Are You Able?

It’s a simple question that holds a lot of weight. The idea for this conference is 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 that is a continual question for servant leaders, for we are tested every day with the opportunity to do the right thing. For some people coming to this conference, the question will be, “Am I able to change into a servant leader?” For others who already consider themselves established servant leaders, it may be the question, “Am I able to be better?”

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

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What to expect:

·         Lessons learned; tools and tips from proven, gifted servant leadership keynote speakers

·         High levels of engagement in breakouts to gain a deeper understanding of servant leadership practices

·         Connect with like-minded people from a wide variety of industries, all part of the servant leadership movement

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

·         A sense of belonging to something significant and well worth your time

So, here’s our promise to you — if you are willing and able to join the servant leadership movement, we’ll equip you to be a capable servant leader. Join us for The Servant Leader Conference on March 4 and 5, 2019, with a welcome reception the evening of March 3. Our location is the Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa in beautiful Carlsbad, Calif., just north of San Diego.  

Come together with like-minded individuals to learn how to implement servant leadership into your work and life. Every 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 will be no different. Expect high levels of engagement as we facilitate exercises that will equip you with strategic and tactical plans to take back to your workplace. We are excited to provide you a conference experience unlike any other, but we have just one question — are you able? 

With you on the journey,

The SLI Team


New Location

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Carlsbad, CA

We invite you to Carlsbad, California. Located on the beautiful Pacific Ocean in northern San Diego County, Carlsbad is a classic Southern California coastal community that is all about beauty and brains. Carlsbad has plenty of beautiful landscapes but it is also home to some of the brightest minds in life sciences, actions sports, information and communications technology, and clean technology. As you might imagine, leadership is an important topic in Carlsbad so you’ll be right at home as you discuss conference take-aways in this welcoming environment. Home to LEGOLAND, Sea Life Aquarium at LEGOLAND, the Museum of Making Music and the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, there’s plenty to do should you extend your stay. A wide variety of restaurants are available a short distance from the Westin. This is our home and we look forward to sharing it with you.

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.


Take a look inside our conference



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Art Barter

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Vicki Clark

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Jeffrey Foley

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Carla Reiger

* More speakers to be announced.

Servant Leadership is Heart. And it takes courage.
— Art Barter
In servant leadership, there’s no standing still. You’ve got to keep moving and adding value to people.
— Vicki Clark
Successful leaders reframe challenges in terms of the benefits. If you take control of the meaning you give to uncomfortable situations, then it will dramatically dial up on your resilience. If you allow yourself to only see the downside of challenges it will make life much harder.
— Carla Reiger

Attendee Perspective: Betty Lochner