Association Conference on Adaptive Leadership: Change, Challenge, and Competence

Sharon Parks

Sharon Parks

Leaders are not born, they become.

— Sharon Daloz Parks

Join us for the winter convening of  The Association CTC!  As we work in the midst of constraints and uncertainty, this day will provide perspective and renewal, inspiration and insight.

This conference, held March 7th at Pierce College in Puyallup, is a unique and excellent opportunity to spend the entire day with renowned leadership expert, Sharon Daloz Parks.

Through a combination of presentation, conversation, and reflection, we will have opportunity to deepen our understanding of the ways in which we hold authority and the principles and processes of the art of adaptive leadership.  We will consider how to serve the common good in the face of the growing complexity, diversity, and moral challenges that our institutions distinctively represent, and how to strengthen the kinds of skills that are now needed, as we seek to create mentoring and learning environments on behalf of our students and our wider society.

Dr. Sharon Daloz Parks is the author of Leadership Can Be Taught:  A Bold Approach for a Complex World (2005) and Big Questions, Worthy Dreams:  Mentoring Emerging Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith–10th Anniversary edition (2011).  She is co-author of Common Fire:  Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World.  She is a senior fellow at the Whidbey Institute and teaches in the Executive Leadership Program at Seattle University.  Prior to returning to this region, for over sixteen years she held faculty and research positions at Harvard University in the schools of Divinity, Business, and the Kennedy School of Government.  She speaks and consults nationally.


Registration is $175 for member colleges and $275 for non-member colleges.

Lodging is available at the Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel in Puyallup: Be sure to ask for “The Association CTC” rate.

Questions?  Please contact Executive Director Kati Hays at

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