September 26-28, 2017 - The Historic Gettysburg Hotel, Gettysburg, PA

Giving executives the leadership skills and management tools they need to lead their organization forward in an uncertain market

The only event focused on building the leadership skills health and human service executives need to collaborate, manage change, and maximize organizational performance

Part of The 2017 OPEN MINDS Executive Development Series — Nationally-recognized educational programs developed specifically to support the management needs of health and human service organizations serving complex consumers

Chronic Care Management • Disability Supports & Long-Term Care • Mental Health Services • Addiction Treatment • Social Services
Intellectual & Developmental Disability Supports • Child & Family Services • Juvenile Justice • Corrections Health Care

Experience Everything Historic Gettysburg Has To Offer!


Whether you’re looking to learn more about the Civil War and the history of Gettysburg, tour the many local wineries, experience autumn apple picking in Adam’s County’s local orchards, or take time for a round of golf – you can find it all in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Visit our Gettysburg Activities page for more information on everything from museums and battlefield segway tours, to ghost tours and antique shops.

Even before the 2016 presidential election, executives in the health and human service field had to face their fair share of uncertainty. Times of turbulence and uncertainty require strong leadership, strategic partnerships, and careful planning. President Abraham Lincoln knew the value of planning and preparation, regardless of the task ahead – famously, he once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.”

So how do health and human service organizations ensure that they are prepared to lead their organization in an increasingly uncertain market landscape? The answer to that question is the focus of The 2017 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat.

The retreat is designed to strengthen the leadership skills executives need to build sustainable organizations in a time of change and collaboration. Historic Gettysburg serves as the backdrop for this immersive retreat, which is designed to develop current and emerging leaders who are prepared for the challenges of a changing health and human service field through our synthesis of five key areas of leadership development:

1. Meta-leadership skills to make “the deals” that create competitive advantage and sustainability

2. Transformational leadership skills for success with organizational change

3. Transactional leadership skills to ensure effective operations

4. Ethical leadership perspectives needed in serving vulnerable populations

5. Personal leadership development designed to build “executive athletes” who can withstand and thrive on the challenges ahead

This three-day retreat is an immersive leadership experience that will concentrate on strengthening the leadership skills and business management tools executive teams need to thrive in a shifting market. Don’t miss this inimitable retreat experience in historic Gettysburg for the opportunity to learn from other leaders, strengthen your leadership skills, and prepare for the personal demands of leadership!

Participate In 20+ Sessions Led By Top Industry Thought Leaders

Martha R. Temple

Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health Services


Nancy Thaler

Deputy Secretary for the Office of Developmental Programs

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Monica E. Oss

Chief Executive Officer


A. Robert Dunbar, MPA, M.Ed.

Senior Associate


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