Strategic Conversations Bootcamp – Two 2.5-Hour Virtual Sessions

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May 3, 2023 at 12:00 pm to May 5, 2023 at 2:30 pm EDT - Virtual Event

Event Schedule:



May 3, 2023

May 5, 2023

9:00am-11:30am PDT

12:00pm-2:30pm EDT

4:00pm-6:30pm UTC

9:00am-11:30am PDT

12:00pm-2:30pm EDT

4:00pm-6:30pm UTC

Please note: ALL virtual sessions will be recorded and saved for participants who are unable to attend a scheduled webinar. Links to the recordings will be provided so that participants can view/listen to the recording at a time that works best for them.

Strategic Conversations Bootcamp Overview:

A lack of strategic thinking and planning in organizations is costly. The greatest expense is the investment of time and resources into activities that do not support company goals or the mission. In addition, employees show up, do their work, and go home. This results in missed opportunities. Without a context for their work, employees are not inspired to think or plan creatively about process improvement, innovation, or cost savings. And anyone who has tried knows, it can be a struggle to get teams to buy-in to strategic goals, much less think and work in alignment with those goals.

Developing your leadership ability for strategic thinking and planning, coupled with the skills to engage in strategic conversations significantly improves your value as a leader. The days of hiring an outside agency to create a strategic plan for your organization are over; so too should be strategic plans developed at the top and handed down for others to implement. Organizations poised for growth and success have leaders who are adopting strategic thinking as an on-going way of doing business and strategic planning that engages employees across the whole organization as well as external stakeholders. They engage everyone in developing agile plans, cycles of experimentation and learning, innovation, and measuring actions against relevant metrics.

This training will prepare you to engage your teams in strategic conversations that can:

Increase productivity, engagements, and organizational effectiveness;
Reduce costs, misalignment, and conflicts;
Improve customer service levels;
Innovate in the face of challenges; and
Make a positive contribution to the bottom line.

Using two very powerful methodologies (SOAR and the Appreciative Inquiry 5-D Cycle), you will have the tools to engage teams from a whole system perspective in conversations to:

Address short- and long-term challenges, systems, and innovation;
Explore strengths, dynamic capabilities, and opportunities;
Develop or re-evaluate organization’s values, vision, and mission statements;
Set goals, objectives, strategies, and action plans;
Clarify roles, relationships, and expectations; and
Track progress through regular cycles of action learning.

This bootcamp will support your capacity and develop capabilities to have strategic conversations at the level of the individual, team, division, and the whole organization or community.

Course Modules:


PURPOSE: Appreciate the value of strategic thinking and adopt an appreciative framework for strategic conversations.


  • Understand the importance of strategic conversations and the role generative questions and positive framing play.
  • Adopt an AI framework for strategic thinking.
  • Recognize the 3 key factors of strategic conversations and the basic principles for leading them.
  • Practice framing and asking generative questions for simple strategic conversations.

PURPOSE: Learn how to use SOAR to frame strategic conversations.


  • Understand the SOAR Framework for strategic thinking.
  • Experience SOAR as a positive approach for strategic conversations.
  • Practice positive framing and generative questions using SOAR at various levels in the organization.

    PURPOSE: Entertain strategic conversations at scale, e.g., strategic planning or whole system change, using the AI 5-D Cycle.


    • Learn how you engage whole systems in strategic conversations.
    • Use the two AI practices – positive framing and generative questions – to frame a topic and craft an inquiry.
    • Identify opportunities to facilitate whole system conversations.

    PURPOSE: Build capacity for practical application of SOAR and the AI 5-D Cycle.


    • Deepen your capacity to foster strategic conversations.
    • Design and share a prototype for a strategic conversation.
    • Practice giving and receiving feedforward.

    Method of Delivery:

    These live events will be delivered and recorded using Zoom. You can participate in these live events using any device: computer, tablet, or mobile. Please participate using the dial-in method you feel most comfortable with. You will receive the meeting login information from your trainers in two separate emails. First email will be sent two weeks prior to the event; the second to be sent the day before the bootcamp.

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    Registration Includes

    Registration includes:

    • Two 2.5-hour webinars, plus applied learning and practice.
    • Access to recorded webinar sessions (should you miss a session or wish to revisit content covered).
    • Participant Handbook. One week prior to the training, your trainers will email you an electronic version of the handbooks so that you can begin to skim the materials prior to the training.
    • Though not necessary, based on feedback from previous participants, we recommend you read Conversations Worth Having and Learning to SOAR before attending the webinar session.

    AI Practitioners

    Cheri Torres understands that relational dynamics inform any group or organization endeavor; therefore, she works with leaders and teams to co-create positive, strength-based relationships capable of achieving extraordinary outcomes. She emphasizes excellence and success as an evolving target that is best achieved through continuous appreciation and inquiry. Working with Cheri means learning to use a simple set of tools and practices that generate human connection, positive relational dynamics, broad-based inclusion, creativity, collaborative action, and collective impact.

    Cheri also partners with communities and organizations for whole systems change and strategic planning, bringing all stakeholders together for planning, design and collaborative action.  She has worked across all sectors: education, social profit/NGOs, government and corporate, supporting their capacity for learning and innovation, shared leadership, teamwork and collaboration. She has trained thousands of trainers and teachers in the use and practice of Experiential Learning, Appreciative Inquiry and other strength-based practices with a particular focus on leadership development, teamwork, creativity, and collaboration. In addition to North America, she has worked in Mexico, South America, Europe and India. Learn More>

    Jackie Stavros’ passion is working with others to discover their strengths, identify opportunities and create a plan with meaningful results for positive change! She is internationally recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic thinking, planning, and leading that focuses on strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results in strategic conversations. The heart of her work is using Appreciative Inquiry (AI), one of the most popular approaches to positive change – that is bringing out the best in people, their organizations, and communities to fuel conversations worth having that produce meaningful engagement and results. She has presented her research and work in over 25 countries.

    Jackie has been integrating strengths-based, whole system practices into her research, teaching, training, coaching, and consulting work to strengthen relationships, impact performance, and create positive change. She works with organizations in leadership development, team-building, and strategic planning. She helps organizations identify and articulate their values, vision, mission, strategy, and strategic initiatives and build collaborative teams and communities for results-oriented action. She has worked across all sectors including for-profit, non-profit, government, and a wide spectrum of industries. Learn More>

    Event Cost


    • Early bird discount: $679.00 USD (discount ends April 12, 2023)
    • Regular price: $749.00 USD


    • Early bird discount: $679.00 USD (discount ends April 12, 2023)
    • Regular price: $749.00 USD

    BOTH BOOTCAMPS (save when you enroll in both)

    • Early bird discount: $1,258.00 USD (discount ends April 12, 2023)
    • Regular price: $1,498.00 USD

    Please note: ALL virtual sessions will be recorded and saved for participants who are unable to attend a scheduled webinar. Links to the recordings will be provided so that participants can view/listen to the recording at a time that works best for them.


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