The Facilitation Academy presents:

How Leaders Lead


3-Day Online Summit with

22 expert sessions on

facilitation, coaching, community-building


The November 2020 How Leaders Lead Summit replays are still available for purchase!


Get Lifetime Access for just $45

Learn from some of the world’s top facilitators on how they lead with authenticity, style, and grace.


Featured Speakers

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Day 1: Facilitation

Diane Musho Hamilton

Conflict Mediator, Zen teacher, Author of Everything is Workable

Vinay Kumar

Chair of the International Association of Facilitators

Sara Ness
Facilitation trainer, Community specialist,
Catalyst of Facilitation Academy
Michael Wilkinson
Chair of the International Institute for Facilitation, Managing Director of Leadership Strategies
Jennifer Nicolaisen
Founder of Seek Healing, Leader in rethinking rehab
Jan Keck

Zoom Facilitation Specialist, Founder of Ask Deep Questions

Dr. Melanie Landau

Facilitator of facilitators in Israel/Palestine, Relational Trauma and Attachment specialist

Day 2: Coaching

Acharya Fleet Maull

Founder of the Prison Mindfulness and Heart Mind Institutes, Author, Zen Priest

Carolyn Elliott, PhD
Author of Existential Kink, founder of the WEALTH community
Dave Burns

Essayist, Coach, Angel Investor

Peter Will Benjamin

Founder of The Connection Institute

Janet Logothetti
Principal Managing Partner at Evolution Consulting
Megan Taylor Morrison

Author, Coach, International Dance and Retreat Facilitator

David Wood
Member of the Transformational Leadership Council, Founder of "Tough Conversations"

Day 3: Movements and Community

Brian Robertson
Founder of Holacracy, Deliberately Developmental Systems Pioneer
Dr. Susan Campbell

Author of Getting Real and Truth in Dating, Speaker, Coach

David Fuller

Founder of Rebel Wisdom

Ali Beiner

Co-founder of Rebel Wisdom

Robert Kandell
Coach, Consultant, Author, Former Co-Founder of OneTaste
Kat Vellos

Author of We Should Get Together, UX Design and Product Strategy

Jordan Myska Allen
Partner and CEO at Circling Europe
Geof Krum
Producer of Facilitation Academy and
KinkEd, Artist, Event producer

How Leaders Lead Summit Replay Package

Exclusive expert interviews and keynote talks presented only at the How Leaders Lead Summit
BONUS: Book list of 60+ recommended reads from each of our 20+ Summit speakers!


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How Leaders Lead is a meeting of the best minds in facilitation.


You’ll learn from very experienced leaders on what they’ve seen and done over the course of their career with group, event, and interpersonal facilitation work. This is an opportunity to get some great guidance that’s steeped in real-world application.


Are you being called into leadership? This summit will help you answer with confidence.


In times of major change, individuals from all over the world feel stronger callings to step into leadership roles and create positive impacts. This can force a deeper look at who you are, how you act, and what you truly believe. All while those you facilitate hang on your words and decisions.


You may be asking yourself:
  • How do I express my leadership without losing myself?
  • How can I build sustainable community instead of a one-off team or audience?
  •  How do I create powerful 1:1, full-group, and networked connections?
  • What pitfalls should I watch out for as I lead and grow my groups?
Get answers and insights to these questions and more, from leaders in facilitation, coaching, and building community.

This Summit is brought to you by the Facilitation Academy

The Academy offers a comprehensive leadership training and education based on authenticity, responsiveness, and transparency.

After the Summit, you can get The Academy's Foundations of Facilitation course - as well as all the interviews from the Summit - for less than half the usual course price.

Explore the Facilitation Academy here!

Read More About Our Accomplished Speakers

Diane Musho Hamilton

 combines decades of work in in conflict resolution with depth of experience in sitting meditation. She often says that “mediate” and “meditate”, share the same purpose: to bring what is divided or in dispute into harmony. In meditation, one brings disputing parties to agreement. In meditation, one brings body, speech, and mind into coherence with the environment. With extraordinary warmth, depth and insight, she encourages us to work with our differences, while discovering our fundamental unity.

