Senior Fellows' Retreat

Join us for twenty-four hours of fun with your ALF family and learning new tools to improve your skills as you work in the community and in your profession.  This year's retreat will be held at the Meritage & Vino Bello Resorts in Napa, November 16 & 17. 

All Sr. Fellows, Boardmembers and Class XII Fellows are invited to attend.  Spouses/partners may stay with you at the hotel, but all events are for ALF members only to maximize conversation and dialogue among members.

Sunday's keynote speaker Bill Isaacs is Founder and president of Dialogos, and a leading authority on collective leadership, dialogue, and the design and implementation of organizational learning.  His book, Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together (Doubleday), was featured in Fast Company as a guide to "the secret of good informal conversation," and has been acclaimed by a variety of reviewers as the definitive guide to profound change through speaking and listening.

Bill's keynote address is "The Power of Collective Identity and Distributed Leadership."  At a time of global transition and crisis it is increasingly imperative that we find and activate new and effective forms of leadership. Doing this however requires that we change our ideas about change. Distributed problems require distributed solutions - leadership at all levels. This session will examine several fault lines in conventional ideas about change that leaders at all levels continue to use, but that no longer work, and propose a path forward that can activate entirely new levels of creative action. We will in particular examine the critical thresholds of identity across which leaders today must come to be in position to provide clear assistance to others, and insure effective action.

James MayerMonday keynote, James Mayer, Executive Director of California Forward, will speak about what Californians must do to improve the state's systems of governance. California has long been a land of opportunity.  But our state is stressed by tremendous pressures associated with a growing population, evolving social issues and an increasingly global marketplace.  The state's public programs - especially those critical to California's long-term success, such as education, health and human services, transportation and environmental protection - have not kept up with these challenges.  Check out the Sacramento Bee article for background.

Join us for the annual event with the largest collection of ALF Senior Fellows outside the Exemplary Leader Award Dinner!

Tentative Agenda:

12:00   Lunch
1:00    Welcome
1:15    Keynote speaker Bill Isaacs
3:00    Cross-class check-ins
4:00    Free time/hotel check-in
6:00    Welcome reception
7:00    Dinner in the Wine Cave
8:30    ALF All-Star Band or Conversation in the lounge

7:00    Morning walk (optional)
7:30    Breakfast available
8:30    California Forward presentation & discussion
10:00   Future of ALF
11:30   Close/lunch on your own or with your class

Guest rooms
meritage logoDISCOUNTED ROOM RATE EXTENDED!  Rooms are available at the Vino Bello Resort (adjacent to the Meritage, where the meeting rooms will be) has a special ALF Retreat rate of $139 for suites and $169 for one-bedroom condos (both single or double occupancy). Make your reservations now either online (group code: ALF) or by calling (866) 729-7182 and tell them you are with ALF.  The final deadline you must make your reservation by is October 24th to guarantee the special rate and availability.  Reservations made after October 24th will be at the rack rate, if available at all.

We encourage classes to plan their own reunions on Saturday night for extra time together!  ALF discounted group rates for Saturday night are $269/$319.

NOTE: to avoid paying convenience fees for using this system and/or paying with a credit card, do NOT use this reservation system, but send an email to, then mail a $196 check to the ALF office, 1321 Garden Highway, Sac, 95833. 

Also, no-shows & cancellations less than 48 hours in advanced will be invoiced or will not be refunded.

Many thanks to our sponsor for this event:

WHA logo

Name Sales End Price Fee
Retreat Registration Fee   Ended $199 $4.97
Scholarship Requested   Ended Free
Sunday only (all day)   Ended $160 $
Sunday Lunch & Keynote (Bill Isaacs)   Ended $60 $
Sunday Dinner Only   Ended $115 $

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