Beyond Understanding: Listening for Emergence

Friday, December 14, 2018 -
9:00am to 11:30am EST
Philanthropy New York, 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC 10036
Members of PNY & Partner Orgs: 
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In these complex, challenging times, leaders and good communicators, need to be skilled listeners. Ideally, we are listening to learn, not simply to confirm our presumptions. Many things - environmental and societal factors, our own biases and assumptions, our own busy-ness – can get in the way of our truly listening. Yet we can learn to become better listeners.

In this highly interactive program, Brett Davidson and Thaler Pekar will explore why listening is important, the value of listening for what you are not hearing, and ensuring that all voices are heard. Through practicing a few useful tools and techniques, we will hone our listening skills and learn new appreciation for listening as a vital tool for navigating complexity and for providing insights that enable us to discover, adapt and inspire.

  • The importance of listening and the stakes of not listening
  • Your current level of listening
  • Predominant obstacles to listening, and how to deal with them
  • Concrete steps to improve your listening immediately and steps to work on for the longer term

This is an experiential workshop, and participants will leave with 2-3 new listening-related skills, a personal action plan of concrete steps to improve listening, and they will leave inspired and refreshed!


Designed for

All interested funders, especially Program Officers and/or funders who are in a managerial role, leading teams.


8:45 - 9:00 AM   Check-in 
9:00 - 11:30 AM  Program

Registration is required by December 13th.

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

Non-Member Funders: Please email ($150 fee)

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.

Please email with any questions.