Attention: Executive Leaders, Entrepreneurs, and
Change Agents (consultants/coaches/trainers)

Level 1: LEAF Certification

Leadership through Experiential Appreciative Facilitation

Part 1: April 12-13 in Cleveland, OH

3-Part Certification

  • Part 1* - April 12-13: Foundations for Leading & Facilitating with Appreciative Inquiry


  • Part 2 - April 14th AM session: Appreciative Inquiry Field Work Application Project

  • Part 3 - October (TBD): Advanced Appreciative Inquiry Facilitation Training & Interactive Feedback Session

*Available as a stand-alone training for non-certification participants. 

Discover the approach we've used with clients like the United Nations, the U.S. Navy, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, City of Cleveland, Fortec Medical, St. Thomas Health, Apple, and Verizon.

Course Background: LEAF Certification

How do leaders, entrepreneurs and change agents (consultants/trainers/coaches) enable a team, community, or organization to come alive – to be at its very best – more naturally, effectively, and faster than ever before? 


We have never known as much as we do today in our collective search for the answers to this question. The LEAF Certification offers a proven answer for a newly emergent group of “leader facilitators” – leaders of teams, organizations and communities who recognize the collective calling for a new type of leadership. 


The world is calling for a new style of leadership built around the ability to:

  • Design and facilitate new conversations.

  • Craft questions that draw upon and engage collective strengths.

  • Allow groups to quickly co-create and enroll in shared purpose, vision and action.

  • Enable complex and strategic change – not only in individuals – but also at the scale of the whole system (team/division/organization/community).


…and to do all of this – rapidly, naturally and effectively!


The LEAF Certification is built around a proven approach that the Flourishing Leadership Institute (FLI) has been called upon to lead cultural transformations, strategic planning, leadership development, community building, and dramatic whole system changes. Our methods draw from a convergence of evidence-based sciences & practices: Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Biomimicry, Sustainable Value Creation, Emotional Intelligence, Experiential Learning and more.


About the Flourishing Leadership Institute (FLI)

FLI is the leading global provider of Appreciative Inquiry Large Group Summits. Our work has served organizations that include the U.S. Navy, City of Cleveland (Sustainable Cleveland Summit), United Nations Global Compact, U.S. Army, Green Mountain Coffee, Verizon, St. Thomas Health, Fortec Medical, Fairmount Santrol, Front Row Foundation, United Religions Initiative, and UJA-Federation of New York.


The LEAF Certification is awarded after completion of the three-part sequence below.

Part 1 - April 12-13: Foundations for Leading & Facilitating with Appreciative Inquiry

(Available as a stand-alone training for non-certification participants)

Key Learnings:

  1. History and principles of Appreciative Inquiry (AI): Understand both the practical implications & enabling qualities of the six AI principles (Anticipatory, Social Constructionism, Poetic, Simultaneity, Free-Choice, Affirmative, and Wholeness).

  2. Emotional Intelligence & Positive Psychology: Discover and experience the intersection between the Emotional Intelligence Competency Model, the latest research in Positive Psychology and how to leverage both for peak performance with teams and groups of all types.

  3. AI Meeting Design: Learn FLI's 3 dimensional approach to designing AI led meetings – bringing in the whole brain, and learning how to craft "holographic" collaborations that span the past, present and future.

  4. Adaptive Facilitation: Discover how honoring principles of Biomimicry (nature) create conditions for rapid transformation in groups from 10 to 1,000. 

  5. Full Spectrum Facilitation: Introduce space dynamics, professional facilitation directives, and meeting support material fundamentals.

  6. Appreciative Inquiry Enrollment: Learn tested techniques to enroll participants - clients, teams and communities - into fully engaging with Appreciative Inquiry.

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of attending the Foundations for Leading & Facilitating with Appreciative Inquiry, participants will be able to:

  1. Design and facilitate Appreciative Inquiry based team, group, and community seminar meetings. 

  2. Facilitate groups in creating shared vision, shared purpose, strategic plans, collaborative problem solving, shaping culture, and more. 

  3. Enable groups of all types to create measurably improved outcomes, generating higher team performance.

  4. Capture the opportunity for significantly increased fees as a consultant/trainer/coach.

Watch how FLI facilitates large scale meetings utilizing Appreciative Inquiry

Saint Thomas Health

Elevating the collective & individual well-being of our healthcare providers.


Igniting our passion and imagination to realize a prosperous and flourishing world.


Co-creating the future of GoBundance.


Part 2 - April 14th AM only: Appreciative Inquiry Field Work

(Certification participants only)

Key Learnings:

  • Applied learning field work. Participants are guided to design and execute real-life AI based projects for their organization or client.