Diane is the author of Everything is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution, The Zen of You and Me: A Guide to Getting Along with Just About Anyone, and soon to be released, Compassionate Conversations: How to Speak and Listen from the Heart, in-press with Gabriel Wilson and Kimberly Loh.

Michael Wilkinson

is the Managing Director of Leadership Strategies, the largest provider of professional facilitators and facilitator-related training in the U.S. Active in both the private and public sectors, Mr. Wilkinson has facilitated over 200 strategy sessions for major corporations, large government agencies, and a variety of non-profit organizations. He is a much sought-after facilitator, trainer and speaker, both in the U.S. and around the globe.  Past participants have commented that his dynamic presentation style, combined with his unique insights, make for highly engaging and results-producing sessions.

Michael is a board member of the International Institute for Facilitation, Founder of the FindaFacilitator database, Founder and Global Project Leader for the IAF Facilitation Impact Awards, 2013-2016, and author of six books: The Secrets of Facilitation, The Secrets to Masterful Meetings, The Eight Core Practices of a Facilitative Leader, The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy, Buying Styles, and CLICK: The Virtual Meetings Book.

Sara Ness

 is a highly-experienced community leader and facilitator who is most commonly described with the adjectives “intuitive, transparent, powerful, benevolent, and tiny.” Sara has worked with over 900 leaders on the art of authentic leadership in places ranging from Google to the education sector to the Coast Guard. Her writings and teaching have led to the foundation of 30+ authentic relating communities, as well as performance troupes, nonprofits, several independent businesses, and at least one baby. Initially trained in conflict resolution and the study of intentional living communities, she now teaches authenticity, empathy, and culture-building worldwide.

Rabba Dr. Melanie Landau

is an avid lover of life and explorer of love. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, she has 20 years of experience in guiding individuals and groups in transformative processes and cultivating the sacred. She has specializations in deep listening, conflict transformation, embodied awareness and thriving with complex trauma in particular transforming relational wounds and addictive patterns.

Vinay Kumar

is a founding Director at the organizational development and consulting firm C2C OD. He has held leadership and management positions in the services, education, and banking industries. He has a truly global outlook having lived the early part of his years in the Middle East and then studying and working in Europe and the US. He has been traveling extensively in his work and considers himself extremely fortunate and grateful to have visited for work and leisure  over 60 countries. For the last 12 years he has been working with the C suite and other organizations to increase effectiveness and align talent and team development activities with organizational strategy.  He is passionate about professional development, is the current Global Chair of the International Association of Facilitators, and has held leadership roles in multiple volunteer organizations.

Dr. Carolyn Elliott

is the author of Existential Kink: A handbook of life-altering magic, and cult-favorite creativity book, Awaken Your Genius. She runs a 7-figure online business specializing in helping people achieve dramatic positive change in their lives through shadow integration practices and applied occult philosophy.

Carolyn is known for her uncanny and uncomfortable ability to trick really smart, high-achieving magical people into doing the things that they actually want to do. She’s the teacher of life-altering online courses, including WEALTH: the alchemical community where leaders come into their full power.

Jennifer Nicolaisen

 is the executive director and co-founder of SeekHealing, an Asheville-based organization using a novel “social health” protocol for treating addiction and fighting the opioid overdose crisis. SeekHealing offers a program based on the importance of communication and human social connection in addiction recovery. The program provides non-abstinence based support meetings, events for experiencing real human connection, Listening Training classes, and free access to holistic services.  A 501(c) 3 nonprofit, Jennifer says SeekHealing is the first program to attempt treating addiction at the community level. Jennifer is also a ceremony guide, minister, and relationship coach. 

Kat Vellos

is on earth to empower people to learn, grow, and thrive. She helps others transform platonic longing, loneliness, and disconnection into meaningful connection and community.

Kat is the author of We Should Get Together: The Secret to Cultivating Better Friendships which Kirkus Reviews compared to the work of Norman Vincent Peale and Cicero. She has researched, designed, and advised on the user experience and product design of countless flows in digital products serving millions of people at Slack, Pandora, and multiple Silicon Valley startups. Kat is a facilitator and founder of both Bay Area Black Designers and Better than Small Talk, which have created community for hundreds of people across the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond; two decades of experience creating powerful positive communities where people find belonging and authentic connection.

