About the Summit
The annual Harwood Summit is an opportunity for organizational and community leaders to further hone their skills aimed at solving community problems and improving public life. The event hosts a maximum of 50 people to ensure discussions remain fluid and meaningful while still centered around this year's program.
Last year's Summit was held at President Lincoln's Summer Cottage in Washington, DC, in the very room where he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation.
This year, the Harwood Summit will take place at The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA.
This is a group you won’t normally see together at other professional conferences – local and national leaders, including CEOs of major nonprofits, college and university administrators, faith leaders, foundation executives, private consultants, heads of community-based organizations, journalists, and business professionals.
Every year about one quarter of attendees are people who have been before, and we have some that come back year after year. Many Summit attendees form lasting personal and professional relationships.
WHAT YOU GET OUT OF IT
People tell us that the Summit helps them do their professional work better and grow personally. It helps leaders stay grounded; it’s the place they come every year to rejuvenate; it helps them get “unstuck” in their work and it’s the boost they often need to engage on their professional challenges with more vigor. Note that this event is NOT a training to learn more about The Harwood Institute’s approach to change. There’s an optional Pre-Summit Session for people interested in our work.
During our time together, we place a premium on informal and personal conversation, which we generate together through:
Small Group Discussions – Participants join two of these sessions based on topics related to the theme. The conversations are real - they are self-generated by the participants and are not formally facilitated.
Common Sessions – These sessions, facilitated by Rich, include everyone, and often emerge from the small group discussions.
Personal Reflections – At each meal, a different group of pre-selected Summit participants will offer one to two minutes of personal reflections. These run the gamut from serious to funny, deeply moving to satirical – but in all cases, they add to the depth and spirit of the event.
WHAT’S EXPECTED OF PARTICIPANTS?
All we ask is that people engage in the conversations. There’s nothing to prepare in advance.
CAN I BRING A SPOUSE OR PARTNER?
People often bring family members to enjoy the location or in some cases participate in discussions or meals. Contact us if you’d like to do this and have any questions.
CAN I INVITE SOMEONE ELSE TO ATTEND IN MY PLACE OR WITH ME?
Yes, but please contact us to let us know if you plan to do this.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The Summit is $920, plus travel expenses.
HOW DO I BOOK MY HOTEL?
We have secured a hotel block for Summit attendees. Contact Colleen Bowman to confirm your reservation.
2019 Harwood Summit
Sept 19-21, 2019
National Constitution Center
“What stands out is that the Summit is unpredictable. For me that is my favorite characteristic of a meeting, especially a conference. I don’t want to go to something where I know exactly what is going to happen. The unpredictability is in the people I will meet, the connections I will make and the substance.”
"I found the Summit to be a great opportunity to learn from other leaders in other sectors who are driving innovation in their organizations and communities. It’s also a chance to get away from day to day implementation and think ‘big picture’ with a varied and thoughtful group.”
KEITH MICHAEL FIELS
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
“I highly recommend The Harwood Summit for any thought leader who wants to make an impact in their community about pressing social issues. It was a powerful experience for me, both professionally and personally. I was able to speak safely and transparently about national and global issues with people who want to make a difference. The sharing of ideas and experiences in a small, intimate setting was transformative.”
PRESIDENT, ORLOPP ENTERPRISE
FORMER GLOBAL CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER, WALMART
“We just don’t take enough time as leaders to separate ourselves from day-to-day and find a safe environment to really engage in some thought provoking conversation. The environment in which we gathered really provided a great opportunity to engage individually and to engage in small groups. I loved the reflections.”
PRESIDENT & CEO