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If Someone Says They Have a Bunny in Their Hands, Believe Them: The "Yes, And" of Authentic Leader Mindset Bunny being held in a hand

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When: Wednesday, 24 October | 09:00 - 12:00 | HALF DAY
Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center - 2B
Ticket Price: ILA members - $45 | non-members - $60
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Three rules launched the birth of improvisation comedy: 1) Don't deny. If someone says they have a bunny in their hands, they have a bunny in their hands; 2) Whenever possible, make a strong choice. The less obvious the better; and 3) You are you. What you think of as "your character" …just a magnified piece of you. Therefore…be you (Wasson, 2017). The first rule can be summed up as "yes, and", a virtue of agreement and embellishment, a practice that opens possibility and that deepens authenticity. Our daily lives, the news we see, and the lives we lead are inundated by both explicit and implicit opportunities for deeper authenticity. This workshop invites participants to actively wake up their curiosity and senses, and try on new concepts, language, and practices that lead toward deepening authenticity within themselves, and inviting it with those with whom they engage. By learning and practicing improvisation techniques, and by unlearning habits that stand in the way of authentic engagement, participants will develop capacity to expand relationships, deepen dialogue, broaden curiosity, and consider diverse perspectives to frame a new mindset in connecting authentically in today's contemporary world.

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  Who Should Attend?

Leaders who want to consider authentic leadership through a fresh lens, extending themselves to hold a new mindset in its offer and impact.

What Will Attendees Gain?

Attendees will take away:

  • A historical grounding on the behavioral shifts that evolved within the improvisational landscape that deepened possibility and authenticity within comedy, and how those shifts align with leadership behavioral development, stretch and practice
  • Experience of the power of shifting mindsets to new ways of being, speaking, and relating more authentically
  • A foundational grounding that will translate to how they can expand their practice
  • The value of experimentation, through collective practice, using new tools and language, including "yes, and" improvisational interchange, authentic engagement, and unlearning
  • New concepts and ways of authentic engagement formed by rhizome theory, curious inquiry, and improvisational practice

Track: Leadership Development

Workshop Leaders & Presenters

Lisa Gick Renee Charney
Lisa Gick
Antioch University
Renee Charney
Charney Coaching & Consulting LLC


After 25 years at Macy's Inc., most recently leading employee engagement for the enterprise, Lisa launched [curious]®, a researched-based, creative agency deepening organizational commitment to work culture and leader impact. With a focus on the emerging research of complexity leadership and its relationship to individual and organizational agility, the team at [curious] ® is driven to uplift people and organizations by developing leaders and the employee experience.

A leadership coach and organizational consultant, Lisa is a PhD Candidate in Leadership and Change at Antioch University. She presents regularly on leadership and employee engagement and is a collaborative researcher and co-author of a chapter on leader identity development in the book Theorizing Women in Leadership: Insights and Contributions from Multiple Perspectives.



With over 25 years of experience in coaching, learning, leadership, and organizational development, Renee focuses on guiding leaders and organizations toward reaching their highest potential in their ways of working, both individually and collectively. Her expertise includes leadership coaching, team coaching, conversational definition, and mutual relationship analysis. By administrating an approach on exploration, inclusion of strengths, and deepening awareness, Renee co-creates experiences with her clients that influence their capacities for authentic, transformational, and adaptive leadership development and change.

She earned a PhD in Leadership and Change at Antioch University's Graduate School of Leadership and Change and has presented internationally on topics that include adaptive, individual, and organizational leadership and learning.

Contact Renee at rcharney@charneycc.com



Paul Kosempel is currently Teaching Associate Professor in leadership studies at the University of Denver (DU) as well as Interim Director of the Pioneer Leadership Program. Paul joined the faculty in 2007, and soon after received his PhD in interpersonal communication from DU. His professional experience includes over twenty years in higher education in various capacities including career development, leadership development, and operations management. He is co-convener of ILA's Sustainability Leadership Learning Community. His research interests include leadership and sustainability, assessment of leadership learning outcomes, and mentoring and leadership. He is also part-owner of the Green Bay Packers Football Team.



Charles David Tauber, M.D. is a founder of the Coalition for Work with Psychotrauma and Peace and has been its Head of Mission for Southeast Europe since 1995. He developed Pragmatic Empowerment Training (PET), a participatory course in communication, psychology, civil society, non-violent conflict transformation, and human rights for people without previous education in these fields. He has given therapy and supervision to victims of war. Previously, Tauber worked with various groups in The Netherlands, assisting asylum seekers and refugees and lay volunteers. He grew up in the USA, where he worked with environmental and peace groups starting in 1966.



Sandra Marić, grew up and studied in Zagreb, Croatia. Before joining to the Coalition for Work with Psychodrama and Peace as Deputy Head of Mission for Southeast Europe in 2006, she worked extensively with children and young people in eastern Croatia. Sandra holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Zagreb. Her role with the Coalition includes therapy, research, writing, and a wide variety of other Coalition tasks.