Jan Keck

 is a community addict. He is the creator of ASK DEEP QUESTIONS, which started out as a deck of cards to help his friends connect on a camping trip and is now being used to facilitate meaningful conversations through sharing personal and vulnerable stories on every continent around the globe.

Jan’s mission is to help people feel less alone, so by creating experiences, workshops and programs he is fueling the movement for deeper human connection. His work has been featured on CBC News, Breakfast TV, Cityline and HuffPost and he is currently building a community of facilitators that design the MAGICAL HUMAN MOMENTS online.

Alexander Beiner

is a writer, facilitator and cultural commentator. In 2012, he co-founded a meditation school, Open Meditation. He is one of the organizers of Breaking Convention, Europe’s largest conference on psychedelic science and culture. His work on psychedelic theory has been published in the 2016 book 'Neurotransmissions', as well as ‘The Guardian’. He also writes fiction and plays traditional Irish music.

Alexander co-founded Rebel Wisdom and is particularly focused in finding new ways of having in-person conversations around the most essential and challenging ideas. Rebel Wisdom's live experiences are designed to engage more than just the intellect; they are places where the ideas explored in our films can be integrated, so that they can be lived out in the real world.

Susan Campbell

received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Massachusetts in 1967, where she later started that school’s couple and family therapy training program as a member of their graduate faculty. Since that time she has been a couple therapist, relationship coach, speaker, workshop leader, and trainer of professional coaches. She has written eleven books on relationships, and has taught group process courses (T-group, Gestalt Encounter, Tavistock) at the Stanford, UCLA, Harvard, and UMass graduate schools.

Susan has appeared on numerous nationally televised talk shows, including CNN’s News Night and Good Morning America. Her website is

Brian Robertson

is the world’s foremost expert on Holacracy, a revolutionary framework for self-managing organizations. After years as CEO of an award-winning software company, he co-founded HolacracyOne to share this innovative method with other organizations. The Holacracy framework integrates the collective wisdom of individuals throughout an organization and offers a toolset for each person to enact meaningful change at any level of work. The result is increased transparency, greater accountability, constant innovation, and agility across the company. Holacracy is used by over 1,000 companies today – in healthcare, insurance, banking, retail, technology, nonprofit and government sectors and in places as diverse as Dubai, Shanghai, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, New York, Bangalore, Las Vegas and rural Africa. Brian is thrilled to see this method take root and grow with such force.

Brian is the author of the book Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World. He speaks at conferences, holds trainings and consults for organizations across the globe.

Megan Taylor Morrison

 is a facilitator, author, and business and leadership coach. Meg enjoys working one-on-one with clients, as well as with groups of all sizes. Whether she is running a session for entrepreneurs in her mastermind program or an all-hands meeting for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, she brings a unique mix of levity, spontaneity and laser focus that helps groups reach their goals. Meg is also the founder of a virtual co-working community, The Thriving Creator, that was featured in The New York Times earlier this year. She is currently based in Atlanta.  

Geoffrey Hamilton Krum

is an artist, chef, photographer, event producer, food scientist, facilitator, and none of these labels. He has managed thousands of employees and volunteers to create everything from festivals to juice manufacturing operations. Geof's passion is in creating beautiful, no-bullshit human-centered systems that run themselves while slowly transforming the world.

Janet Logothetti

 provides leadership development, executive coaching and thought partnership to business founders and leaders, focusing on scaling early stage startups. Clients include: Facebook, Pinterest, Airbnb, Slack, among others. Her work focuses on building leadership and culture to sustain innovation and execution through rapid growth.

Janet holds a BA in History with a focus on African-American and Asian-American history and a MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. She has practiced as a psychotherapist focusing on sensorimotor approaches to healing trauma, executive functioning and attention.

A founding member of the Integral Institute and avid student of personal and cultural transformation, Janet’s work is influenced by an array of interests and study:  behavioral economics, neuroscience, sensorimotor regulation, attention, transpersonal psychology, world wisdom traditions, and peak performance.  

