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PNODN April 2017 Monthly Meeting~Emergent Leadership Works!! One CEO’s Perspective

  • 17 Apr 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Mercer Island Community and Event Center


  • PNODN Member who has pre-registered
  • Anyone who is not a current PNODN member
  • When you purchase a PNODN membership right now, you can also pay to attend the meeting at the member rate of $15. One click to savings!

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Emergent Leadership Works!!  One CEO’s Perspective

We live and work in a society conditioned to expect the impossible from leaders. Visionary, charismatic, driven, the smartest person in the room. Defeats complexity and uncertainty through crisp data-driven decision-making, clear roles and responsibilities, five year plans, accountability, brutal honesty, and transparency. If only it were that easy!

After 27 years of corporate life, Tom Everill discovered Antioch University’s Center for Creative Change where he was exposed, in an epiphany, to the principles of emergent leadership or what some now call the “dialogic mindset.” Soon after graduating, he was asked to serve as CEO of Northwest Center, an innovative $50 million social enterprise conglomerate dedicated to social justice for people with developmental disabilities – and to turn it around after years of stunning operating losses and moral decay.

Where does the emergent leader find the courage to convene when the whole organization expects you to decide? What if while standing on the proverbial “burning platform” you don’t know the answers yourself, but have confidence the solutions are already in the system? What does it take to, as Patricia Shaw suggests, “hold open the state of not knowing” long enough for dialogic conversations to yield revolutionary both/and solutions, and to “work with intention into the unknowable” with an organization in free fall?

In this session Tom will share my experience of what Peggy Holman calls engaging emergence with all its glorious messiness, conflict, and anxiety – but also the extraordinary growth and intimacy that comes from working in collaboration, in trust, and ultimately even in love. Not to spoil the ending, but (a) it wasn’t easy, and (b) it worked spectacularly well.

Tom Everill retired in 2016 as President and CEO of Northwest Center and is working on a book about the inner journey of emergent leadership. Tom is a 2007 graduate of Antioch University Seattle’s transformative Center for Creative Change, where he later served as adjunct faculty, trustee, and finally chair of the Antioch University Seattle board of trustees.

Prior to Antioch, Tom worked through a 27 year succession of corporate finance positions at Airborne Express culminating with a turnaround of Airborne’s $400 million international division. He served as a global integration officer when Airborne was acquired by Deutsche Post and merged with DHL.

When he is not exercising his passion for diversity and inclusion of all people, or evoking collective wisdom in organizations, Tom restores himself with writing, early music, literature, the solace of mountains and forests and birds, and his wonderful family.


 Join us for networking starting at 6 pm!




$15 Members when pre-paid & pre-registered

$20 Non members when pre-paid & pre-registered

$20 Walk in rate for members

$25 Walk in rate for non members

$10 for students pre-registered or walk in


We are not able to offer refunds after April 7th.  Substitutions are welcome.


6:00 - 6:30 pm  We gather – Arrival, Registration & Opening (Refreshments served)

6:30 – 8:00 pm Topic Presented

8:00 – 8:30 pm We wrap up, evaluation, & closing announcements

Please be aware that our meetings could be recorded or photographed.

Online registration closes the Sunday prior to the meeting. PNODN welcomes and encourages walk ins at the door where the walk in rates will be:


$20 Walk in rate for members

$25 Walk in rate for non members

$10 for students pre-registered or walk in


Consider joining PNODN - members can save up to $10 per meeting - that's up to a $90 savings for the year.

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