Conversation Events


AWLF's Conversation Events feature a national leader or a roundtable of leaders in a moderated conversation. They are limited in attendance in order to encourage an open dialogue and a lively exchange of ideas and information. The Conversation Events are held in an elegant, intimate, living-room setting at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort or in a theater setting at The Madison Center for the Arts. Each event provides multiple opportunities for the participants to interact. Guests are greeted with wine as they arrive and each event concludes with a fully hosted reception. Past Conversation speakers include: The Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (Ret.); Shirley Weis, Chief Administrative Officer of Mayo Clinic worldwide; Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair of Ernst & Young; Deb Henretta, Group President, Global Beauty, Procter & Gamble; May Busch, COO of Morgan Stanley; Dr. Eleanor "Connie" Mariano, first female Commander of the White House Medical Unit and Physician to three sitting U.S. Presidents; and a host of other influential national and Arizona leaders.



Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Tuesday, May 12th 2020


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Onstage at The Madison Center for the Arts

Access Your Creativity and Imagination & Become a Better Leader!

"The Art of Leadership Conversation"


Maureen Kelly MAUREEN KELLY 
Managing Partner, Speaker, Coach & Consultant, Performance of a Lifetime, New York City
As a consultant and coach to senior executives around the world, Maureen brings a talent and passion for driving business results by growing top talent. She brings 25 years of experience as both an accomplished entrepreneur and corporate executive in financial services to her work with clients, which focuses on comprehensive leadership solutions that position and ready leaders to close the gap between their vision and the status quo. As POAL's Managing Partner, Maureen has led the company in a decade of extraordinary growth, both as a profitable business and in the quality, sophistication and variety of the programs that POAL brings to its clients.   


Our May Conversation will be a unique experience! We will be ONSTAGE at TheMadison with the extraordinary Maureen Kelly, an expert in enhancing leadership performance by using ideas and techniques from theater and improvisation. But not everything will be different. As always, there will be plenty of wine and hors d'oeuvres and comfortable conversation, with ample opportunities for real interaction and relationship-building with fellow participants.

Maureen believes that leadership is a relationship and relationships are built through conversation with colleagues, the boss, employees and clients. In this interactive keynote, Maureen draws on the core skills of improvisation and theater to help leaders at all levels learn how to listen and communicate artfully; to enhance and create strong connections with others; to handle unexpected (and challenging) situations; and to build relationships that grow and last.

Central to Maureen's approach is the belief that human beings are not only who we are. We're also who we're not yet -- who we are becoming -- at the same time. But as adults, we forget this process of discovery. Maureen will help the leaders in the audience to "become again" by accessing their innate ability to:

  • PERFORM. Willing volunteers will go onstage to try out different characters and experiment with different choices in emotion, body language, what to say and how to say it.
  • IMPROVISE. Improvisation involves a set of creative rules for how to connect, build and interact with others. When leaders learn how to improvise in every day life, they become more relationship-oriented and grow as listeners, collaborators and conversationalists.
  • ROLEPLAY. Roleplays help leaders develop new and more effective ways of interacting and learn that they can keep performing and directing their scenes (conversations, relationships) at work and everywhere.

It will be an entertaining evening filled with creativity and imagination that will also help you become a better leader.

The Madison Center for the Arts
5601 North Sixteenth Street; Phoenix, Arizona

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Registration, Wine & Casual Conversation
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Conversation Program
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Hosted Reception & Casual Conversation

Attendance to the May 2019 Event is "By Invitation."
If you are interested in attending, please contact us online or by phone at 602-861-9350.