IgniteHarvard Kennedy School’s leadership framework, Adaptive Leadership, helps today’s executives solve lingering issues and prepare for tomorrow’s changes.

Jill Hufnagel, Ph.D defines “adaptive challenges” as those we face as a community and country of which there is no known solution. She said the keys to addressing these challenges include relationships, experimentation and willingness to try. Focusing on adaptive leadership and case-in-point learning, Hufnagel has worked with Google, Microsoft, New York Fire Department, and organizations across the globe. She is also a staff alumna of Family Service of Roanoke Valley.

That’s why she is bringing Adaptive Leadership home in a unique leadership workshop on Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 at the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Green Room in downtown Roanoke. The cost is $1,000 and registration is open online at www.fsrv.org with early bird discount available until Feb. 5. Proceeds benefit Family Service of Roanoke Valley.

Cherie Grisso, Chief Financial Officer of Richfield Living, said Richfield is already engaged with Hufnagel’s Adaptive Leadership framework.

“Our Community has been through and will continue to go through a lot of change so we were looking for Leadership Development that could provide practical yet impactful development for seasoned and emerging leaders. Jill’s approach, Adaptive Leadership, is helping our team leverage common goals, common language and common values to move the needle on real business problems we have been trying to solve for years,” said Grisso, who serves on the board of Family Service of Roanoke Valley.

The Adaptive Leadership programming designed and developed by Hufnagel is built on deep capacity development and possibility thinking.

“Personally and professionally, exposure to adaptive leadership radically changed the way I think about community challenges,” she said.

Hufnagel took her early career as a counselor at Family Service, and turned it into a lifetime of helping others set goals to better themselves and their communities. She is donating her time to present IGNITE as a gift to Family Service, and the proceeds from the training go to support mental health counseling, case management and life skills education in Roanoke. Family Service is also in the process of developing a training curriculum for direct service providers, so registering for IGNITE is also a way to invest in training the next generation of care providers.

Family Service is excited to offer Jill’s innovative framework to the community.

“Adaptive Leadership is such an exciting concept for the leaders of our Valley,” said Director Karen Pillis. “We often go to leadership courses that give us tools to analyze ourselves, our organizations and maybe even our communities. I am excited that Adaptive Leadership will give those who attend a new way of looking at the complex issues we all face, the concept of change, and how to move forward in the midst of issues that we may be ‘stuck’ addressing.”

Through the immersive leadership experience being offered by Hufnagel, local corporate, government and non-profit leaders can learn a new way of handling complex challenges and responding to change. Participants will walk away with a new peer group who speak the same language and return to their places of work and roles in the community with new skills.

Hufnagel said now is the perfect time to introduce Adaptive Leadership in Roanoke through the IGNITE workshop, as Roanoke is continuing to develop as a strong, resilient, purpose-driven city.

“This is a great opportunity to think about how to share adaptive leadership with a group of people I care about–and that is in Roanoke,” she said.

Hufnagel believes the work of leadership is about changing your corner of the world and as such is everyone’s to claim. Claim your seat today and register online at www.fsrv.org or contact Karen Pillis at kpillis@fsrv.org or 540-563-5316 x3030 if you have any questions.