  • Global Inquiry Participation: Join in a global inquiry into Business an an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB), by conducting three appreciative interviews with social and business change leaders. Interviews will capture innovation examples that highlight sustainable value creation.

  • Monthly AI Learning Conferences: Participants will join FLI team members virtually for periodic learning opportunities. These video conferences will serves as participant coaching sessions - both from FLI team and peers - on meeting and workbook designs with an emphasis on furthering practical understanding of AI.

  • Project Report: Participants write a report with analysis of their application project, as well as their interview with BAWB leaders.

Part 3 - October (TBD): Advanced Appreciative Inquiry Facilitation Training * Interactive Feedback Session

(Certification participants only)

Key Learnings:

  • Certification participants return for interactive feedback sessions from FLI strategists, as well as their peers on real world experience and projects.

  • Deeper dive into the 4-D and 5-D cycles, larger AI summit applications and success factors, and new innovations for utilizing AI.

  • Confidently define, design and facilitate complex AI summits. 

  • Case study based training on how to identify, select and initiate various AI tasks, as well as  how to work with key stakeholders, clients, and team members to co-create the AI engagement definition and design.

Part 2-3 Learning Outcomes:

  • Confidently define, design and facilitate complex AI summits. 

  • Expand your ability to create value for clients or teams with an expanded capacity to customize the definition and design of your AI interventions. 

  • Position yourself as a premium provider of AI facilitation, for higher value with clients.

  • Qualify for an ongoing certified consultant relationship with FLI. Benefit from ongoing FLI support with meeting designs, creating workbooks, and facilitation leadership training.

Who You'll Be Learning From

Jon Berghoff


Under Jon's leadership, the FLI team has designed and facilitated whole-system change efforts, through large group collaborative summits for organizations that include Fathom, Boeing Corporation, Vitamix Corporation, Fortec Medical, and St. Thomas Health. Jon previously served as the head of sales for the direct sales team at Vitamix Corporation, where revenue grew by 400% in less than 4 years, as their team grew from 175 to over 600 members. His work in Appreciative Leadership, Emotionally Intelligent Negotiations, and Influence has brought him to Australia, Japan, the UK, and South America. Jon is in high demand, known for his authenticity and highly engaging style of creating powerful learning experiences for participants.

Dr. David Cooperrider

Special Guest

David is Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He's taught and lectured at Harvard, Stanford, and University of Chicago, among other highly acclaimed schools. David is best known for co-creating Appreciative Inquiry (AI), which has sparked a revolution of positive change, innovation, and sustainable design in large-scale business models. In addition to being a consultant to a variety of organizations, David designs and facilitates AI summits for organizations around the world, including the United Nations. In addition to these achievements, David has published fifteen books.

Dr. Jackie Stavros

Certificate Participant Advisor

Jackie is a Professor at Lawrence Technological University’s College of Management. She integrates strengths-based, whole system concepts such as Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and SOAR ( ) into her research, teaching, training, and consulting. She has co-authored six books, 20 book chapters, and 30 articles in AI, SOAR, and organization development. Her co-authored books include: Practicing Organization Development: A Guide for Leading Transformation and Change, Fourth Edition, Thin Book of SOAR: Building Strengths-Based Strategy, The First Appreciative Inquiry Handbook: for Leaders of Change and Dynamic Relationships: Unleashing the Power of Appreciative Inquiry in Daily Living. She has presented her research and work in over 20 countries.

Jackie Kelm

Certificate Participant Advisor

Jackie has been consulting with Appreciative Inquiry (AI) since 1995, and her work has been embraced by organizations such as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, The Duke Integrative Medical Center, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Jackie is passionate about helping organizations create hi-engagement cultures that foster creativity and innovation, and that bring out the best in individual and team performance to meet strategically important goals. Jackie is the author of Appreciative Living: The Principles of AI in Daily LIfe and The Joy of Appreciative Living: Your 28-day Plan to Greater Happiness using the Principles of AI. She is currently working on her third book on Appreciative Engagement.

Maureen McKenna

Certificate Participant Advisor

Maureen (Mo) is a Toronto based consultant. The focus of her practice is organizational development and executive coaching - helping leaders create effective ongoing dialogue with their employees, their customers and amongst themselves. She is particularly interested in helping her clients engage their people and create a framework for sustainability around effective change on both a personal and organizational level.

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Cost of Certificate

Enrollment Fee

FLI Clients

LEAF Training

Foundations for Leading & Facilitating with Appreciative Inquiry


LEAF Certification

Leadership through Experiential Appreciative Facilitation


Up to 40%

Enrollment Fee Reduction*

*Additional scholarships/discounts available for groups, Case Alumni, Sustainable Cleveland co-facilitators. To inquire contact

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