagues from a variety of organizational
"A high level of discussion of important, big issues we don't
take time to explore when we are on the busy treadmill that is our
"Powerful. Thought provoking. Challenging. Unsettling in a good
way. Committed people in search of truth and deeper understanding.
A must for anyone who knows they need to challenge themselves to be
a better leader."
"A place to stop and think together in the company of great
minds: A place to replenish and ask questions on one's own stand
(or lack of it) on significant big issues that have relevance to
Hope House of St. Croix Valley
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