Leadership in Action and its immersive experiential approach will allow you to do deep work, learn from the other, and gain significant traction on your own challenges.

This is not about simulations. It’s about real progress on real issues that will help you grow as a person so you can move your organization forward. It’s about starting to transform your capability to act powerfully and courageously in your life, in your work, and in the world.


Why you should attend

  • Gain clarity about your current “theory of leadership” by exploring your personal leadership paradigm.
  • Learn to design powerful “leader-shift” questions that can generate new value and new possibilities for your organization.
  • Join a learning community of your colleagues in the critical inquiry on the work of leadership, to get involved, to make your voice heard in service of your purpose.

Program highlights

  • Transform your capability to act powerfully and courageously in your life.
  • Enhance your leadership skills through an immersive, experiential approach.
  • Make real progress on real issues to help you grow as a person and move your organization forward.


Courses are held in Room 201 at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Harbor East campus, located at 100 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Check-in and breakfast for this course is from 8:30-9:00am each day. The seminar begins promptly at 9:00am and ends at 4:00pm. 

The registration deadline is one week prior to the first day of class. 


This seminar serves individuals at all career stages, as well as rising managers who want to improve their ability to make real change happen in their organizations. Business managers, Operations managers and Human Resource managers and practitioners will benefit from this course.

While the course helps people in a wide variety of organizations, functional areas, and leadership experiences, it is particularly helpful to:

  • Individuals who feel thwarted in the attempt to lead their organization through change
  • Teams wrestling with implementing or accelerating change initiatives
  • People who seek to enhance their own capacities for exercising leadership


Adriano Pianesi

Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Adriano has 20 years of leadership development, team coaching and change experience built on capacity development, possibility thinking, and sound strategy. ParticipAction Consulting Inc., his consulting practice, has helped leaders work for change by harnessing the powers of conflict, diversity, and complexity. Among his clients are Microsoft, Philip Morris International, The World Bank Group, Rotary International, Pan-American Health Organization, US Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, US Marine Corps.

Adriano holds an MBA in communication/group dynamics from the University of Milan, is a member of the Society for Organizational Learning and of the World Cafe community of practice, and a passionate experiential learner/teacher. Adriano trained at Harvard Business, Harvard Kennedy School and the Art of Hosting where he refined his repertoire of experiential and innovative teaching practices.


Contact the Office of Executive Education at 410-234-9363 or carey.execed@jhu.edu.


$3200 for the 2-day seminar. This fee includes materials, gourmet breakfast and lunch and on-site garage parking.

JHU employees can submit for tuition remission for the entire cost of the course. JHHS employees receive a 20 percent discount on all seminars. 

The new JHU tuition remission form is available online here. Please return completed forms to carey.execed@jhu.edu


Program Dates: October 19-20, 2017. Register now.
                          April 9-10, 2018. Register now.

To cancel or transfer your registration, please write to carey.execed@jhu.edu. Registrants who do not cancel and do not attend the program will not receive a refund.

JHU employees should refer to the Non-credit Courses section of the Tuition Remission policies (available on the JHU Benefits page) regarding cancellation policies. Registrants not employed by JHU must notify the Office of Executive Education of cancellation at least two weeks prior to the program in order to receive a full refund.