Are You Able?

With our Servant Leader Conference 2019 behind us, this is still a simple question that holds a lot of weight. The idea for the conference was all about capability. Everyone has had experiences in their lives that have challenged them in one way or another. Some challenge character, some challenge will and some challenge survival. Whatever the challenge is, at some point when you come up against it, you find yourself asking, “Am I able to do this?” 

We believe this is a continual challenge for servant leaders, who are tested every day with the opportunity to do the right thing. For some people who attended this conference, the question was, “Am I able to change into a servant leader?” For others who already considered themselves established servant leaders, it was the question, “Am I able to be better?” 

We know in SL there is no finish line, only the continual challenge to grow, impacting the lives all around us. Our goal at this conference was to help you answer the “how” that follows by equipping you with the tools you need to be capable servant leaders. We hope you walked away from the conference replacing the question, “Am I able?” with the certainty of “I am able!”

You don’t need permission to serve
— Art Barter, Founder and CEO of Servant leadership institute

What We Experienced

  •  Lessons learned; tools and tips from proven, gifted SL keynote speakers

  •  High levels of engagement in breakouts to gain a deeper understanding of SL practices

  • Connection with like-minded people from a wide variety of industries, all part of the SL movement

  • A beautiful setting to relax and learn in the Southern California coastal town of Carlsbad

  • A sense of belonging to something significant

Each year, our conference provides inspiring messages and practical tips from speakers who are living examples of what it means to be leaders who serve, and the 2019 conference was no different. We want to continue to connect with you; inspire and equip you with tools to enhance your servant leadership development. Visit us often at  and communicate with us at We are grateful we could provide you with a conference experience unlike any other, but we have just one question — are you able?  

Continuing with you on the journey,

The SLI Team

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Featured Speakers

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Art Barter

Founder and CEO of the Servant Leadership Institute

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Ken Blanchard

co-founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies

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Kelly Cardenas

Author, International Educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems, Business Coach, Salon Owner

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Vicki Clark

Building the Capacity of Organizations Memphis, TN

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Jeffrey Foley

Retired Brigadier General, US Army. CEO/President

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Habeeb Habeeb

Founder of H-Squared Leadership Institute

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Olivia McIvor

Best-selling Author of The Business of Kindness, I SEE YOU and Four Generations, One Workplace.

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Carla Rieger

CEO of The Artistry of Change Training Inc.


SL Practitioner Session

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Andrea Bolin

Director of Strategic Initiatives for Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures

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Debbie Fountain

Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Carlsbad


Todd Coutee

Chief Operations Officer for Luby’s Fuddruckers Restaurants, Inc.

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Peter Mulinge

President of Africa Servant Leadership Development Initiatives (ASLEAD)

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Manager in Product Development & Technical Execution Organization in the Mission Systems Sector of Northrop Grumman


Karen Reid

Area President at BB&T-John Burnham Insurance Services


New Location

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Carlsbad, CA

The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa

The coastal elegance and contemporary sophistication of the Westin Carlsbad combine to form a stunning locale for your next California getaway. From sweeping ocean views to unmatched hospitality, this distinctive resort provides everything to achieve the perfect escape. Named for its picture perfect views, Twenty/20 brings you farm-fresh ingredients in a California coastal ambiance perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Take advantage of the terrace – heated for year-round enjoyment with panoramic coastal views.


The way that your staff views your company internally will be how they treat people externally.
— Kelly Cardenas