Practicing Appreciative Resilience – Leading in Challenging Times

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April 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am - April 9, 2020 @ 10:00 pm PDT - Three 1-Hour Free Virtual Series


Session 1: Appreciative Resilience – Uplift Strengths in Challenging Times – April 7, 2020, 9am to 10am PT
Session 2: Appreciative Resilience – Practice the Power of Hope – April 8, 2020, 9am to 10am PT
Session 3: Appreciative Resilience – Foster Forgiveness for Self and Others – April 9, 2020, 9am to 10am PT

Please note: The opening plenary discussions for each session will be recorded and saved for participants who are unable to attend a scheduled webinar. Small breakout group-work and discussions will not be made public. Links to recorded plenary discussions will be provided so that participants can view/listen to the recording at a time that works best for them.


As a leader you are being called upon to re-tool, re-create, and respond like never before. This requires a compelling resilience practice to sustain self and others. Leaders are residing in a landscape that is changing drastically hour by hour. Appreciative resilience is a powerful practice that uses appreciative inquiry as its foundation. It explores how leaders can practice hope, uplift strengths in times of despair, and foster forgiveness as part of their resilience. These sessions are designed to help leaders dwell in what is happening and find ways to sustain themselves and their organizations.

In this webinar series, you will explore how to:

  • Build appreciative resilience in highly challenging times;
  • Practice hope and a hopeful view as the world is tilting around you;
  • Uplift strengths as you face the challenges and despair around you; and
  • Foster forgiveness as part of your appreciative resilience practice.


To help you prepare for this webinar series, we encourage you to read the section of Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair and Forgiveness. You can access this reading by clicking here.


Webinar series will be delivered and recorded using Zoom. You can participate in the webinar series using any device: computer, tablet, or mobile. Please participate using the dial-in method you feel most comfortable with. You can find the virtual log-in information below:

Meeting ID: 394 217 2371
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One tap mobile: +13462487799,,3942172371# US (Houston) OR +14086380968,,3942172371# US (San Jose)


Joan McArthur-Blair and Jeanie Cockell, Co-Presidents of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting, profoundly believe that the practice of appreciative resilience matters deeply for leaders. As authors, speakers, facilitators, and consultants, the foundation of their work is lifting up the wisdom found in people to create more appreciative living and working together. Their journeys take them all over the world to work with individuals, teams, and organizations to foster the possibilities of collaborative change. They are the coauthors of Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness (2018) which weaves together the practical and the poetic, generating a path toward ‘appreciative resilience.’ Written for people in all sectors, it is a powerful ally on one’s resilience journey. They also co-authored Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force (2012) – 2nd edition coming soon. Find out more about Joan McArthur-Blair and Jeanie Cockell here.

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Registration Includes

Registration includes:

  • Three 60-minute webinars with applied learning and practice each week.
  • Access to recorded opening plenary sessions (should you miss a session or wish to revisit content covered).

AI Practitioners

Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair, Co-President of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting is an inspirational writer, speaker and facilitator. After more than 25 years of institutionally based work as an educator, she has returned to her loves of consulting, writing, speaking and facilitating, and works with groups of all kinds to make a positive difference. Joan specializes in the use of appreciative inquiry to foster leadership development, strategic planning and innovative strategies for organizational development. She also provides short term leadership through executive-to-go services.

She co-authored Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: a Transformative Force and is currently working on Appreciative Resilience due out in early 2018. She has published many articles on appreciative inquiry and embeds her poetry to in her academic writing. She also maintains a self-published poetry site on She believes that words shape our world and are a powerful force for good. More>

Jeanie Cockell is a dynamic facilitator who is known for her creativity, sense of humor, sensitivity, and ability to get diverse groups to work collaboratively together. She is a leader in Appreciative Inquiry as an organizational and community development process, a research methodology and foundation for fostering collaboration in groups. Through her research and writing she has contributed to the development of new Appreciative Inquiry theory and practice. She is a certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator trainer for the Center for Appreciative Inquiry.

Jeanie is an established author, contributing many articles to the International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry and has co-authored with Joan McArthur-Blair the books “Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force” (2012) and “Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair and Forgiveness” (2018).

Since 1999 Jeanie has worked as an educational and organizational consultant with organizations in the private, public and social-profit sectors worldwide. She has extensive experience in facilitating, presenting, training, coaching, working with conflict, leading and collaboratively designing strategies for individuals, groups, organizations and communities to build positive futures and to respond effectively to change. More>

Event Cost

This event is FREE for all who wish to participate. Space for this virtual series is limited.


Three 1-Hour Free Virtual Series


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