Fleet Maull, PhD, CMT-P

is an author, meditation teacher, management consultant, trainer and executive coach who facilitates deep transformation for individuals and organizations through his philosophy and program of Radical Responsibility©. Fleet is a pioneer and thought leader in the mainstream mindfulness movement who has developed cutting edge trauma-informed leadership trainings. He is a tireless and dedicated peacemaker and servant leader working for positive social transformation and a more just and sustainable global society, 

Dr. Maull is the founder of Prison Dharma Network, Prison Mindfulness Institute, Center for Mindfulness in Public Safety, National Prison Hospice Association, and Windhorse Seminars. He currently serves as the CEO and Director of Training, Research & Development for Prison Mindfulness Institute, Center for Mindfulness in Public Safety and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute, as well as CEO and senior trainer for Windhorse Seminars & Consulting. He is the author of Radical Responsibility: How to Move Beyond Blame, Fearlessly Live Your Highest Purpose and Become an Unstoppable Force for Good, and Dharma in Hell: The Prison Writings of Fleet Maull. 

Jordan Myska Allen

 is CEO of Circling Europe, where he is committed to embodying the wisdom of Surrendered Leadership, and through his proactive capacities to lead and organize, bringing this practice to real-world structures. Jordan is the author of A Beautiful Apocalypse. He is a PhilosophyCenter Certified Life Coach, and a Certified Integral Facilitator™.

A simple man who loves complexity, Jordan is drawn to meta-narratives, meta-rationality and meta-awareness. He has a constant willingness to discover how he can trust life more elegantly, how he can be in a truer connection with reverence to the mystery and wisdom of immediacy.

David Wood

is a former Consulting Actuary to Fortune 100 companies – including Sony Music, Chanel, and Exxon. David left his cushy Park Avenue job 20 years ago to build  the world’s largest coaching business. He became #1 on Google for life coaching, serving an audience of 150,000 coaches, and coaching thousands of hours across 12 countries.

David is the author of Get Paid For Who You Are, with foreword by Jack Canfield. He was nominated to the exclusive Transformational Leadership Council alongside such thought leaders as Don Miguel Ruiz, John Gray, and Marianne Williamson.

David believes that the tough conversations we avoid are our doorways to confidence, success, and love. They become the defining moments which shape our world. 

Dave Burns

  is a highly sought-after transformational coach; as well as an angel investor, conscious business advisor, and essayist.

He's been a partnered meditation instructor, a teacher on mindful business, and a cellist. Today his work and writing center around the interplay between ancient wisdom and modern practicality.

Robert Kandell

is an experienced veteran of many worlds. He started his first consulting business in 1999, creating technological solutions for premier financial firms and high-end restaurants. He then leveraged his business acumen to cofound OneTaste in 2004, taking on the challenging task of bringing conscious sexuality to the mainstream market. Robert was its CFO and COO and guided  the company from an idea scrawled on a napkin to an eight-figure international corporation before leaving in 2014.

He is now based in Los Angeles and offers his financial and operational experience helping small businesses and artists become marketable and profitable. Robert is an accomplished teacher, coach, and lecturer. Last year, he published his first book, unHIDDEN: A Book for Men and Those which was an international best-seller. In addition, he is the host of the podcast called Tuff Love where he brings his unique coaching style to address topics around relationship, purpose, work, and communication. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Inc, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, The Atlantic, Time, The Huffington Post, and Vice. Read more at

Peter Will Benjamin

is a professional coach, trainer and facilitator. He is also an intimacy junkie, community builder and the founder of The Connection Institute, an organization that teaches emotional and relational intelligence. Through coaching, classes, and workshops, Peter's clients learn to be more resilient, deepen their relationship with themselves, and develop their authentic communication skills.

David Fuller

is a multi-skilled journalist and filmmaker - having worked for the UK's top news programme Channel 4 News for ten years as reporter, producer and director. He was the first mainstream TV journalist to cover the renaissance of psychedelic science back in 2008, and has consistently focused on the revolutionary ideas and technologies on the fringes of the culture, and attempted to shift the cultural conversation.

He began making documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 in 2011. His documentary ‘The Invisible People’, about the plight of disabled Syrian refugees in Lebanon was shortlisted for the "Royal Television Society awards in 2015.

This experience, combined with his intense interest in the evolution of ideas and philosophy – led to the birth of Rebel Wisdom – as a platform to make highly complex ideas accessible to as many people as possible.